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April 17, 2019 top stories
DOT says signals
are out of place

NORTH HAVERHILL—Town officials want the state to slow down before removing a traffic signal on Central Street near Walmart.
During the selectboard meeting on April 15, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation outlined its plans to remove two Woodsville traffic signals installed in 2007 to accommodate an anticipated increase in traffic volume after a new Walmart opened.
The signals—one on Route 10 between Walmart and the Woodsville administrative services building and the other at the intersection of Central Street and Chase Lane—were paid for by the Walmart property developer. A little more than a decade after the store opened, NHDOT has been studying whether drivers and pedestrians still need the lights.
A few months ago after reviewing traffic counts, NHDOT downgraded the full-service lights to flashing lights. Now, the state is prepared to remove the lights altogether.
“The signals are out of place in the area,” said Bill Lambert, a traffic engineer with NHDOT, on Monday night.

Town to explore
new sidewalk

BRADFORD—The selectboard has signed off on a plan to conduct a study of a new sidewalk that would link downtown to the Low-St. John Forest.
The goal is to develop a safe walking route and bike path from Bradford Elementary School to the Low Forest, which is owned by the school. Currently, BES students or staff can access existing downtown sidewalks on Cottage Street and North Pleasant Street via a pedestrian foot bridge from the school campus. But the sidewalk ends at North Pleasant Street’s intersection with Goshen Road.
The study would examine the feasibility of developing a sidewalk along Goshen Road between North Pleasant Street and a pedestrian access to the forest immediately west of the I-91 underpass. Low-St. John Forest is a 74-acre tract wedged between Goshen Road and I-91 south, although a small section of forest is located east of the interstate as well.

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Special town meeting
set for Orford

ORFORD—A special town meeting has been set for May 1 to correct an error in the posting of Orford’s annual town meeting warrant.
State officials recently notified Orford that its March 12 annual town meeting was “not legal,” because a required state form—MS 636—was not attached to the official notice, posted 14 days before the annual town meeting.
The financial information on this form is in the town’s annual report, in a slightly different form, but it should also have been posted with the notice. To correct this “technical violation,” the town must hold a public hearing and special town meeting, selectboard chair John Adams announced on April 10.
The special town meeting will have a single purpose: “to see if the town will vote to ratify the results of the March 12 annual meeting even though the posting requirements were not met.” This article can be discussed, but it cannot be amended, and there will be a simple yes or no vote on this one item, Adams said.

Suit settled over
bad water tank

FAIRLEE—The Fairlee Selectboard has signed off on a $900,000 deal to settle its legal claims against the builders of a water tank that started to fail just a decade after its construction.
In 2003 and 2004, the town built a 265,000-gallon water tank off of Bald Top Road next to a 100,000-gallon tank constructed in 1974.
But a 2015 inspection of the newer tank, which had an anticipated lifespan of 75 years, found that the concrete was structurally compromised. Pieces from the underside of the roof section had fallen off and were lying on the bottom of the tank. The older tank remains in good condition.
The water tank’s deterioration prompted the construction of an emergency $60,000 protective layer to keep the roof from collapsing under a heavy snow load. Last February, voters then approved a $3.6 million bond question to build a replacement and make a number of other upgrades to the town’s public water system.
The new water tank was constructed last year and is fully operational, said town administrator Tad Nunez in an interview on Monday.

SPRING YEARLING—People aren’t the only ones happy that the snow is leaving! This young buck has been foraging the newfound grass recently in Newbury. He is usually alone but every once in a while, he is seen with a small herd of does.
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