MINOT — Fire Chief Dean Campbell told selectmen Monday he’s concerned with the speed of traffic coming off Ball Field Road and passing by the Central Fire Station.
 
Lines of sight are relatively short, both for traffic coming up the hill from the fields at Minot Memorial Park and for traffic making the corner about to head down the hill.
 
Selectmen agreed there is considerable risk of an accident.
 
Town Administrator Arlan Saunders said he would talk with Highway Supervisor Scott Parker about installing a 15-mph sign and possibly a “slow” or “yield to firetrucks” sign as reminders.
 
He also thought a “slow” sign posted for traffic coming off Woodman Hill Road/Route 119 might be a good idea.
 
Saunders also reported that, thanks to the low bid price for summer paving, he is calculating whether another road can be added to the list.
 
“It appears that we will try to get some of next year’s paving done this year to take advantage of the low price,” Saunders said. “We’re looking at either the far Auburn end of Garfield Road or maybe Bradbury Hill Hill Road.”
 
Voters approved spending $328,000 for paving this summer.
 
Roads on the list include Verrill, North Verrill and Old Garfield roads, and the lower section of Center Minot Hill Road, which was formerly known as Quimby Road.
 
Two weeks ago, selectmen accepted the bid from All States Paving of Windham of $59.34 per ton or asphalt, the lowest of five bids.
 
Selectmen also met with West Minot Fire Co. officer Sharon Campbell to discuss funding Minot Community Day, customarily held in September, and the annual Christmas tree-lighting celebration.
 
Campbell said the West Minot Fire Co. has funded them in the past, but, for legal reasons, will have to end its support. She said they traditionally have spent about $500 to $750 and believes there may be enough money in the account for this year.
 
Selectmen agreed that the two events probably should be funded by the town, but they questioned which department would have to budget for it. 
 
In other business, Selectman Eda Tripp said there are 26 unpaid 2014 property tax bills and 90 unpaid for 2015, for a total of $154,525.
 

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