POLAND — Gov. Paul LePage’s response to the Board of Selectmen’s letter on the effects his proposed state budget would have on the town didn’t set well with selectmen.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Selectman Stan Tetenman suggested it appeared the Governor’s Office had responded to the board with a form letter. He said it failed to recognize the suggestions the board made for how the state might solve its financial problems in a manner other than slashing revenue sharing and other programs that diverted money to towns.

“From what I can see, the letter we got in response was one that went out any town that complained about his plan,” Tetenman said.

The total projected loss in state revenues for Poland, should the governor’s recommended budget pass, is more than $554,000, according to information provided to Poland town meeting voters recently.

A total of $370,000 of this amount would come from a reduction in the state revenue sharing program, with the remainder coming from reductions in the Homestead Exemption program, commercial excise and BETE tax reimbursement.

“We gave him some serious ideas,” Tetenman said.

In other business, selectmen appointed Public Works Director Tom Learned to serve as road commissioner.

The board has been road commissioner since last October, when former Town Manager Rosemary Kulow, who also served in that capacity, was dismissed.

Current Town Manager Rosemary Roy said she didn’t want the title, suggesting it would more appropriately be assigned to someone familiar with road law who’s out there working on town roads on a daily basis.

Shannon Dalton was also named to the town’s Community Economic Development Committee.

Roy also gave selectmen draft copies of a proposed agreement for Poland Rescue to provide ambulance service for Mechanic Falls.

Mechanic Falls Fire Department Deputy Chief Matt Fifield and Poland Fire Rescue Chief Marc Bosse have been working on details of the plan for more than a month.

Roy asked that selectmen review the proposal carefully and be prepared to discuss its merits at the board’s meeting May 7.

Selectmen also approved increasing the town’s reimbursement rate for mileage town employees put on their vehicles when on official business, raising it from 50 cents a mile to 56.5 cents a mile, the amount federal employees are paid.

According to a survey of Maine towns, roughly 50 percent of towns reimbursed their employees at the higher rate.

Selectmen also approved donating $500 from the town’s Hackett Fund to support efforts of the Tri-Town Food Bank.


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