PARIS – Selectmen accepted the resignation of Planning Board Chairwoman Terry Ann Stevens on Monday.

Stevens, in a letter to the board and town manager dated Feb. 1, stated that her commitment to the Planning Board is creating conflicts with her job. Stevens also said she must focus on her personal health and job, which she says are “critical to me and my family.”

Selectman Raymond Glover motioned that the board accept it “with extreme regret” and appreciation for Stevens’ service.

The resignation is effective immediately. Alternate Planning Board member Robert Kirchherr was appointed a full member.

The board also accepted the resignations of Ron Doyle and Nancy Holden from the Budget Committee. Selectmen appointed Victor Hodgkins and Donald Allen to the committee; Allen was also appointed to the Cemetery Committee.

In other business, the board heard a presentation from Brian Moussau of the Maine Department of Transportation on a sidewalk project for High Street. Work on the sidewalk is scheduled to begin in May, and the walkway will access the Paris Elementary School and elderly housing.

The sidewalk will be on one side of the road, switching sides via a crosswalk at the school. It will stretch from Sunrise Drive to Pit Road. The project is estimated to cost $600,000, with the state paying two-thirds of the cost, the town $150,000, and the school $50,000.

During citizens’ comments, resident Rick Jackson questioned whether the town needs to pay both a full-time code enforcement officer and full-time tax assessor.

Town Manager Sharon Jackson defended the positions, saying the town issues more building and plumbing permits than some neighboring larger towns.

Selectmen also approved a liquor license renewal for Yianni’s House of Pizza.


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