Proposed road plan for 2008 that the Town Board will discuss and adopt in some form. Public comment is welcome at the start and end of each town board meeting.
The Town Board will have to evaluate the rising costs associated with the price of imported oil and how it impacts road repair supplies and fuel inputs against sticking to a maintenance and repair schedule for town roads.
There are several roads slated for reconstruction under the state Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIP) and did receive confirmation of an increase this week that will allow us to complete Lebanon Hill Road and start on Thompson Hill Road. CHIP funds can be used to reconstruct a town road but then once rebuilt, only town funds can be used for maintenance over a period of 10 years.
The Highway Superintendent has worked with the Town Board to establish a maintenance schedule for all town roads and we have experimented with a slurry seal system that is warrantied to extend the maintenance life of our town roads.
Road impacts by gas well developer Nornew Inc. and how this will be resolved to the town's satisfaction with NO IMPACT financially on town taxpayers. The town is insisting that Nornew finance and complete all repairs under the supervision and to the specifications of our Highway Superintendent.
Estimates have ranged from $170,000 to $185,000 for repairs of Lebanon Hill, Church and Reynolds Hill roads that have been impacted by gas exploration activities. Nornew has obtained other estimates but the final outcome is still in negotiation.
Past road impacts to Billings Hill and Soule roads were repaired by Nornew in the last year but impacts to other town roads dating back 10 years have never been fully addressed.
There will be opening bids on the proposed highway garage roof replacement and hopefully awarding the bid to the lowest responsible bidder in accordance with town and state law.
There will be reviewing and authorizing an agreement with an engineer to design specifications for the proposed salt shed that would be put out to bid by the June meeting.