STRONG — Travelers on Route 4 between Strong and Phillips can expect construction delays throughout the summer.

Some work has begun, selectmen were told at their Tuesday night meeting. Kevin Vining, of Farmington-based E.L. Vining and Son, reviewed the proposed schedule.

Blasting ledge between the Sandy River Bridge and Chandler Road has started, he said.

“We’re going to do all the drainage work and culverts starting in July,” he said. “We’re not looking to do anything for paving until after the July 4 weekend.”

Several people have asked for the fill that Vining’s trucks will have to haul away. 

Gil Reed, who lives on Chandler Road, had expressed interest in having the fill on his property.

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Selectmen were concerned that trucks laden with heavy fill would be traveling on that narrow road.

Several years ago, selectmen approved closing the south end of Chandler Road, because excessive traffic and speed through the residential area created safety hazards for residents.

Vining assured selectmen that any trucks loaded with fill will observe weight limits on town roads.

“We don’t want to damage any roads,” he said.

In other matters, Selectman Rod Spiller encouraged developing a plan for a municipal website, starting simply with contact information for town officials, dates of meetings and related information. Information could include links to the schools, state government, documents and other related materials.

If residents are able to download documents, for example, they could save a trip or a call to the Town Office. Most area towns have Web pages, and Strong residents also should be informed about meetings, events and updates, selectmen agreed.

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“Most people don’t know what’s going on in town,” Selectman Dick Worthley said.

Spiller will pursue the subject with local school instructors and explore the possibility of getting a student interested in getting the process started. Spiller also will investigate the costs associated with a website, including annual or monthly charges.

Selectmen also reviewed the ways that the town could improve the local cemeteries. Worthley said he had not had success finding a qualified person to repair broken or overturned stones.

Selectmen authorized highway Foreman Duayne Boyd to hire part-time help to do work beyond the standard mowing and weed-whacking.


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