Otisfield considers marking difference between public and private roads

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OTISFIELD — Selectmen gave a Road Study Review Committee member the go-ahead Wednesday night to start marking the ends of town roads that become private.

Each marking will be done with a 6-inch granite square with an engraving that will be put into the side of the road on town easement land.

The committee is charged with developing a plan to fund road improvements.

Committee member Herb Olsen told selectmen there are probably a half dozen such roads in town. The private sections of roads are not maintained by the town.

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He said he was inspecting town roads with Road Commissioner Richard Bean Sr. when he realized that a marker separating private and public roads would be useful.

Olsen, who lives on a public/private road, said while some people in town may know where the public section end, it’s likely no one in the future will remember.

“As a taxpayer, I think we should do it now,” Olsen said. “Our knowledge may not be there in 10 years.”

Olsen will begin making calls to determine costs of a 6-inch square granite marker with engraving and present the information to the board for review.

Because the granite posts will be on private land that has a town easement, Selectman Rick Micklon suggested that affected residents be notified of the work.

ldixon@sunjournal.com

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