Three interesting pieces of correspondence last Thursday at our BoS meeting.
One was the obligatory weekly programing letter from our cable provider, formerly known as Time Warner Cable, now under the letterhead of Charter Communications. We have not yet completed a contract renewal with them, but one way or another, it will renew next year. With all kinds of new technology coming down the road, including word that Alphabet,Google's parent company has plans to " beam" super high speed internet directly to homes and offices, I have to wonder how long hard wired cable will be viable. In not too many years we will look back at our current high speed cable modems as we currently think of the old dial up modems: quaint but obsolete.
We received a letter from abutters to Aubuchon Hardware regarding Ames Road. Is it a town road or a private road? It has been traditionally been considered a town road by the DPW, but in researching this all the way back to 1927 the town found that there was never any article at a town meeting where the legislative body accepted Ames Road as a town road. In the letter, it as stated that " Doc Mallard ( then Highway Agent Leonard Mallard) paved the road for Charlotte Whitehouse as a favor in the 1970's and we think this is where the assumption ( that it was a town road) came from." The issue is the use of Ames Road for Aubuchon employees and the property owners want the road reclaimed as a private road so that can control what happens on their property. More research and a review of the Aubuchon site plan and eventually an answer was promised to the letter writers who attended the meeting.
Lastly, a friend of a Long Island Road property owner who passed away in 2015, asked for permission to place a memorial bench at Long Island Beach in her memory as that was one of her favorite places and she would sit there often. The BoS agreed it is a very nice gesture and will seek the input of the Recreation Department as well as DPW before making a decision.