SUMNER – The town is looking for a resident to fill the position of emergency management agency director after learning Selectman Cliff McNeil can’t legally continue in the job.

McNeil told the board this week he received a letter received town from the Oxford County Emergency Management Agency that states selectmen may not be appointed town emergency management agency director.

Anyone interested may call Town Clerk Sue Runes at the town office for information.

Selectman Tom Standard reported on his attendance at a workshop by Maine Local Road Center, a division of the Department of Transportation. He said he received software that enables him to compile a rough draft of the town’s road inventory. Using the state road inventory and town ordinances, Standard discovered roads have been renamed and/or no longer exist. Road Commissioner James Keach will assist in clearing up inaccuracies.

The center will be available to assist Keach in evaluating road conditions. Using software made available by the center, information from the road inventory and road conditions will be entered on a database, and the program will assist Keach in developing a road maintenance schedule.

Keach said he is concerned that the weight and number of trucks traveling the Gammon Road will cause it to deteriorate quickly. Trucks working on the Route 219 construction travel the Gammon Road to the gravel pit and are damaging the edge of the pavement and causing ruts, he said.

Standard will speak with Dale Carlton, Department of Transportation state project manager for the Route 219 repairs, to see if there is a way to keep damage to a minimum.

In other matters:

• The town is looking for volunteers to maintain the flower beds.

• McNeil and Standard signed a notice for the SAD 39 bond referendum on June 17. Voters will cast ballots from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the town office on whether to approve a bond to repair the roof of the Buckfield Junior-Senior High School.

• A motion passed to allow Keach to contact Hartford Road Commissioner Alan McNeil to take care of the repairs to the Russell Road bridge. Standard submitted an estimate for $1306 for materials. McNeil will speak with Hartford selectmen to confirm their share of the cost. Sumner’s portion will be funded in the road budget.



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