Paving contracts awarded in Lyndeborough

LYNDEBOROUGH – Selectmen awarded two paving contracts on Wednesday, June 6. Shattuck Paving of Milford will finish the two parking lots at Citizens’ Hall and one at the Tarbell Library, while Advance Paving of Allenstown will reconstruct parts of several roads. All work is expected to be completed mid-August.

At Citizens’ Hall, the upper, or handicapped lot, will receive the final coat. The present lot was created two years ago when the new ramp was built.

The lower lot, at the side entrance to the hall, requires grading, some drainage, and access to the septic system. The library lot also has a holding tank beneath part of it that will require access.

Total cost of the three lots is not to exceed $30,500.

The paving is considered a safety issue – mud and ice accumulations – as well as reducing wear on old wood floors.

This summer’s paving plan includes reconstruction of Meetinghouse Hill on New Road and reclaiming of Baldwin Hill Road. Any money left in the budget will be used for skim-shimming portions of Center Road from the town hall east in preparation for work in coming years.

Advance will work with Road Agent Kent Perry and the Highway Department.

Selectman Mark Chamberlain said a culvert on Baldwin Hill, near the pond, is collapsing and will have to be replaced before the work is done. About 3,500 of the road will be reclaimed. Work is to be completed by mid-August.

Total funds available for the paving is $153,000.

In other business, the new Street Lighting Committee has toured the village area and looked at the 20 streetlights installed about 1947. Electricity arrived in South Lyndeborough in 1926 when the gas lights were replaced. The committee will meet again on June 25. They are to consider which, if any, of the lights are no longer needed and if new ones should be added.

The committee is to consider aesthetics as well as cost savings.

Because of concerns about the town cutting trees along a road designated “scenic,” former Selectman Scott Roper did a thorough study of New Road. He determined the road was laid out in 1838 as a “three-rod road,” or 49 ½ feet. The current travel way is 25 feet, which will allow trees to be removed if needed.

The new police vehicle has arrived, replacing the 2014 cruiser.