Town of Sumner

633 Main St., Sumner, ME 04292

Photos by Bob Runes





The Board of Selectmen of the Town of Sumner, Maine is accepting sealed bids for the purchase of the municipality’s interest in a tax acquired property located at 126 Main Street, Sumner, ME, consisting of 4.3 acres and a house.   Each bid must be in writing and in a sealed envelope marked “Tax Sale Bid” on the outside.  Bid should be sent to Town of Sumner, 633 Main Street, Sumner, ME  04292. All bids must be received by the Board of Selectmen no later than 4:00 pm on Friday, October 9, 2020.  Faxed and emailed bids will not be accepted.

A minimum bid of $35,000.00 must also include the bidder’s name, mailing address and phone number and must be accompanied by a deposit in the form of a certified check or money order, in an amount of $1,000.00. A successful bidder’s deposit will be credited to the total purchase price for the parcel.  Deposits will be returned to the unsuccessful bidders.  Any bid which does not contain the proper deposit will be rejected.

Bids will be opened by the staff, and reviewed and awarded by the Selectmen on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 via the Zoom Board meeting.  The Board of Selectmen reserves the right to reject any and all bids.  The successful bidder shall have 30 days from the date of bid acceptance in which to complete the purchase by certified funds and the Town of Sumner will deliver a duly executed Quit Claim Deed.  In the event that a successful bidder fails, for any reason, to complete the purchase in the time stated, the bid acceptance is void and the bidder’s deposit shall be forfeited to the Town.  The Board of Selectmen may thereafter negotiate a sale of the property with any or all unsuccessful bidders.

All bidders are invited to inspect the premises and the public records prior to making a bid.  No warranties, guarantees or representations of any kind are made and all warranties are disclaimed with respect to the location and/or boundaries of the premises or improvements therein, title to the premises, environmental compliance, or compliance of the property with any applicable zoning or land use regulations, laws or ordinances.  The buyer will assume risk of any defects and each bidder expressly acknowledges and agrees that the amount bid reflects the “as is” condition of the premises and the assumption of all risks. 

Questions may be directed to Edwin Hinshaw at 388-2820

The property for sale is described on the Town Tax Map U02, lot 04 and recorded in the Oxford County Registry of Deeds, Book 464, page 191.

September 22, 2020



  MAKE SURE       1st – BE REGISTERED     If you are not yet registered to vote, you need to submit a Maine Voter Registration Application   Click here for the links to the official State of Maine Secretary of State Website for the forms you need.

For instructions click here.   Fillable PDF from: MSWord document:     2nd – ABSENTEE BALLOT   It is estimated that most Mainers will vote via absentee ballot this year. Here’s how you can, too.     Being absent may have been a bad thing in school, but in the era of COVID-19, it is a safe alternative to voting in person.   To do so, you must request an absentee ballot and return it to your City or Town Clerk no less than one week before election day.   Request an Official State of Maine Absentee Ballot Here   Or you can download and print your own application and return it to your City or Town Clerk.     Fillable PDF from: MSWord Document     3rd – YOU CAN STILL VOTE IN PERSON   Maine State Law allows you to register and vote in person on election day – November 3, 2020.     In-person or Absentee – Please VOTE

Absentee Ballots for the November Election

Absentee Ballots will not be available until October. However, you may currently request a ballot online on the State’s website or by calling the Town Office.

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We can do it!

Call us to find out how we are getting all town business completed with the phone, drop box and mail. The Town Office will remain closed to walk in business at this time.

The Town Office service hours are :

11:00-7:00 on Tuesday 8:30-4:30 Wednesday-Friday 9:00 – 12:00 Saturday If you have town business that you cannot complete online, call during our service hours. We appreciate your patience while we work together.

*If you have questions, call us at 388-2866 or email us at for more details.


FYI: Bridge on Gammon Rd between Hartford and Sumner CLOSED from June 9 – November 9






With the Town Office closed, you have a few options for vehicle registration. If you have a re-registration with no changes (such as address), you may use RAPID RENEWAL on the Bureau of Motor Vehicles website.

