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Lisbon plans to instal light for American Flag at Town Hall

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LISBON – The town council is looking into installing a light to illuminate the American Flag flying outside of Town Hall as part of the World War II memorial. Patrick J. Green, a farmer in Lisbon, pointed out to the town council that the flag, which currently flies night and day without illumination, is not being shown proper consideration.

Mr. Green, however, wanted to see the town designate someone who would be responsible with raising and lowering the flag at the beginning and end of every day.

“I’m talking about treating it as if it was 1943 – the same period of time those people [listed on the memorial] served our country,” Mr. Green said. “That flag should be put up every day that this Town Hall is in operation. It should be taken down in stormy weather.”

Mr. Green collected more than 250 signatures last year in favor of having the flag raised and lowered each day in hopes of getting the matter on the ballot in this year’s general election on Nov. 5.

Charles B. Nash, town attorney, said the issue isn’t appropriate for a referendum; anyone with concerns should address the town council personally.

Councilor Alan D. Dailey said the town doesn’t have the staffing or the budget to have the flag raised and lowered every day, but he is supportive of rigging a lighting system to illuminate the flag which is proper etiquette for flying it at night.

“We do need a direct, specific light attached to the flag,” Councilor Nathanael Putney said.

Mr. Putney said he is going to work with Town Supervisor James W. Armstrong to find a solution.

Mr. Nash said, “I think we solved the problem: put up a light. It can’t be that expensive to put up a light.”

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