TURNER — Russ Pratt, an officer of the Howes Corner Cemetery, asked selectmen Monday night if the town would take over the private burial ground.

He said the cemetery association loved the property but if anyone was injured there, the officers would be liable as the group and it could not afford insurance.

Several options were voiced by the board. Former Selectman Angelo Terreri suggested the committee could get insurance as officers.

Selectman Dennis Richardson suggested voters would give aid at the annual town meeting, if they knew the need.

Pratt said they only had money for maintenance such as mowing and fixing headstones.

Selectman Ralph Caldwell asked Town Manager Kurt Schaub to research information on the owners of the five private cemeteries in town.

Richardson asked Pratt if the other private cemetery owners might band together and get group insurance.

His request was tabled until Schaub could get more information.

The board signed the two-year contract to provide Hartford with fire services for $8,750 and rescue services for $6,000.

The board will meet at the Boofy Quimby Memorial Center to survey renovations to the bathrooms and meet with the hall committee to discuss a plan for the work.

Schaub told the board that the town has been selected to apply for a $10,000 grant from Marshall “Jack” Gibson, who developed a charitable program several years ago to benefit municipalities.

The grant can be used for community meeting spaces, a children’s playground and other needs.

The board voted to have the Athletic Committee use it to repair children’s sports fields.

The board signed a resolution for Schaub can send to the state to encourage the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reinterpret their policy on ice storms and snowstorms. Presently, ice storms do not qualify for reimbursements.

The board voted to have the office open at 7:30 a.m. Mondays and close at 6 p.m. starting in June.


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