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Town officials making progress on infrastructure planning

November 24, 2021
WOLFEBORO — Town Manager Jim Pineo reported progress on several fronts during the Nov. 17 Board of Selectmen meeting.

For one, there is now a new developer involved in an agreement to purchase the 24 lots in Winnipesaukee Estates off of Route 28 that have remained unsold for several years. He has 45 days, said Pineo, to evaluate the buildability of the lots, work to create a homeowners association, and purchase the properties for $310,000.

Residents of the development have petitioned the town in the past to take over its road, which has fallen into disrepair, but with 24 lots unsold, and a developer unwilling to sell, a Betterment Assessment to reconstruct the road was impossible. Pineo expressed relief that the "longstanding issue"

was resolved, and the property would go back on the tax rolls.

Pineo also reported that the Public Safety Building Committee made the decision to eliminate Filter Bed Road as an option for a public safety building. He said it would take a lot of preparation to make it a through road, it would be expensive and disturbing to the neighbohood. The group opted instead to place the police department on town property along North Main Street (site of a former water tower) just before Sky Ridge Condominiums, heading north. The fire station would remain at the existing site.

The former substation on Route 109 is under review. At this point, the committee is pushing for 2023 for moving forward and "both chiefs are on board."

Weekly meetings are commencing on construction at Pop Whalen, involving construction manager CCI, an architect, representatives of the Friends of Pop Whalen, Pineo, Selectman Linda Murray who is a director on the Friends of Pop Whalen board, and Selectman Brian Deshaise, representing the town.

The project is an expansion into eight locker rooms two for Kingswood teams, two for Brewster teams and four undesignated. Design and costs need to be clarified for positioning on the town's share on the 2022 town Warrant.

Pineo also said "great things are happening" in regard to bike paths. The Single Track Alliance is working along the Fernald Crossing trails, and other are devoted to trails at Abenaki. There is more to come.

He ended his report with a budgetary announcement that health insurance will increase by 2.4 percent, "good news" in his book.

Martin Lord Osman
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