JAY — The Board of Selectpersons agreed Monday to consider a request from RSU 73 to use the town’s fueling station at the Public Works garage on Jay Hill.

Selectpersons Terry Bergeron and Tom Goding offered to meet with school representatives.

When the town built the $93,000 storage tank in 2013, the school system was offered the opportunity to share fuel, said John Johnson, director of the Public Works Department. 

The school’s underground tank is in need of nearly $60,000 in repairs and school officials wanted to know whether the offer from the town still stood, he said.

The 15,000-gallon above-ground tank has compartments for 11,000 gallons of diesel and 4,000 gallons of gasoline.

The town uses about 36,000 gallons of diesel per year and the school uses about 34,000, he said. The school district has 32 buses, but only two or three are expected to fill up each day.

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The town, school and a couple of other towns bid together for a better price, Town Manager Shiloh LaFreniere said.

School officials expressed a willingness to share in future maintenance costs and a surcharge per gallon for use of the fueling station.

Goding thought a couple of selectpersons should meet and discuss numbers.

In other business, a public hearing was held on the Old Jay Hill Road construction project.

Designs are contingent upon where Polycor plans to connect an access road from the North Jay White Quarry, Jeff Preble, an engineer from Wright-Pierce, told selectpersons. Once the entrance is decided, bids could go out for a fall construction start or by late winter for an early spring start, he said.

The town received a $250,000 grant from the Northern Border Regional Commission to upgrade about 2,200 feet of Old Jay Hill Road from Routes 4 and 17.  

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The grant allows the funds to be spent by 2018. If the project needs to be pushed to next year, it could, LaFreniere said.

Polycor plans to build an access road in 2017, a representative from the company said.

The slope on Old Jay Hill Road will be changed to improve drainage, Preble said.

The Canadian-based company is building the plant to make granite curbing and is developing the quarry.

The town is required to provide $50,000 toward the grant with some road work is expected to apply toward the amount.

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