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Lisbon Town Council reverses earlier decision and supports new road at Lisbon Campground

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LISBON- A new road will likely be installed at the Lisbon Beach and Campground next year after the town council reversed its earlier decision to oppose its construction.

The road will bypass the campground and provide direct access to the boat launch.

In April the town council was told by Highway Superintendent Timothy Dow that installing a dirt road would cost roughly $20,000.

Campground Director Michael J. O’Neil supported the construction of the road citing safety concerns.

Mr. O’Neil said a bypass road would reduce the amount of traffic in the campground, thereby making it safer for children.

Although Mr. Dow installed a basic dirt road for highway department use over the summer the road was not designed for public use and the town council was upset that Mr. Dow did not clear its construction with them first.

But at Thursday’s meeting Town Councilor Alan D. Dailey said he supports the idea of building a road now after hearing from constituents.

Councilor Gary J. Jarvis said his understanding is that town residents want to see the money made at the campground reinvested in its growth.

The beach and campground made roughly $28,000 in profit in 2013.

Councilor Susan M. Duffy recommended using some of the $125,000 the town made from the sale of land at Sparrow Hawk Point towards upgrades at the beach at well.

Mr. Dailey said he would be in favor of using roughly $40,000 to build and pave a road that would make access to the boat launch easier.

“I think the people would be satisfied,” Mr. Jarvis said.

Ms. Duffy also recommended planting more shade trees and renovating the campground’s boat launch in the near future.

The town council asked Mr. Dow to come up with a detailed cost analysis and Ms. Duffy said it “would be great” if they could have the road installed before the campground opens in the spring.

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