Mechanic Falls to issue sand-pile stickers


MECHANIC FALLS — The Town Council agreed Monday to institute a sticker system for people using the sand pile behind the Municipal Building.

Town Manager John Hawley said the sticker, affixed to the windshield, will allow employees of the Public Works and Police departments to quickly see whether someone taking sand is a resident.

Stickers are available at the Town Office for $3.

The council also agreed to take money from the capital improvement program account to pave the lower end of Mitchell Street, which was reconstructed this past summer. T.W. Paving of Mechanic Falls will do the paving; $21,000 has been allocated for the project.

Public Works Director Scott Penney said pavement will make it a lot easier to plow.

In other business:

* Hawley reported that following a meeting of Mechanic Falls, Poland and the Maine Department of Transportation officials a few months ago, the MDOT has presented revised plans for reconfiguration of the Five Corners intersection.

The plan relocates the entrance of Winterbrook Road so it comes out on Route 11 several hundred feet south of the intersection of Routes 11 and 26. This allows for a new four-way, full-traffic signaling system at the intersection, a feature Mechanic Falls and Poland officials have been seeking for decades.

* Hawley told the council that membership on town committees is at an all-time low, and some committees are not meeting their quorum requirements for meetings.

“We’ve posted notice of this on the sign in front of the Town Office, with little success,” Hawley said.

Volunteers are needed to fill vacancies on the following committees: one on the library board of trustees; two each on the Budget Committee, the Recreation Committee and the Development Commission; three on the Planning Board; and four on the Historical Society board of trustees.

Residents interested in helping out are encouraged to call the Town Office for details.

* The council accepted the resignation of Arthur Montana, a long-serving member and current chairman of the Planning Board.

* Shirley Marquis was officially appointed town clerk, freedom of access officer, registrar of voters, excise tax collector and deputy General Assistance administrator. She replaces Laurel Nadeau who resigned in August.

* Angie Grenier has been hired as tax clerk and deputy town clerk.