Lyndeborough highway department discusses future

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 2/6/2017 7:37:53 PM

Lyndeborough’s Board of Selectmen spent much of its meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 1, discussing the future of the town’s highway department.

How it manages roads came up as the board contemplated reinstating the Highway Department Advisory Board, the ways in which it reports driving conditions to the school district, and its overtime policy in case of weather events.

“I believe the current overtime policy was put in place to say we appreciate our employees who weren’t being paid very well,” Selectman Fred Douglas said. “That’s not the case anymore, we’ve made adjustments.”

The debate revolved around the treatment of holidays, which fall into one category – earned time – with sick and vacation time. If a holiday is in the same week as a snowstorm, as in the New Year’s Day storm, should overtime kick in before employees have actually worked 40 hours, or should the eight hours of holiday time be included, the selectmen asked.

They tabled the issue for a future meeting, but Town Administrator Russ Boland provided them three different models from other local towns, including Milford and Francestown, to examine.

The earned time system has only been in place for about a year.

“It’s only really been effecting the highway department because of storms and emergencies,” Chairman Lee Mayhew said.

This is an issue that may be discussed by the new Highway Department Advisory Board, which will have five members with experience with roads, or trucks and equipment. The Board of Selectmen will have a representative and is going to draft a charter.

It said department employees are to report at 3 a.m. for school day storm to make recommendations to the superintendent regarding bus driving conditions.

Scout Road, a class VI road near Rose Mountain is being considered to be reclassified as a trail. The Conservation Commission hopes this will help preserve it by keeping vehicles from eroding it. The board wants input from its abutters before making a decision.

In other news, the town’s deliberative session has been moved to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Citizens’ Hall, due to weather.




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