Selectboard chair Ray Eilers put forward a motion to install three stop signs at the intersection of Turner Road and West Hill Drive, as well as speed limit markers leading up to where the roads meet. The new three-way stop is necessary to deter traffic from speeding at the intersection.
One town resident, Rodney Salamone, agreed with the plan, citing the effectiveness of stop signs at an intersection on the north side of town at Bailey Hill Road and Potter Hill Road. Another resident, Eunice Crowell, expressed concerns over the new stop, explaining, “You won’t see many people stopping.” Crowell commented that the town would need to put more sand on the proposed intersection during the winter due to the possibility of cars getting stuck.
Selectboard member David Marchegiani reported that the town has installed and tested a new dry hydrant at West Hill Drive and Smith Road. After flushing, the new hydrant was pumping out a recorded 675 gallons of water per minute. Marchegiani stated the hydrant is currently usable for filling up fire engine tankers.
Marchegiani also referenced a holdup with plans to install another hydrant on North Hill at the four-corner intersection of Bailey Hill Road, King Hill Road, Freezing Hole Drive, and Potter Hill Road. The town is waiting for a report from the Vermont Department of Natural Resources on whether the new hydrant will affect adjacent wetlands. “We have the grant money, (but) I don’t know if it will get done this year. We’ll see where we’re going when we get the report after today,” Marchegiani said.
The proposed site for the hydrant is on class two wetlands that cannot be dug into, even if a landowner approves of it. This may force the town to look for alternative sites on North Hill, or a compromise replacing any damaged wetlands in another spot close by.
Superintendent of public works Barry Howes was also on hand to report on the remaining work on the park-and-ride lot at the base of Branch Hill Road. With the parking lot paved and lines painted, Howes cited a bike rack, and signs to complete the project, while Eilers recommended Green Mountain Power be contacted to estimate the cost for a streetlight to be installed overlooking the lot.
Eilers also asked Howes to investigate the cost of a transparent bus stop waiting station to be installed as the new lot is also a stop on the MOOver route.
Howes also reported that summer work was wrapping up, with crack sealing on town roads, tree removal on West Hill Drive, and mowing all completed or near completion.