Hartford town meeting warrant reviewed

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HARTFORD — Selectmen on Thursday night reviewed the warrant for the Saturday’s special town meeting at 9 a.m. at the Town Hall.

One article is whether to accept title to the old school house on Church Street and pay for insurance, utilities and maintenance. The deed that conveyed the property to the Hartford Historical Association contained a provision that if the association ceased to exist the property would revert to the town.

Another article is whether to close the transfer station, allow curbside pickup of bulky waste twice per year and approve $2,500 for additional expenses. The state Department of Environmental Protection has cited the town for numerous violations at the site. Due to these problems it was decided to clean up and discontinue the site.

The third article is whether to allow selectmen to dispose of the old transfer station site. Before they sell the property, they will have state forester Merle Ring help them determine if it is reasonable to use the site as a town wood lot. Selectman Lee Holman pointed out that some towns use woodlots to provide income to the town and to reduce taxes.

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In other business, selectmen discussed how poor the roads were during Wednesday’s snowstorm. Selectman Jack Plumley said roads were not being kept as clean as in past years.

Selectman Zoe Cowett said she was in other towns and found their roads were also in poor condition.

Plumley said some driver passed him at high speed while he was going as fast as he felt was prudent with his four wheel drive vehicle.

Selectman Lee Holman said it was natural selection at work.

Selectmen accepted, with regrets, the resignation of long-term Board of Appeals member Doreen Maxwell. The town is seeking volunteers to fill openings in the board.

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