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Absence of 'welcome' signs concerns residents
HEBRON — "Welcome to Hebron" signs have been a topic of town discussion for about five years, but the Board of Selectmen has been hesitant about installing them because of "what they look like."
The town received a letter from a resident Marion Hall on Monday, who was concerned that the finished signs, currently sitting in her garage, were yet to be installed.
"It would be a shame to let the 'Welcome to Hebron' signs ... go to rot before even being installed," read the letter. "These were made under the guidance and love of a very dedicated person who has pride in her town. It would be a shame not to honor her by installing them before it's too late."
Selectman Dan Eichorn at the meeting Monday said that someone else had approached the town a year ago about a batch of road signs that were made by the children of Hebron's D.E.P.O.T. program.
The agreement was that the signs would be placed in four town entrances.
The program, according to the Oxford Hills School District's website, is a non-profit before- and after-school childcare program that "offers activities, enrichment, free choice ... physical activity, academic assistance ... as well as long-term projects that encompass nature, the environment and the community."
No town input
According to Eichorn, before the signs could be approved, the woman in charge was asked to come up with a rough draft of the signs.
Eichorn said the board never saw such drafts.
"She just went ahead and had the signs made," he said. "She showed up a year and a half later with the signs all made and in the back of her garage ready to go, but we had some issues [previously] about what the signs looked like."
Selectman Dick Deans said that the signs' lettering seemed a bit tilted, and that it contained the wording, "Welcome to Hebron, a place of refuge" – a phrase which board members were not particularly interested in.
According to Deans, "refuge" is another word for "Hebron."
"It wasn't the message we wanted everyone passing through town to see," said Eichorn.
"We thought that signs might be a good idea," said Deans, "but thought that maybe they ought to drop that [slogan]."
To be or not to be?
Eichorn said that the group that made the signs would need to modify the wording before the signs could be put on public display.
They would also need to get permission from landowners to install the signs on private easements.
In addition, the group would have to speak with the Department of Transportation about the placement of the signs, said Selectman Jim Reid.
"She was supposed to come back with those requests, but she hasn't been back yet," said Deans. "The students that were once involved with it are close to graduating now."
"I like the idea of the 'Welcome to Hebron' signs," said Eichorn, "but it may not be those."
Board members said they would not accept the signs until they have been modified to say only "Welcome to Hebron."
In other news, the board:
• Heard from a member of the Highway Department that the town is in need of a seasonal plow truck driver. Experience is required, as well as a Class B drivers license. Hours are TBD, and the applicant must be willing to work flexible hours.
• Approved the removal of a tree on Sodom Road for $850, as quoted by Webster Tree Service.
• Discussed that the eroding shoulders on Sodom Road need to be fixed before the snow flies. Selectman Jim Reid proposed that the town would get the "best bang for their buck" if it spends $1,000 for someone to professionally grade the road.
• Heard from Selectman Dan Eichorn that research needs to be done to determine the status of each road (whether it is public easement, private easement or public way) so the town can decide to either discontinue or maintain the evaluated roads.
• Announced a Superior Court hearing to be held at the end of November over an ongoing dispute between Hebron Academy and town officials, who say that Hebron Academy's taxes were filed late. The school claimed that some of the school's property is being taxed when it shouldn't be.
• Announced that the town is currently working out a deal to begin designing a town website.