CLARKSBURG -- Officials say work on the Gates Avenue culvert will be delayed until the spring.
"I was hoping to have it done before snow flies, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen," Select Board Chairman Carl McKinney said at last week's meeting of the Selectmen.
Work on the culvert, which carries traffic over a stream down a dead-end road to four homes, was halted by the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) this spring. The agency expressed concern over the project using sliplining, a method of installing a small "carrier" pipe into the original "host" pipe, and the stream being an environmentally sensitive area.
The town eliminated a sliplining portion of the project, which satisfied the DEP, Town Administrator Tom Webb said last Wednesday. But Westfield contractor A.J. Virgillio won't be able to perform the work this fall.
"When we originally contracted them, they had a lull in their work," Webb said. "They don't have that lull now."
A letter of correspondence states the contractor will pick up the project again in the spring, he said.
"It's good that they're holding onto it this long. Most contractors would not," Webb said.
Good news came last Wednesday when Webb updated the board on work being performed on the police station garage's roof by McCann Technical School students.
"Half of it's done," Webb said. "They stripped off the [side near the street] at this point. They'll be back ... to wrap that up."
Roughly $1,800 of the $2,500 the town set aside at June's town meeting to repair the roof remains, Webb said.
In other business:
* Selectmen appointed two residents to the Board of Assessors: Tracy Pierce and Alan Reutlinger. McKinney, who served on the board since 2009, resigned last month after questions arose about the legality of him serving as a selectman and assessor. Upon recommendation by the state, Webb has resigned as principal assessor, a position he filled for a year.
* Webb said students from McCann Technical School will soon start work on a town website. Webb said he hoped the website, which is expected to be clarksburg-ma.gov, will be completed by the end of the calendar year.
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