HARTFORD — Road Commissioner Jeremy Johnson was praised in a letter to selectmen for his quick response to get trees cleared from Carey Hill Road after the tornado struck Aug. 21.

David Walker, a resident who lives on Carey Hill Road, where the tornado touched down and did considerable damage, wanted the town to know how much they appreciated the quick work of Johnson.

Selectman Jack Plumley said at Thursday night’s board meeting that Johnson had responded well to the emergency.

Johnson said Canton and Sumner volunteer firefighters had been great in checking on residents in the path of the tornado.

Board Chairman Lee Holman said she didn’t know what else could have been done in the emergency that wasn’t done.

Anyone interested in volunteering to do outreach to the town may notify Town Clerk Lianne Bedard or one of the selectmen.

Holman praised Code Enforcement Officer Bill Kennedy on research he did on an appeals case which she said went beyond his normal job description. Kennedy did research on a parcel of land on Bear Pond Road, or Route 219, which showed the owners’ property changed when Route 219 was built. This made the property of George and Gloria Jarvi not large enough to build near the road. After Kennedy learned the original property had enough road frontage, permission was given for the house to be built.

Plumley noted that an old gravel pit on Darrington Road was not a junkyard and a trailer that had recently been moved into the pit was burned.

Actually he said, “It was blown up.”

He asked the CEO to check it out to see if an owner could be found to clean up the mess that is left.

The town is in need of two members on the Solid Waste Committee and alternates to the Planning Board and the Road Committee.


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