HARTFORD – John Cleveland, vice president of Community Dynamics, told selectmen Thursday night that all systems are go for sending out bids in August for the salt/sand shed.

Bids will go out for two domed 2,500- and 3,500-cubic-yard facilities. Chairman David Bowen said the board wanted to get the best deal for the town for the money being spent. Saving the town money was the board’s theme during the hour-long discussion with Cleveland.

Cleveland reviewed a packet explaining loan payments over 10 or 20 years. The board agreed to go with a 10-year loan, which would save the taxpayers nearly $40,000 over a 20-year loan.

At the annual town meeting in May, the town agreed to allow selectmen to borrow up to $220,000 for the sand/salt shed. According to Cleveland, the Maine Municipal Association, which will provide the loan, requires the town vote with more information in the article, such as including the town’s financial statement.

A special town meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 17 in the Town Hall to approve the expenditure. There will be other articles on the warrant as well.

If the town approves the article, payments on the 10-year loan will run approximately $26,000 a year at a rate of 2 percent interest.

In other matters, the board discussed how the bridge project has not started on Town Farm Road and the town already has a loan from the state Department of Transportation. Road Commissioner Cathy Lowe was not present, but Bowen asked Selectman Lee Holman to contact Lowe to see if bids could be sent out as soon as possible.

Bob Calawa from the Road Committee said he is getting letters from the state requesting a progress report on the bridge project.

A paving bid from Pike Industries for roads was put on hold as the bid was $275.50 over the amount the town appropriated.

Judy Hamilton from the Lake Association said the group has rented equipment used to rake gravel roads. She was seeking permission to have someone try it on Camp Road to see how well it works. Holman questioned the legality of using it on town roads.

Bowen said if the road commissioner had no objections, the town could hire someone to try it. It must be fitted to the front of a truck.


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