Sangerville balks at DOT offer to exchange roads, opting for salt swap instead

Posted April 13, 2011, at 5:40 p.m.

SANGERVILLE, Maine — Selectmen voted Tuesday to exchange a ‘’wheeler-load’’ of road salt valued at $1,000 for a stanchion that the Maine Department of Transportation has and no longer needs.

The DOT recently closed its garages in Dexter and Plymouth and is moving equipment from the facilities. Since DOT officials knew Sangerville was looking for a stanchion to hold up the town’s small sander body, it offered the town two options in exchange for the stanchion.

One option was for the town to take over winter road maintenance on Pleasant Avenue from the Sangerville intersection to the Guilford intersection. In exchange, the state would take over Route 23 through the village. Since the town would be plowing on the Guilford side of Pleasant Avenue, the state also offered to pay the town $4,085 the first year for the 1.43-mile route and $5,085 each year thereafter. The $1,000 removed from the first year’s fee would pay for the stanchion.

The second option was the stanchion for a ‘’wheeler-load’’ of salt.

Selectman Lance Burgess said Tuesday that he was unsure whether selectmen had the authority to make road swap decisions. ‘’This switching roads, I’m not a big fan,’’ he said. ‘’This thing is fraught with problems.’’

Both Selectmen Brent Randall and Tom Carone agreed, settling for the road salt exchange. The town has a load of salt on site at the town garage for the trade.

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