Lee fire commissioners to resume in-person meetings

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TOWN OF LEE — The bingo hall building at the Lee Center Firemen’s Field, which has had no bingo events for over four months due to COVID-19, on Monday will host the town Board of Fire Commissioners’ first in-person meeting since early March.

The board, whose April, May and June regular meetings were on a virtual remote basis, will meet Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the bingo hall off School Street in Lee Center. The board did not schedule a July meeting.

In-person meetings of the board normally have been in the Town Hall or at the Lee Center firehouse, but the bingo hall facility has a larger meeting area. Tables and chairs will be set up to “provide maximum social distancing,” and masks are required in accordance with state guidelines, town fire district secretary Linda Valade said in an announcement for the meeting. The announcement noted the seating arrangements will be for the public as well as the board.

The board, which manages fire protection in the taxpayer-funded Lee fire district, oversees the Lee Center Volunteer Fire Department and additionally contracts with the independent Lake Delta Volunteer Fire Department.

The bingo hall also has been used by the Lee Center fire department in resuming its regular in-person meetings in June and July, department President William Baker said Thursday. The department’s in-person meetings typically had been at the firehouse, but the bingo hall provides “more room for social distancing,” Baker observed. Its official regular capacity is for about 300 people, he added.

Along with bingo events, which have not been held since the first weekend of March, Baker said parties that had been scheduled at the bingo hall were canceled because of the COVID-19 situation.

The agenda for Monday night’s fire commissioners board meeting includes updates on the long-running overhead door renovation project at the Lee Center firehouse, and on a committee looking into a new multi-use Lee Center fire department vehicle. Reports by the Lee Center and Lake Delta fire chiefs also are regularly presented at the
meetings.

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