DOT to do night paving in Dover-Foxcroft

Posted Jan. 12, 2010, at 12:11 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:06 p.m.

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Town officials agreed Monday to give the Maine Department of Transportation permission to do some of its paving work at night next spring and summer.

Mark Austin, assistant DOT technician, told the town in an e-mail that the DOT plans to do a road project from the intersection of Routes 16 and 15 that will connect to another project near Bear Hill Road. To avoid traffic problems at the intersection of Routes 7 and 15, he asked that some of the paving work be done at night.

Since some of the local roads will be torn up for sewer work at the same time, Town Manager Jack Clukey believed it would be a good idea to get some of the state paving work done at night. The target for the night work is from beyond the Rite Aid store along East Main Street to the Bear Hill Road intersection, he said. The project is expected to be advertised in March or April.

Clukey said the state would try to coordinate with the town in respect to the town’s master plan for the downtown. He said DOT officials would look at the town’s concept plan to see what they can accommodate in the project, such as drainage to the connecting roads.

Relating to roads, a local couple expressed concern regarding the intersection of Vaughn and Essex streets and asked whether a mirror could be placed on the bridge side to improve traffic flow.

Clukey said the DOT had looked at the issue in the past when state officials had discussed widening the narrow bridge over the river by removing the sidewalk on one side. While the residents wanted a speedy solution to avoid near accidents, Clukey said he would contact the DOT and ask that a traffic engineer look at the site and offer suggestions. He said the DOT has expressed concerns about mirrors being placed at intersections.

Charles Edgerly, who retired from the Dover-Foxcroft Police Department in December after 35 years with the department, was recognized by Rep. Paul Davis, R-Sangerville, with a legislative sentiment. Davis, a former police officer, said Edgerly had been an asset to his department.

Selectmen voted to hold a public hearing at their next board meeting to get comments from residents who receive Time Warner Cable services. Town officials are contemplating using one of the channels on the cable service for local events but the cost to do so would be borne by the users. The cable company is willing to pay upfront for the cost of having the town connect and activate the access channel to start broadcasting. The cost would be recovered through an increase in cable fees over a two-year period. Depending on what franchise fee is used, the approximately 700 cable customers in town could see an increase ranging from $1.28 to $2.55 a month.

Residents who use the cable company for their Internet service will see an even bigger increase, according to Selectman Joyce Perry. She suggested that the decision should be made by the users rather than selectmen and she recommended action be delayed until the annual town meeting.

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