Waldo Town News
By Tom Seymour
Waldo second selectman Herb Harnden reports that at their last meeting, the Selectmen discussed gravel road concerns. Harnden said, “I can assure you and the townspeople that the board is taking this very seriously and it’s a topic of discussion at almost every weekly meeting.” Harnden invites residents with concerns to attend the weekly selectman’s meeting on any Monday evening. He didn’t give a time for the meeting, however. For more information call Herb Harnden at 342-2705.
Harnden also referenced a letter from Waldo resident Nap Blais that appeared in this column two weeks ago. In response to Blais’s comments, Harnden said that at least 11 years had passed since town roads were paved. He also said that the town had built up a reserve account to pay for that work.
While on this subject, let me point out that I ran the letter from Nap Blais as a courtesy. I had suggested that instead of running it here, he might better have offered it as a letter to the editor. But Nap hand-delivered his letter to me and I felt obliged to include it in this column. After all, I continually complain about lack of input and when someone wants to give me news of any sort, I’ll run it.
While on the subject of gravel roads, my own driveway, a rather long one, was sorely in need of maintenance. For several years, I had had gravel hauled and spread, and then leveled by hand with a hard-toothed rake. Let me say that this never works and the end result is always the same, that being a built-up section of driveway that resembles an undulating whale’s back.
So biting the bullet, I called Dean Brown and Dean came with a load of gravel and also, his big, mean ol’ bulldozer. Dean spent considerable time on my road, re-sculpting it and even crowning it so that water can drain off rather than pooling up. The end result is something that I’m proud of and surely, will last for the next year or more before needing attention. Thanks, Dean, for your good work.
Well, fishing last week was pretty good, but this week will be even better. If you get a chance to go out, do take the opportunity and go for it. You’ll do well. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
“I love to get up in the morning, but it’s better to stay in bed.” – James Mollison