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Riceboro budget may aim at insurance costs
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Riceboro is working on its annual budget for the fiscal year that began this month, in part by asking the volunteer fire department to submit a list of its needs.
High on that list will be the 41 fire hydrants that need repair or replacement. The defective hydrants were identified by the Insurance Service Organization as a principal reason for Riceboro’s undesirable high fire insurance rating.
One volunteer firefighter, Dennis Fitzgerald, told the council that many volunteer fire departments insured both their firefighters and their equipment.
Other budget considerations include possible increasing costs for water and wastewater treatment, lighting, signs and repair of the city hall parking lot, including the driveway where uneven pavement administers a sharp shock to vehicles that do not slow almost to a stop.
The mayor and council discussed a number of repairs and improvements needed at the recreation department’s center in Riceboro. The city hopes the county will cover most or all of those costs.
They include improving the parking lot, lighting and security cameras.
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