POLAND — Selectmen on Tuesday agreed to establish a special committee to determine the full range of what property taxes generated in the town’s three tax increment finance districts can be used for.

Board Chairman Walter Gallagher said the question of what constituted eligible uses for the funds came up at this year’s budget deliberations between selectmen and the Budget Committee.

The two TIF districts formed from properties in the vicinity of the Poland Spring Water Co. bottling plant generate about $1.1 million a year, and the smaller downtown village TIF district farther north along Route 26 generates a little less than $100,000 a year.

Selectmen agreed that the working committee should include the five selectmen, and two members each from the Budget Committee, Conservation Commission and Community Economic Development Committee.

They also agreed that workshop meetings, open to the public, would be held on the first and third Wednesdays of the month, beginning May 18.

In other business, selectmen authorized Town Manager Bradley Plante to sign the agreement for Mechanic Falls and Poland to share the costs of maintaining traffic lights at the Five Corners intersection. The monthly cost is estimated to be between $22 and $60.

At the request of Public Works Director Tom Learned, acting as road commissioner, selectmen agreed to hold a public hearing at their May 3 meeting to add three roads to the town’s posted road ordinance. They are Herrick Valley, Tripp Lake and North Raymond roads.

Selectmen appointed Nikki Pratt to serve as health officer until June 30.

Selectmen accepted William Eldridge’s resignation from the Conservation Commission, thanking him for his years of service.


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