Government at a glance


CANTON – The Volunteer Fire Department hosted a firefighting class recently with nine firefighters from Sumner and eight from Canton. It was led Lt. Jim Dyment, Canton’s emergency management director.

Teams were taught how to use an infrared thermal imaging camera to find bodies, detect hot spots in chimneys and walls. While firemen crawled though the blacked out basement at the old Canton elementary school, the instructor followed with the camera while observers from the class watched on signals broadcast back to the squad truck.

On returning to the fire station, the class discussed how the firefighters missed some previously hidden victims the first time around but the camera clearly showed where they were.

– Mary Standard
Canton: Code officer appointed

CANTON – Jack Plumley, code enforcement officer for Hartford and Peru, has been appointed to the same position in Canton. He succeeds Stan Hayes.

Jerry Cavanaugh was appointed to the Planning Board.

Selectmen discussed turning over the old Canton school building to the fire department to use for training. This will be voted on at the annual town meeting March 10.

Elections will be on March 9 with two positions open for selectman. The terms of Donald Hutchins and Lisa Cummings are expiring. Cummings has taken out papers for re-election.

The Planning Board will be voting on two members.

– Mary Standard
Sumner: Illegal dwellings discussed

SUMNER – Code Enforcement Officer Sidney Abbot reported to selectmen that a hunter had found a dwelling that had been erected on River Road without any building or plumbing permits. He said he would post a notice on the house door and send a certified letter notifying the owner of the violations. A fine, which is 10 percent of the property value, takes effect as soon as the letter is received.

A huge bump on Route 219 near the swamp area continues to concern selectmen. It is considered a danger to loaded log trucks, which might be tipped over if they are unaware of it.

Selectman Cliff McNeil said he would contact the Department of Transportation again to see if they could at least post a danger sign until the situation can be addressed next summer.

Rubbish on the roads is also a concern, along with the fact that trucks picking up trash in Hartford may be losing material.

The Sumner Comprehensive Plan Committee will meet from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 20, at A Wrinkle in Thyme Farm, 106 Black Mountain Road. Frank Hample of the State Planning Office will talk about the state’s review of the plan.

The meeting is open to the public. Contact Mary Ann Haxton at 388-2979 to get a count for lunch.

– Mary Standard