$1.8 Million Penthouse for Portland Firemen Running Fireboat
City of Portland wants to spend $1.8 million to build an apartment on the Portland waterfront for the 3 firefigters who man the fireboat full time. We just spent $3.5 million on a new boat and did not provide for housing acommodations on it.
No one from the press was at the City Finance committee meeting where the issue surfaced last night. So much for the Portland Press Herald keeping it eye on its namesake city.
The backup for this is one line of the 2009 Capital Improvement Plan budget (which list $1.3 million, but they allocated $500,000 last year of which they have spent $80,000 on enginnering, etc, and I was told total engineering and architecture is slated to be $350,000).