Friday, November 9, 2001
Acceptance of Tall Pines roads hinges on resolution of 'defects'
A public hearing was held in conjunction with the October 30 selectmen's meeting in preparation for a Warrant article for acceptance of the Tall Pines subdivision roads, Hutchins Road, Kimball Road, and Barnes Place.
Gary Davis of the DPW was concerned that the department of environmental protection has put a "no salt" restriction on Hutchins Road due to wetlands. "The road will have to be plowed more and sanded more, and if there's ice buildup, we have no option." He added that the requirement means extra work. "This is different from every other road we do." Resident Debbie Boulé expressed concern that the hill on Hutchins Road gets so icy "you can't get up."
All defects, including violations of the town's right-of-way, will need to be taken care of in time for Town Meeting. Selectman Vivian Chaput warned, "If it's not taken care of by Town Meeting, we probably won't recommend it (acceptance of the roads)."
There is some confusion regarding ownership of the roads. Town counsel Paul DeRensis said the vote can take place at Town Meeting and the ownership sorted out later as long as the town takes ownership within a certain time frame.
The selectmen voted to accept the road layout and place an article on the Warrant.
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