SABATTUS — Selectmen on Thursday recommended the town consider financing the demolition of Webster Mill over five years.

After Town Manager Tony Ward provided several options, he said selectmen preferred to see the town consider a five-year bond at town meeting this spring to pay for demolition. That would cost the town about $62,000 annually and he’ll use that number going into budget season, Ward said.

The Maine Turnpike Authority also shared plans to replace the Maxwell Road Bridge spanning the turnpike, updating it from a one-lane bridge to a two-lane bridge. The $1.8 million, MTA-funded project will take seven months and start in mid-March.

“For residents who live there, that bridge will be completely closed for the duration of the project,” Ward said. “The detour route is about 6½ miles, so it’s a long detour route” until work is done.

Ward also asked for more volunteers for town boards.

“We need three for our Board of Assessment (Review) and five for our Board of Appeals,” he said Friday. “The Board of Appeals right now would be unable to act because we have one member.”

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