Rez dam repairs to cause road closures, detours


Motorists and school buses traveling in the vicinity of Pleasant Street can expect to encounter some road closures and detours as repairs to the Reservoir Pond Dam get underway in early September. The repairs are expected to start after Labor Day and could cause road closures along Pleasant Street and detours to Sherman Street as extensive repairs are completed. Voters at the May town meeting authorized over $700,000 in capital funds for emergency repairs needed to control water seepage.

A view of Reservoir Pond courtesy of George T. Comeau

Photo courtesy of George Comeau

If all goes well, repairs will be completed by early December. Water levels may be dropped five to six feet while repairs are being performed. Selectmen Chairman John Connolly said it is important that the School Department be informed as soon as possible because of the impacts to bus routes and to the Luce Elementary School.

Jim Turner of Stevens Associates, specializing in dam repairs, said the road closures could last for part of the day at times and at other periods for a few days.

In other news Tuesday night:

* Connolly will meet with DPW Superintendent Mike Trotta and Planning Board Chairman Tom Scully in order to help prepare a list of required roadwork before Colts Crossing is sent for street acceptance at the May 2018 town meeting. Two developers have not completed street work and the Planning Board bond contains some $18,000. Scully and Town Administrator Charlie Aspinwall estimate an original list totaling $87,000 in expenditures, but some may not be required. Connolly said Colts Crossing residents can either pay betterment charges over 20 years, representing about $400 per household; combine funds to fix the road; or put pressure on the developers to make the repairs. Some of the necessary improvements include street lights, tree trimming, and a fire alarm box. The requirements set by the DPW must be met before the article is submitted to town meeting. Scully said Town Planner Laura Smead is working with the Planning Board to tighten waivers with developers to ensure there are enough bonds to cover new subdivisions.

* The town will use Chapter 90 state road repair funds in the amount of $717,790 to pave Cedar Street, Campanelli Circle, Carver Circle, York Brook Road, Messinger Street and sidewalk, Walnut Street and sidewalk, Feldman Way, Lehan Street, and Belcher Street.

* Selectmen, citing liability issues, denied a private request to land a helicopter at Pequitside Farm for a wedding. The only helicopters permitted to land there, according to selectmen, are those used for emergency medical transports (med-flight) …

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