Lido-Point Lookout fire officials set community meeting

Lido & Point Lookout Fire District in Point Lido & Point Lookout Fire District in Point Lookout. (June 2, 2013) Photo Credit: Ed Betz

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Lido and Point Lookout Fire District officials will meet with residents in December to discuss plans to modernize the district's facilities.

The meeting, scheduled for Dec. 11, will take place five months after voters rejected a $7 million bond proposal that would have allowed the district to repair and expand firehouses damaged in superstorm Sandy. The proposal failed, 758-260.

The district's two active firehouses remain in need of modernization and repairs, said Andy Richter, a district commissioner.

The district is considering a new bond issue that, unlike the failed one, would not include a plan to demolish the district's 82-year-old Ye Olde Firehouse on Lido Boulevard in Point Lookout and replace it with a 1,900-square-foot command center, Richter said. The district wants to renovate its main firehouse and Lido firehouse and deal with Ye Olde Firehouse's future as a separate issue, he said.

District officials want to first meet with residents before drawing up any plans, Richter said.

"One of the criticisms we had was that the community didn't feel it was engaged in the previous discussions," Richter said.

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Richard Zampella, president of the Point Lookout Chamber of Commerce and a critic of the original proposal, said the community meeting is a good step. "The Board of Fire Commissioners has decided to turn to the community on issues that affect the quality of life in Point Lookout," he said.

The Dec. 11 meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the district's main firehouse, on Lido Boulevard and Hewlett Avenue, Richter said. A second meeting in January is possible, he said.

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