HARTFORD — Selectmen reminded residents this week that they are allowed to take one bucket of sand per household per storm from the town sand shed.

Chairman Lee Holman told the board at Thursday night’s meeting that some residents are violating the rule. She also said there was a report of nonresidents stealing sand from the town supply.

She suggested the board put money in next year’s budget to install a surveillance camera at the shed on Gurney Hill Road.

She said town road crews had to sand roads more than once during last weekend’s ice storm because it lasted all day and into the evening.

“A lot of sand was going out with the road trucks and some was being stolen,” Holman said.

It was reported that the road account is overbudget and so is the General Assistance account. The latter is due to more people needing heating oil and the town paying for the funeral of an indigent resident.

Holman said she wanted to close some road during last weekend’s storm and she checked with the Maine Municipal Association and was told selectmen cannot close roads.

“It is up to the motor vehicle operator to use common sense when the roads are not safe,” she said.

Selectman Jack Plumley said the intersection of Stetson and Darrington roads needs to be addressed because there’s a big ditch that makes it unsafe. It was agreed that Road Commissioner Jeremy Johnson should consider making emergency repairs.

The board extended three-year contracts for plowing and curbside trash pickup another two years. It tabled a mowing contract for further study.

The Budget Committee needs another member and the board hopes to appoint that person at its Feb. 21 meeting. Anyone interested should notify the office.

Committee members are Leslie Boness, Neil Hanley, Dan Maddox and Barry Langer.

A public hearing on the 2014 budget will be held at 6 p.m. June 5 and selectmen will meet at 7 p.m. that day.

Municipal elections will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 10. Plumley’s term ends this year. Nomination papers will be available March 17 and must be filed by April 26.

The annual town meeting is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, June 14, at the Town Hall.


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