The decision to spend the funds on replacing the old bridge on Champeaux Road is a good one. I hope the new bridge is high enough to canoe under without lying down.
Residents in agreement with the BOS, and wise spending seem a bit out of character for our town, but it may be the start of a new era. Let's hope.
The fire chiefs request for renumbering the homes on the street, since they run opposite of the way the rest of the town is numbered, is a valid request. I can understand residents becoming attached to their numbers, but for safety sake they should follow the rest of the town, and if not, then large, well lit numbers should be posted on the exterior of the homes.
Alignment, and wisdom prevailed this week here in Sturbridge. Let's see what next week brings.
|Article published Aug 7, 2012|
Sturbridge board kills plan to upgrade Walker Road
STURBRIDGE — In a 5-0 vote, selectmen last night nixed a proposed $600,000 improvement plan on Walker Road, with the blessing of many of its residents.
In addition to removing 78 trees, the proposed plan would have transformed the existing gravel road to a paved roadway. The selectmen, as well as a majority of Walker Road residents in attendance, favored spending the Chapter 90 money on a more worthwhile project, such as replacing the 80-year-old Champeaux Road Bridge.
Walker Road residents also were against the fire chief’s request for renumbering the 10 homes on Walker Road so the pattern is consistent with that of the majority of the town’s roadways. Currently, the address numbers run backward.
Selectmen sided with the residents, although no formal vote was taken on the matter.
— Craig S. Semon