CANTON — Contractor Bruce A. Manzer of Anson will pave Staples Hill Road from Route 108 to Dyke Drive on Monday, May 11, Selectman Mac Ray said at Thursday night’s meeting.

However, if rain that’s expected to arrive on Sunday continues through Monday, paving will be done on Tuesday, May 12.

Ray suggested that selectmen allow Manzer to pave 10 driveway aprons “to protect our pavement.” He said six were on the list as of last year, but four others weren’t.

“We’ve spent a lot of money to put a good pavement down, so it’s worth a little extra to pave all 10 aprons,” he said. “Based on Manzer’s estimate last year,  it will cost about $600.”

At town meeting on June 12 last year, voters approved spending $400,000 to rebuild the section of Staples Hill Road from Route 108 to Dyke Drive. Selectmen opened bids from contractors on Aug. 14, 2014, and awarded the project to Manzer, accepting the corporation’s bid of $300,488.

On Aug. 27, 2014, selectmen voted to hold a special town meeting Sept. 4 to vote on details of a bond package to repair that section of road. Residents voted to borrow $400,000 for the project.

Selectmen voted 5-0 Thursday night to have all 10 driveway aprons paved. Ray said that after Manzer completes the paving work, the town crew will complete landscaping work along both sides of the repaired section of Staples Hill Road.

Ray said the project will be completed by the end of next week.

In other business, selectmen agreed to look into possibly getting a webcam for the new Town Office to use to film board meetings rather than install fiber cables for an access channel.

Selectman Brian Keene started the conversation, saying that installing such cables would roughly cost an estimated $4,500. “I think we need to do it, but where are we going to find the money to do it?”

“Our cable franchise allows us to increase the rates one time every five years,” Selectman Robert Walker Jr. said, “but that’s a lot of money for something we haven’t used for three to five years.”

Selectman Russell Adams suggested going with a webcam and uploading videos to Canton’s website. Board Chairman Donny Hutchins said he liked that idea and asked Adams to look into it. The board tabled discussion on the fiber issue.

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