Poland voters to decide on buying property

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POLAND — The future of the town’s hiking trail system will be decided Saturday when voters will be asked to accept donations to the Poland Conservation Commission to buy the Furman property.

The special town meeting will convene at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, in the Town Hall.

The town owns 93 acres running from behind the Ricker Library to the town’s Transfer Station and right in the middle of it, bordered on its southerly, northerly and easterly sides, sits the 32-acre Furman property.

“Without the Furman lot, all you have are two dead ends to a trail system that could go all the way from the library to the high school,” Fred Huntress, Conservation Commission co-chairman, said.

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Because the town had no money to purchase the land, in September the Board of Selectmen gave the Conservation Commission permission to run a fundraising campaign.

The commission’s effort, spearheaded by Huntress and Co-chairman Don Stover, was successful in raising the $32,800 in about six weeks to purchase the property.

With that hurdle cleared, the commission was then concerned that the 100 voters needed for a legal town meeting would show up.

“It’s real important we have that quorum,” Huntress said. “Not only could we lose a fine trail system but it would be awful complicated if we had to give that money back.”

The special town meeting will also take up two articles that would amend the town’s comprehensive land use code.

One article sets standards for accessory apartments and accessory residential structures.

The other article, which amends street construction standards, allows and sets dimensions for cul-de-sac and hammerhead turnarounds.

The inclusion of an option in the ordinance for hammerhead turnarounds could be of interest to residents of the Wedgewood Estates subdivision, currently faced with a cul-de-sac that doesn’t meet town specifications for acceptance as a town road.

Following the town meeting, the Board of Selectmen will hold a “listening session” to hear residents’ concerns.

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