A new road is on the way in Morristown, and Chris Chauvin briefed the Morristown Select Board July 29 about the plans.
The new town road will be known as Upper Munson Avenue. A portion of the road already provides access to North Country Federal Credit Union, across from the intersection of Route 15 and Munson Avenue. Upper Munson will eventually wrap up around behind the credit union and Tractor Supply to intersect with Center and Trombley Hill roads.
Chauvin talked with the board about the best way to build the road, which was required as part of Tractor Supply’s initial permit with the town but is just now in the works.
“It’s roughed in right now,” town administrator Dan Lindley said about the road, and Chauvin wanted to talk with the board before going any further.
The main issue is how the new Upper Munson will intersect with Trombley Hill and Center roads. The intersection will likely be realigned, possibly into an off-kilter four-way intersection, to ensure everyone on each of the roads has to come to a stop.
Lindley will work with Chauvin to schedule a site visit with the select board.
“We need to figure out what we’re doing with that intersection. It’s really going to change the traffic patterns up there,” Lindley said.
Chauvin said he’d like to pave the new road this year, one of the final steps necessary before the town government would take it over.
In other business July 29:
• The board discussed new sidewalk and road adoption policies.
The new sidewalk policy, which was adopted Monday night, details how new sidewalks should be built, whether by the town or developers who then turn them over to the town for maintenance. Upper Main Street and Elmore Street could get new sidewalks in the next few years, Lindley said.
The board is still working on its road acceptance policy, which will combine portions of the last two town policies — laying out standards a road or street must meet before being taken over by the town.
The most recent policy didn’t allow any dead-end roads or cul-de-sacs. The new policy will change that. The board discussed adopting only roads that have at least five completed structures, are at least 1,000 feet long and have a designated area for snow storage or removal.
The board wants to retain the option to consider every road on a case-by-case basis. Lindley will deliver another working draft of the policy to the board later this summer.
• The board approved adding Stephanie Roddy as a volunteer with Morristown Emergency Medical Services. Roddy works at Copley Hospital and has worked as an EMT.
• Morristown EMS Chief Bill Mapes reported that the department’s new ambulance has been delivered. It was purchased from a Rutland squad to replace a failing Morristown ambulance. The new vehicle will be painted to match the town’s other ambulance and get updated proper equipment before it begins rolling out on calls.
• The board heard from the Rev. Barbara Miller, who conducts a sidewalk ministry on Portland Street. After receiving complaints from local businesses in mid-July police asked Miller to turn down the volume during one of her preaching sessions, which also include gospel tunes and singing. Miller said she preaches in Morrisville for roughly two hours on Mondays and Fridays and wants assurances that she can continue to do so.
When Miller asked about applying for a waiver of the town noise ordinance, board members replied they didn’t think that was necessary. She’d turned down the music and her megaphone when asked by police, and as long as everyone in that area of Portland Street is agreeable to that type of arrangement, board members saw no need for a waiver.
“We’ll see how it goes before a waiver,” Lindley said. “If it’s too loud, turn it down.”
• Village residents raised concerns about speeding and other illegal activity on or near Court Street. Several options to slow down traffic — seasonal speed bumps, a lower speed limit or extra signs — were tossed around ideas before the board decided extra police coverage in the area is likely the easiest fix.