Perryville postpones vote on fire company donation

A final decision on whether to give The Community Fire Company of Perryville a total of $105,000 for its career services program has been delayed at least one more month.

Although a vote on the donation was on the agenda for Tuesday's Perryville town meeting, Mayor Jim Eberhardt noted that the fire company hasn't voted on the final agreement yet and, because of this, the town should postpone the decision.

In August, the fire company requested the donation - $80,000 on top of the $25,000 grant it received as part of the town's 501(C)3 grant process - to fund a full-time EMS service with four employees working 12-hour shifts and benefits packages.

Town administrator Denise Breder said terms of the agreement were discussed during the mayor and commissioners' September work session and the town and fire company "tried to hammer out" terms that both entities would approve of.

Atlantic Broadband ownership transferred

The town approved the transfer of ownership of Atlantic Broadband Cable TV to Cogeco, a Canadian cable company that has been in the business since the 1970s.

Sam McGill, vice president and general manager of Atlantic, said after the meeting that the deal with Cogeco is expected to close "late this year" and the approval of the town was necessary as all municipalities with a share in the franchise had to agree on the transfer.

There will be no change in name, McGill continued, and the company is known to "invest a lot of money with their network."

Water treatment plant emergency repair

A budget amendment reflecting the emergency repair of a distribution pump at the town's water treatment plant was approved for $10,000.

Breder explained earlier in the month a pump went out and needed to be repaired quickly as the pump distributes water to the businesses and residences in town.

Breast cancer awareness month

During his mayor's report, Eberhardt, wearing a pink tie, read a proclamation declaring Tuesday, Oct. 2, as "Pink Tuesday to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month" and encouraged everyone to wear pink every Tuesday during October in its honor.

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