E. Davies Allan formally requested the reinstatement of the town’s road committee at the July 30 Westport Island Board of Selectmen’s meeting. Allan, a Westport Island resident for the past 25 years, also came to donate materials worth $400-$500 to help with the walkway for the Wright Landing project.
The selectmen took no action on the road committee, but accepted the materials for the town.
“Road commissioner Garry M. Cromwell and his company, Cromwell & Associates, are doing a fine job,” Allan said, adding he does not think the taxpayer is being protected without a committee to oversee the work. “I just feel that you wouldn’t just give someone $100,000 and say ‘do what you think needs to be done.’ You and I wouldn’t do that [with our own money],” he said.
Westport Island had an ad hoc road committee in the past. The selectmen said they would consider Allan’s idea.
Allan came to the meeting also to donate the hardware and 155 feet of 4×4 center stringers for walkway on the jetty. The Wright Committee will install the stringers. The stringers are necessary because some of the boards in the walkway have warped due to weather conditions.
Town officials cut the ribbon on the Wright Landing project in June 2010. The landing was dedicated to the late Mary and Adrien Wright, who gave the town first right refusal on purchasing the land.
The project to build a walkway and dock for the Wright Landing will cost approximately $81,600, of which the state grant would pay $65,280 and the town would pay $16,320. Nelson said the grant total recently increased by approximately $12,000 due to an increase in the project’s material costs.
The selectmen also discussed E-911 addresses, and will be asking the 911 officers Marsha and Richard Gray to assign E-911 addresses to any currently unmarked houses.