Hartford offered land, equipment for public works operation

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HARTFORD — Selectman Jack Plumley told the board Thursday night that a resident has offered to sell the town five acres of land, a building and road equipment for $250,000 so the town can establish a public works department. The person was not identified.

The owner, Plumley said, would finance the deal at 3 percent for five years. The equipment includes an excavator with two buckets, a power screen, a 10- wheeler dump truck and a trailer.

Board Chairwoman Lee Holman suggested a committee be formed to study the feasibility of having a public works department. Later in the meeting, sevreal people agreed to serve on such a committee and Holman said anyone else who is interested should contact her or the town office.

Selectmen opened two bids for snow plowing and neither contractor wanted a nine-year deal as proposed. The bids ranged from $2,500 to $2,800 per mile. The board chose to study the bids more before making a decision.

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The Budget Committee questioned Road Commissioner Jeremy Johnson on his requests to pave a portion of Church Street and rebuild and pave Sam Annis Road. It was decided to have selectmen and Johnson decide how to allocate the funds to be voted on at the annual town meeting in June.

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