HARTFORD – Road Commissioner Cathy Lowe told selectmen Thursday night that a tire on the town grader had gone flat and could not be repaired. The selectmen were not surprised due to the age of the grader.

Lowe said it had several patches and apparently cement had been used to get the tire on the rim. She said it took three hours to get the tire off. She has ordered two new tires for the front of the grader, but has now depleted all of the maintenance budget until next July. The board told Lowe to spend no more on maintenance.

Board Chairman David Bowen said next year they must budget more for maintenance. He also told Lowe, “I have received positive feedback on the recent paving of Town Farm Road, but we need to get guardrails up on the bridge before this winter.”

The town is still looking for used guardrails. There are barrels at the bridge site, but members noted cars were speeding on the new road, and an accident was sure to happen this winter.

The board voted to accept the state guidelines for general assistance. In order to qualify, a one-person household must earn no more that $417 a month. For a household of two, the maximum amount is $554.

Selectman Lee Holman announced that Universal Waste Day for Hartford will be from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Hartford-Sumner Transfer Station. She said she had checked with Buckfield Town Manager Glen Holmes, who had requested vouchers last time from Hartford residents. This was because the Transfer Station attendants did not know Hartford residents.

Holmes agreed that a Hartford dump sticker was sufficient for the November date.

Bob Calawa said, “I have read Sumner’s emergency management report and summarized all the things they did, which was pretty impressive. My recommendation is that we work with Sumner because of our close proximity.

“We should model our plan after what Sumner has done.”

Calawa asked for names of people who might serve on an emergency management committee. Selectman Hope McCabe volunteered immediately. The board suggested people Calawa might contact for serving on the committee and for writing a grant.

“Anyone who might be interested in serving on an emergency management please contact Calawa or the Town Office,” Bowen said.

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