HARTFORD — Voters at Thursday’s special town meeting authorized selectmen to contract for snow removal and accepted a donation of 80 acres of land.

“Our previous plow contractor was still alive when we had our annual town meeting (in June),” board Chairman Lee Holman said, but has since died. Therefore, the board asked voters for authority to get a contractor.

Approval was also given to raise $25,000 for snow and ice removal.

Voters accepted an 80-acre parcel donated by the family of the late Jimmy Irish. Holman said it’s essentially a peat bog on either side of the railroad bed.

“(It’s) all wetland with a relatively low evaluation. It would be public access, but you need to have a boat. … (There’s) probably cranberries out there and wildlife,” she said.

“We will need to agree to take on the cost of registering the deed and we’re researching putting up a plaque to acknowledge the donation,” she said.

Terry Hayes was elected moderator.

At the their business meeting Thursday, the board approved a permit for Camp Wekeela to build a new dining hall, Holman said.

“They have moved it out of the shoreland zone,” she said, which held up approval because of the original proximity to Little Bear Pond.

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