Dixfield mulls roads ordinance


DIXFIELD – Selectmen decided Monday night that more discussion is needed on a proposed street-standards ordinance before voters have a chance to act on it at the annual town meeting.

At issue is whether roads created within subdivisions should be paved.

The current road policy is confusing because it states in some sections that pavement is required, while in others, gravel is acceptable, according to board members.

A special meeting of selectmen, the Road Advisory Committee and the Planning Board has been set for 5 p.m. on May 1. Following that discussion, the board plans to hold a public hearing on the proposed ordinance on May 8.

The Planning Board approved the draft ordinance last week. Town Manager Jeff Jacobson said the ordinance recommended that acceptable subdivision roads be gravel.

Selectman Eugene Skibitsky said he believed if the town is to accept a subdivision road for maintenance, it should be paved, while board Chairman Tony Carter said if they are built to town specifications, paving may not be necessary.

Selectman Brenda Turbide pointed out the possible expense to the town if it had to pave the road at a later time.

Carter questioned whether requiring paved subdivision roads would have a negative effect on the desire for new growth and homes in the community.

Residents will act on the final approved document at the town meeting set for June 1.

In other matters, the board approved spending just under $1,500 from the sewer maintenance account for the repair of a pump on River Street.