SUMNER — Voters will be asked to approve a $768,468 municipal budget, including an increase in the winter roads and roads and bridges account, and amendments to the Subdivision Ordinance when annual town meeting gets underway Tuesday, Aug. 11.

Action on the 40-article warrant starts at 7 p.m. in Hartford-Sumner Elementary School at 145 Main St. in Sumner.

The municipal budget is a 9.75 percent, or $74, 510, increase over last year’s budget, Town Clerk and Treasurer Susan Runes said. The increase reflects a $20,000 bond payment for the Twin Bridges replacement bridge, a $28,000 increase in the roads and bridges account and $30,096 increase in the winter roads account.

A few accounts showed minor decreases, Runes added.

Voters will also be asked to approve proposed Subdivision Ordinance amendments that Planning Board members say will ensure all developments are built to town specifications and completed before they are sold.

The Planning Board will recommend voters approve amendments that range from a performance bond requirement to ensuring the application process is compliant with state regulations. It also requires that a subdivision be finished — including sidewalks and roads — before any units are sold.


For months, the board and others have been reviewing the town’s Subdivision Ordinance that was adopted in 1988 and amended in 1993.

The revisions, which were outlined at a public hearing last month, are based, in large part, on the town of Hebron’s state-approved subdivision ordinance. Like Hebron, Sumner does not have zoning.

Voters will also be asked to allow all terrain vehicle use on Decoster, Rosenberg and Barrows roads.

The Budget Committee and Board of Selectmen are asking for voter approval to use municipal revenue funds, snowmobile registration fees, tree growth reimbursement and other state reimbursements for municipal purposes.

In other action, voters will be asked to raise and appropriate $1,500 for a contingency account. The account allows the selectboard to expend small amounts of money to deal with “relatively minor” issues rather than request a special town meeting for unanticipated expenses and emergencies.

Voters are further being asked to raise and appropriate $54,960 for protective services, including $8,000 for Fire Department operations, $10,000 for Fire Department equipment and $13,100 for insurance.

A total of $3,750 is being requested for social services, including $1,000 for the Sumner Food Bank.

A total of $183,000, including $17,261 in carryover funds, will be requested for the roads and bridges account, along with $56,670 for the solid waste operations.

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