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Friday, February 16, 2007

Bellingham DPW director warns on road funds

BELLINGHAM

Public works director Don DiMartino warned selectmen during a budget review that Bellingham's road maintenance budget is too low at $55,000 a year.

The department has lost two employees to retirement in the past year and as a cost-saving measure will not replace them, DiMartino said.

But the shortage in manpower meant the town's Hartford Road sewer project took much longer than anticipated, and the town's fire hydrants are not being flushed on schedule. In addition, some roads are rapidly deteriorating under the scant repair budget, he said.

Instead of repairs, some will need complete rebuilding due to the lack of attention. DiMartino is currently preparing a report on the town's roads for the finance committee.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

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