Lyndeborough selectmen outline roadwork and more at meeting

LYNDEBOROUGH – Finishing paving projects, upgrading gravel roads, getting equipment ready for winter, finding people to plow snow, the many aspects of getting the roads ready for winter, were all discussed by the Road Agent and the Board of Selectmen at their regular meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

Interim Road Agent Mark Chase outlined the work plan for the coming winter.

The scheduled paving on Baldwin Hill, New Road and Center Road has been completed and another section of Center Road to the east of the town hall – the worst places – will be completed as funds allow, Chase said. A problem with work done on Baldwin Hill has been resolved with the contractor and will be repaired.

The culvert at the junction of Pettingill Hill Roads and Route 31 will be replaced. A ledge on New Road will be blasted to widen a section for easier maintenance.

“We’re doing the best we can,” Chase said, while coping with weather, to “get it done before snow flies.”

Since the recent resignation of long-time agent Kent Perry, the department has been down to three men. Chase asked permission to hire two part-time people for the coming winter, plus one part time person for next summer. The board agreed.

Town Administrator Russ Boland said, “They are doing an outstanding job trying to save the town money,” and as part of that savings, Chase is asking for a new, insulated, door for the Quonset hut where equipment is stored.

“It will be a big savings on heat,” Chase said. “I really feel this needs to be fixed.”

The board approved spending up to $5,500 for the project.

And, Chase said, “the budget looks good so far.”

In other business, Police Chief Rance Deware recommended hiring resident Shawn McFadden as a part-time office and the board approved. McFadden is certified full-time, also works with the Fish and game Department and is a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Deware also presented a draft of proposed changes to the town’s parking ordinance. A public hearing will be held on Sept. 26.

Boland said their computer consultant has advised purchasing a new system because of the age of the present one, and that was taken under advisement.

Repairs to the Artillery Shed roof are still planned to be made by fall by several