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October 18, 2013

Discontinuance of River Road goes before Merrimac voters


Pinciaro said that the Save River Road organizers are acting out of “concern with their own personal interests rather than what the Board of Selectmen is concerned with, the welfare of the whole town. “

He also believes that the organizers have not revealed to the general public that the ballot question is non-binding.

“The organizers are aware of this but are not revealing this to those they are recruiting,” he said.

Pinciaro also stresses that to qualify for state or federal funding, should it become available in the future, is a very long shot. The competition for such funds would be enormous and the fact that the road neither impacts the traffic flow or the economy of Merrimac would make it a hard sell to grantors.

“We would need a wealthy benefactor or state or federal funds. The price of the engineering would be $150,000 to $200,000 and the cost to repair would be $3 to $5 million,” he said.

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