Merrimack eyes school land for new fire station

Town and school officials in Merrimack may hammer out a land deal Monday to make way for a new fire station in the southern part of town.

The school district owns about 12 acres off Continental Boulevard, a piece that was associated with the Thorntons Ferry School site, said Tom Mahon, town council chairman.

Town officials have been eyeing that land as a potential station site because Chelsea Property Group’s outlet mall is projected to increase calls for help in that area of town, Mahon said. The current station on Naticook Road is inadequate to handle increased calls, and voters rejected a $1.1 million refurbishment proposal several years ago.

Mahon, Town Manager Keith Hickey and Fire Chief Mike Currier approached the school board about working out a deal in December during a non-public session. No specific details were hammered out at the time.

“We left it as there would be several different ways for this to be accomplished, but it’s clearly the school district’s property and their choice as to if they want to pursue it, and how they want to pursue it,” Mahon said.

School officials are scheduled to meet in non-public session Monday for land discussions. They are then anticipated to speak in open session about a possible warrant article.

The school board meets in the Merrimack High School cafeteria Monday at 7:30 p.m.