Young resigns from Paris board

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PARIS — Glen Young resigned from the Board of Selectmen on Monday due to personal reasons, according to his letter. His resignation is effective immediately.

Young did not attend Monday night’s board meeting. His three-year term was to end in June.

The board voted to accept the resignation and also voted unanimously to leave the seat vacant until the regular June election. Town Manager Phil Tarr said that due to the time needed to prepare a special election, a person elected to the seat would only serve for about six weeks. Chairman Raymond Glover said that a special election would be costly, and the only advantage to filling the vacancy would be to ensure a quorum at a meeting if two members were absent.

Young owns and operates Young’s Greenhouse on High Street. Several buildings at the farm were damaged by a tornado last August.

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Young said that part of the reason he ran for selectman was a concern that there were plans to build more expensive homes in Paris and restrict the subdivision of land for use by family members. In 2008, Young and then-Chairman Ernest Fitts were named in a lawsuit charging conflict of interest in their votes to form an ad-hoc committee to review proposed changes to a subdivision ordinance passed in 2007 and make recommendations to the selectmen.

The lawsuit, filed by resident Robert Moorehead, charged Young with having subdivision proposals on file with the town and seeking to change the ordinance through his role as a selectman. Moorehead later asked for the lawsuit to be dismissed after changes in the municipal government rendered several of his requests moot.

Young later said that he felt his stance on the subdivision ordinance had made him the target of politically motivated attacks. He said a fire was set at one of his farm’s buildings and his daughter’s heifer was killed.

In 2008, some residents charged Young with frequent absences from the board meetings and questioned whether a recall ordinance could be put in place to remove elected officials. Such an ordinance passed in November 2009, but Young was never subject to recall.

Young is a graduate of the Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School and a member of the Moss Brook Community Church and the Oxford Fair, according to Sun Journal archives.

mlangeveld@sunjournal.com

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