Time to try again for a new Bernardston Fire Station?

  • Bernardston Fire Department. PAUL FRANZ

Recorder Staff
Friday, January 12, 2018

BERNARDSTON — The Selectboard began a discussion of reconvening the Fire Station Expansion Committee during its Jan. 3 meeting.

After having its initial $2.6 million proposal, that involved purchasing land at 23 Kringle Drive, voted down during the October special town meeting, Fire Station Expansion Committee Chairman Peter Shedd, who is also fire chief, said the committee planned to reconvene after the holidays, but only with Selectboard support.

Selectman Brian Keir said it would be foolish for the committee not to reconvene. He proposed inviting its existing members to return, as well as possibly open up participation to additional members.

Selectboard Chairman Stanley Garland hoped the committee would return to the early plan of using the Fire Station’s existing property and land donated by Frank “Bud” Foster as the site for a new station, though he admitted it might be a temporary solution.

“We need to go back to being at the first site, right where it is, and see what we can do,” Garland said. “We live in a small town. We need a lot of Band-Aids.”

No decision has been made on a date for committee to reconvene.