GILFORD — At the recommendation of Public Works Director Peter Nourse, selectmen last night voted unanimously to remove Mountain Drive from the 2015 summer road project list.
According to Scott Dunn and Alex Crawshaw of the company that works on the Gunstock Acres Village District water system, the district is planning on redoing the water lines on Mountain Drive in 2016 and the town Public Works Department and the village district would like to coordinate the repairs.
"We are saving money to do the water main on Mountain Drive in 2016," said Crawshaw, who agreed there is a need for them to work more closely with the Public Works Department. He noted that he and Public Works Director Peter Nourse are speaking with each other regularly about projects.
According to Selectboard Chair Gus Benavides, not doing Mountain Drive this year frees up about $134,000 for work to be done elsewhere. He suggested Greenleaf Trail, Poor Farm Road or Cumberland Road as alternative roads.
Nourse recommended Tate Road be moved to the top on the list, saying it is in very poor condition and that he could likely get another small road in the acres done as well.
But all three selectmen noted that Greenleaf Trail was omitted from this year's list because of financial limitations and suggested it should be added back.
"The road shoulders are starting to meet in the middle," said Selectman Chan Eddy.
Nourse also wanted to know what the Gunstock Acres Water District had in mind for Greenleaf Trail because he said there are a lot of breaks on it and he didn't want to fix it if it was going to have water main work performed on it as well.
"We don't want to spend money (on Greenleaf Trail) if you're just going to dig it up," said Benavides.
Crawshaw explained that the water district doesn't have a lot of money to work with and is not doing anything but emergency repairs this year to save the money for Mountain Drive next year. He said there are 15 1/2 miles of water mains in the acres of which 750 feet have been replaced in the past 20 years.
Selectmen voted unanimously to add Greenleaf Trail to this summers list.
Nourse said he would have an estimate on Greenleaf Trail shortly and, once he has that, he can determine if there will be money left over so he can possibly recommend other, shorter roads, for repair this summer.
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