SUMNER – The town is working on an agreement with Pike Industries to have clean dirt from the Route 219 reconstruction put behind the town hall.

Selectmen Thomas Standard and Cliff McNeil and representatives from the Sumner Volunteer Fire Department met with project manager Louis Wills of Pike Industries to discuss an arrangement Tuesday night. Standard said it would be a “win-win” situation because the company would have a place to put the material from ditches and the town would be able to build up the area at no cost.

Representatives from the Fire Department are looking to enlarge the parking area behind the town hall, or possibly create a landing pad for a LifeFlight medical helicopter, Standard said. Another possibility is using the built-up land for future construction.

Road Commissioner Jim Keach said there was no harm in getting the fill and letting it sit until a decision was made on what to develop on the property.

Once the property has been measured and marked by Standard and Fire Department members, McNeil and Standard are expected to meet with Wills to sign an agreement.

At the May 13 selectmen’s meeting Keach voiced concerns about the weight and number of trucks traveling the Gammon Road and the damage being done to the road. Wills also informed selectmen that Pike Industries is aware of the damage.

Before beginning the Route 219 project Wills videotaped the road and verbally agreed to repair damage done by the trucks traveling to the Gammon Road gravel pit

Keach informed selectmen that the “No through trucks” signs have arrived, and that he would be placing them on Fields Hill.

Selectmen are reminding residents of the following balloting measures:

• June 5 at 7 p.m., SAD 39 budget vote at Hartford/Sumner Elementary School.

• June 10 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., statewide referendum, town office.

• June 17 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., economic development bond issue and high school roof repair project, town office.

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


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