by The Town Line staff
The Windsor Board of Selectmen awarded the 2021-2022 paving contract to Main-ly Paving Services, LLC, of Canaan, who submitted a bid of $328,431.38, which included chip sealing, at their May 25 meeting. In all, six paving bids were submitted. All States Asphalt, Inc., of Windham, came in at $330,066.90 with chip seal and $360,118 without chip sealing. Crooker Construction LLC, of Topsham, submitted a bit of $522,043 with chip seal and Hagar Enterprises, Inc., of Damariscotta, came in at $378,313.40 without chip seal. Northeast Paving Co., of Bangor, came in at $473,620 without chip seal, and Pike Industries, of Fairfield, entered a bid of $463,089 without chip seal. The vote was 3-2, with xxxxxxxx opposed.
Cemetery Sexton Joyce Perry reported a family wanted to have a bench placed instead of a head stone that would cover within their three lots. There was much discussion since the Cemetery Committee and board of selectmen previously had said no to another request of the long-term maintenance that may be needed. Perry said she would research the different bases that coupld possibly reduce some of the maintenance.
New lighting by the Veterans Memorial will be put on hold until the removal of the vault is completed. Provost Monument, of Benton, will be contacted to add three names on the monument that were not included. The Veterans Memorial Fund now stands at $5,108.
Antoinette Turner, of The Fusion, was present to discuss her application for on premises license renewal for serving alcohol. Town Manager Theresa Haskell read that a special amusement permit may be needed to be obtained if they are to continue to have dancing or entertainment at the establishment. Haskell asked again about fixing the grass area by the cemetery fence that was dug up during winter plowing. Turner said she planted grass seeds and would be back to finish fixing the area.
In other business, the board approved, by a 4-0 vote, to complete the 2021 Ratio Declaration nand Reimbursement Application with a 98 percent Declared Ratio for an April 1, 2021 assessment date.
There was discussion on the executive order and the effect on the town office and residents. The board of selectmen agreed the social distancing signs would be removed and masks are at the discretion of the residents. Staff may choose to wear masks. The barriers will stay in place for the time being. The selectmen have decided the upstairs in the town hall is opened and available to reserve, again.
Kennebec County will be receiving money from the American Rescue Plan Act which will be used within the county to benefit all towns and cities and used per the guidelines set by the ARPA. It is not yet known the exact amount at this time. The budget committee will have to meet to decide how and where the money will be spent as it is all related to COVID-19.
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