PARIS — The Select Board authorized Town Manager Dawn Noyes on Tuesday to contact the state about lowering the speed limit on Streaked Mountain Road, which is off Route 117.

According to the Maine Department of Transportation, the posted speed limit is 45 mph.

“I don’t think I’d do 45 on that road,” Noyes said. “That’s fast.”

During Tuesday’s board meeting, Noyes suggested lowering the speed limit to 35 mph. The board agreed and instructed her to contact state officials.

The state is in charge of determining the speed limit for all roads, not the town, but town officials can petition the state to review its findings if officials believe the limit should be lower.

The Select Board has recently discussed speed limits on various roads following complaints from residents of speeding vehicles. Streaked Mountain Road, Ryerson Road and Paris Hill Road were specifically mentioned at the board’s last meeting.

Noyes reported the speed limit on Ryerson Road is 35 mph, making it more of an enforcement issue.

Chairman Christopher Summers read a letter from another Paris resident complaining about speeding vehicles on Oxford Street. The letter will be passed to police Chief Michael Dailey.

In other business, Noyes said the town received two grants from the Maine Municipal Association. The first for $2,000 for safety enhancement will be used by the Fire Department to purchase face gear. Another for $3,000 will be used to purchase new front and back doors at the Town Office, which will include an electric opener for wheelchair users.

Noyes and the board began preliminary discussions on how to use the American Rescue Plan Act funds. The town has received about $258,000 and will receive the same amount next year. Municipalities have until 2024 to determine how to use the federal money and until 2026 to spend it.

Ideas included an electronic message sign in front of the Town Office, economic development and for essential workers.

The board renewed the liquor license for Riverside Lodge and Sauna at 20 Paris Hill Road.

The Town Office will be closed Wednesday, Oct. 13, for training.

Officials noted the Planning Board will discuss an application for a medical marijuana dispensary in town, beginning Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. If approved, it would be the town’s first marijuana dispensary.

Editor’s note: This story was updated to reflect the Streaked Mountain Road mentioned is not Route 117, which is known locally as Streaked Mountain Road, but is a short section if road off King Hill Road in Paris.


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