Buckfield waste building going up


BUCKFIELD – Town Manager Glen Holmes informed selectmen on Tuesday night that Tim Brooks, contractor for the building holding universal waste at the Buckfield Sumner Transfer Station, expects the building to be completed in two weeks.

Holmes said the shell and steel roof are up, and the walls will be going up today. The building will house universal waste and contain a bathroom for the transfer station personnel. Universal waste is presently stored in a container, which will soon be free to become a swap shop.

The board voted to ask Sumner selectmen to attend its next meeting to discuss guidelines for the swap shop. The purpose of the shop is to recycle usable items.

Holmes also said they will discuss the situation at the transfer station when holidays come on Monday. He said the Tuesday after Christmas was very difficult, and he and several residents helped the transfer station crew for several hours.

Holmes also reported on the court case involving a longstanding suit against Roger Bennett over his junkyard. Holmes said four of the vehicles have been removed from the site. Because of winter conditions and the fact that Bennett has been doing a good job of cleaning the site, the judge gave Bennett until July 1 to complete cleanup.

Holmes, as road commissioner, reported that the road crew had screened 3,000 yards of winter sand and thinks that is sufficient. He is looking for an on-call driver for storms.

Resident Judy Berg expressed her regret that the state Department of Transportation had cut the last elm tree on Turner Street, originally called Elm Street. It was once lined with the stately elms. DOT took it down in preparation for paving Route 117.

There will be a water task force meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, and a public meeting on Jan. 23 on capital projects for the future of Buckfield.