Farmington selectmen consider road plan

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FARMINGTON — Selectmen will consider approving a five-year capital improvement plan for roads and the best way to fund it when they meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Municipal Building.

The Transportation Advisory Committee has proposed the plan, which includes totally rebuilding some roads and improving others so they will not need rebuilding.

A survey done in 2010 recognized Voter Hill, Morrison Hill, Porter Hill and Titcomb Hill roads, and Mohawk, Seminole and Shawnee drives as needing total reconstruction, Public Works Director Denis Castonguay recently said.

State Urban Rural Initiative Program money has basically been the only source of funding for road construction and paving. Last year, the town received $173,000 from the URIP but it’s not enough to do the backlog of road work needed, Castonguay previously told selectmen.

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The Transportation Advisory Committee has suggested including a separate article on the town warrant to raise $133,000 this year to begin the work of the plan. The amount nearly doubles the following year with smaller increases or no increase in subsequent years.

The URIP money could be used for debt service if the amounts needed for roadwork are borrowed over 10 years.

In other business, the board will discuss the governor’s proposed budget and its potential impact on Farmington property taxpayers.

They will also consider a request from assessor Mark Caldwell to retire “in place” or while continuing to work as allowed in the town’s personnel policy.

abryant@sunjournal.com

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