Selectmen put a hold on future
March 30, 2007
GOFFSTOWN - Construction of additional roundabouts in
Goffstown was put on hold Monday night by the Board of
Chairman John Caprio initiated the discussion, following up on
concerns he expressed in January over spending an additional
$98,000 to add cobblestone and granite curbing to the Grasmere
traffic circle (see
roundabout completion to cost an additional $98,000).
Initially, Caprio asked board members to reconsider the previous board's
approval of that $98,000 expenditure, saying “I’m very uncomfortable putting more money into
that”. He made a motion to
suspend that expenditure until additional discussions could be held with
Public Works Director Carl Quiram.
However, selectman Nick Campasano
mentioned that the engineering plans
for the circle had been approved and stamped requiring the inclusion of
granite curbing and a cobblestone center area.
In addition, selectman Phil D'Avanza called the current appearance of
the Grasmere circle "horrendous", and suggested that Quiram be
allowed to complete it as planned, not only for aesthetic reasons, but
also to use the completed Grasmere circle as a sort of test case to help
decide on whether or not to go forward with two more planned
“We’re looking at two other roundabouts in town. How are we to measure how successful they’ll
be” without finishing the Grasmere structure, D’Avanza said.
Current plans call for construction of two more roundabouts, one at the intersection of Pleasant Street and Mast
Road, and the other at Wallace and Mast roads.
Caprio eventually withdrew his motion to suspend further expenditures on
the Grasmere circle and allow the work to be completed in lieu of supporting a motion made by Campasano
(passed 5-0-0) to instead halt plans to construct future roundabouts until the
effectiveness and success of the Grasmere circle can be ascertained.
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