Hanover board to consider plowing South Shore Road
Hanover selectmen will hold a special board meeting Tuesday to discuss the potential cost of plowing the South Shore Road.
Selectmen voted in 2003 to close the narrow, one-mile dirt road along Howard Pond to winter maintenance for 10 years.
But that period has come to an end.
Road resident Jeff Eaton argued last winter that the road should be re-opened to winter maintenance because the number of homes on it has increased.
About three dozen homes or seasonal camps are on the road, and about seven are used in the winter.
The road has been plowed privately for 20 years.
The property owners do get a benefit for not getting plowed by the town, according to town officials - a 15 percent adjustment on the assessment on their land.
Town officials have also said some road property owners, particularly those who only use their property in the summer, have no interest in having the town plow and, in turn, readjust their assessment.
The town estimated last winter that the cost to take over plowing at $13,000 a year, a figure that also includes the annual installation of a snow fence in an open area and a contingency amount in case a front-end loader is needed.
The meeting will take place at 5 p.m. at the Hanover Town House.