JAY — Selectpersons voted Monday to recommend the town Recreation Committee for the Spirit of America Award to recognize members’ volunteerism.

The Recreation Committee has done a number of projects including improving town trails and French Falls Park, plus putting on the summer concert series, the annual Spruce Mountain Sled-in and the Winter Family Festival. The latter event this year will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the park, off French Falls Lane, that runs beside the Knights of Columbus Hall.

In another matter, the town is abandoning the North Jay Sewer Treatment plant and building a system to send sewage to the Livermore Falls Treatment Plant. Part of the plant will run along the 14-mile Whistle-Stop Trail owned by the Maine Department of Conservation. The overall trail runs from Jay to West Farmington.

Sewer Superintendent Mark Holt told selectpersons that he spoke to a representative of the Maine Department of Conservation and the department would like the trail to be accessible during the construction project.

Selectpersons agreed that ATV traffic could use both sides of a portion of Old Jay Hill Road during construction. The likely schedule for the project is weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The trail will be open holidays, nights and weekends, Holt said.

Other traffic that uses the trail, including bicyclists, snowmobiles, horses, pedestrians, cross-country skiers, would also have to use the detour.

The detour will be from the trail crossing on the north side of Jay Hill on Route 4 to the most northern entrance to Old Jay Hill Road.

Holt said he would talk to Police Chief Richard Caton IV to determine what speed limit he wants to set and what signs and restrictions he would like to see.

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