SHIRLEY -- After weeks of discussion and negotiations, the final draft of a lease between the War Memorial Building Trustees and American Legion Post No. 183, the building's sole tenant, was presented to selectmen Monday night. All three selectmen signed it.
A majority of the Legion's Executive Board also signed the document, along with two members representing the trustees, which had previously indicated approval. Two members couldn't make it but are expected to sign, according to trustee Harold Smith.
The Legion Executive Board approved the lease at its last meeting, Chairman John Guthrie said. He thanked trustees, Town Administrator Patrice Garvin, Town Counsel, Legion members and the board and the selectmen for hammering out the agreement.
Selectman David Swain called it a win/win for all parties, citing a new heating system and new lighting in the War Memorial Building.
Earlier this year, the old building was included on a list of town-owned buildings that received professional energy audits and recommendations to make it more efficient.
Once all the necessary signatures are obtained, the lease will be a public document, with copies provided to the trustees and the tenant, selectmen said.
"Just to clarify, this (lease) was worked out with the assistance of the Energy Committee," Chairman Kendra Dumont said, with the rental amount based on estimated heat and utility costs. "This (rent) only goes to cover the utilities," she said.
In other business, selectmen appointed two new EMTs to the ambulance crew, Kevin Hayes, Jr. and Amanda Saball, who currently works as an EMT for Med Star.
The two new crew members are certified and background checks on both have been completed, Ambulance Director Mike Detillion said.
"This is exciting for me," said Detillion.
Although there is a six-month trial period for new EMTs, Saball and Hayes can both "go into action immediately," he said.
EMTs in Shirley are paid by the call.