The town will take responsibility for a broken culvert on a private property

WHITEFIELD — The town will take responsibility for a broken culvert on a private property. The Select Board on Monday agreed to replace the culvert under the driveway at 27 Spring St., determining it was a municipal liability. The former road agent re-routed water flow towards 27 Spring St. and incorrectly installed a plastic culvert under the driveway, when it should have been a steel pipe. As a result the plastic culvert broke, causing longstanding drainage problems. By a 3-0 vote, the board agreed to make two offers to the property Either give them a 10-inch steel pipe at the town’s expense, on condition they have a professional company install it at their  cost, or have the town replace the culvert to standard specifications.