Sanbornton road crew approved for four-day workweek
Selectmen also endorse Park and Ride, recognize long-term town employees
May 06, 2009
SANBORNTON — Town Road crews will be moving to a four-day work schedule with the summer months approaching. The request was made in an effort to bring greater productivity to their projects and get crews off the roadways before weekend traffic sets in on Fridays.
Selectman Dave Nickerson said he had no problem with the concept so long as the crews were productive throughout the longer workday.
"We have a great supervisor in place though," he said, "and a great crew now, too, so I don't think this would be a bad idea for the summer months."
John VanTassel, operations manager for the department, said that a 10-hour day makes a big difference in what the crews can accomplish. When the men have a long drive out to a work site, a lot of time in an eight-hour day is spent traveling. The longer hours would mean more work done in a day and not as much time spent on the road getting to and from a location.
Selectmen unanimously approved the temporary change, with the exception being the occurrence of a severe storm, which may necessitate Friday work hours for clean up and repairs.
The Select Board also heard a request from a resident that a list of road name changes in town be publicized so that everyone is aware of the new names. It was agreed that an insert be added to the Annual Town Report and handed out to all at Town Meeting on May 13.
A complaint was received about political signs being nailed to telephone poles and trees in town. Laws concerning campaign and other political signs state that they not be permanently affixed to either. Selectmen declined to act on the matter at this time as a letter sent out to the offended would require 15 days written notice to remove the signs. By that time Town Meeting would have been held and the notice would become a moot point.
In other news, the committee looking into building a Park and Ride at Exit 22 reported that they could apply for a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program grant to fund the project. Eighty percent of the grant would consist of federal finds, with the remaining 20 percent coming from the state. Selectman Steve Ober stated that he publicly supports the project and moved the committee be allowed to continue seeking the grant funding. The board agreed to endorse the idea and sent word back to the committee to proceed with the application process.
In other actions at the selectmen meeting, Town Administrator Bob Veloski presented certificates for the board to sign, congratulating long-term employees of the town. A program he has just initiated will recognize employees for their service in five-year increments. Moving to first thank those with the longest term of town service, certificates were presented to recognize Julie Lonergan, Recreation Dept. coordinator; June Plummer of the Transfer Station; Robb Jutton, assessing; and Lt. Stephen Hankard of the Sanbornton Police Department for more than five years of employment. Others will be recognized at a later date.