Paris selectmen to discuss school budget, public comments

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PARIS — The Paris Board of Selectmen meets Monday and will discuss meeting with local legislators as well as setting a “ground rule” for the public comments section of meetings.

The meeting is the first in more than a month, after a Dec. 27 meeting was canceled due to snow.

On Dec. 20, Paris selectmen Chairman Sam Elliot hosted a meeting of local municipal leaders on the the preliminary 2013-14 school budget, which could require an overall 11 percent increase in property assessments. Members of the Oxford Hills School Board attended but were not allowed to speak, prompting them to walk out.

The board will discuss what came out of that meeting and plan to meet with legislators.

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“Even though the Superintendent is planning to meet with them at some point,” Elliot wrote in an email to selectmen last week, “We need to get to them ourselves with the degree of concern that we have about our town budgets and the serious pressure that the District (and the County) budgets are putting on town budgets.”

Also on the agenda is a discussion of the citizen’s comments, which have lasted as long as 45 minutes at recent meetings. The agenda suggests that the comments section should last 20 minutes.

Town Manager Amy Bernard is set to discuss the new police cruiser, 45-day foreclosure notices, grant applications for a cold water rescue boat and security cameras and complaints about a new fence along the town’s property line next to 29 Market Square.

According to the agenda, the meeting is set for 6 p.m. Monday at the Paris Town Office.

treaves@sunjournal.com

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