Roads don\u2019t seem to be holding up the way they used to. Blame the weather? Lack of road drainage? The quality of today\u2019s paving products? A public less tolerant of bumps, potholes and the occasional flood?\u201cWe\u2019re getting a lot of complaints about our roads,\u201d First Selectman Rudy Marconi told the Board of Selectmen. \u201cAnd it\u2019s not just Ridgefield.\u201d\u201cIt\u2019s the weather,\u201d suggested Selectman Steve Zemo.Selectwoman Maureen Kozlark wondered if recent changes in road de-icing products used by the town might be to blame.\u201cAre we still using that molasses substance?\u201d she asked. \u201c... I just wondered if that was contributing to the deterioration?\u201dThe discussion came up near the end of the May 8 selectmen\u2019s meeting, which had begun with a complaint about a road during the public comment portion of the meeting.Joseph Lane of 29 Silver Spring Park Road said his neighborhood had a serious flooding problem, which he traced to the lack of proper road drainage \u2014 the road his house is on has no catch basins, as other roads do, he said.\u201cEvery single time it rains we literally have a river in the back,\u201d he said. \u201c... It\u2019s washing away our leach field.\u201dHe thought the solution was for the town to address the lack of road drainage.\u201cWe can\u2019t put in drains ourselves,\u201d he said.First Selectman Marconi asked if Lane had discussed the matter with Public Works Director Peter Hill.\u201cHe\u2019s been out there, he\u2019s looked at it. They put in a small berm,\u201d Lane said.\u201cWe\u2019re already been told we have to rebuild our driveway,\u201d he told the selectmen. \u201cIf you don\u2019t put in the drains, we\u2019re going to send you the bill.\u201dMarconi said he\u2019d have Jake Muller, director of facilities, take a look at the problem.\u201cHe\u2019ll come out and take a look at it, I promise you,\u201d Marconi said. \u201cYou have my word.\u201dLater, at the end of the meeting, the selectmen returned to the subject of deteriorating roads. The town allocated about $1.8 million for road repairs and repaving this year, and has a similar amount in the budget for next year.Marconi confirmed that this paving season the Highway Department would be trying a couple of alternative processes.\u201cThey\u2019re going to have to start looking at these chemicals we use on the roads,\u201d said Kozlark.Selectwoman Barbara Manners asked if the town had done a chemical analysis of the de-icing products it uses.Maroni was cool to this idea. Chemical studies aren\u2019t something the highway department is equipped to do.\u201cWe\u2019d have to hire someone,\u201d he said.But Marconi agreed there appears to be a problem with today\u2019s paving \u2014 the materials, the process, something.\u201cIt\u2019s peeling off,\u201d he said of pavement.\u201cIt looks like roads that were paved last year are deteriorating,\u201d said Manners.Maybe the town\u2019s snow and ice clearing practices should \u201cgo back to old-fashioned sand, Kozlark suggested.\u201cI think it\u2019s that product,\u201d she said of the road salt with additives that\u2019s used on roads in winter.\u201cWhen it was just the old days and it was just sand, did the roads hold up better?\u201dThat seems like that\u2019s the case, Marconi said, adding that the corrosive quality of the road chemicals may also be showing up in the number of automobiles that are rotting on their underside.\u201cBrake lines, transmission lines, all those tubes underneath are probably one of the biggest repair jobs Pamby has,\u201d he said.But Marconi wasn\u2019t so sure about the idea of going back to treating icy roads with just sand.\u201cPeople want their roads black,\u201d he said.