Antrim: Board looks for bridge funding 

  • A bridge on Grove Street was closed off to thru-traffic on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 after NH Department of Transportation officials deemed the structure unsafe. Select board members are now in the  process of discussing where funds will come from to replace the structure. (Abby Kessler / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript)

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, January 05, 2017 6:33AM

Select Board members discussed siphoning money from a stagnant conservation and open space account to fund repairs on Antrim’s Grove Street Bridge at a regular meeting Tuesday evening.

Chair John Robertson said the account was created at least 10 years ago and contains about $55,000 that has been sitting untouched ever since it was created.

At one time there was an open-space committee that was tasked with finding acreage to put into conservation, but Robertson said that group has since dissolved.

“I think it would be a whole lot better to use money that has been sitting around,” Robertson said. “And this is kind of an emergency thing (repairs to the bridge) that we need to get done.”

He said the town is looking into a timber bridge replacement, which he says has worked successfully in Washington and Francestown and costs substantially less than other alternatives.

The board has made no final decisions regarding the matter, although it has express support for the idea.

During its meeting the board also discussed warrant articles to be presented at Town Meeting in March. Robertson said it will need to draft a warrant article to cover the cost of its aging bridges, which includes a bridge on West Street that is projected to cost upwards of $1 million to fix. The board also discussed a warrant article for a fire truck.

“We still have some final tuning to do before Town Meeting,” Robertson said about the warrant articles.

The board met with Holden Engineering and the town’s water and sewer department on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the Highland Avenue and Pleasant Street project.

It will reconvene for a regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m.

Abby Kessler can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 234 or akessler@ledgertranscript.com.