In addition to the statewide referendum vote Tuesday, Nov. 7, voters in Waldoboro will cast their ballots on the adoption of a fire department insurance claim and restitution ordinance.
The Waldoboro Board of Selectmen held a public hearing on the proposed ordinance Sept. 26.
According to Waldoboro Fire Chief Paul Smeltzer, the ordinance would help the fire department recoup some of its expenses for responding to certain calls.
The ordinance would give the fire department the authority to make insurance claims and seek restitution in criminal cases, but Smeltzer said the fire department would not bill residents, and would only make claims on existing insurance policies.
“These are claims on existing insurance policies, not bills. No one has to buy additional insurance and there is no added burden on citizens if it passes,” Smeltzer said during the September public hearing.
Smeltzer said the ordinance would allow the fire department to make insurance claims in a manner similar to how Waldoboro Emergency Medical Services handles insurance claims.
The ordinance is available to the public at the town office and on the town office’s website.