Mechanic Falls, Maine

Boards & Committees

These are the various Volunteer Boards and Committees that assist the Town Council and Town Manager with specialized operations of municipal government. Below is a brief description of the tasks for each group as well as the current members.

If you see VACANCY listed, there is currently an opening on that group. If you have ever been bitten by the "Civic Duty" bug and gotten the urge to serve in a volunteer roll, fill out the Committee Appointment Application (link found at the bottom of this page) and return it to the town office for consideration. If you have specific question about any of these groups, please don’t hesitate contact us.

Appointed Committee members are subject to consented criminal background checks. Criminal histories may be cause for disqualification from appointment.

Board of Appeals
The Board of Appeals is a committee of five members with two alternates, appointed by the Town Council, tasked with reviewing actions of the Planning Board and the Code Enforcement Officer when a person appeals a decision made by either of them. Using a strict set of standards established by the State, the Appeal Board meets with both groups and acts in judgment on the case. The Board either sends the case back to the Planning Board or CEO for further consideration and review or denies the appeal. Judgments made by the Board can only be challenged in a court of law.

This group meets only as needed and has not had the necessity to meet for several years. They would work very closely with the Code Enforcement Officer in preparation for any potential hearings.

Thomas Walton
Martha Wiseman
Nancy Richard


Board of Directors - Regional School Unit #16
These five members are elected by the voters of Mechanic Falls. Their purposed is to oversee the full operation, set policy and approve the annual for the school district encompassing of the towns of Mechanic Falls, Minot and Poland.

They meet several times per month and work with School Administrators and the Superintendent.

Jack Wiseman
Melissa Hodgkin
Jennifer Boenig
Aaron Ouellette
Mary Martin

Budget Committee
This committee of seven members, appointed by the Town Council, is responsible for reviewing the proposed municipal operating budget before it goes to voter referendum. This group hears justification for needed expenses from the Town Manger and municipal staffers and then makes a recommendation to the voters as to whether or not they recommend the expense be approved. Their recommendation is printed on the ballot.

This committee only meets a few times in the months of February and/or March and attends the municipal budget public hearing in June. Two of the members are selected by the Council each year to assist the RSU #16 Board with review of the proposed RSU budget. They work with the Town Council and the Town Manager.

Oliver Emery
Bonnie Payette
Peter Ford
Melanie Judd

Thomas Walton


Charter Commission
This nine member committee is elected by the voters of Mechanic Falls. This committee is created whenever there is a need to review and make amendments to the Municipal Charter. This working group, once established, meets on a monthly basis until their task has been completed. This group will propose and recommend amendments to the Charter that is then put forth to the voters.

This group meets as necessary and works closely with the Town Manager and Town Attorney.

No Elected Committee at this time.

Community Day Committee
This committee takes care of all the planning and fundraising for the annual Community Day events in June. This committee's membership is open to anyone interested.

They meet monthly (and on a bi-weekly basis as the event date gets closer) from January through June.

Lou Annance

Jen Kyllonen
Jackie Ahlquist

Cathy Griffiths
Dave Griffiths
Rain Tarantino

Development Commission
The Mechanic Falls Development Commission is a committee of five citizens, appointed by the Town Council. They are charged with hearing development proposals requesting small business loans. They also review existing businesses that are need of loans for improvements to their current businesses. The Town Council created the Mechanic Falls Development Commission in 1981, in response to the loss of more than 250 jobs when Marcal Mill shut down.  The MFDC is a non-profit organization charged with stimulating industrial and commercial development and expansions in Mechanic Falls.  The MFDC promotes economic development by providing financial loan assistance to businesses, which create new jobs, and by acquiring and selling land in support of the Town's economic development efforts. Mechanic Falls’ residency is not required for appointment to this group.

This group meets once a month and works with financial staff from A.V.C.O.G. (Androscoggin Valley Council Of Governments)

Michael Baird
Stuart Davis
Brenda Coleman
Tim Dean


Historical Society
This committee has five appointed members but is open to anyone who has an interest in preserving the history and historical artifacts generated by the existence of the Town of Mechanic Falls. Members are self governed by a board of directors who assist the group with the overall operation of the Society and fundraising to cover the costs of the building that houses the Society.

