Pelham - Windham News July 22, 2011 - 5
Utility Conduits to be Laid Under London
by Barbara O’Brien Windham Selectmen have
given the go-ahead to local engineer Peter Zohdi to proceed with laying three conduits underneath the new section of London Bridge Road; a stretch of roadway that was constructed about two years ago. The decision was not unanimous, however. Selectmen’s Chairman Ross McLeod voted against the project because he agreed with Highway Agent Jack McCartney, who wanted the road bond to be held for a period of two years rather than the one year of insurance that the majority of selectmen ultimately approved. A road bond is collected and held by the town in case of any latent defects that might show up down the road, particularly after seasonal changes might impact the roadway. McCartney said he felt it would take two winters to be sure frost heaves wouldn’t cause permanent bumps or dips in the road. Zohdi, who works with
Herbert Associates, contested the two-year bond, saying if the contractor who built the road originally had put the utility conduits in the right place he wouldn’t be asking for selectmen to grant permission to have three new trenches dug beneath London Bridge Road. “We wouldn’t be in this position,” Zohdi said.
Selectman Roger Hohenberger
voted in favor of the project, but was also concerned about potential problems with the road after it’s subjected to its first winter weather. “I don’t want to find that we’ve developed an unplanned speed bump out there,” Hohenberger said. “Nor do I want to go out and find three sinkholes” where the trenches were dug, he said. The underground utility conduits are intended to connect service for a future housing development in the area. Town regulations require that any new utilities be installed underground. Selectmen did take McCartney’s advice on the amount of the road bond, however, setting it at $3,000 per trench, for a total of $9,000 to be held for one year after the construction is approved. The actual work is expected to take three to four days to complete. Each trench will be about three and a half feet deep. The disturbed areas will be repaved to town specifications. Voting in favor of allowing the three trenches were Selectmen Roger Hohenberger, Bruce Breton, Phil LoChiatto, and Kathleen DiFruscia.
Volunteer(s) of the Year Named
by Barbara O’Brien Windham Recreation Director Cheryl Haas began her presentation of the 2011 Volunteer of the Year Award by saying, “Without this family, many events just wouldn’t happen.” The family to which Haas was referring is the owner of Woof- Woof Doggie Daycare, located on Route 111 in Windham. Without the continued efforts and time devoted by Belinda and Ralph Sinclair, there just might not be an annual Harvest Festival or Christmas Tree Lighting, Haas said during the June 6 selectmen’s meeting. The Sinclairs are also very active in Windham Lacrosse and the Men’s Basketball League, she added. “It’s our personal family motto to think globally and act locally,” Belinda Sinclair said after accepting the awards plaque offered by Haas.
Selectmen also offered their
gratitude to the Sinclairs for their generosity and devotion to the residents of Windham.
Long-Time Police Officer Retires by Barbara O’Brien After nearly three decades of service to the residents
of Windham, Police Officer Scott Rogers has tendered his resignation as a full-time patrolman. During the selectmen’s meeting on June 6, Chairman Ross McLeod read Officer Rogers’ letter of resignation. Although Rogers wants to retire from his full-time position with Windham Police, he would like to remain with the department as a part-time officer. Rogers’ letter
was accepted with regret and gratitude. “Thanks for decades of service,” McLeod said. “Officer Rogers has added a continuity to the department that represents one of the things that makes Windham such a special town in which to live.” Selectman Kathleen DiFruscia commended Officer Rogers for the kindness and understanding that he has always shown to Windham residents, as well as town employees.
Rogers got started with the Windham Police Department as a cadet in 1983, after which he was trained for and took on the job of dispatching. It was later that he became a certified police officer. Rogers has 28 years of law enforcement service to his credit. His retirement from his full-time position became effective at 11:59 p.m. on June 30.
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