District to offer gravel workshop


SABATTUS – Androscoggin Valley Conservation District will offer a workshop for the public on the maintenance of unpaved roads from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 10, in Sabattus.

The workshop will cover the basics of road building and maintenance techniques, presented by Phil Curtis of Maine Local Roads Center. Russ Lanoie will introduce the front runner, a front-mounted grader rake that fits onto the front of -ton pickup utilizing a snowplow mount and which can be used to grade and shape gravel roads.

Colin Clarke of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection will give a short presentation on pertinent environmental regulations within the shoreland zone.

The morning session will be held at the Sabattus Town Hall, Route 9, and the field portion of the program will be held at a private gravel road in the Sabattus Pond watershed. Participants will have an opportunity to assess road conditions and to operate the front runner. Androscoggin Valley Conservation District owns a front runner and will lease it to trained individuals for a minimal fee.

Preregistration for the workshop is required and must be received by June 7; a fee of $10 will be charged to cover refreshments and materials. The workshop qualifies for contractor recertification credits under MDEP’s contractor certification program. Call the Conservation District at 753-9400, ext. 400, to request a brochure or to register.