This group meets monthly and works with the Town Manager.

Eriks Petersons
James Craig
Nancy Petersons


Library Committee
The Library Committee is an eight member committee, appointed by the Town Council. This group is tasked with overseeing the operation of the public library, proposing the annual budget and setting policy. This group is also responsible for fundraising efforts of which the proceeds directly benefit the library. Mechanic Falls’ residency is not required for appointment to this group.

This group meets monthly throughout the year and works closely with the Librarian and the Town Manager.

Melinda Straight, Chair
Janice Earle, Treasurer
Jennifer Durant, Secretary
Paula Bolduc
Elizabeth Yates
Georgia Randall, Vice Chair

Planning Board
The Mechanic Falls Planning Board is a group of seven (5-regular members, 2 alternates) citizens, appointed by the Town Council. They are charged with hearing proposals for development whether it is a new small retail store or a large residential subdivision. It is their primary task to review proposed plans to ensure that they are compatible with neighborhoods, will conform to our local rules and ordinances and are developed to standards previously outlined by past legislative authority. The Planning Board is the permitting authority for development applications.

The Planning Board is also responsible for proposing ordinance amendments. From time to time, rules need to be updated, changed or abolished. The Planning Board members debate the issues, hold public hearings to receive public input and make a recommendation to the Town Council. The Council then acts on their recommendations to adopt or deny the new amendment.

This group meets on an as needed basis but usually 4-6 times per year. They work closely with the Code Enforcement Officer.

Paula Stotts
Jeremy Judd
Walter Goss

Jeremy Klar
Lou Goulet



Recreation Committee
The Mechanic Falls Recreation Committee is a ten member committee appointed by the Town Council. This group is tasked with all operational aspects of the recreation programs sponsored by the town of Mechanic Falls with the exception of the Summer Rec Camp program. This group handles all organization, implementation, routine facility maintenance and fund raising activities for summer baseball and softball, adult softball, fall soccer, winter skiing / snowboarding and basketball. The group also takes care of the outdoor ice rink in the winter months. Individual members of the committee volunteer as commissioners for each program offered.

This group meets monthly throughout the year and works with the Town Manager and Public Works Department.

Scott Lessard
Robyn Coleman
Jay Bryant

Jason Boenig
Jessica Cummings

Craig Smith
Justin Starbird

Amber Albison



Revenues / Energy Committee
This committee has unlimited membership and is open to anyone who has an interest in finding alternative ways of saving money for the town which inturn offers tax relief to the citizens. This group looks at energy saving and generation opportunities and explores non-traditional cost savings measures.

This group meets monthly and works with the Town Manager.

Carlton Beckett
Yvon Gilbert
Robert Small
Jennifer Boenig
Lou Annance

Safety Committee
This committee, of whose membership is selected by the Town Manager, is a group of municipal employees each of who represents a municipal department. This group is responsible for the annual review of all safety policies and procedures, creates and recommends Council adoption of new policies and conducts safety inspections of each municipal department and their associated work areas.

This group meets quarterly and employment by the municipality is required for membership.

Steve French, Water Department Superintendent
Jeff Goss, Police Chief
Fred Collins, Code Enforcement Officer
Scott Penney, Public Works Director
Jon Damon, Fire / Rescue 

Sanitary District Trustees
This five member board is elected by the voters of Mechanic Falls. Their purpose is to oversee the full operation, approve the annual budget and set policy for the Sanitary District. The Sanitary District is a private organization and not a municipal department.

They meet on a monthly basis and as needed. They work with the District’s Superintendent.

Scott Penney
Wayne Hackett
Randall Plummer
Michael Baird
Gary Purington

Water Department Trustees
This five member board is made up of the members of the current Town Council. Their purpose is to set policy and approve the annual budget. The Water Department, although a municipal department administered by the Town Manager, is not funded with tax dollars but by the rates paid by the water users.

They meet annually for the purpose of setting the budget but discuss daily operations at their monthly Council meetings. They work with the Department’s Superintendent and Town Manager.

Nancy Richard
Cathy Fifield
Louis Annance
Stephen Bolduc
Wayne Hackett


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