County to develop road inventory – Daily Bulldog
FARMINGTON — Franklin County Commissioners agreed to begin an inventory of all roads owned by the county on Tuesday, after discussion with the county administrator and commissioner of roads.
During the discussion, County Administrator Amy Bernard noted that the county contracts 84 miles of tillage when it only owns 42 miles of road. She was concerned that some roads were missing in the county and felt that the county should have a list of all the roads it was responsible for. Roads Commissioner Mike Pond said the state maintains and paves roads such as Routes 142 and 145 in unorganized territories while the county is responsible for clearing them, which explains the discrepancy in the numbers .
Commissioner Bob Carlton said the county needs a “very detailed” inventory of assets, including pavement versus gravel, bridges, culverts and ditches. This will allow the department to better anticipate.
Commissioners asked Bernard, Pond and Tim Hardy of Franklin County Emergency Management to work together to find the best way forward. Bernard thought he could get grants to cover part of the salary of an intern or assistant to map routes and assets using GPS.
Commissioners also approved a bidding process for roadworks in fiscal year 2024. The bidding window will open on April 15, 2023, giving contractors two to three weeks to evaluate the roads. and work specifications. Once awarded, the work can begin on July 1, 2023, the first day of the 2024 financial year.
In other cases, Commissioners have approved a number of committee and board appointments. Residents of Unorganized Territories fall under county municipal jurisdiction, and as such the commissioners are responsible for appointing such residents to certain committees and boards, even though the boards are not under county authority. Nominations include Ginny Robie and Anna Plog on the Madrid Micro-Loan Committee and Adam Baillargeon on the Northern Franklin County Housing Coalition. Additionally, as the county recently joined the Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments, Bernard was appointed to the Board of Directors while Carlton and Harvell were appointed to the General Assembly.