Maine Town Ends Flying of U.S. Flags Due to Insurance Cost

June 29, 2016

A lack of adequate liability insurance has put an end to a project honoring military veterans by flying American flags on utility poles in Maine’s smallest town.

The Kennebec Journal reports Randolph Fire Association fundraised for about a year before buying and mounting 20 flags along the town’s traffic corridors. But because Randolph technically rents the poles from the utility and its insurance doesn’t meet a $5 million coverage threshold, the flags came down.

To keep the flags up, town officials would have to purchase an insurance rider for the additional coverage. Although the rider would only cost about $500, there’s no more money budgeted for the project.

Fire association member Jim Kimball says he can’t fathom why it’s so expensive to mount the flags for three months.

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  • July 18, 2016 at 11:41 am
    Dave Novac says:
    What a bunch of Commies! When Donald Trump becomes President, one of the first acts should be to put a flag on every telephone pole in the state of ME and then get rid of the... read more
  • July 1, 2016 at 9:12 am
    CommonSense says:
    I see lots of talk about insurance costs here, but nothing regarding the dirtbag plaintiff lawyers who pursue bogus cases whenever and wherever they can. That is what drives i... read more
  • June 29, 2016 at 10:46 pm
    Yogi Polar Berra says:
    Dozens of underwriters reading this article and no one offered a creative solution involving policy terms?! Fuggedabout the utility poles and just paint some flags on the curb... read more

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