PARIS – It took all of six minutes for 21 residents to approve, without comment, a three-article special town meeting warrant Monday.

In fact, the process for selection of the moderator, Al Soule, took longer, even though Soule’s appointment was unanimous.

Voters agreed:

• To appropriate $10,000 from surplus to buy a used truck to replace the Fire Department’s tank truck.

• To renew the Norway-Paris Solid Waste agreement, which was created when NPSW was formed 21 years ago. The new 20-year agreement for the management of solid waste in Norway and Paris provides for some needed administrative amendments concerning the board of directors. Formerly, they couldn’t make decisions on special issues without holding a meeting. Under the new agreement, special issues can be addressed outside the regular meeting structure by telephone consensus. Ratification of the new agreement was supposed to have happened at the June town meeting, but the item was inadvertently left off the warrant.

• To authorize paying Oest Associates another $29,417.65 from surplus to cover extra architectural and engineering work done on the Western Avenue Fire Station project. Oest drew up at least five alternative plans when voters rejected a more expensive station than the $1.9 million one eventually built.

In the regular selectmen’s meeting following the special meeting, selectmen agreed to repave Western Avenue this year, from Route 26 to High Street, for a cost of about $65,000. The work would be done in place of work scheduled for a section of Halls Pond Road, which needs to be held off until next year.

“We’ve discussed this with the road committee, and we all agree the road’s in terrible shape,” said Town Manager Steve McAllister. “It’s a highly traveled road, and we certainly have the budget for it.”

Selectmen also discussed whether to seek designated parking spaces on the Route 26 side of Moore Park. When events are held at the park now, said McAllister, people park “wherever” at odd angles and on the grass. Since Route 26 is a state highway, any plan for establishing parking spaces would need to be approved by the Maine Department of Transportation.

McAllister said 12 spaces could be fit into the area across from the post office if the spaces are angled in. If they are parallel parking spaces, there would only be room for six spaces.

Selectman Ray Glover said the state would most certainly frown on angled parking, since people would have to back into the highway upon leaving.

Resident Barbara Paine said created designated parking could put a big damper on the town’s successful Concerts in the Park series. She said buses park there now when the concerts are held.

Selectmen agreed the issue needed further study.


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