Town edges are at issue
>Boundaries lie somewhere in a soccer field
WILTON – Somewhere on Carnival Hill, the east-west boundary between Milford and Lyndeborough meets the north-south Wilton boundary. Exactly where that junction lies is again under dispute.
When the athletic fields were developed in the area a few years ago, a survey located the corner and the granite marker was buried at that point. Since that point is in the soccer field, it couldn’t be above ground.
On Monday, June 27, Lorraine Carson, of Milford, met with selectmen to discuss the location, as she has several times in the past.
"The issue is between Milford and Lyndeborough," she said, "where that line intersects the Wilton line. No one really knows where it is."
Folklore according to some longtime residents, says when Carnival Hill was a cornfield, the farmer got tired of plowing around the corner marker and moved it to the stone wall. Carson said she doubted the story since the marker would be too heavy to move.
"We have visited this twice before," Selectman Dan Donovan said.
Since it has been surveyed several times since 1980 – four surveys were cited at the meeting – "It is where it should be as far as Wilton is concerned," Donovan said.
Carson said the plan was to survey the line to determine where it should be, and that Milford and Lyndeborough have agreed to split the costs.
Selectman Bill Condra said he was present at a previous survey involving the three towns.
Public Works Director Steve Elliott said he knows where the marker is buried and will unearth it whenever the officials agree to meet.
"If it is in the wrong place, it needs to be removed and reburied," Carson said, adding, "It would be nice it if were above ground."
That isn’t possible in the middle of a soccer field.
Lyndeborough Town Administrator Russ Boland said his select board had agreed to the plan and would meet with Milford when a date is set.
Condra noted that the athletic fields, although located in three towns, are owned by Wilton.