Hartford selectmen gave the OK for the work to be completed.

HARTFORD – Selectmen on Wednesday received an estimate of $1,522.88 to replank the Russell Road Bridge over the East Branch of the Nezinscot River, which divides Hartford and Sumner.

The two towns have been discussing splitting the cost of repairing the iron bridge, and Sumner Selectman Cliff McNeil delivered the estimate for the work Wednesday night during the Hartford selectmen’s meeting.

McNeil apologized for the delay and the confusion over the estimate. He said he hoped the towns could still work together in getting the bridge repaired.

At the May 29 selectmen’s meeting, Selectmen Pete Theriault, Dave Bowen and Scott Swain said they were frustrated because they received a call from R.E. Lowell Lumber confirming their portion of the lumber bill, but hadn’t seen an estimate from Sumner.

Hartford selectmen thanked McNeil for taking the time to deliver the estimate and gave the OK for the work to be completed.

McNeil said Thursday night by telephone that hopefully the project could begin in the next 10 days. “The road commissioners of the two towns will work together,” he said, and the job should take less than a day.

Each town’s share is $761.44.

In other business, Planning Board member Vicky Brown read a letter of recommendations and concerns from the board to selectmen. They are:

• The town form a committee to study and revise the comprehensive plan, stating that it has not been reviewed in 10 years.

• The town form a committee to revise building ordinances and to take a serious look at shore land zoning.

• The town send a letter to residents to get feedback directly related to the rapid growth of the town, any concerns and the impact this growth has had on ponds and lakes.

• The town have this committee present data on the present health and conditions of town water and watershed.

Residents were reminded the transfer station will be open Saturday, June 21.

The annual town meeting is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, June 21, with a potluck lunch at noon. Anyone wanting more information may phone Scott Swain 388-2064.



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