Hermon OKs Billings Road reconstruction

Posted July 10, 2009, at 9:33 p.m.

HERMON, Maine — Town councilors on Thursday authorized the reconstruction of a 7,500-foot-long section of Billings Road, Town Manager Clinton Deschene announced Friday in a news release.

The section of roadway to be rebuilt runs from the Fuller Road intersection to about 500 feet short of Route 2, he said. A contract for the project has been awarded to HE Cliff & Sons Inc. and Lane Construction.

According to Deschene, the project has a total budget of $1,005,000. Voters allocated $105,000 for the work during their annual town meeting and the town will borrow the remaining $900,000 from Camden National Bank, at an interest rate of 2.97 percent over five years.

Plans for a 1.5-inch surface coat of pavement, however, are on hold because of a $112,000 budget shortfall, Deschene noted. The council will consider funding options and a project schedule during a workshop set for July 23.

Residents and businesses along the project route will be contacted in coming weeks to secure the easements needed to complete the project.

In other public works news, the town manager said that the town’s new John Deere 5101 E tractor, purchased from Greenway Equipment, arrived last week and that a Case 580 SM III loader backhoe the town is buying from Beauregard Equipment will arrive Monday.

Deschene also said the recent promotion of Walter “Sonny” Gogan and the hiring of laborers Pat Smith and Rick Drew will allow Hermon’s public works department to deliver more services to the community at a lower cost. This year’s public works budget is down $94,881 from the previous year because the town has reorganized the delivery of services.

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