Board members heaved a collective sigh of relief as they voted officially to award the contract for the Deer Park Road bridge to Cold River Bridges. A preconstruction meeting will be held on Monday, October 22 at 2 pm. At that time, the board and SVE Associates will discuss in detail the reporting and documentation requirements for the job of construction oversight. Project manager Christina Moore will prepare the paperwork for the oversight project. Board chair Lewis Sumner reported that the deck sections for the Reed Hill Bridge are in place, and that the bridge “may possibly be done by the end of next week,” well ahead of the mid-November estimate for completion.
Town auditor April Dupuis and treasurer Patricia Dow gave the board an update on the independent audit required for any town that receives more than $500,000. Dupuis told the board that, because all the funds for the fiscal year in question came from one federal source, the town can request a “project-specific” audit, which is much simpler and cheaper than a “full-blown” audit. The town may need to do a full audit next year, in addition to whatever is done this year. The board voted to request the program-specific option and to have Dupuis and Dow prepare a request for bid proposals.
Earl Holtz told his fellow board members that he talked to Cmdr. Favreau of the state police about enforcing dog licensing and bridge weight requirements. Favreau told Holtz that the state police usually don’t handle those problems, and suggested that the town contact the department of transportation regarding the bridge issue.
As the board perused a list of dog owners whose animals are at least unlicensed, and possibly unvaccinated, Holtz commented, “I don’t know what to do about someone who says they licensed the rest of their dogs, so they shouldn’t have to bother with the last one!” Edee Edwards reminded her colleagues that the selectboard can direct the town’s animal control officer to impound the animals if necessary. Edwards suggested sending a formal letter from the board to the offending owners, explaining the need for licensing and the enforcement steps that will be taken if owners continue to ignore the ordinance. Edwards will draft the letter. The board also discussed looking into the possibility of holding a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic.
In other business, Holtz reported that he will meet with a representative of the Fish and Wildlife agency on Friday, at a time still undetermined. Holtz said they will view the beaver problem site on Pennel Hill Road and discuss options for dealing with the determined mammalian engineer.