GUILFORD, Maine — It appears that the town has enough potential tenants to move into the former Guilford Primary School so that property taxpayers will not have to subsidize its operational costs.
Guilford Town Manager Tom Goulette told selectmen Tuesday that SAD 4 and Friends of Community Fitness have spoken for space in the building. The latter organization would like to make renovations to fit its needs. The local food cupboard also has expressed interest.
Goulette said Wednesday that the town would not take ownership of the building from SAD 4 until July.
Also on Tuesday, selectmen signed a written mutual aid contract with the Dexter Fire Department. The contract reaffirms the verbal understanding that the departments have had for years, according to Fire Chief Alan Emerson. No money exchanges hands in the contract.
Emerson also advised selectmen of a federal mandate that requires municipalities and other agencies to change radio frequencies to narrow band by 2012, a move that will cost the town about $20,000.
“We plan to make the change, but [we’ll] wait as long as possible to implement it as the world may end that year anyway,” Goulette joked. His tongue-in-cheek statement referred to the Maya calendar, which marks Dec. 21, 2012, as the end of a 5,126-year era that some people believe may signify the end of the world.