CANTON — Fire Chief Shane Gallant told selectmen Thursday night that two of the department’s three firetrucks are out of service and there’s no money to replace them.

If not for Dixfield loaning one of its pumpers, Canton would have nothing to fight fires, he said.

The 1975 International pumper is down because it came back from repairs Wednesday and everything leaks, the chief said. He estimated a new pump would cost $20,000.

Gallant said the 2000 pumper is also out of service because the pump seal blew out, but he thinks it can be fixed for $5,000.

He said the department would check on what’s available for used trucks, even though there is no money.

Town Administrator Harry Childs said grant money has dried up, so that’s not an option.

The board advised Lindsy Hayes that her complaint about her neighbor’s culvert draining across her property is a civil matter and to contact the property owner.

In other news Thursday:

* Childs said new computer software for the Town Office will be installed Nov. 13.

*  RSU 10 Superintendent Tom Ward will attend the board’s Nov. 8 meeting.

* Jim Dyment requested that firefighting flags be placed on firefighters’ graves and suggested photos of past and present volunteers be hung in the fire station.

* Paula Masters was elected as election warden and five Democrats and four Republications were appointed clerks.

* Lake Anasagunticook’s water level has been lowered due to the expected rainstorm next week, and more dam gates will be opened as needed.

* A property tax abatement of $17.69 was approved for Tracie Morrow,  who was assessed for seven acres when she actually owns 5.8.

* The board held an executive session to discuss Childs’ evaluation.


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