Government at a glance

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Government at a Glance

Board: Minot Board of Selectmen

Met: Tuesday night.

Paving bids

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The scoop: Selectmen reviewed responses to their request for bids on this summer’s road paving program. Selectmen received six bids — ranging from $200,167 to $215,109 — for paving on Brighton Hill Road. The bids were for applying 31,000 tons of asphalt to two sections of Brighton Hill Road. The bids were slightly over the amount the town meeting allocated for this year’s paving program. Selectmen directed Town Administrator Arlan Saunders to check with Pine Tree Paving of South Paris, the apparent low bidder, to arrange a bid adjustment.

Up next: Selectmen will make an announcement of bid award within seven to10 days. In the meantime, the town crew is doing preparatory work along Brighton Hill Road. Paving is scheduled to be completed before the end of June.

Cemetery fence

Issue: The cemetery fence along the south side of Riverside Cemetery in West Minot has fallen into disrepair.

The scoop: West Minot Grange members secured a grant whereby they were able to purchase 14, 8-foot sections of picket fence. By prior agreement the town will supply posts and the highway crew will help install the new fence.

Up next: The fence should go up sometime in mid-summer.

Adopt a highway

The scoop: Tri-Town Optimist Club Vice President Jeff Gagnon received selectmens’ permission to allow the club to adopt a road in Minot. The Optimists would supply volunteers to clean along the road sides with the town providing signs warning traffic of workers as well as a truck to hall the trash. Selectmen welcomed the offer and agreed that Shaw Hill Road, which sees a lot of traffic going to and from the Minot Consolidated School and which is about a mile long, would be perfect for adoption. 

Up next: Saunders will contact the Optimist Club to make appropriate arrangements .

School budget

The scoop: Selectmen signed a warrant for the school budget validation referendum. It establishes May 11 as the date when townspeople will vote on RSU 16’s budget for the 2010-11 school year.  Voting will take place on that day from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the town office.

Athletic field work

Issue: The control of expenditures for the development and upkeep of facilities in the new Minot Memorial Park.

The scoop: The town Recreation Committee has overseen the development of Minot Memorial Park with funding largely through state and federal grants. Now that the fields are up and running, town money is being used for facility upkeep and improvement. With this shift, selectmen believe they should be more involved in the park’s oversight reviewing, the scope of projects and dealing with bids and work performance.

Up next: Selectmen and the town Recreation Committee will work out the details.

— Winslow Durgin

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