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Severy Hill, pump station move forward
DIXFIELD- Selectmen gave town manager, Linda Pagels-Wentworth, the go ahead in a 3-1 decision to allow the public works department to begin completion of the Severy Hill project at last week's selectmen’s meeting.
Selectmen authorized up to $10,000 to be taken from the Selectmen’s Road Reserve Fund in order to complete the project, with an additional $3,000 having to be raised by the town, if any unforeseen costs arise. The road will be widened, decreasing the angle of the ditches, which are a serious concern of the town.
Police chief, Richard Pickett, noted that with the slope as steep as it is, a car could easily flip over onto its’ roof if they were to slide off the road during inclement weather or lose control.
Engineer, Al Hodsdon, out of Waterville, stated that if the project was going to be done, then he wanted it to be done right.
Selectmen Hart Daley requested the public works department also take a closer look at the Common Road, as it has similar issues to Severy Hill. Pagels-Wentworth agreed that it was worth taking a look at and stated that she would follow up with Hodsdon to examine the Common Road.
In other business, selectmen agreed to allow Hodsdon and Jim White of the Water Department to move forward with a $151,000 project to improve Dixfield’s pump station and to “bring them into the 21st century.”
With funding from the Drinking Water Program, the water district will purchase a propane powered generator for the Newton Brook upgrade and also separate the water and sewer controls that are currently housed in the town garage.
Currently, White and others who are called out for water issue alarms during power outages or other problems, have cost upwards of hundreds of dollars in man hours being spent waiting for resolve.
With the new system, which will be installed by Randy and Scott Robbins, of Electronic Incline Systems, the water department will have Ethernet capability to access the alarms and power panel remotely and save time from having to drive to the station.
Hodsdon noted that if the town decided to take on both the pump station improvement and the upgrade to the system to separate the water and sewer, they would be able to use the Drinking Water Program funds for both projects, whereas, if they waited, they may have to raise town funds to complete the project.
Selectmen voted unanimously to upgrade the system and to get started as soon as the funding comes through.