SUMNER — Trees at a 90-degree curve on Route 140 have been an issue of discussion with the Board of Selectmen for several months.

The trees where Bonney Road intersects present a safety hazard for motorists, according to some who have complained. School bus drivers have asked that something be done, according to town officials.

A representative from the Maine Department of Transportation, who was alerted to the trees, does not see them as a problem, according to Selectman Glenn Hinckley.

The town has offered to have the trees cut if the DOT gives approval and the landowner, Steven McGinty, whose trees are in the right of way, does not object.

Selectman Mary Ann Haxton said the town perceives this as a problem and something needs to be done.

On Wednesday, McGinty contacted town officials and offered to cut the trees himself if bus drivers will point out the ones that have become safety hazards.

In other news, Administrative Assistant Cyndy Norton brought to the board’s attention that a Labrador Pond resident is advertising his home across the road from the pond on Craigslist as having a dock and boat.Officials are unsure whether the dock is on town or private property. Code Enforcement Officer Sidney Abbott said he would will look into the matter.

Haxton said the fire truck contract was signed for a little less than what was appropriated at the annual town meeting. The final figure was $172,809.06.

Letters will be sent out next week informing residents of new property valuations. There will be meetings with John O’Donnell on Aug. 28 and 31.

There is a regional fire department meeting at 7 p.m. in Buckfield on Aug. 25 to discuss how volunteers from the towns can work together on fire calls. Haxton, who is on the committee, said there is such a shortage of fire volunteers that the towns are trying to get together.

Sumner selectmen will be meeting with Tri Town ambulance on working out details for the mutual sharing of rescue with Buckfield on Aug. 12 in West Paris.


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