LIVERMORE FALLS — Police will be keeping a closer eye on the town’s sand pile while on patrol to make sure the people taking sand are residents of the town, and nobody’s taking too much.

The issue was raised Monday night by residents during a selectmen’s meeting.

“We need to do something with people from other towns taking sand,” resident Richard Korhonen said. He has seen people from other towns taking sand, some even loading pickup trucks, he said.

Residents are allowed to take four buckets of sand per storm, Town Manager Jim Chaousis said.

He has granted permission for one business in town, which abuts the highway garage, to put four buckets worth in a tractor and haul it back to the business, he said.

He also said that the issue of people taking too much sand during a town managers discussion recently.

The most reasonable way to handle sand, he said, is to budget for the amount of sand normally used and try to keep the best account of it.

Ultimately the price of sand is a lot less than paying someone to watch the pile, he said.

“We will monitor it as close as possible,” he said.

Currently the budget for sand is on par with past use, Chaousis said.

Highway Foreman Bill Nichols said that sand costs about $3.50 a yard and with trucking and other factors, it comes out to about $8 a yard.

Selectman Bill Demaray suggested police keep a closer eye on the pile during patrols. He also encouraged residents to do the same.

“If everybody kind of keeps an eye on it and monitors it, (violations) would stop,” he said.

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