"This latest pipe looks good on paper," he said. "But I did some research on it and ... it's a flat pipe that develops silt buildup and it can't be cleaned."
Smith, though, fired back at Janese, claiming the pipe is used in several water-sensitive projects in the state and, contrary to what the highway department head said, can be cleaned.
Janese and Deputy Supervisor Gary Catlin said they'd take a look at the plans and come to a decision on the matter in order to determine the next step.
While those residents heard some more proposals to help fix a problem, one of the town's longstanding proposed subdivisions was given some better news.
Dominic Massaro, a Lewiston developer looking to build the Legacy Drive subdivision, was granted approval on a key aspect of his project necessary to finally bring residents into his homes.
The board approved the dedication of Legacy Drive, the road itself, with contingencies calling for additional work Massaro's attorney Charles Ritter said could be completed with money set aside in escrow.
It's a step town consulting attorney Michael Dowd said is necessary in the process.
"The town has to dedicate the road by deed," he said. "The town won't do it until everything is properly done. We wanted to make sure the loose ends are taken care of. If the road's not dedicated, he can't have people move into the homes."
As board members appeared uncertain whether to approve the request, even with the contingencies, which included installing proper road signage, a test of a sewer line for blockage and the installation of sidewalks called for in the original site plan approved by the town when the project was first proposed almost a decade ago, Ritter and Massaro said they could easily meet the requirements.