NORWAY — The Western Foothills Land Trust received permission from the Select Board on Thursday to hold the Norway Triathlon on Saturday, July 10, at Lake Pennessewassee Park.

Started in 1998, the annual race features a 0.75-kilometer swim, a 20-kilometer bike ride and a 5-kilometer run. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, last year’s event was held virtually, Lee Dassler, the executive director of the land trust, said.

Dassler approached the board Thursday night in support of an outdoor festival permit. She also requested that the board waive the $100 fee.

Pennessewassee Lake Park is owned by the town and would be closed during the event.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, the triathlon will be limited to 70 bib numbers divided between individuals and teams. The number of competitors will depend on the breakdown between individuals and teams, Dassler said.

The Select Board approved the permit and agreed to waive the $100 fee.

In other business, the board approved the purchase of six lifts for the town’s new highway garage, which is nearing completion. The lifts cost $66,000 and will allow the highway department to raise their trucks for maintenance. The department does not have that capability now.

The Norway Brewpub had its request for extending its outdoor seating area approved by a 3-1 vote, with Selectman Thomas Curtis opposed.

The board also approved a memorandum of understanding with the town of Waterford for the administration of General Assistance. Waterford will pay Norway a $75 handling fee for each application the town reviews. If assistance is warranted, Waterford would pay it.

The board took no action on the proposed Norway-Paris town line marker. Members thought the two proposed signs were too big.

“It looks humongous,” Selectman Sarah Carter said. She added that she wasn’t sure “Oxford Hills” should be on the sign since several surrounding communities make up the Oxford Hills, not just Norway and Paris.

The board was also concerned with the cost, not knowing how much insurance would cover after a driver crashed into the stone monument and severely damaged the structure last year. Town Manager Dennis Lajoie said stonemasons who had looked at the original marker said it was beyond repair.

Wishing to see something smaller in scale, the board instructed Lajoie to continue to work with Paris officials on finding a solution.


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