HARTFORD – Selectmen on Friday signed a warrant for a special Board of Selectmen election from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, at the Town Hall.

Absentee ballots will be available Monday, according to Town Clerk Lianne Bedard.

She presented a letter to the board from Kristin Collins, staff attorney for the Maine Municipal Association, concerning a recently canceled election, postponed because of an oversight in signing the warrant.

Collins wrote, “The best way to ensure the integrity of the process and to protect the rights of the candidates is to consider the nomination process to be complete and to simply place those same candidates on the ballot for the postponed election.”

Acting board Chairman Jack Plumley apologized to the candidates for “the screw-up.”

Former Selectman David Bowen and Zoe Cowett are running to finish the term of Hope McCabe who has resigned.

In other business, the board discussed damage at the town beach after a car rolled over and left broken glass, broken trees and debris. They voted to have Road Commissioner Jeremy Johnson clean up the area.

Selectman Lee Holman said she didn’t think the town should pay to clean up the mess. The town is waiting to hear from the police on the identity of the driver.

Constable Chuck Merritt said the accident happened well after 9 p.m. He said there is a growing problem of kids being in the beach parking area late into the night.

There was also discussion on the condition of the boardwalk that leads from the parking lot to the town beach. Plumley said the boards are beginning to rot because sunlight can’t get into the area. He mentioned that several trees are leaning over the walk and need to be removed in the winter when they can safely do so without harming the boardwalk.


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