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Wakefield selectmen approve repairs to Class VI road by snowmobile club


by Thomas Beeler
Editor of The Granite State News
July 03, 2014
WAKEFIELD — Donald Clifford, trail administrator of the Seven Lakes Snowmobile Club, met with selectmen on June 25 to get the town's permission to make repairs on a section of the Class VI road that the club uses as part of its trail system.

A Class VI road is a right-of-way owned but not maintained by the town.

This particular section of road is at the end of the town-maintained Pray Hill Road where it joins Ballards Ridge Road. Clifford reported that heavy snowfall and spring rains had caused a washout that made that part of the road impassable for the club's trail groomer. They planned to fill in the washout with large rocks and gravel and create swales to prevent future washouts.

Selectmen Chair Ken Paul suggested that Clifford talk with the Acton Wakefield Watersheds Alliance, which has worked with the town to correct road washouts elsewhere in town. He thanked Clifford and the club for their willingness to fix the problem. The board voted unanimously to allow the project.

Other business

The board decided to write to the Middleton Board of Selectmen proposing a meeting on the boundary line dispute affecting John Fournier's house. See separate story in this issue.

Selectmen approved a request from Jim Miller of ClearView Community TV to increase the pay of videographers to $10 a hour on July 1. Town Administrator Teresa Williams reported that the town just received a $10,000 franchise fee payment from Time Warner Cable. That fee is used to fund ClearView, which provides community television programming for Wakefield and surrounding Time Warner communities.

Selectman Connie Twombley reported that Balch Lake Improvement Committee members are upset with the board's decision to reduce their share of Invasive Species Capital Reserve Funds from $5,000 to $2,500 in order to increase funding to fight milfoil at Belleau Lake. Selectman Charlie Edwards said there simply wasn't enough money to fund all requests. Williams said that Belleau Lake Property Owners Association has agreed to come in to discuss 2015 funding during the budget process.

The board agreed to send a letter of appreciation to Lino Avellini of Lino's Restaurant for his good work in the community, especially helping the Parks and Recreation Department.

Selectmen signed off on the list of unlicensed dogs prepared by the town clerk. The list goes to Animal Control Officer Fred Guldbrandsen.

The board gave its approval of a grant application to improve the theatrical lighting in the Wakefield Opera House being filed by Victor Becker of Wakefield Projects, Inc.

Williams reported that Road Agent Fred Clough is redesigning the highway garage area in preparation for the new salt sheds and public sand area and has accumulated scrap metal he wants to sell. Selectmen approved selling the metal.

Rines Road has finally been repaved and Bonnyman and Timber Swamp roads are next.

The next meeting of the Wakefield Board of Selectmen will be on Wednesday, July 9, at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall meeting room. Residents are reminded that selectmen will meet only once a month in July and August.

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