Hartford Rec Committee gets brush-cutting job

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HARTFORD — Selectmen on Thursday officially turned over the railroad bed brush-cutting to the Recreation Committee after town money was spent to cut trees along the town recreation trail.

In August, the board gave the Road Commissioner Jeremy Johnson permission to mow the sides of the old railroad bed. Trees were also cut.

According to board Chairman Lee Holman, the town is no longer responsible for any brush cutting.

The bed is used for hiking, snowmobiles and other recreation activities and access will be limited to those activities. A policy is being crafted by selectman and the Recreation Committee to decide what vehicles should be allowed.

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Selectman Cathy Lowe offered a camera for the sand and salt shed to monitor who is taking material, how much and when. The camera will be used as a trial to see if a purchase is warranted.

The board crafted a letter to be sent to all contractors and employees about town employees operating vehicles that are not owned by the town. The Maine Municipal Association confirmed that town employees who operate contractor equipment are not covered for liability.

The clothing center will be closed later this winter because the chimney at the Hartford Community Church needs repairs and there are no funds. The church deacons sponsor the clothing center and will open it in case of an emergency.

The center will be open Saturdays, Dec. 20 and Jan. 3. The January opening will be a bag sale.

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