Cara Cheyette suggested learning more about the terms of each contract before making a decision, using contaminated recycling bins as an example.
“It might be that one of your vendors is going to cover the town and take (the recycling) no matter what, and maybe another’s policy is to actually charge,” Cheyette said. “You might want to know and get some of those things in writing. What are the contingencies and how do they deal with the unexpected?”
Sumner said those were the types of questions he would like to ask the representatives in order to decide which contractor to use.
An application is being submitted for a paving and structure grant from the state. Road commissioner Bradley Rafus said the grant of $175,000 would be put toward paving Branch Road. There are four and a half grants available, and Halifax is currently fifth on a list to receive the grant.
“It’s going to come down to, if another town does not apply, then we’ll get a full grant,” Rafus said. “But if it comes down to getting half a grant, I’d rather wait another year.”
Rafus said once a town receives a grant it goes to the bottom of the list, so it would be more beneficial to wait one year for the full grant.
Alice Aldrich was appointed to the planning commission and zoning board, for three year terms respectively. Aldrich replaces Sirean LaFlamme who did not wish to continue her positions on the boards. Sumner was reappointed as a representative for Windham Solid Waste Management, and Cheyette will replace Rafus as the second representative.