Meeting Monday on grant for bridge


HARTFORD – Selectmen will have a special meeting at 9 a.m. Monday to discuss with Maine Emergency Management Agency representatives if a grant is available to help pay for a new bridge on Town Farm Road.

The town already has a loan approved, but Selectman Norm St. Pierre said Jo Ann Mooney from MEMA thinks the bridge qualifies for a grant. St. Pierre also said damage from this year’s spring rains might qualify the project for a grant for more extensive work such as adding culverts.

The board will also be discussing the date of the resignation of Jack Plumley as licensed plumbing inspector. The board would like to have him stay until the first of June.

Board Chairman David Bowen agreed they should be working toward developing an administrative ordinance with the Ordinance Committee at the suggestion of the Comprehensive Plan Committee. Dave Kraske, a member of the Comprehensive Plan Committee, said such an ordinance would give new people on boards and committees much needed guidance.

In a letter, Comprehensive Plan Committee Chairman Neil Hanley wrote that the ordinance should incorporate a list of paid and unpaid positions within town government, including committee chairmen and members. It should contain compensation guidelines, give job descriptions including terms and whether the position is elected or appointed, and give the board and committee functions, responsibilities and authority. He said the lack of such an ordinance is not conducive to good government.

Selectmen reviewed a building permit for a new cape-style home on Church Street for Michael Marston and a new ranch-style home with garage for Mike Boutin on Main Street, submitted by Plumley, the code enforcement officer.

Selectman Lee Holman announced the Hartford Community Goodwill Potluck Supper will be at 6 p.m. Friday, May 5.