Tomorrow, February 20th, go give some love.
The deadline for registering dogs was January 31, 2019. If you have not already registered, there will be a $25.00 late fee. If you don’t have your dog any longer please call us at 743-2501 and we can remove them from our system. You can license your dog vial mail, in person or dropping off after hours in the box just outside the town office back door to the right. To complete licensing, you must have the current rabies certificate and certificate of neuter/spay if applicable. To license by mail, please mail check, and current paperwork to the Clerk. Thank you!
Norway/Paris Solid Waste is accepting applications for a part-time employee. The ideal candidate would possess excellent people skills while serving the public as well as being a team player with fellow employees. Possessing the skills to operate machinery and plant equipment (skid steer, forklift, and pickup truck) is a plus. If interested, please see Warren at 39 Brown Street, Norway, Maine on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.
Paris Maine designated “Opportunity Zone” by Governor LePage! Governor Paul R. LePage today announced his selections for participation in the federal Opportunity Zones program.
Federal law allows governors from each state to nominate 25 percent of a state’s eligible low-income census tracts to be designated as Opportunity Zones. The U.S. Treasury recently accepted Maine’s designated tracts into the federal program. Of the 128 eligible tracts in Maine, Governor LePage could select a maximum of 32 for designation into the program.
In February, the Department of Economic and Community Development began accepting public input regarding the designation of Maine’s Opportunity Zones. “We received feedback from across the state, said George Gervais, DECD commissioner. “In many communities, this program could be the catalyst to moving development projects forward by attracting much needed capital and ultimately benefiting not just that community but the entire state.”
Governor LePage selected tracts based primarily on identified investment opportunities where such investments would likely be met with success.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 established this new economic development program, which provides a federal tax incentive for taxpayers who invest unrealized capital gains into so-called ‘Opportunity Funds’, dedicated to investing in established ‘Opportunity Zones’.http://www.maine.gov/decd/news/news.shtml?id=797903
The final rules governing the tabulation of ranked-choice voting ballots are now available on the Maine Department of the Secretary of State website, along with an animated video that shows how the tabulation will work. On June 12, 2018, this method of voting will be used for the first time ever in a statewide election as voters cast their ballots in the Primary Election. To view, click on the link: http://www.maine.gov/sos/news/2018/rcvoutreach.html
Many, many thanks to the Rotary Club of Oxford Hills! Last week they donated four sugar maples to the Town of Paris! We were thrilled with this thoughtful gift; the members of One Paris Hill will nurture these babies until we decide on the best place to plant them in their future Paris home. We will also be putting out some lovely birdhouses at One Paris Hill; these had been made and donated by a local high school senior for his senior project and we are pleased to place them at One Paris Hill to house our local birds. Lots of cleaning going on at One Paris Hill, we now have a port a potty for public use and hope to put in a few picnic tables soon so that more people can come and enjoy this beautiful oasis. Thank you all!
Important Dates to Remember from the Paris Town Office:
- On Monday, April 30th, there will be a Public Meeting to discuss the Recreational Marijuana Ordinance at 6:30PM at the Paris Fire Station; there will be a second meeting on Monday, May 21st also at 6:30 PM at the Paris Fire Station.
- On Wednesday, May 2nd, there will be a Budget Committee Meeting at 5:30PM at the Paris Town Office.
- There will be a joint public meeting of the Paris Select Board and Paris Budget Committee on the FY 2019 Budget, Tuesday, May 8th at 6PM at the Paris Town Office.
Additionally, the Paris Select Board is establishing a Private Property Ordinance Ad-hoc Committee, consisting of five members. For more information or to complete an application to serve on this committee, please call the Paris Town Office at 743-2501 or stop in!
Call to order by Rick Little @ 5:30, 5 budget members in attendance
Consideration of Minutes:
Motion by Dick to accept
Seconded By Richard Merz
Unfinished Business- none
Capital Code 90 yellow tab
-Vic talked about carryovers, announced when appropriate
– Parks and Rec. $7000+
- Police Dept. up to $3000, but has a carry over of $3100
- Fire dept. increase of $2000 for a roof
- Highway carry over of $28,000 (accrued fund)
- 90-06, 90-08 nothing there, no activity 90-06 $15,000 sealing Parking lot for fire dept.
- 90-08, Cornwall Preserve, $18,000, was supposed to be rolled through.
- Road Construction Carry- $209,000
- 80-10- increase of 4500 for copier
- 80-10 software $9000 for software updates (Trio)carry over of $2000
- Vic discussed his plan to replace plow- trucks from a 4 year cycle to a 3 year cycle.
- Rick voiced concern about lack of capitol funds for some such as the Library. Place money into accounts for capitol improvements (library)
- Highway equipment, carry of $10,000, plus $10, 000 this year, $40,000 increase for equipment.
- Vic discussed equipment for the roads, we should get our capital needs where they need to be.
- $53, 000 for new Fire Dept. vehicle
- 2 fire department lines were combined, carry over- 95 line is called “grant match”$8,000 and $3773 on other line.
- catch basins paid out of the 90-96 account, we would like to get them done by April.
- Expense total 2019: $7,278, 57, + $146,230
Revenue: Green tab
- Vic explained the thought process, tax commitment and projected revenues. Try to be conservative.
- agent fees for renewal of vehicles up $1400
- Revenue sharing could increase.
- MDOT UP
- Vic explained “state aid roads”, reimbursement
- Homestead reimbursement up $92,000, should move from 50% to 60+%
- Fairview cemetery takeover $100,000 in the fund for upkeep. Vic wants to take $1,500 from that account this year for upkeep.
- 2019 $1,739,489, +$137,295
- Dick asked about property tax revenue
- Vic explained tax commitment and mill rate.
- $6,200,000 million has come through the town office so far.
- next meeting on the 4th
- next week will will add calculating mill rate into conversation.
- The board will begin discussing the $217,000
Motion to Close: Dick @6:35
Seconded by: Richard
All in Favor
Submitted by Michael Lance
Paris Board of Selectman will hold a public hearing on Monday April 9th, 2018 at 7:00pm at the Paris Town Office to hear questions and comments on an amendment to the Recall Ordinance. A copy of the draft Ordinance is available at the Town Office. A regular Selectmen’s meeting will follow the public hearing.
Here is the Moore Park Summer Concerts in the Park Schedule!!! Please share this post to help spread the word and to get our page noticed. Morning shows start at 10:30 am and evening shows start at 6pm, in case of rain shows will be held at the Paris Fire Station.
June 27 ~ The Incredible Mr. G, Lindsey Montana
July 11 ~ Sparks Arc, Hot Damn
July 18 ~ Neveah Dance, Chris Floyd
July 25 ~ Earth Jams, The Mill Town Roadshow
August 1 ~ Rick Charette, LaTCH
August 8 ~ Andrew Silver, Jus Tus Two
August 15 ~ Chewonki, The Cobblestones
Because we have so many talented performers who wish to be featured at Moore Park, we are planning to add another bonus day to our concert series to bring back some favorites and to see some new acts! We will keep you posted, its sure to be a summer of music and fun at Moore Park of South Paris. Please share!