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Freedom selectmen move forward with public safety building project

June 30, 2011
FREEDOM— Selectmen here have signed on the dotted line to secure the bond for the addition to the fire station. As approved at March Town Meeting, selectmen will use about $160,000 from capital reserve funds and the bond will fund the balance of the $900,000 project. Selectman Les Babb is credited with negotiating the interest rate down to a very favorable, but variable, 2.3 percent.

At Monday night's selectmen's meeting, Babb explained that the building plans are currently being reviewed by the project's architect. Then, the project of renovating and expanding the current fire station on Village Road to include the police station will go out to bid. The construction project is expected to begin mid-July and be completed during the first half of December.

The town's other fire station, used for additional storage in the center of Freedom Village, is getting a facelift and expansion this week with the help of volunteers. Passersby will notice the building has expanded outward and upward. Town meeting voters approved the money for materials for the repair based on selectmen's assurance that the work would be done by volunteers to save money. So far, about 30 people have volunteered their time. Another work day has been scheduled for today, June 30, for anyone willing to stop by and lend a hand.

The Town Hall will also be getting a fresh look this summer. A contractor has been hired and will begin power washing the building's exterior soon after the Fourth of July holiday has passed. Then, the entire building and its shutters will get a fresh coat of paint, starting with the front of the building.

Anyone interested in keeping up with what is happening in Freedom can read Lisa Wheeler's Freedom News in this paper or visit the Web site, www.freedomhappenings.org for a calendar of the town's business and community events.

Martin Lord Osman
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