Land abutting war monument goes to Bethel
The parcel of land behind Bethel’s Civil War monument on Lower Main Street now belongs to the town.
Town Manager Jim Doar told selectmen Monday that the lot was “tax acquired.”
“That was our original desire, to have that land, and we couldn’t get it. And now we have it by default,” said Board Chair Stan Howe.
A 19th-century house that had stood on the property burned down in 1991.
Doar suggested the town contact Bethel American Legion Post 81 about possibly locating a veterans’ memorial there.
Over the past few years the Legion has been making plans for such a memorial on Bethel Fire Station land, behind the Bethel Common.
Paving bid awarded
In other business Monday, selectmen chose Bruce A. Manzer Inc. to do paving work on several town roads. Manzer bid $355,231. The only other bidder was Pike Industries, at $369,631. The board approved the bid by a 4-1 vote. Selectman Pat Carter objected to Doar’s recommendation and the majority approval to waive a performance bond for Manzer.
Among the roads to be paved are Flat, Bailey and Bird Hill roads and Sunset and Riverside lanes. Work is expected to take place this fall.