Freedom’s annual town meeting today will address purchase of firetruck

Posted March 11, 2011, at 7:55 p.m.

FREEDOM, Maine — The town meeting will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 12, at Dirigo Grange.

Warrant articles include a proposal to allow the town to buy a new pumper-tanker firetruck, which will cost around $250,000. About $175,000 of that would need to be raised by the town, said Selectman Ronald Price.

There also is an article that would allow the town to take up to $35,000 from the town capital improvement fund to lay down a concrete pad where road salt and sand will be placed. Right now, the town doesn’t have such a base or a cover to protect its salt and sand, Price said.

Residents also will consider a nonbinding article to declare Beaver Ridge Road abandoned, he said.

Voters on Friday voted in the only contested race between incumbent Selectman Carol Richardson and challenger Brian Jones.

The Dirigo Grange will serve a meal at noon, which costs $6 per person.