Board takes road trip; selectmen eye projects

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TURNER – Selectmen took their meeting on the road Monday night and more than a dozen Harlow Hill Road residents were there to welcome them.

Residents along the most northern mile of the road listened as selectmen and Road Committee members discussed options to prevent the road from becoming flooded and creating a mud hole in just a normal rainstorm. Residents there have dealt with the problem for more than 10 years.

Many families whose properties abut the road – Nadeau, Dunn, Ambrose – were agreeable to most suggestions made by Road Committee Chairman Kurt Youland and selectmen. Those included widening the road, improving cross culverts, strengthening shoulders and raising the road and crowning it.

Most agreed that perhaps the best approach would be to widen the road, extending shoulders, and improving culverts at a location in the road bounded by the Robert Hamel property. Hamel was adamant that none of the land “on which we have paid taxes for more than 57 years” would be used for a better road.

Selectmen invited interested parties to a meeting at the town office at 7 p.m. Monday, May 22, for a final discussion on the road with the promise of a decision and action.

Board members then moved to the Boofy Quimby Memorial Center where $85,000 in local funds and a $100,000 Community Development Block Grant will provide an addition and accessibility accommodations to the community’s recreation center for all ages. Selectmen received a visual of the proposed work guided by a sketch from Town Manager James Catlin. While discussing the project, board members agreed they need to find a way to add a new roof for the facility.

A visit to the town-owned beach on Bear Pond, where the board has instituted a fee and resident-only pass system, concluded the road trip. Selectmen wanted to take a look the area where they are considering measures to control rain runoff and unruly behavior, both at the beach and in the parking lot.

Discussion of the road stops will be held at the regular board meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, May 15, at the town office.

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