WOODSTOCK – After assessing the condition of Concord Pond Road on Tuesday, selectmen voted unanimously to open it to winter maintenance.

The visit followed concern voiced by some people about the need for work to make it plowable. Selectmen saw no major problem connected with the job.

Town Manager Vern Maxfield said, “After traveling the road, the selectmen made it clear they saw no problems that need to be addressed at this time before the road can be plowed. So on the return to the town office, their immediate statement simply said let’s plow it.”

Opening the road to winter maintenance, which will include plowing and sanding, came after a petition was submitted signed by a majority of the Concord Pond Campers Association requesting the road be opened in the winter. Its representatives told the board opening it would be important for safety reasons as people could get to their camps during the winter to clear snow from the roofs. Also, emergency vehicles could access the pond in case of fire and there are a few year-round homes along the road as well.

Maxfield said plowing and sanding will cover 4 miles of road from the Milton town line to the Peru town line. Selectmen awarded the road care contract to Gerald McKenna Logging.

No one was sure when the road was closed to winter maintenance, but it is known that the closure came sometime prior to the 1950s.

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