WILMINGTON -- Another private meeting specifically geared toward increasing fire coverage at the Hermitage Club had all sides closer to an agreement.
"We're working on it," said Wilmington Town Manager Scott Murphy. "It's loose from our end."
The projected date for opening the base lodge located at Haystack Mountain is Nov. 1. It is currently under construction.
Before then, the Hermitage Club will need a certificate of occupancy for the building that will be approximately 90,000 square feet. An agreement with the Wilmington Fire Department will need to be reached before the certificate is issued.
Last week, Wilmington Fire Chief Ken March met with Murphy and Hermitage Club Vice President Bob Rubin to discuss what fire coverage would be necessary. Rubin previously spoke to the Selectboard about plans that were in motion.
He had said the organization was willing to honor an agreement reached with the previous property owner, in 2005, to contribute $250,000 toward the purchase of a fire apparatus. He told the board that the Hermitage Club would honor the agreement and make the amount reflect today's dollar, which would make it approximately $278,000.
The agreement with the previous property owner was to purchase a small aerial device, March said. He asked to revisit the agreement because he "wanted to give everybody room to get what was the most important for the needs."
"While a piece of their equipment they're discussing doesn't need to be there for (the lodge opening), it will for the next step, which is a hotel," said Murphy. "It would be handy to have because it's a difficult access."
He told the Reformer that Rubin would be speaking with Hermitage Club President Jim Barnes. A follow-up meeting will be scheduled with the Selectboard and Fire Department.
The hotel was approved by the Development Review Board but it would still need to meet fire safety regulations.
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