New Hampshire town votes to purchase sand and gravel pit

Kerry Clines

March 17, 2015

One of the items discussed during the Nelson, N.H., annual town hall meeting was the purchase of a sand and gravel pit in a neighboring town, which would allow the city to excavate its own materials for town roads. SentinelSource.com reports that Highway Superintendent Michael Tarr told voters that the town’s road agent currently had to drive to Swanzey to haul back sand and gravel, and that the sand and gravel cost the department $50,000 per year. He estimates that the sand and gravel pit being considered for purchase contains enough material to last 50 to 60 years, which would provide a significant savings for the town.

Voters overwhelmingly approved the purchase of the sand and gravel pit for $250,000, according to the report, but town officials plan to do a feasibility study to make sure the pit will be a positive return on investment before going through with the purchase. Voters passed $7,500 to fund the study.

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