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Selectmen updated on Alton road projects


by Tim Croes
Staff Writer - The Baysider
June 19, 2012
ALTON — The Alton Board of Selectmen met on Monday, June 18, and opened the meeting with a public hearing on the reconstruction of Trask Side Road.

Road Agent Ken Roberts gave a detailed plan for the reconstruction project.

Roberts explained that these plans were only for Phase I of the project, which he expects to start sometime in August.

The town is currently finishing up a project on Youngstown Road and will then move onto to Rand Hill Road, which will take several months.

Roberts said much of the work would be working and cleaning out ditch lines, replacing culverts, installing catch basins and removing rocks from the roadway.

A major part of the project will involve installing 1,700 feet of pipe. Roberts also said that there would be a road closure for installing a new culvert.

Roberts said fill could be dropped off to any property owners, additional trees could be taken down at owner's request, drainage issues can be reviewed and a request to extend the Phase I project could be reviewed by the selectmen.

Roberts said that the plan is to put down a two-inch binder coat this year and finish coat for next year.

The selectmen approved a request to remove 49 trees that are currently marked.

Chairman Dave Hussey encouraged anyone with issues to bring them to Roberts now and not after the fact.

Russ Bailey, the town administrator, announced that the town offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, and fireworks are set for Tuesday, July 3.

Bailey also announced that the new construction and demolition area at the transfer station is set to open on Friday, June 22.

A household hazardous waste mini-collection will be held on transfer station from 8:30 a.m. to noon on July 14.

Member Marc Decoff said that he recently attended a school district buildings and grounds committee meeting and that they recommended sending out a survey to find out why the school renovation failed, with the cost of the survey around $4,000.

Hussey encouraged anyone interested in serving on the economic development committee to contact Pat Rockwood at the town hall or Hussey or Cydney Johnson directly.

Bailey thanked Dick Jones, who recently passed away, for his service to the town.

The board approved a request by the Alton Business Association to remove the lights, trim the town Christmas tree and reinstall the lights.

The board approved a tentative date to have the chemical treatment for milfoil for July 9. This would allow the pulling of milfoil to occur around Labor Day.

Bailey announced that $504,000 has been spent on road reconstruction so far this year.

He talked about an issue involved the waterlines on Rand Hill Road. He recommended repairing waterlines and working with the water department. Bailey will be contacting the water department.

Vice-chair Loring Carr questioned if plans were on hand for this project and suggested purchasing a GPS system so the town could set up plans.

Bailey will look into the cost of purchasing a system and training that would go with it.

The board approved the construction of a flatbed with a cost of $3,246.

The board approved the creation of a friendly reminder notice that will be sent to residents who don't have proper E-911 signs on their property.

The board also approved a fee of $100 that will be assessed to anyone who doesn't comply with the E-911 requirement, including island homes.

Bailey said he hopes that no fines are collected and that every home in the town is properly marked.

The board reviewed a plan to construct a state historical sign for the bandstand, with a cost of $1,800. Carr said he would work with citizens to raise money for the sign.

The board approved a final request for reimbursement that totaled $181,296.44 for the Reed Road Bridge that will be sent to the state.

The board approved land use items recommended by the town assessor including a timber warrant and an administrative abatement.

The board approved a request by the Alton Police Department to hold a boot drive in front of the town hall on Sunday, July 15, from 6 a.m. until 11 a.m. and on Friday, Nov. 23, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The next scheduled meeting of the Alton Board of Selectmen is on Monday, July 2, at 6 p.m. at the Alton Town Hall.

Tim Croes can be reached at tcroes@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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