SUMNER — Selectman and Road Committee member Walter Litchfield reported to selectmen Tuesday night that the committee is in the process of evaluating town roads to rate the ones that need work the most.
Litchfield said they had evaluated all but two of the town’s paved roads on a scale of high, medium or low in need of repair. They are checking for cracking, ditching, roughness and rutting, and plan to finish the last two paved roads and start on the gravel roads next, he said,
Litchfield said the next evaluation will be May 21. 
Road Commissioner Jim Leach reported that he is working on the grader, which has some broken parts, and he has ordered the parts. As soon as he gets the parts, he can begin grading roads, he said.   
In other business, Walter Jasniewski questioned the valuation of the Grange Hall in East Sumner at $21,325 when other public buildings in the town are assessed much higher. He cited the Baptist Church on Route 219 with a valuation of between $300,000 and $400,000, and the Universalist Church on Route 219 at $85,000.
Jasniewski wanted to know why the Grange got such a low assessment. He asked what factors reduced the replacement value from $115,190 to $21,325. He felt this was an unfair assessment.
Ted Dawicki had a similar grievance. He said after reviewing assessment cards, he found that subdivision assessments varied quite a bit. Some first acres are valued at $9,000 and some at $18,000.
Dawicki also questioned why some lots were discounted because of property shape, property depth, excess frontage, location and no building value.  
He said that he had found 18 pieces of property that were not assessed properly. He said he had more and asked if he take them to the Tax Assessor Cyndy Norton or the Board of Selectman.

Chairman Mary Ann Haxton told him to take his questions to the board.   
Residents are urged to vote on the wind ordinance at the Fire Station at 6:30 p.m. May 16.

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