WENDELL - It was announced Wednesday night that town is set to receive $28,560 in reimbursements from the state for road repairs.
Town coordinator Nancy Aldrich told the selectboard that the funds are being granted through the new Winter Rapid Recovery Road program. According to a letter from the state, "Eligible projects include the patching of potholes, cracking and other surface defects, including paving projects and repair and or replacement of signage, guardrail, storm grates, or road striping or painting, or projects identified through written agreement between the MassDOT Highway Division District Office and the town of Wendell."
All projects must be completed by June 30 and any requests for reimbursement must be received from the town by Sept. 30.
Aldrich reported that she has received eight new requests for house numbering signs. Last year the town used emergency management funds to create house number signs and posted them in front of houses that the town deemed did not display their number in a way that could be easily seen from the road. The purpose being to aid emergency responders who might not be familiar with the town. The signs are green with reflective white numbers on them so they can easily be seen by passing vehicles.
Aldrich said the requests are most likely from those who have seen the existing signs and liked the way that they look and would like their own. There is materials left over and Aldrich said she can assemble some of them in advance if needed. Selectman Dan Keller said he will speak with the necessary people about installing some new signs.
The town is looking to replace the American flags that hang around the center of town as many of the poles that hold them have become damaged by wind. Aldrich said she can get the flags themselves for $18 a piece but the question remains what to do about the poles.
Selectwoman Christine Heard said she will ask the tech school about getting new flag poles as the school had offered to make new ones in the past, but she is worried it might be too late in the school year to make such a request. She agreed to contact the school and report back at the next selectboard meeting.
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