Poland extends pot moratorium


POLAND — The Board of Selectpersons voted Tuesday night to extend the town’s emergency marijuana moratorium.

The moratorium prohibits retail marijuana establishments and social clubs within the town of Poland. The extension will go into effect Jan. 15, after the original moratorium expires. 

According to Selectperson Mary-Beth Taylor, the extension will last until the annual town meeting.

“By then, they’ll have something to vote on,” she said. 

At Tuesday’s meeting, Poland’s Executive Assistant Nikki Pratt presented a prototype of the town’s new website that will be smoother and “easier to use” than the current one.

There will be news sections for the town, recreation and business, and each board or department page will have its own news section and calender in addition to the comprehensive town calendar. 

Pratt said the new website will have better readability and it will be easier to find what you’re looking for. It will also be much more mobile-friendly, she said. 

“We think this will be much more user-friendly for everyone in town,” Pratt said. 

Town Manager Matthew Garside reported that construction on the previously approved ADA-compliant bathroom in the Town Hall will begin Wednesday. 

The board unanimously voted during its Dec. 19 meeting in favor of awarding the ADA unisex bathroom bid to Victor Theberge in the amount of $13,350. 

Garside also reminded residents that the town library at 1211 Maine St. is a designated warming shelter during its normal operating hours. 

“Please come in and use it if you need a place to warm up,” he said.