Paris Board of Selectmen

Feb. 27, 2017

Paris Town Office

Fire Department billing

What happened: Board Chairman Scott Buffington reported on his conversation with state Rep. Lloyd “Skip” Herrick, R-Paris, regarding the town’s ability to charge for Fire Department services.

What it means: Herrick told Buffington the town could try to recoup money through the court system, if a citation or charges are filed as a result of an accident. Fire Chief Scott Hunter said the city of Auburn did this but stopped because it was not worth the effort for the little money recouped.

What’s next: No action was taken, but Buffington said this should be explored as a way to help save taxpayers money.

Roof repairs

What happened: Hodgkins announced there have been several small roof leaks at the Fire Station.

What it means: The leaks developed over the past month or so and were repaired for roughly $1,100. Hunter said two of the leaks are back.

What’s next: Fire Department personnel will keep an eye on the leaks. 

Savings

What happened: Selectmen entered a two-year contract for phone service with Oxford Networks.

What it means: Over the past couple of months, Hodgkins, Town Clerk Liz Knox, bookkeeper Paula Locke and other department heads tried to figure out the best internet and phone service plans to save the town money. The town will go from 10 to seven phone lines and switch its DSL internet accounts to Time Warner, which is now Charter/Spectrum.

What’s next: Once the town switches its last DSL account at the Police Department to Time Warner, the town will pay $186 a month for internet and phone service, which is down from $400 for both before the new contract.

Retirement

What happened: Hodgkins announced Leo Auger retired from the Highway Department.

What it means: Hodgkins thanked Auger for his 15 years of service to the town and wished him well.

What’s next: Hodgkins and Highway Director Jamie Hutchinson are interviewing applicants. They’re looking at hiring one, possibly two people, because another employee will leave the department and another is considering it.

Town meeting set

What happened: Selectmen set time, date and place for the the annual town meeting.

What it means: It will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 17, at the Paris Fire Station, 137 Western Ave.

Appointments

What happened: Selectmen made appointments to committees.

What it means: Jacalyn Lynch, Carl Constanzi, Carol Rice, Dennis Rugg, Joan Moorehead and John Andrews were appointed to the 1 Paris Hill Committee to oversee the recreational property that is leased by the town and owned by the Paris Utility District. Joan Moorehead and Wendy Penley were appointed to the Appeals Board. Robert Moorehead was appointed as an alternate to the Economic Development Committee. Michael Brogan was appointed to the Budget Committee.

What’s next: The new members will be sworn in at the Town Office.

Liquor license

What happened: Selectmen issued a liquor license renewal for Yianni’s House of Pizza.

What it means: Yianni’s can continue to serve alcohol. Selectmen waived a public hearing because Yianni’s has been in business for five years without any negative reports from the Police Department. 

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