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Mayor revives Malden fire station building committee

Posted by Matt Byrne  May 16, 2011 02:04 PM

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Malden Mayor Richard C. Howard ordered the city to reconvene the Fire Station Building Committee and named new members, according to a letter submitted to the City Council.

Howard asked that the group meet "for the purpose of exploring plans for additional fire station facilities on the east side of the City," according to a copy of the letter.

He also appointed  a second advisory committee, composed of a wider array of city officials, including financial staff, public works and engineering heads, and development and emergency management directors.

The committee has not scheduled its first meeting, said City Cleark Karen Anderson.

The order comes after Malden Fire Chief Michael Murphy shut operations at the Maplewood Station because of water damage, decay, and mold.

Murphy ordered the station shut April 19, when city councilors toured it and in comments afterward condemned what they saw. The inspection was accompanied by results of mold testing performed by a company commissioned by At-Large City Councilor Deborah Fallon that indicated the presence of potentially harmful strains of organisms in a sample of bathroom ceiling tile.

The accuracy of those tests have been questioned by city health officials and other councilors.

The fire crew was relocated to the the Overlook Ridge station, about 1.4 miles away from the location of the old Maplewood station.

In addition to Howard, the building committee members are: Murphy; Stephen Melanson, Director of Public Facilities; Neil Kinnon, Councilor for Ward 6 on the city's east side; and Gregory Lucey, the City Council president.

The members of the advisory committee are: Thomas Denehey, Fire Commissioner; Charles Rahnagan, Controller; Jack Russell, Director of Engineering, Planning, and Waterworks; Robert Donnelly, Assessor; Stephen Wishoski, Executive Director of the Malden Redevelopment Authority; and Thomas Walsh, Emergency Management director.

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