BELMONT — The Board of Selectmen expressed some concern on Monday night when Ronald Grandmaison of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (DOT) presented the agency's plan to build a fueling station for state and municipal vehicles at the junction of Rte. 106 and Brown Hill Road.
Grandmaison said that the project is part of DOT's effort to replace underground storage tanks at its fueling facilities to comply with the requirements set by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES). He said that 30 tanks at 19 locations remain to be addressed before the deadline in 2017. The proposed station, on a 1.4-acre lot owned by the state, would eliminate two diesel facilities and the station for gas and diesel on Lily Pond Road in Gilford.
The plan, which Grandmaison described as "conceptual", would provide access to the pumping station from both Route 106 and Brown Hill Road. However, Grandmaison said it has yet to be determined whether vehicles would be entering, leaving or both from either Route 106 or Brown Hill Road. He projected there would be approximately 4,700 transactions a year at the facility and noted that there is not a significant history of accidents at the intersection.
However, Jon Pike said that "this is a challenging intersection," particularly since the shoulder originally intended for this stretch of Route 106 has not been constructed. He noted that Lincare, the medical oxygen supplier that operates from the adjacent lot to the north, generates relatively little traffic and then primarily in the morning and evening when delivery trucks leave and return. Vehicles using the fueling facility would be coming and going at all times of the day. He recommended improving the intersection to ensure proper sight lines as part of the project.
Grandmaison indicated that the department would consider appropriate improvements to the intersection and assured the Selectboard that the final plan will be presented to the Planning Board, though its approval is not required.
NOTE: Town Administrator Jeanne Beaudin told the board that 92 of 236 households slated to have their water meters replaced have not responded to correspondence asking them to arrange times for installation. She suggested sending a letter by certified mail to the remaining households, offering them a reasonable amount of time to reply and explaining if they fail to reply, their water service will be shut off. The selectmen agreed to the approach Beaudin reocmmended. Beaudin said that in setting the deadlines, the weather would be taken into account to spare residents unnecessary hardship.