LYNDEBOROUGH – On Saturday, March 14, about 60 voters approved an engineering study for the eventual rebuilding of Mountain Road, created a committee to study the needs of the town’s emergency services, permanently discontinued a short piece of road, and approved a budget totaling $1,743,006.
The meeting at Citizens’ Hall lasted two and a half hours.
The budget includes a 2 percent raise for all employees, a full-time administrator plus added part time hours in the town office, and an enlarged police force, all for less than a 2 percent increase in the bottom line.
The Mountain Road project, said to be the biggest project ever undertaken by the town, was presented by Road Agent Kent Perry and Jeff Lewis of Northpoint Engineering of Pembroke who will conduct the study. The project includes four sections of the road between Center Road and the end of the paved portion, a total of about a mile and a quarter. The road has had little work beyond maintenance for many years and Road Agent Kent Perry said, “It’s beyond repair. I can no longer fix it.”
The article passed on a loud and enthusiastic voice vote.
The town has had several fire department and police department needs studies in the past, studies Selectman Arnie Byam said would be used by the new committee. “Our fire station is too small, the police department is inadequate, and we need to do something for emergency management.”
The committee, which is looking for volunteers, has two years to make a recommendation as to what is needed and where it should be.
A fund with $5,000 was established for their use.
Voters added the word “repair” to four vehicle funds and then approved contributions to them and three others.
A grant has been written for a federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance to Firefighters grant. If the $200,000 is not approved, the article will be void. The department has $150,000 in a capital reserve fund.
The discontinuance of a portion of Chase Road, from the Perham Corner Cemetery to Perham Corner Road, was basically a housekeeping item, clarifying wording of the original closure in 1958.
Selectman Chairman Fred Douglas presented gifts of appreciation to three people at the close of the meeting.
Selectman Arnold Byam is retiring after serving 9 years over two terms.
Burton Reynolds served as interim Town Administrator during the medical leave of Kate Thorndike and during the search for a new administrator.
Don Guertin, whom Douglas said is known as “the man who says no,” is retiring after about 30 years on the Budget Committee. Guertin presented the budget March 14.