2017-10-27 / Community

Arundel fire station still seen as a danger

By Wm. Duke Harrington Staff Writer

ARUNDEL — Repairs to the Arundel fire station, damaged May 26 when a vehicle left Limerick Road and crashed into the building, are now complete, but there may be one more piece yet to do, following complaints from firefighters.

“We need to come up with an option for a barrier at that corner,” Selectmen Jason Nedeau said at the Oct. 23 meeting of the board of selectmen. “We have several firemen who will not sleep in that front bedroom for fear that this is going to happen again.”

The crash occured when 25-yearold Kastara Ylonen, of Waterboro, lost control of her 2009 Toyota Highlander, while traveling north on Limerick Road. The SUV shot across the fire station lawn at the corner of Limerick and Mountain Road, tore up a shrub, clipped a granite historical society monument, missed the flagpole by inches, and slammed into the corner of the fire station that houses sleeping quarters for fire and rescue personnel.

Because the crew was just returning from a call at the time of the crash, which occurred at about 10:30 p.m., nobody was in the sleeping area. Town Manager Keith Trefethen has said EMTs were in the hallway just outside the bunkroom when the SUV hit.

“It [the SUV] went right through the wall into the first bedroom,” Trefethen said at the time. “If anybody had been sleeping in that room, we believe they would have been killed.”

Nedeau was tapped by his peers to act as general contractor on the repair project. On Monday, Trefethen said the town’s insurance company recently paid $52,087 as a final payment, on top of $47,000 paid over the summer. The town also kicked in nearly $24,000 from a $500,000 town office building reserve account to replace vinyl siding all the way around the station.

But Nedeau said he felt the remaining concerns of the firefighters should be heeded.

“We need to do something. I feel as though it’s a liability at this point, where we haven’t done anything,” he said.

“We can place some great big rocks — line them up and make them look good,” Selectman Phil Labbe said.

“I don’t know how big a vehicle they would stop,” Selectmen Velma Hayes said.

“Depends on how big the rocks are,” Selectman Thomas Danylik said.

Labbe, owner of Labbe Excavation, suggested he could provide appropriately sized stopping stones.

Trefethen said he will work with Labbe and Public Works Director Roger Taschereau to find a solution that will allow the fire and rescue crews to rest easy.

Staff Writer Duke Harrington can be reached at news@kennebunkpost.com.

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