PARIS — The Board of Selectmen voted 3-2 Monday to award town employees hazard pay for working during the coronavirus pandemic.

Walter Perry, Carlton Sprague and Chairman Chris Summers supported the payment, while Peter Kilgore and Scott McElravy voted no.

Town Manager Dawn Noyes proposed the payment for the town’s essential workers, using a sliding scale based on hours worked. The total withdrawal from the American Rescue Plan Act account will be about $55,000.

In other business, several residents who live on Parsons Road aired a long list of grievances about the poor condition of the dirt road. They said the road, which is off East Oxford Road, lacks a crown to allow for runoff and the town road crew needs to do more than just dump gravel without proper grading. Complaints included cut tires and severe potholes.

“We’re not looking for a Route 26 with striping,” said one resident, referring to the main highway through town.

What seemed to be bothering residents the most was the lack of response by the town road crew to address the problems.

The board thanked the group for bringing the issue to their attention. Summers suggested road engineer Rob Prue go to Parsons Road to meet with residents and come up with a satisfactory solution.

In another matter, the Town Office staff said they would begin taking a 30-minute lunch break weekdays from 12:30 to 1 p.m., starting Jan. 3. The board voted in favor of the lunch break at its last meeting, leaving it to staff to determine the best time.

The board decided not to change the time of its meetings, which is 6:30 p.m.


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.

filed under: