Bridge on Rt. 122 to reopen; Work delayed after ledge found.
NORTHBRIDGE - State Sens. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge, and Michael O. Moore, D-Millbury, brought word to selectmen June 10 that the Ross Rajotte Bridge on Route 122, which has been under repair for several years, is expected to have both lanes open again by the end of summer.
Richard Moore said that according to the state Highway Division, work had been delayed because they had run into subsurface ledge and had to redesign the improvements.
The lawmakers also said that the state budget should be out of conference committee between the House and the Senate before the end of June, reflecting a roughly 4 percent increase in spending over the current year.
"Given that the revenue picture has been generally good," Richard Moore said, "I would anticipate at least the middle number, if not the high number (between the two versions) will be in the final product."
He added that the Legislature plans to address this year the cost to local towns of transportation for out-of-district vocational school placement. Under the proposed budget versions, the state would reimburse communities for bus costs associated with sending them to schools such as Norfolk County Agricultural High School, which offers programs not available in closer regional vocational districts.
However, the state doesn't pay for transportation of students who attend school out-of-district through school choice, which the senator said was a double standard.
Michael Moore encouraged town officials to send a letter to the conference committee expressing support for the higher proposed amounts of state school and road spending.
Also at the meeting, regional animal control officer Daniel Chauvin said that he had logged more than 220 calls from January through April, with the single largest reason being for stray dogs, with 37 calls.
Mr. Chauvin cautioned people about coyotes, which are prevalent around upper Hill Street and Sutton Street. He said a coyote even tore through a closed screen porch and made off with a cat.
"Any animal 20 pounds or lighter is teriyaki on a stick for a coyote," he said.
Mr. Chauvin said that an assistant animal control officer would start work with him in July.
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