BURLINGTON, Maine — Lincoln will provide Burlington residents with emergency and fire protection service until voters can decide how to replace a volunteer fire company that has gone inactive, officials said Monday.
Lincoln and town officials finished a contract last week under which Burlington will pay $4,528 for two months of service, from Feb. 1 to March 31, Lincoln Town Manager Lisa Goodwin said.
The signing of the agreement followed a special town meeting on Jan. 18 in which 26 residents agreed to approve the contract, Town Clerk Suzanne Shorey said Monday.
“It was a voice vote,” Shorey said. “No count was taken.”
The Lincoln Town Council also voted 7-0 on Jan. 11 to tentatively approve the contract.
Under the contract, Lincoln residents have first rights to service. Lincoln firefighters can refuse to take or delay dealing with Burlington emergencies if they are handling incidents in town, Goodwin said.
Until Feb. 1, the Lincoln Fire Department will cover the town under a mutual aid agreement signed when the Triangle Fire Department, which covered Burlington and Lowell, was still active, Goodwin said.
That contract calls for Burlington to pay for service on an as-needed basis, Goodwin said.
A volunteer department, Triangle folded because of a lack of membership in late December.
Burlington residents will decide at their annual town meeting in March whether to revive Triangle, continue the town’s contract with Lincoln or create their own municipal fire department, Burlington Selectwoman Beth Turner has said.
Lincoln Fire Chief Phil Dawson has said that residents should expect about a 15-minute delay in fire service responses.
It should take Lincoln firefighters about 15 minutes to get from their station on Adams Street to the center of Burlington, Dawson said. He believed that town trucks can negotiate most roads and areas of Burlington, although many of its arteries are seasonal camp roads.
Lincoln already has doused at least one fire in Burlington, firefighters said.