CHESTER – The board of selectmen has decided to move ahead with the process of changing the name of Dump Road, based on a suggestion by chair Steph Landau this year, something he has been pursuing with the help of selectmen’s office assistant Pat Martin.
Dump Road is so called because it ran abreast of the town’s old dump, now a capped landfill.
At the board’s March 6 meeting, Landau said the process to change a street’s name was relatively simple, the highest hurdle being that all abutters need to be contacted. According to Landau there are only a couple of landowners who would be affected.
Landau also said he had contacted the planning board’s street naming committee and found that the street could be named after animals, trees or plants.
According to Landau, the class six road, though discontinued for much of its length, travels all the way to Lane Road, but he was only looking at changing the name of the portion that runs until the highway salt shed.
Landau said that while the road used to be where the dump was operated, things had changed and it was no longer an appropriate name.
The town’s transfer station is also on the road.
No name has yet been picked for the street, should it be changed from Dump Road.
Selectman Rich LeBlanc suggested calling the road Recycling Boulevard.
The board agreed to let Landau move forward with the street name-changing process, some saying that they thought it was a good idea.
In other business at last week’s meeting:
• Fire chief Rich Antoine presented plans for an addition to the fire station funded through a donation to the Chester Fire Association. Antoine had previously presented the conceptual idea to the board but at that time did not have architectural drawings.
Last week the drawings were met with questions from board members but all agreed they were workable.
The board decided to send them on to the town’s engineering consulting firm for review.
The addition contemplated is a new bay to house the department’s antique fire truck and other equipment that is currently being stored in a rented trailer.