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Drain repairs, septic work a go

Select board moves forward with work on two facilities after Wednesday meeting

LYNDEBOROUGH — Plans to make repairs to two of the town’s municipal properties are under way after a recent Select Board meeting Wednesday.

First, the board discussed how to address water gathering in the Citizens Hall basement as a result of needed drain repairs. The board met with Greg Porter of the Highway Department to discuss options for preventing additional water damage. Porter presented the board with two options — one quoted for $2,100 and the other for $1,600. In both options, Porter would redirect the furnace drain, as well as add support to the ceiling insulation with either chicken wire or plastic webbing. The two quotes are identical, with the exception of the material used to support the insulation, with chicken wire being the more expensive option.

The board also discussed the option of protecting the insulation with a foam insulation sheathing, which might eliminate the need for either the wire mesh or the chicken wire. Select Board Chair Fred Douglas noted that that kind of sheathing could work both to reinforce insulation in the Citizens Hall, as well as serve as a vapor barrier for the current insulation. The board requested that Porter start the process of repositioning the furnace drain, and return to the board with a quote option for the foam insulation sheathing.

“The drain needs to be moved sooner or later,” noted Select Board member Arnie Byam.

The board also requested that Porter put down a section of plastic sheeting in the Citizens Hall basement, to gauge how much water was collecting.

Also on Wednesday, the board met with Fire Chief Rick McQuade to discuss the Fire Department parking lot. The lid leading to the septic system for the station is beginning to cave in, McQuade told the board, and is effecting the surrounding pavement. Byam noted that he had seen the situation, and that over the course of the winter, the manhole had depressed into the ground, and it needed attention.

The board had previously acquired a quote for septic work to be done at the fire station, including installing a new septic tank, which would cover the repair of the lid and the surrounding asphalt. The current septic tank is cracked, according to January minutes of the Budget Committee. Previous estimates for the work were around $10,000, including installing a new septic system.

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