GREENE — A plan to reconstruct some roads won voter approval Saturday morning while a plan to treat winter roads differently failed.

Town Manager Charles Noonan said voters at the annual town meeting at the Greene Central School gymnasium approved all but one item of the 51 on the warrant, and that was the call for liquid salt on town roads.

“During the ice storm this winter, we had a lot of calls asking how come our roads were not like the turnpike,” Noonan said. “We explained what we do, but a lot of people said we should try something different. So we decided to put it on the warrant and see what people wanted to do.”

Noonan said town crews plow roads and use salt and sand to treat streets now and that won’t change.

“This was to go to a strictly liquid salt for pre-treating and during the storms,” he said. “It’s the kind of treatment used by both Lewiston and the turnpike.”

It would have cost the town $200,000.

“But it was unanimously turned down,” he said.

Voters approved spending $200,000 for a new dump and plow truck and $665,000 for road reconstruction projects. That money includes an estimated $290,000 left over from last year.

Noonan said plans call for full reconstructions of Meadow Hill and River roads. That’s about 5 miles of paving, he said. Plans also call for patching and paving work along a quarter-mile stretch of College Road that did not get repaired two years ago during work there.

“Then we’d like to put a new overlay down on the section of that road that did get paved two years ago,” Noonan said. “Of course, this all depends on the bids we receive. If we have money left over, we have a couple of smaller projects we’d like to do, too.”

The two running for open selectmen seats, Tony Reny and Glen Chateauvert, both won election. The two school board members seeking re-election, Eric Milliken and Jon Woodard, won as well.

Noonan said everything else on the warrant was approved in about 90 minutes. That included spending on streetlights and postage, as well as a plan to put aside money for a new firetruck.

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