PARIS — Selectmen on Monday discussed selling some town property to get it on the tax rolls.

Chairman Christopher Summers, who is also the town code enforcement officer, presented the idea at the March 26 board meeting.

Town Clerk Elizabeth Knox compiled a list of abutters to town properties as a first step to determine who might be interested in purchasing them.

“There’s a lot here to unpack,” Summers said.

One piece caught the eye of Selectman Scott McElravy. He wondered if the town should hold on to a 90-acre stretch along the Little Androscoggin River.

“I would hesitate selling that,” he said, adding he has spoken to the town recreation director about it. “That’s a good piece of land along the river that we might be able to do something with in the future at some point.”


Summers was not sure about the viability of the property, saying topographical maps indicated land near the river was “challenging.” He added that his first thought for the property was a land trust.

Town Manager Natalie Andrews suggested the board thoroughly examine one or two pieces of property each meeting before making a decision.

McElravy said he would like to walk of some of the properties.

Property would be sold via bidding. Summers thought the process could start last this month.

In other business, former police Chief Hartley Skip Mowatt was recognized for his 30-plus years of service to the town. He stepped down as chief in 2019, but has since been helping at the Fire Department.

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