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Tuftonboro selectmen discuss paving options


April 25, 2019
TUFTONBORO — Road Agent Jim Bean and Frank Carroll of FR Carroll/All State Paving discussed paving options with the board on April 22.

Carroll pointed out that in "order to get the most bang for the buck," it would be best to cover several projects thoroughly rather than do more smaller, targeted sections of roadways, taking into account mobilization of equipment.

Board members agreed to do two coats to the unpaved 1,250 foot section of Sawyer Road, paid for by money approved through a warrant article this year, and apply a top coat to 1,250 feet on Brown Road, beginning in late June. A 3,600 foot stretch on Dame Road, said to have come through the winter in especially rough shape, will follow.

The costs are $51,000 for Brown Road, $56,400 for Sawyer Road and $95,000 for Dame Road.

Bean reported on his crew's spring activity, which has included filling in potholes and road edges, and opening the ends of culverts.

On April 8, members of the fire department, arriving on Engine 2, assisted the highway department in resolving a high water issue on Ledge Hill Road by applying a special boring nozzle on the end of a hose to make a hole through a blockage in a frozen culvert. Fire and Rescue Chief Adam Thompson said the water was about six feet deep.

Other days the road crew has been cutting dead trees along roadways, and putting up new signs to identify Class VI roads to warn drivers of conditions ahead. and signs along waterfront entry areas.

In other business, the board talked about feedback they have been getting about the announced permanent closure of the Swap Shop. Chairman Chip Albee said he's been getting an even split for and against, and commented that he's tempted to put the Swap Shop on the town warrant next year as a budget item, to include hiring someone to monitor the items as they are dropped off. That would be a true test of support.

Selectman Bill Macussen commented that he feels that the existing shop is too small; a larger space would allow more time for someone to claim items, and he suggested that the Quonset Hut at the facility could fill the void. He agreed that someone needs to monitor the traffic in and out to assure that what belongs in the Construction/Debris pile goes there, and suggested that volunteers could manage it.

Stay tuned. The topic is under lively debate on social media.

Tiffany Eddy
Martin Lord Osman
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