Past Issues of the Putnam Town Crier

Cargill Falls Vista
This photo, taken by Richard Tremblay in the fall of 2022, shows off Cargill Falls at its best.


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Dufault Street
Huge patches, uneven surfaces and cracks that imitate a jigsaw puzzle. Linda Lemmon photos.

Sticker shock
--- even roads
By Linda Lemmon
Town Crier Editor
You’re watching the numbers spin at the gas station. Petroleum is out of sight.
Imagine now that you’re the highway superintendent and you’re watching petroleum prices — asphalt and other road-building materials — go “AWOL.”
Such is the dilemma facing Putnam Highway Superintendent Travis Sirrine.
Inflation, increasing prices is hitting everyone, he said. “We’ll do what we can.”
The state builds in an “escalation” clause into contracts “but we’re hitting that. We’re hitting that cap repeatedly,” he said.
Before the state put that escalation in, Sirrine said contractors were “losing their shirts.”
The Woodstock Avenue and Church Street sidewalk and paving projects slipped into high gear once school was out and the goal is to have both of them finished in time for the beginning of school. And the sidewalk redo on Grove Street, depending on the weather and the contractor who wins the bid, will probably be done “maybe spring.”
But “spiking” petroleum prices are causing Putnam and other towns to reprioritize, to rethink the paving/repair projects they have lined up.
Rather than repaving some streets that are doing OK, it’ll just be a matter of maintenance with crack sealing and chip sealing, Sirrine said. “Just preserve it.”
The prices per ton of asphalt products have already increased $12 to $15 per ton. “That’s driving our projects, what we can do,” Sirrine said.
Reprioritized the top street with a full overlay coming is Dufault Street. “That’s a definite,” he said. In addition, there is one street behind Woodstock Avenue, some in the north end, a section of Genevieve and Franklin, River Road, Mantup and the Rt. 21 corridor. “We are trying to get around town, get something done in every section of town,” he said.
The town originally had planned to do half of Kennedy Drive but that won’t happen. Sirrine said “we are looking at other techniques” to maintain it.
If the spikes continue, he said, “We’ll hold our money and let it come down.”

The following charges were listed in the Putnam Police Department logs.  The people charged are innocent until proven guilty in court. The Town Crier will publish dispositions of cases at the request of the accused. The dispositions must be accompanied by the proper documentation. The Putnam Police Department confidential Tip Line is 860-963-0000.
June 14
Corine Young, 29, Woodstock Avenue, Putnam; second-degree breach of peace.


2-car accident
PUTNAM — A 17-year-old juvenile was cited for failure to obey a stop sign after an accident June 13 at the intersection of Maynard Street and Battey Street in Putnam.     
The Putnam Police Department said the driver of a 2008 Nissan Altima was traveling east on Battey Street, failed to make a complete stop at the intersection and struck a 2016 Jeep Compass traveling on north on Maynard Street.
Two of the four occupants of the Jeep were taken to Day Kimball Hospital for treatment, one occupant on a precautionary basis and the other for minor injuries. Both vehicles sustained moderate damage and were towed from the scene.  


Pedestrian cited
PUTNAM — A Woodstock Avenue resident was cited after a pedestrian vs car accident June 15, according to the Putnam Police Department Captain Justin Lussier.
The Putnam Police Department responded to a one-vehicle versus pedestrian accident that occurred near the area of 48 Woodstock Ave.
Police said the pedestrian, Greg J. Raymond, 37, of Woodstock Avenue ran into the road from a driveway along the eastbound shoulder area of Woodstock Avenue and was struck by a vehicle traveling eastbound. The vehicle, a 2003 Honda Accord, was driven by Christina I. Woodward, 27, of Rt. 169 in Woodstock.
Raymond was cited for reckless use of the highway by a pedestrian.
Woodward’s vehicle sustained damage to the hood and windshield area and was towed from the scene. Raymond was taken to Day Kimball Hospital for evaluation of minor injuries by Putnam EMS.  


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