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Questions about Cressy Hill go to Select Board

FRANCESTOWN — Concerns brought forward in a letter to the Planning Board regarding the bridge on Cressey Hill Road will be forwarded to the Select Board and the town’s road agent, although town officials have already reached out to the town’s attorney for guidance.

Resident Lisa Bourbeau wrote to the Planning Board on Dec. 10, 2013. In an interview on Monday, she said she was concerned about the potential of “mis-reporting the status of the road to the state,” she said. Because the Planning Board creates the town’s Master Plan, Bourbeau is worried the board does not have clear records to use.

The board read the letter, but members determined they do not have jurisdiction over road classifications. The board agreed to forward Bourbeau’s letter to the Select Board and Road Agent Gary Page for further guidance.

On Wednesday, Town Administrator Mike Branley said the Select Board asked him to contact town attorney Bart Mayer for his opinion on the status of the road, which Branley did on Feb. 3. Branley said he does not have a time frame from Mayer regarding how long it will take to figure out the status of Cressey Hill Road.

Bourbeau, along with two other residents brought forward a petition warrant article that will be on the ballot on Tuesday. It calls for the town to spend no municipal or other public funds on engineering studies, maintenance, repairs or replacement of Cressey Hill Road, and any bridges located on the road.

The discussion of the letter broadened into a conversation among board members about where to find road classification information within town records. Planning Board Chair Linda Kunhardt said the records were a mess and now they’re an organized mess.

Kunhardt has begun going through each file to make sure everything is accurate and nothing is missing.

Having better records and inter-department communications will help with situations like this, Kunhardt said. The board agreed to start going through their old files at their next meeting on March 18 and Kunhardt will prepare a checklist for what goes into a Planning Board record.

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