SUMNER — Several vacant houses have mounting rubbish piles showing as snow melts and selectman said Tuesday night they’re concerned about the situation.

Administrative Assistant Cynthia Norton said some houses are on vacant property, but others are not.

Selectman Mary Ann Haxton asked Code Enforcement Officer Sid Abbott to keep his eyes open for places other than ones on Lower Sumner Hill and Bonny roads. Abbott was asked to contact owners to see about cleaning up their properties.

Norton said in some cases, other people may be using vacant property for dumps.

Fire Chief Bob Stewart said he expected the new pumper to arrive within the week. The new engine was approved at last year’s annual town meeting.

Stewart was also concerned about the number of people using the combination lock at the station. He said some things have gone missing and he would like to see the station access to be separate from the town office.

Stewart announced that five members of the volunteer Fire Department will attend training in May. He has prepared a new volunteer roster so the selectmen will know who has access to the Fire Department.

Stewart said the new bylaws were calling for seven business meetings per year rather than one per month.

Road Commissioner Jim Keach said he had used the broom to clear sand from road edges Tuesday. He also said he had closed Rosenberg Road because the bridge failed. Rosenberg Road is a public easement.

Keach also informed the board that someone had put a footbridge across a stream on Russell Road. Selectman Mark Silber asked Norton to call the Maine Municipal Association to inform them that the town had not put up the footbridge.

The board accepted a bid for cold mix from Tom Gibson of Rampart Bituminous LLC of Windham for 400 yards at $53.25 per cubic yard for a total of $21,300.

The deadline for bids for plowing the town office complex is May 10.

The board acknowledged Silber for the article on him in the Maine Townsman magazine’s April issue.

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