Tuesday July 30, 2013

DOVER -- During public comment at the most recent Selectboard meeting, former Selectboard member Buzzy Buswell said he was disappointed with the new paving on Route 100.

Others agreed with Buswell, who claimed it was dangerous because rainwater collects in areas of the road where vehicle tires have contact. The re-paved road in question runs from the Dover Police Station to the Dover line.

"It was meant to be a sealer for the cracks," said Dover Police Chief Bob Edwards.

At the July 16 meeting, resident Eddie Barber told the Selectboard that the sealer was "supposed to be an experiment," according to the minutes.

"The material is supposed to give and take and not crack as much," he said.

Another resident asked if the Agency of Transportation could be notified about the issues.

Selectboard Chairman Randy Terk said a letter could be written to the AOT to alert the agency of the town's general dissatisfaction of the paving job. Town Administrator Nona Monis said the town has written the AOT several times in the past for different but related road issues.

She mentioned a large pothole by the corner of Veronique's Ski and Sport on Route 100, which is another area that collects water.

"They come and patch repair it," said Monis of past experiences with AOT, according to the minutes.

Before any motion was approved, Terk asked the board if a letter could first be written, then the board eventually would approve sending that letter.


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Selectboard member Joe Mahon asked if the board should first contact the state department. Terk said AOT should be contacted by phone first to see what its plans are before sending a letter.

Barber recommended that the board's letter be certified before sending it.

"I travel that road eight times back and forth every week," he added. "There is something radically wrong with that road. The letter should be certified and really press the point."

Ultimately the board decided to have Monis call the state agency first to check the status of the paving project.

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