Maine Fire Department to Seek Emergency Medical Response License

JAY, Maine — Selectmen voted Monday to allow the Fire Rescue Department to seek a secondary emergency medical response license so that qualified firefighters can start medical treatment at an accident scene prior to an ambulance arriving, Town Manager Ruth Cushman said Tuesday.

The Fire Department would not be going on ambulance calls or transporting injured people to the hospital, she said.

The cost of the license is about $100, she said.

In other business, selectmen approved Jay’s share of the wastewater flow at 54 percent. Livermore Falls’ share would be 46 percent. Wastewater flow is measured by a metering pit before it arrives at the Livermore Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant to be treated. The plant treats Livermore Falls sewage and a portion of Jay’s.

Jay’s share is down from 55.4 percent last year.

The board also voted 4-1 with Selectman Justin Merrill opposed to buy a Mack truck to haul a trailer for the Transfer Station, Cushman said. The cost is $108,000 from O’Connor in Augusta, she said.

The money will come out of a capital reserve account.

Cushman said she hopes to have a resolution to the 24 Jewell St. building by the Monday, June 11, Board of Selectmen meeting. The former three-story apartment building burned in February 2011. The owners had removed the third floor earlier this year in an attempt to renovate the building to two stories.

After the town sent an inspector to the building at the request of residents who deemed the property unstable, the owners changed their minds.

Rose Grimanis of Farmington had spoken to Code Enforcement Officer Shiloh LaFreniere prior to the selectmen’s meeting about burning debris on site in a hole, Cushman said. LaFreniere told Grimanis it could not be done, she said.

Grimanis has a couple of quotes she plans to pursue to have the building demolished.

In another matter, selectmen also approved the Jay Police Department accepting $739 in a criminal forfeiture pertaining to a drug bust that Jay assisted in, Cushman said. The Department had received a letter from the Office of the Maine Attorney General on the matter, she said.

The board also re-appointed Lillian Sears to a five-year term on the Board of Appeals. Selectmen also appointed Dan Finley to serve a five-year term on the board.

In other business, Cushman said Gil Barnaby, a resident of Free Street, commended the highway crew for its work on fixing Free Street.

Selectmen also voted to donate $75 to a community garden project that is being organized by seventh-grader Trevor Doiron. Construction on the raised-bed garden being built on school property started Saturday. Most of the harvested produce will be donated to the Tri-Town Ministerial Food Cupboard in Livermore Falls that serves Jay, Livermore and Livermore Falls.

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