Fryeburg no longer offering sand and salt to residents

5:54 PM, Jan 9, 2014   |    comments
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FRYEBURG, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - It has not been your typical Winter. Early season snow, ice and frigid temperatures have put a strain on budgets and resources for cities and towns through Maine.

It has also created an unusual problem for one community. In Fryeburg sand and salt are no longer being made available to residents. Earlier this week town officials made the decision to shut down the sand shed and it's not just because of the high demand.

In Fryeburg sand and salt are no longer being made available to residents. Earlier this week town officials made the decision to shut down the sand shed and it's not just because of the high demand.

At that shed next to Fryeburg Public Works, the signs clearly spell out the rules.... Fryeburg residents only, no commercial vehicles, 3 buckets per person, not for driveways.

While town officials understand icy conditions the past few weeks have increased the demand, the say the free service is being abused. They say people have been loading up trucks and using it to sand long driveways and commercial parking lots. They say they also have proof of people loading up trucks with sand from the DPW garage, which has never been allowed. It's all left them in a tough position.

"The primary issue is, how we're going to deal with the abuse so that we hopefully will be able to allow people to have one or two buckets they need for the walkways", said Town Manager Sharon Jackson.

So far the town has gone through about 3/4ths of the sand and salt it uses in an entire Winter season. Most years they have some left over, but town officials say they'll soon have to order more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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