PARIS — Board of Selectmen Chairman Mike Risica has offered to write a fireworks ordinance for the board to review.

Selectmen on Monday evening discussed writing an ordinance, after a large fireworks display on Oxford Street during the Fourth of July was enjoyed by some and upset other people.

Risica brought a copy of Lisbon’s fireworks ordinance and said some of the restrictions in the document were “a little bit heavy handed.”

“All I am looking for is an end time for these things. … I think 10 (p.m.) would be a great time,” he said, noting there are children, animals and veterans in town who are bothered by the explosives.

“I think 10 is kinda early,” Selectman Scott Buffington said.

Selectman Chris Summers said Norway was an interesting case study because it banned consumer fireworks last year.

“But if you go out to Norway Lake on the Fourth of July you’re going to see fireworks,” he said. “The question becomes what is the likelihood we can enforce it?”

Buffington said if the town went with an ordinance, it needs to spell out who would enforce it. He also wanted to add distance requirements into the document, noting there was a fireworks malfunction on High Street this year where a firework went into the wall of a mobile home.

Risica agreed with distance rules.

“What I am concerned with is the pine trees can go up so fast,” he said.

In a discussion of goals, Buffington said his top priority was to continue to reduce the tax burden in Paris to make the town more competitive. He noted the Police Department took the brunt of the board’s pledge to cut $500,000 from municipal spending, and he thinks all departments should be looked at. He said he wants to cut another 15 percent.

Selectmen agreed to bring ideas on how to save money, increase economic development and foster a sense of community in town to their next meeting Aug. 22.

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