Paris selectmen set public hearing for ordinances

April 12th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

PARIS — Selectmen agreed Monday night to send four ordinances to referendum during municipal elections June 7.

Residents will vote on changes to the Site Plan and Curfew ordinances, as well as whether to accept new ordinances on signs and a medical marijuana dispensary.

The board agreed to hold a public hearing on the four ordinances before the board’s May 9 meeting. Residents will be able to ask questions about the proposed ordinances and ordinance changes.

The medical marijuana dispensary ordinance is the town’s response to the legalization of medical marijuana dispensaries in Maine. For months, the Planning Board has worked to craft a law that would curb potential problems that could arise from a marijuana dispensary.

The proposed ordinance includes security measures for a dispensary, including alarm systems, exterior lighting and video surveillance. Recordings from the video cameras must be kept for at least 30 days.

The ordinance would also set up a special reserve fund using fees from licensing of the dispensary. Selectmen would be authorized to distribute the funds to law enforcement and drug or alcohol abuse prevention programs, with the last 25 percent available for the board to decide on its use.

The sign ordinance used to be a section of the site plan ordinance but would become a separate ordinance, Town Manager Phil Tarr said.

The Site Plan and Curfew ordinances are up for revisions. Changes to the Curfew Ordinance would shorten and simplify it.

The public hearing on the ordinances will take place at 6:30 p.m. May 9 at

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