Maine’s smallest town can’t fly the flag for July 4th due to power company rule

Maine’s smallest town can’t fly the flag for July 4th due to power company rule

[Ed. – Come on, power company skinflints.  Buy ’em some insurance.  You know you have a public do-gooding fund for stuff like that.]

The plan in this, the smallest town in Maine, was simple: join neighboring municipalities in the summertime rite of celebrating the United States and honoring veterans by mounting American flags on utility poles on the town’s traffic corridors.

For about a year, Jim Kimball and the Randolph Fire Association have been raising money for the project and had gathered donations totaling about $1,000, just enough to pay for 20 flags and the mounting hardware.

And so the flags went up.

“It makes the town look better,” said Kimball, a captain in the Randolph Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the association, “and it shows we support the veterans. A lot of the veterans drive right through here.” …

But the plan derailed this month over one crucial detail: lack of sufficient liability insurance.

While the town of Randolph has insurance coverage through the Maine Municipal Association, it doesn’t meet the $5 million coverage threshold that utility companies such as Central Maine Power require.

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