The long and short of it is that all private roads plowed last year will continue to be plowed this coming winter. There was some confusion about this and it may have been because of the discussion the BoS had at the July 6th 2017 meeting. The minutes of that meeting state:
"Emergency Lane Designation for Private Road Update on Process: Walter stated that
Chris Theriault and his staff have completed a list of roads (bus routes, through streets,
dead-ends and roads to lakes). A meeting will also be held with representatives from the
home owner associations to review the statute and to explain the plan on Tuesday, July
25th, 6:30 p.m. at the School. There was a brief discussion about what date to hold the
public hearing and it was decided that it will be held on August 24th at 6 p.m. at the
When I listened to the meeting and read the minutes, it did appear that roads were being looked at for Emergency Lane Designation according to the four criteria noted above. It was not clearly stated that the intent was to include all private roads that were previously plowed. That issue was clarified once and for all tonight when Joel Mudgett asked to clarify that the town will continue to plow the private roads it plowed last year. The answer for the record was yes.
Whether this will continue indefinitely is not clear as is whether there is even a need to seek a legislative solution for a permanent fix. It was suggested that private road property owners could come to town meeting in droves to seek approval to have their roads become town roads. Not a likely scenario as the roads in many if not most cases, do not meet town standards. In addition, the cost to taxpayers to maintain/repave/rebuild over time would increase the town road program budget to unacceptable levels.
Best case? Designate the roads as emergency lanes and just don't bring it up again.