PARIS — As of Tuesday afternoon, between 100 and 150 people had signed a petition requesting the town place a referendum on the Norway-Paris police merger on the November ballot, according to Mary Beth Caffey, petition organizer.

Caffey, a Paris Hill resident, said she and four other volunteers will probably not reach the required 243 signatures. Regardless, she is still encouraged by the number of people who were willing to sign the petition.

Caffey said she plans to deliver the signed petitions to selectmen at their Sept. 24 meeting.

According to Caffey, many people – even those who said they would vote against the merger – told her that they would like to see the question on the ballot.

“They just thought it would be more fair if more people were allowed to vote,” she said.

The Board of Selectmen has set a special meeting for 7 p.m. Friday at the Town Office to consider the petition, if it’s turned in Friday. The board will consider adding the question to the Nov. 6 ballot.

Selectmen voted 3-2 at the Sept. 10 meeting not to add it to the ballot.


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