Special Town Meeting Tuesday in Hanover
A special Town Meeting is scheduled at the Town House in Hanover for 5 p.m. Tuesday to vote on whether or not the town should provide winter maintenance on the South Shore Road.
Selectmen met this past Tuesday with about a dozen residents in attendance to discuss the issue.
Currently some property owners on the gravel road pay to have it plowed privately, at an annual collective cost of just under $3,000.
Selectperson Dick Stratton said that some past estimates on costs for the town to take over plowing turned out to be too high. (An inaccurate figure from those discussions was reported last week in an article in the Citizen.)
The board will have bids for the winter maintenance work in hand for Tuesday’s meeting in order to have reasonable estimates, Stratton said.
Stratton also said if the town votes to take over maintenance, an adjustment currently used by the town’s assessing agent to reflect the lack of winter maintenance will be revised so that the land value (not including the building) will increase by approximately 12 percent over the current valuation.