POLAND — Selectmen are on notice that a Recall Committee has officially taken out papers to petition for their removal.

In her memo at Tuesday night’s board meeting, Town Clerk Judith Akers said the five-member Recall Committee has taken the action because it believes selectmen acted improperly when they placed Town Manager Rosemary Roy on leave of absence in early October.

At that time, the board named Mark Bosse as acting town manager.

Members of the Recall Committee are Linda Bedard, Roger Caldwell, Diane Callahan, Jeffrey Chappell and Joel Sanborn Sr.

According to Akers’ memo, the committee has 30 days from its Nov. 25 start date to gather petitions signed by at least 124 registered Poland voters and submit them to her office for official verification.

Resident Michelle Arseneault noted that Akers’ timeline made no mention of whether a public hearing would be held.


Selectman Steve Robinson said the matter will proceed according to the town charter.

Selectmen Walter Gallagher, Stanley Tetenman, Janice Kimball and James Walker Jr. did not comment.

Resident Arthur Berry, however, held up his sign for broadcast on the local television channel, urging support for the Board of Selectmen.

“I urge the citizens of Poland to help me support our selectmen,” Berry said. “You are doing an excellent job. It is a large ship to turn around. I feel the ship is turned around and headed in the right direction.”

The recall effort reflects action taken in October 2012, when the Board of Selectmen fired former Town Manager Rosemary Kulow.

Roy replaced Kulow at that time.


In a recall election in January, Jim Fernald, Larry Moreau and Wendy Sanborn, who voted for Kulow’s ouster, were removed.

Robinson was on the board in October 2012.

In other business, selectmen, following an executive session, agreed to contract with consultants Eaton and Peabody to assist the board in securing a replacement for Roy. The cost to the town is $4,500, plus advertising fees.

Selectmen, after meeting with Glen Holmes of the Western Maine Economic Development Council, announced they accepted WMEDC’s offer to assist the town’s Community and Economic Development Committee with development efforts for 90 days. During this time, the town will disseminate a request for proposals, seeking a permanent provider of such services.

The board took no action on developing a charter commission.

For several months, the board has held discussions about making amendments to the town charter to accommodate changes brought about with the establishment of the regional school district and in response to requests that the town consider changing the format of the annual town meeting. Selectmen will investigate whether these changes can be made without setting up a charter commission.

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