ANDOVER – Despite signs indicating there is only local access for ATV riders on the Abbott Brook and Wyman Hill roads in Andover, there continues to be a number of riders disregarding the rules and using the area as a means to get to trails.

The Roxbury ATV Riders have a trail system in Roxbury and Andover, and ATV club President Mike Worthley expressed his concerns at Tuesday’s selectmen’s meeting about the issues with riders breaking the rules.

“I don’t want it to be a freeway for everyone. That’s why it’s not on the maps,” he said. “There’s a few people, it’s everywhere, they ride wherever they want to.”

It appears as though those breaking the rules are not riders from local clubs. On April 15, the Oxford County commissioners voted to approve ATV travel on a one-year trial basis through Andover-North Surplus.

That travel zone, however, doesn’t include the aforementioned Abbott Brook-Wyman Hill area. Local ATV access had originally been set up for camp owners in that area.

Chairwoman Susan Merrow suggested having signs that were more specific to alert people from outside of the area that only camp owners were to ride ATVs on the roads. The Roxbury ATV Riders sell updated maps for anyone interested in riding their trail system.

Worthley noted that police have provided extra ATV patrols for the club’s trails the past two weekends, and added that patrols would be done an average of every other weekend.

Oxford County Sheriff Wayne Gallant was highly complimentary of the Andover, Roxbury, and Rumford fire departments for their professionalism and “collaborative effort” in helping remove a deceased individual at Roxbury Pond on Aug. 4. Merrow read a letter from Gallant in which he emphasized that the assistance provided by the fire departments to the sheriff’s department was a classic example of mutual aid at its best.

The death was not considered suspicious.

Last week, selectmen met with the town hall committee to discuss a list of projects. One of the most pressing problems is the bell atop the building in the bell tower, where there is a gap between the metal bracket holding the bell, creating a problem with the bell’s stability.

“The goal is to move on this project ASAP,” Merrow said. Bids are being sought for the repair work, which the selectmen are looking to have done before this winter.

Money for the project is expected to come out of the town hall maintenance fund, from leftover insurance money from last year’s town hall roof work, and town clock repair funds.

Repair work is also in store for the town office roof. So far, bids of $5,675 and $4,324.62 have been received.

A lighting project is under way at Grimaldi Field. On Monday, a change order was submitted that included a guy wire kit that will be added to the light pole.

The original bid specifications asked for 200 amp service.

Residents may pick up a copy of the completed town audit at the town office.

In another matter, selectmen are sending a letter to SAD 44 regarding a posted tonnage change on Crockett Bridge from a maximum of 10 down to five tons.


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