NEWRY — Selectmen expect to soon seek bids to reconstruct and pave a section of Sunday River Road in the Letter S area this summer.

Administrator Loretta Powers said Tuesday morning that engineer Joe Aloisio brought his proposal for the project before the board Monday night.

In October, Aloisio presented the plan to reconstruct, reclaim and pave 1,200 feet of Sunday River Road near the Nordic Knoll subdivision and Letter S swimming hole. He proposed creating an 18-foot-wide travel way with unpaved, 2-foot-wide shoulders.

The plan at the Letter S area is to widen the pavement on the right side by 8 feet for about 200 feet for parking on that side of the road.

At the March 3 town meeting, voters approved spending $300,000 on the project by appropriating $150,000 from taxation and taking $150,000 from the Capital Improvement account.

Powers said Wednesday that Aloisio and code enforcement officer Dave Bonney will work to create specifications for the bid process. The project will also include paving a small section of the road right before the Letter S section.


In more road-related news, Powers said Bonney is proposing a three-year summer and winter roads contract and is also working on specifications for that project. Previously, Newry had gone with a contractor for three years for winter roads, and a suggestion was made to go with a contractor for a year at a time.

Powers also asked the board what they wanted to do with the proposed Road Entrance and Parking ordinances that town meeting voters rejected.

The Road Entrance Ordinance would have established entrance standards for temporary and permanent roads and driveways entering onto Newry rights of way.

The parking document was created from ordinances in other towns for parking enforcement near hiking trail entrances on Route 26 at Step Falls and areas along Sunday River Road. Without an ordinance, Newry can’t enforce parking.

Selectmen decided to respect the wishes of the voters and not try to revive the parking measure. But the entrance ordinance will be brought up at a future meeting once Bonney makes wording changes, Powers said.

In other business, selectmen are waiting to renew Newry’s agreement with local access station, the Western Hills Access TV. The board appointed former Selectman Brooks Morton to serve as Newry’s representative on that committee.

Selectmen are also looking for one more person to serve as an alternate on the Planning Board. Powers said alternate Ron Guerton moved into a three-year term when three longtime members chose not to run for re-election. He still has to be sworn in.

Currently, Morton and Amy Call said they will serve on the board, but Powers didn’t know in what capacity. That’s to be determined at the Planning Board’s meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at the Town Office. The board consists of five voting members and two alternates.

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