Town’s interested

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PARIS – Selectmen decided Monday night to bide their time on whether to acquire the Mildred M. Fox School from SAD 17.

“I really don’t think we should do this tonight because we have three years to think about it,” Selectman Gerald Kilgore said.

Selectman Raymond Glover said the board should not make a decision Monday unless it was absolutely certain that it did not want the building. He said it would be beneficial for the town to keep its options open in the three-year period.

Town Manager Sharon Jackson said the discussion was a way for SAD 17 Superintendent Mark Eastman to gauge the board’s interest in the school. She said the issue would go before voters in a town meeting if the board becomes committed to the project.

Glover said the school was centrally located with good parking, but he also noted the work necessary to bring it up to code, including adding an elevator, air conditioning and heating systems. Jackson said the municipal offices have outgrown the Main Street building, which has limited storage space.

“I’m feeling this building is a little congested,” Selectman David Ivey said. “As Paris goes, we need a bigger town office.”

Chairman Ernest Fitts expressed caution about the financial commitment to the project, and suggested that Paris might expand the town office.

Selectmen voted unanimously to have Jackson express the board’s interest in the building to Eastman.

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