Short Takes from the Selectmen’s October 19 Meeting

By Joan Bowen

SelectmenPublic Works Director Roy Sorensen presented a report on the state of Town road pavement.  Based on an evaluation system that rates the condition of roads, each year approximately one-third of town roads are evaluated using a standardized scale.  Sorenson’s report was based on an assessment this past April that determined Bedford’s overall pavement condition index (PCI) was 62.7 with the ideal being 70 – 73.

Sorenson told the Selectmen that the Town’s major roads are in good shape so attention is now focused on local roads.  He informed the Selectmen that there is a need for increased funding  with an annual appropriation of $1.5 – $2 million per year.  In addition, effective administration of the program within the DPW or through contractual costs for support will require additional funding.

Based on the Election Calendar, the Selectmen approved Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 7pm for the Annual Town Caucus with January 13, 2016 as an alternate date in case weather forces a postponement.  The Caucus will be held in the John Glenn Middle School Large Group Instruction Room.

Agenda items to be considered at the next meeting of the Selectmen on November 2 prior to the start of Special Town Meeting (STM) include final consideration of the Selectmen’s recommendations on articles for the STM, an all-alcohol license for a more limited beer/wine license for Ken’s NY Deli, transfer of the license issued to Cucina D to El Colima to match a name change and an interview for the Community Preservation Commission.

Future Selectmen’s meetings are scheduled for November 16, December 7 and December 21, 2015.

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