Wilton board approves roofing bid, discusses broadband initiative

WILTON – The Select Board approved a $ 23,500 roofing offer from general contractors to Arctic Roofing of Lewiston for the water department building on Tuesday, February 16.

The superintendent of the water and sanitation department, Heinz Gossman, made six offers to the board, with Arctic being the most cost-effective option.

The quarterly public works report was also approved, stating that there were 23 winter-related events on February 9, with the highest snow accumulation recorded at 12 inches.

The report also stated that Consolidated Communications cables will be transferred to Weld Road telephone poles, prompting Selectperson Phil Hilton to ask about moving additional cables.

If the work of the Broadband Committee goes as we want it to, and if this proposal is accepted by the city, we can get the Poles ready now instead of having to move things down twice the street? ” he said.

The Wilton Broadband Committee is working with five other cities and the Greater Franklin Development Council to provide broadband access to residents. The initiative requires the rental of mast space from Central Maine Power Co. to lay fiber optic cables.

The council’s executive director Charlie Woodworth estimates the cost of re-adjusting lines and installing fiber optic cables on poles in the six cities will be about $ 3 million.

City administrator Rhonda Irish said there are at least three other companies that need to move their wires to make room for more lines. She said she would contact the appropriate people to inquire about moving additional wires.

The Western Maine ATV Club has filed an application for approval for a two-mile SUV route through downtown Wilton. The route would start at Steve’s Family Market on Depot Street and continue to Main Street.

In order for the state to approve the route, the Select Board must submit a letter of support.

Selected individuals agreed to either hold a public hearing or reserve space at an upcoming meeting to receive feedback from residents before submitting a letter.

Irish announced to the Board that Sevee & Maher engineers completed a topographical survey for the Wilson Lake retaining wall project. More information will be presented at the next board meeting.

Irish suggested hiring a third party company to bill insurance companies for services provided in the city such as vehicle accidents and waste disposal. A model regulation supporting this proposal will be made available to the Board at the following meeting.

Former member of the Finance Committee, Richard Lam, was re-approved by the Board as a member of the Committee.

“He’s very knowledgeable about the city’s finances because he’s on the finance committee,” said Irish. “He was also the chief of police, so he had to set up a budget for it himself.”

The board approved the Maine Department of Transportation’s request to use municipal roads while replacing a culvert and laying a stream along Route 2.

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