CORNVILLE — The annual Town Meeting on Saturday promises to be mostly about roads and spending money to keep them in good shape.

The meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Cornville Town Hall on West Ridge Road. Polls will be open for the election of town officers from 1 to 8 p.m. at the same location on Friday. There are no contested races on this year’s ballot.

Voters on Saturday will be asked to borrow up to $1 million to be paid over 12 years for an ambitious paving plan that includes the entire length of the East Ridge Road from the Athens town line to the Skowhegan town line. The borrowing plan also includes the entrance to Moody Town Road, the top of Huff Hill Road and portions of Oxbow Road, Molunkus Road, Lower Mills Road, Wood Road, James Road and Rowell Mountain Road.

The town Budget Committee recommends approval of the measure.

First Selectman Melvin Blaisdell said the town originally borrowed money to pave the same roads a decade ago, in particular East Ridge Road and Molunkus Road.

“This is a re-do of it. We knew within 10 or 12 years we’d have to do them over again, and we’re doing them again,” Blaisdell said. “It’s the same roads. There’s no new roads. There’s one section of the Oxbow about 3,700 feet to join. Both ends of it now are paved, but the middle isn’t, and we want to get that done.”

Work on the paving projects would start in July.

Along with the $1 million in borrowing, Cornville residents are scheduled to debate spending $30,000 for the purchase of a used 1991 John Deere road grader and appropriating $130,000 for winter road maintenance, $90,000 for summer roads and $40,000 for highway equipment. Blaisdell said it would cost $35,000 to fix the town’s current grader. He said Road Commissioner Myron Moody Jr. found the used grader, which is five years newer with a new motor, and it made more sense to buy that one than to fix the old one, which would be scrapped and used for parts.

Also on the Town Meeting agenda is $80,000 for the disposal of recyclables and solid waste, $65,000 for general town government, $16,000 for the Cornville Volunteer Fire Department and $1,308 for the Brenda J. Hogate Library, named for the librarian at the former Cornville Elementary School and now the Cornville Regional Charter School.

This year’s town budget would be about the same as last year’s $543,000 approved by voters, Blaisdell said, leaving the tax rate at $16.70 for every $1,000 in property valuation. The last article will ask residents what sum of money to take from surplus to reduce the tax rate.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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Twitter: @Doug_Harlow


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