MINOT – A contingent of Hadfield Road residents told selectmen this week that they would like to have their road paved.

“It causes a lot of unnecessary wear and tear on our vehicles,” Sandy Dubuc said. “It’s really only good in winter when, for three months, it’s frozen up.”

The rest of the year, the road runs from mucky to dusty washboard and has a hill that can be tricky to negotiate, she and several of the 16 other Hadfield Road residents agreed.

“The prices (for asphalt) have come down, why not do it now?” Don Dubuc asked. Ninety percent of people on the road have signed a request to have it paved.

Selectmen said they were sympathetic but pointed out that a couple weeks ago town meeting voters set the year’s budget and there wasn’t money in it to do Hadfield Road.

Sandy Dubuc noted that Hadfield Road was scheduled to be paved in July 2007, but at the last minute selectmen decided not to do it.

Town Administrator Arlan Saunders said paving bids came in higher than expected and there wasn’t enough money to do everything that had been planned that summer.

“A group from Marston Hill Road end said, ‘Don’t pave.’ That’s why we didn’t pave,” Saunders said.

He said the intention was to pave the hill section “so our trucks wouldn’t get stuck” and that since then the town has tried ditching the road to improve conditions but, without a proper base, success has been limited.

Selectmen agreed that if the residents wanted – and they did – they would put the Hadfield Road paving project on next year’s town meeting warrant as a separate article.

Selectmen noted that Hadfield Road connects Marston Hill Road in Minot with Perkins Ridge Road in Auburn; 0.9 mile of it is in Minot and 0.6 mile is in Auburn, and asked whether they had approached Auburn.

Residents said they already made contact with Auburn officials about paving their end.

In other business, selectmen unanimously supported sending a letter to legislators stating that the board opposes any bill that reduces the amount of vehicle excise taxes.

“Minot uses all its excise tax money to lower property taxes,” Selectman Eda Tripp said. “Every one of the bills before the Legislature would cause us to lose considerable money. What they’re doing is increasing the property taxes on the person with an 11-year-old car.”

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