Board eyes drainage work on Church Street

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WEST PARIS – Selectmen last week began plans to correct a drainage problem on outer Church Street where storm water has been inundating private property for the past few years.

The problem resulted from water draining down Churchill Hill depositing sand and gravel at the base of the hill, especially on property owned by Roy Benson.

Town Manager Donald Woodbury said easements have to be secured from property owners up and down the hill before plans can be drawn up by the town.

“We need to sit down with homeowners there and discuss what we would need for access for the highway crew to do the work,” Woodbury said.

“Before we can try to improve drainage on Church Street the owners should also meet with their attorneys to draw up official easements,” he added.

Easements would be recorded at the Registry of Deeds Office in Paris.

Then the highway department would study costs and put it to voters to approve the funding.

If funded, work will include ditching to relocate the drainage into a brook that runs through fields to a point adjacent to the Bradeen property on Main Street. From there it will flow past the fire station and town office and eventually into the Little Androscoggin River off Pioneer Street.

Woodbury said the project will go before the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

Preparation costs, including easements, will be borne by the landowners involved.

Selectmen hope the project can be done this summer.

Arrangements are under way to find a convenient time for the parties involved to meet and discuss the issue.

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