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NORTH BENNINGTON >> Potential changes to the intersection of Main Street and Bank Street were among the topics of discussion at last Tuesday's meeting of the Village of North Bennington Board of Trustees.
The issue was raised by resident Ed Corey in the opening minutes of the meeting.
"To me the major problem still with the intersection is the sharpness and height of the curbing," he said. "If you drive a truck, if you're coming toward Main Street and you try to make that swing, that little short curb that I mentioned before on the side, that truck can't make that swing without running into the curb on the other side of the road. To me, it would be better to try to eliminate the sharpness."
At last month's meeting, the Board of Trustees discussed a couple of options with Highway Superintendent Normand LeBlanc, one of which involved cutting the curb near the bank and replacing it with drivable grass.
At last Tuesday's meeting, Corey said that there was a new material that would not only help with the existing problem, but would also have the appearance of granite.
Regardless of whether the board decides to investigate — and/or utilize — the new material, removing some of the sharpness of the curb seemed to be part of the overall solution.
"Once we get a plan and kind of understand the money part, I think the idea is we are going to take some of the sharpness off," said board member Mark Boudreau. "We've talked about ways to grind down that lip so it's not so sharp."
In a previous phone interview, LeBlanc said a promise was made to the truck drivers in good faith that they would actively research and take measures to resolve the issue this coming construction season.
If the Board of Trustees were to decide to pursue the drivable grass option, LeBlanc estimated that it would probably cost about $10,000 to complete, according to previous reports.
The Trustees were also approached about increasing the amount of their contribution to Grandview Cemetery.
Last November, the cemetery association had a meeting and decided they wanted to dissolve. This resulted in the cemetery changing from a private cemetery to a non-private cemetery. As a result, the state then required the Town of Shaftsbury, — which already has four cemeteries — to take care of it, placing a greater burden on the taxpayers.
Part of the Grandview Cemetery Commission's request for Shaftsbury to take over the cemetery was that it continued to be used for both North Bennington and Shaftsbury residents.
The contract for the maintenance of the cemetery is $6,600. Minus North Bennington's current contribution, there remains $4,000 to $5,000 that would need to be divided between the two towns.
The Trustees were receptive to sharing the costs, but wanted to have further discussions at a later time.