Purchasing venture added to town warrant

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HARTFORD – Selectmen signed the annual town meeting warrant Thursday night after adding an article on a cooperative purchasing venture between three towns.

Voters will decide if they want to join the Nezinscot Valley Purchasing Authority, a new regional buying pact with the towns of Buckfield and Sumner. Chairman David Bowen moved they recommend raising $500 to cover administrative costs.

Bowen gave a report on the regionalization meeting to Selectman Lee Holman, who was not present at the meeting in Buckfield due to a SAD 39 budget meeting. Bowen said, “I feel it is a good thing and will save the town money.”

Elections will be May 11 and the annual town meeting will be on the evening of May 18. This is the first time the annual meeting has been held in the evening. There will be a potluck supper at 6 preceding the meeting.

Incumbent Lee Holman and Dale McNeil are running for Holman’s selectmen’s seat. Cathy Lowe, Willie Bragg and Alan McNeil are running for road commissioner and Lianne Bedard is seeking re-election as town clerk.

There is a vacancy on the school board.

Willie Bragg was present to sign the plow contract for $1,934 per mile or a total of $93,026. He said he was getting a performance bond that will cost $3,700 for the three years.

The cemetery and town mowing bid was awarded to Roger Smith for $1,350. Ted Jones was present for the bid opening, and since he was the second lowest bidder, he asked the town to consider his company if problems arose with the bid winner.

The code enforcement report reflected one new house permit on Kerry Hill Road.

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