Lynderborough officials talk roads

LYNDEBOROUGH – Maintaining the town’s gravel back roads, cutting the brush on the roadsides, cleaning the town’s extensive system of culverts and all the other things a highway crew needs to do: they all need a schedule of what needs to be done annually.

On Wednesday, the Board of Selectmen met with Acting Road Agent Mark Chase to discuss what he is doing, what he plans to do and what needs to be done. He had his lists prepared.

Chase, who began the job at the end of July, following the resignation of Kent Perry, has been with the department since 2000, and served as road agent from 2005-2007.

Right now, Chase said, the department is completing the rebuilding of Baldwin Hill Road, which will be paved on Aug. 27. Work on New Road was to be completed last week.

Work remains to be done on Center Road.

Crack sealing will done on Mountain Road and the 2nd N.H. Turnpike during Labor Day week.

Cleaning of culverts and catch basins on Old Temple and Beasom Roads is scheduled with a contractor. A schedule for annual maintenance is being prepared. The headings are done by the town crew, the flushing out is contracted.“It’s like we used to do with the firetruck, but this is quicker,” he said.

Roadside brush cutting will be completed with handwork at “problem corners.”

Center lines will be painted on Center Road and the Turnpike when paving is completed. A single, solid center line will be painted.

Gravel will be added to “those places on New Road that tend to get muddy.”

All the gravel roads “are being looked at,” he said, “and plans being made for the next couple of years.”

Cemetery maintenance, which has been disrupted by rainy weather, is back on schedule. The flagpole approved for Johnson’s Corner Cemetery will in place before Veterans’ Day.

The board thanked Chase for what he has done and is doing.

In other business, the board met briefly with State Representative Terry Wolf of Bedford, who is a candidate for State Senate District 9. Selectman Mark Chamberlain said the smaller towns needed more highway funding, “the amount of matching grants is out of our reach.”

Chairman Fred Douglas noted changes in the state’s retirement system for police officers. Next year there can be no more part-time chiefs if current ones leave, he said, “and small towns can’t afford, and don’t need, a full time person.” He is currently part-time in Francestown and said the changes would be “a disaster” for small towns.

Town Administrator Russ Boland said the annual audit has been completed “and it is good.”

He and the Temple Selectmen are still working on a new ambulance service contract with Wilton and the proposal has gone to town counsel for final approval.

There may be a problem with the railroad trestle across Glass Factory Road, “but that isn’t our problem.” Boland said he had checked reports and said nothing is planned until 2025.

An information hearing by the Street Lighting Committee has been set for Monday, Aug. 27. All residents who might be affected by changes have been notified.