The link to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles website is:

If you have trouble with the re-registration process, call us and we can help you through the steps or we can re-register your vehicle with our drop box.

Here is a link to the WORKSHEET FOR REGISTRATION OF A “NEW TO YOU” VEHICLE . First time registrations of vehicles “new to you” cannot be registered online. To register your vehicle through the Town Office, there are several steps that will need to be completed through the mail or drop box. You may download a Use Tax Form.



The Select Board meeting scheduled for the second and fourth Tuesday, at 7:00 pm These meetings will be conducted remotely (online) with the use of the application ZOOM.

The Planning Board meetings are also held by ZOOM on the first and third Tuesdays at 6:30.

If you are interested in joining the meetings, please email the Town Office with your request, your name, address and email address. You will receive an invitation email on the Tuesday of the meeting which you will use as your link to the meeting. Email requests should be sent before 12:00 noon on the day of the meeting.


New Ventures Maine creates an empowering environment for Maine people to define and achieve their career, financial, and small business goals. Through tuition-free classes and individual coaching, we help people find good jobs, start or return to college, launch small businesses, manage their money and build their assets. Check out the New Ventures Maine website for information.


Fishing/Hunting Licenses

The link to Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is:

Buy your hunting and fishing licences online! Be sure to review Maine’s current fishing laws and rules or use the Fishing Laws Online Angling Tool (FLOAT). Register your boat!

Boat Registrations

Register your BOAT!


Buckfield/Sumner Transfer Station   

IS OPEN Wednesdays and Saturdays

8 am to 5 pm (207) 336-2700

Transfer Station stickers available at the Town Office. Ask for a new sticker when registering a new-to-you vehicle!

A new Brush Policy limits you to one truck load of residential a day. Learn more here: BRUSH POLICY

The Buckfield Sumner Transfer Station is once again accepting RECYCLED materials. 


May 25, 2020 The Swap Shop will remain closed until it is considered safe to operate.  We regret the inconvenience and will announce on the websites of the towns of Buckfield and Sumner when the shop will be reopened. Please do not leave anything outside Swap Shop.

Clothing and shoes may be placed in the Apparel Impact bin next to the bin at the Sumner Town Office or the bin at the Hartford Sumner Elementary School.

Thank you for your cooperation!





From left to right: Lee Holman (Hartford Selectperson), Jaylene Gonyea
(Hartford resident), Kerem Durdag (GWI President), Mary Ann Haxton (Sumner Selectperson), Mike Wilson (Northern Forest Center Senior Director), Governor Janet Mills, and Elizabeth Olsen (Hebron selectperson)

Our community representatives were present in Arrowsic on January 31st, 2020 to hear the announcement that Sumner, Hartford and Hebron communities have been awarded one of the ReConnect projects (for high speed internet services) being funded by the USDA and Rural Development.

Local Food Bank

THE FOOD BANK is located at the East Sumner Congregation Church. The Food Banks is open every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month, 9AM – NOON. Food Bank service is also available 10:30-11AM Sundays. For EMERGENCIES contact the Food Bank via email:



All dogs over six months should be licensed.

To license your dog, a current rabies certificate is needed.  All altered dogs (neutered / spayed) have a $6 license fee.  The fee for unaltered dogs is $11.  A late fee of $25 will be added to each license starting February 1st.


The Sumner Scholarship Committee accepts bottles for redemption all year.  Drop off your bag of bottles on the back porch of the Town Office anytime.  Last year the Scholarship Committee raised over $1500 from bottle donations.  Thanks to all of you who support this effort.

Fire Dept. | Town of Sumner

Fire Chief:Bob Stewart, tel. 357-5453

Fire Warden:Wally Litchfield, tel. 388-2402

Meetings: The 3rd Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m.

Volunteer Firefighter Training: 2nd Thursday in the Fire Barn at 6:30 p.m.

New members are always welcome!

Burn Permits available from Wally Litchfield or Bob Stewart or at www.