|By Leslie Dixon, Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
A narrow majority of voters approved a request by fire Chief
Yates told voters that the idea was initiated, in part, when a homeowner came to him to discuss the high cost of home insurance and whether additional fire safety would help reduce those costs.
Yates told voters that a fire station within five miles or less of a home could reduce homeowner's insurance costs.
Yates used as an example a home assessed at
If a substation was sited in the north end of town, that home could be pushed into Zone 4, which could reduce the homeowner's insurance rates to about
Yates said the substation could affect insurance rates of homes from about the
"Even if it doesn't pass, I'll do a study and come back with maps," Yates said.
The study is needed to determine who could benefit from a lower ISO rating for their home insurance and to determine what the costs will be to purchase land and construct a substation.
Yates said existing equipment could initially be placed in the substation.
Despite several comments from voters who felt the study should come before any money is put aside, a slim majority of voters approved the
In other action, voters approved a
Voters also approved a
Voters also approved an ordinance to delay demolition of buildings listed on the
The town meeting lasted about 90 minutes and was held at
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