POLAND — The Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office started 24/7 patrols July 1, Town Manager Matthew Garside told selectpersons Tuesday night.

Voters at the April town meeting endorsed expanding coverage from 16 hours a day.

The Sheriff’s Office previously told town officials they had given conditional offers to two applicants, but they would not be ready to patrol July 1, but that would not delay the July 1 start date.

Garside also advised the board that the next marijuana licensing lottery is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, at the Town Office Conference Room. All applications must be accompanied by a conditional license issued by the state and fees are payable by cash, money order, or bank check.

Applicants can have their applications reviewed by the town for possible errors or omissions if submitted by Thursday, Aug. 5. They will be notified if the application is incomplete. The deadline for all applicants is Monday, Aug. 9, by 4 p.m.

Garside said federal American Rescue Plan money for the town can be used for road repairs, information and technology improvements, the library expansion and Fire Rescue Department equipment. The town expects to receive $596,000 over the next two years.

Garside said the rescue department is looking to acquire two power lift stretchers for an estimated $60,000 total.

The board approved a procedure for charitable organizations to apply for town funds. A questionnaire that must be filled out asks what the organization does, how the funds would be used, how money would benefit Poland residents and what the organization has done in the past year to help residents. Representatives from the organization must attend one of the two Select Board meetings in November.


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