HARTFORD — Resident Bert Chasse complained to selectmen Thursday night that the town’s valuation of his property at Pine Shores is excessive.

He said he built his house, which is assessed at $358,000, and it’s the highest taxed one in town. And a one-acre lot
in the grove with no house is valued at $38,000. He said neither his house nor the acre lot
have a view of Lake Anasagunticook or even lake access.

The board urged him to file for a tax abatement with the town. If denied, he could appeal to Oxford County commissioners.

Chasse also told the board that his wife had recently gone off Church Street during a storm, and that he spoke to Selectman Jack Plumley about how poorly it had been plowed. He said that since his complaint, plowing during the last storm was much improved. He thanked Plumley for addressing the situation.

Plumley said he was not making excuses, but the driver hired by plow contractor Willie Bragg had ended up in the ditch himself with two flat tires. 

In other news, Plumley agreed to serve on a committee with Buckfield Town Manager Glen Holmes, a Sumner selectman and an emergency management director to decide how to spend $11,075 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for training and planning.

The board reviewed building permits for three single-family homes on Bear Pond, Farrand Hill and Hurd Hill roads.

The board is still looking for five ballot clerks, two people for the solid waste committee, and alternates to the Planning Board and Road Committee.

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