New Gloucester posts roads

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NEW GLOUCESTER — Selectmen on Monday approved posting 53 roads for a 23,000-pound weight limit until May 15. The town’s public works director may lift the restriction earlier.

Signs will be posted this week, alerting drivers of heavy vehicles that they are restricted from using the roads because of potential damage to the surface.

The board agreed that roads that are connected to posted roads not have signs to save money. Selectmen will not post sections of roads that are used by local business operations.

A section of the Outlet Road to the Maschino Gravel pit is exempt. The Morse Road used by Maschino Lumber and Pineland Farms is also not to be posted. Finally, a section of the Town Farm Road to Hotham’s Lumber is also off the restricted list.

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Selectmen have no authority to post routes 231, 100, 202 and 4. Route 26 is administered by the Maine Department of Transportation.

In other business, the board agreed to accept warrant articles for the annual town meeting no later than March 15.

Residents who want to allow public access on the town’s cable TV service have filed two petitions to the board. Another petition deals with franchise fees to benefit the cable TV efforts.

On April 5, selectmen will approve all warrant articles, then sign the annual town meeting warrant.

The town meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 3.

Finally, the board approved a renewal of a junkyard license for Darrell M. Flanders on Sabbathday Lake Road.

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