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Town board strikes down

Councilman Eugene Asenault furthered Vanselow's argument.

"It's not about the parties themselves, it's the resident's ability to have a party," he said. "I am surprised you are even trying to move forward with this considering the public push-back you have gotten."

The Boy Scout building is often used by residents who can't afford the rental cost of the Tannery Pond Community Center, officials said.

The proposed expansion would have reduced the public space by nearly one-third, according to documents included within the proposal.

Bergman said the expansion would have been at no-cost to the town and that it would be only temporary, as the squad is currently seeking funding for a new facility to be constructed in approximately 3 years.

The fact that there was little, if any claim that EMS service would be changed by the expansion was the final death-blow to the proposal.

"What I am hearing is that if we don't go through with this we won't see a decrease in services, but a decrease in comfort," Goodspeed said.

The current EMS living space is comprised of one 7 x 8 foot bedroom and a 8 x 10 foot recreational space. Some squad members said that they have resorted to sleeping on stretchers and in the ambulance during overnight shifts because of the small confines.

But the assertion that the space would be better used by the EMS didn't sit well with the board.

"It is not a luxury for free use of a public building," Goodspeed said. "It is after all the taxpayer's building."

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