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By Katina Caraganis

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ASHBY — The town, along with neighboring Ashburnham, is seeking a grant totaling $982,006 from the Montachusett Regional Planning Commission for paving projects in both communities and a housing-rehabilitation program.

If awarded, the grant would provide $168,600 for rehabilitating two houses in each community, $355,021 for the reclamation and repaving of South Main Street in Ashburnham and $369,385 for the paving and reclamation of Jewett Hill Road in Ashby.

In addition, $89,000 would be allocated for general administrative costs, including title searches and legal fees, according to MRPC Community Development Director Kevin Flynn.

Flynn said by combining the projects in both towns, it may make it easier to secure the funding.

“The cap for two communities is $1 million,” he said. “We’re under that so there’s some wiggle room. I will ask both highway superintendents to look at the figures one more time.”

All estimates include a 10 percent contingency in the event the bids come in higher than expected.

Flynn said he has also spoken with the highway superintendents about including the rate of inflation because the projects wouldn’t go out to bid until next summer.

“They’re really mini public-works projects in and of themselves. This is a pretty straightforward project,” Flynn told the selectmen Tuesday night.

In other business, selectmen:

* Appointed Mark Archambault of Nashua, N.H., as land-use agent in town after his predecessor took a job in another state.

* Appointed Cultural Council members as special municipal employees.

* Approved a one-day liquor license for the Fitchburg Rod and Gun Club.

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