NEWBURY — Residents can once again tap sand or salt from the highway department to de-ice their driveways and sidewalks this winter.
Selectmen agreed this week to resume the practice by adopting a policy permitting residents to take a maximum of three 5-gallon buckets of salt or sand from the highway department during the winter months.
Buckets may only be filled from 7 to 10 a.m. on the first Friday of each month.
The town had previously stopped the practice because contractors and others were abusing it, selectmen Chairman Joe Story said. But selectmen OK’d the new policy after learning that it met with the approval of Public Works Director Tim Leonard.
In other business:
Selectmen approved use of Fire Department resources for the third annual Old Newbury Bonfire tomorrow from 3 to 9 p.m. at Tendercrop Farm’s growing fields at 71 High Road. The event will include music, food and many family-friendly events and activities.
The board signed off on an assignment of security for a $24,500 performance bond with Angelo Ciardiello of ERA Equipment for 160 feet of road improvements he will complete on Sled Road in conjunction with the development of 101 Newburyport Turnpike. The town will hold the money for two years or until the work is satisfactorily completed, whichever comes first.
The Triton Regional School District invited selectmen to participate in its formal budget process beginning next week. A series of 40-minute presentations by building principals and program administrators will be made next Monday through Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the high school. The school board will then hold a budget workshop on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 8 a.m. to review the budget and all assumptions that are driving it. A budget review is slated for Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m., with a vote on a tentative budget scheduled for the Wednesday, Feb. 13. A public hearing on the budget will be held on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. The Triton school board will then vote a final budget on March 13.