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New Ipswich awarded road improvement projects and met with department heads

  • Paving and gardening projects were discussed at the New Ipswich Select Board meeting on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Pictured: Selectmen Jay Hopkins, left, Tim Johnson and David Lage. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • The New Ipswich Garden Club’s first task will be potting flowers at the Temple Road island downtown in time for the May 21 Memorial Day parade. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • The New Ipswich Board of Selectmen announced that among the priorities for road paving this summer will be on Greenville Road. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Selectmen in New Ipswich announced their choice for the town’s paving contract for 2017 at their meeting on Tuesday, May 9.

After awarding the project to Mitchell Sand & Gravel, the board of selectmen addressed the newly recruited garden club and Fire Chief Meredith Lund.

Mitchell, which is based out of Winchester, was the lowest bid. The project will cost the town of New Ipswich $590,377.50 in total, according to its submitted bid. That cost is based on estimates of a 9,324 tonnage for asphalt hot mix paving. They list $59.50 price per ton in place and $0.75 reclaiming price per square yard.

Other quotes were made by Advanced Excavating & Paving at $689,719, Vermont Roadworks at $659,170.09, R&D Paving at $605,743.55, and Brox Industries at $601,794.60.

The selectmen mentioned that one of the priorities for road paving this year will be Greenville Road.

To make driving in New Ipswich not only safer and smoother, but more visually pleasing, the selectmen’s next meeting was with the newly formed volunteer garden club. Ken McHugh, Jennifer Minckler and Debbie Romanowski were present as the initial volunteers.

“We’ve always thought that if we could start branching out to make other parts of the town look nice and have some volunteers help with that, it would be terrific,” Selectboard Chair David Lage said.

The group will have the assistance of the public works department, according to the board. The gardeners’ primary responsibilities will be picking plants, watering and deadheading.

They will also have some access to the town’s $2,500 groundskeeping line in the government buildings budget.

The gardeners, two of which are relatively new to New Ipswich, were advised of local places to buy plants and supplies, including House by the Side of the Road in Wilton, Masonbrook Nursery in Mason, and New Hampshire Daylillies and Amazing Flower Farm in New Ipswich. They’ll also seek donations.

“Keep it local, there’s stuff right here in town,” Selectman Jay Hopkins said.

Their first task will be to pot flowers at the island on Temple Road at the Turnpike Road intersection, part of the Memorial Day parade path, before that May 21 event.

The board also met with Lund regarding necessary upgrades to a rescue truck, which will cost the town $10,475.80 between parts and labor.

“We are upgrading this system because it is completely broken,” Lund told the board. “We figure we have probably 15-plus years left of service on this truck, so we figured it was better to go with the upgrade.”