FARMINGDALE — Selectmen are sending a letter to Maine Department of Transportation Commissioner David Bernhardt asking for the state’s help in repairing Hallowell-Litchfield Road, which they describe as “the most treacherous roadway in town.”

Selectmen said in the letter that the road, which runs from Litchfield to Hallowell and passes through Farmingdale, has been almost impossible to safely maintain during winter months.

They said there are many locations on the road where the tire-travel area is 6 inches lower than the rest of the pavement, making it impossible for the plow truck to remove snow from the travel lane and causing motorists to slide off the road.

Selectmen are requesting that the state inspect the roadway this year and either take temporary or permanent measures before the next plowing season.

Selectmen said the town, through its road commissioner, advised the state approximately three years ago of a similar situation. At the time, department officials responded that there was no money in the budget to repair the problems.

In other business:

* The town was notified by someone who inspects boilers that a temperature switch on the new boiler at the Town Office was missing. They planned to call Dead River, the contractor that installed the boiler last fall, to put the switch on.

* Selectmen received a proposed contract from Wright-Pierce to do an assessment of the town’s sewer system. The board plans to seek clarification of parts of the proposal.

* Selectmen voted to increase the burial fee for town cemeteries 10 percent, from $500 to $550.

* Selectmen received two bids to purchase a 1978 GMC fire truck and voted to accept a bid of $2,611 for the vehicle from Golden Rod Garage in Freeport. Asian Auto Service of Plaistow, N.H., bid $1,978.88.

* Selectmen opened three letters of interest for road commissioner. The three people who applied were Pete Sylvester, William Rogers and Thomas Duquette.

Joyce Grondin is a Kennebec Journal correspondent who lives in Augusta.

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