SUMNER —  A town official is scheduled to go to Augusta on Wednesday to ask questions about protecting the North Pond watershed.

Code Enforcement Officer Sidney Abbott will be asking the state what obligations Sumner has as far as protecting a watershed that supplies water to the town of Buckfield, Administrative Assistant Cyndy Norton said.

North Pond is owned by both Buckfield and Sumner. Chadbourne Tree Farm presently owns 350 acres that abut the pond. According to conversation at the selectmen’s meeting Tuesday night, there has been speculation about the possibility of developing this land.

Selectmen discussed the Emergency Management Preparedness grant for a generator for the town office and how the town would match the grant funds. The board will request bids for buying the generator. This grant requires the town to spend the money upfront before getting money back from the state.

In other business, the board:

* Approved buying new road signs for newly named roads Hood Valley, Lucas and Homestead Way.

* Appointed Edwin Hinshaw, Jeffrey Pfeifer to the Planning Board and Lawrence O’Rourke as an alternate.

* Appointed Edwin Hinshaw and Lana Pratt to the Budget Committee and Wilda Dunham to the Arrabine Dunn Emergency Relief Fund.

* Appointed Henri Arsenault, Arlene Silverman and Clayton Schneider to the Comprehensive Plan Implementation panel.

A Swap Shop report was given to selectmen. Sumner and Buckfield share the Transfer Station and Swap Shop. The report said that the shop moved nearly 40 tons of items to new homes over the past year and helped many families.

Fire Chief Robert Stewart told the board he wanted to salvage the new tires from the old tanker truck and put them on another firetruck. He said he didn’t know when the new tanker would arrive.

Stewart reported that the Ladies Auxiliary had donated $500 to the Dunham family who lost their home to a fire recently. The Sumner store raised $350 at a benefit breakfast Sunday.


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