GREENVILLE, Maine — A misunderstanding has prompted a special town meeting next month to seek funding approval for a fire alarm system that already has been installed in Greenville High-Middle School.
Town and school officials had thought that the annual “catch-all” article dealing with the acceptance of grants and gifts approved each year at the town meeting covered the project, according to Town Manager Gary Lamb.
“We didn’t think we needed anything other than that Article 27 to be able to accept this,” Lamb said. Because of that, the fire alarm was installed.
But the law firm that represents the school, Drummond Woodsum of Portland, recently notified the town that a separate vote was needed on the fire alarm because the town was incurring debt. The $108,781 project is funded by a combination loan and grant, Lamb said this week. The Department of Education Revolving Renovation Fund will forgive 30 percent of the amount borrowed, or up to $32,634.30. The remainder, or $76,146.70, is the responsibility of the town, he noted. The funds are being borrowed over a five-year period at no interest.
The special town meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the municipal building. The fire alarm project is the only agenda item for the town meeting. Selectmen will hold their regular meeting afterwards.