CANTON – Selectmen reorganized coverage at the Jewett Hill Road transfer station and decided to go after a sidewalk grant Wednesday night.

They also will reposition the raft at the town beach one last time.

In an effort to provide consistent coverage of the transfer station during its two open days per week, part-timer Mike Webber was assigned the duties on Wednesdays; fill-in attendant Leonard Parlin will take over on Saturdays.

In other transfer station business, the board authorized the purchase of a new dumpster at a cost of $954.

The board also agreed to ask the Grants Committee to apply for a federal Community Development Block Grant that would help pay for construction of a sidewalk from the intersection of Route 4 and Route 140 to the town’s beach front on Lake Anasagunticook, a distance of just over one-quarter mile. Board Vice Chairwoman Susan Gammon provided no estimates for the total cost of such a project; however, the town would be responsible for 20 percent.

In other lake-related business, the board decided to reinstall the raft used by swimmers at the beach front along Route 140 one last time. Selectman Jackie Conant said raft has been cut loose several times over the years, causing problems for lakefront property owners whose property it has floated to.

“Residents have rescued it and reinstalled it in the past,” she said.

The town decided to install it one more time. If vandals cut it loose again, then it will be removed and destroyed.


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