Paris special town meeting on fire department, project funds

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PARIS — Selectmen will hold a special town meeting next month to ask voters to approve a streamlined Fire Department ordinance and re-designate about $7,000 in funding. 

The meeting has been scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 12, prior to the regular selectmen’s meeting at the Town Office at 35 Market Square in South Paris.

Proposed changes to the Fire Department ordinance would reduce it from 13 pages to just two, simplifying language for hiring employees, the total number of firefighters required and the breakdown of the number of captains and lieutenants needed. 

Town Manager Amy Bernard previously stated that the driving force behind the proposed changes are to modernize the department’s policies and bring new firefighters on board. 

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Paris fire Chief Brad Frost, who endorsed the changes, previously said the move aims to tackle the dual issues of declining volunteers and increasing calls for assistance

Voters also will be asked to repurpose nearly $7,000 in capital improvement funds from the town’s Highway Department toward another project. The money initially was budgeted for constructing a parking lot at Moore Park, but local contractors agreed to do the project for free in July

Selectmen and Bernard explored the idea of utilizing the funds to construct outhouses instead of using portable toilets to coincide with an Eagle Scout’s project at the ball field on Kilgore Lane off Oxford Street, or building an outhouse at Moore Park. 

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