FARMINGTON – County commissioners indicated their support for a proposal to open the Anson Street parking lot for 24-hour use, as part of a plan that would prohibit all-night parking in the Church Street lot.Currently, the town maintains the 27-space Church Street lot, with half of the spaces available for all-night parking from Nov. 15 through April 15. The other half, the side along Cony Street, is unavailable between the hours of midnight to 6 a.m. The lot regularly sees high traffic, except during Sunday afternoons when it closes for snow clearing.The town has recently been grappling with the issue of parking, as the opening of Origin USA at the corner of Church and High has brought roughly 40 employees into the neighborhood. Origin owner, Pete Roberts, said that he was also anticipating further expansion of his workforce, adding roughly 10 jobs in the first quarter of 2019 and as many as 25 to 30 jobs over the course of the year.With that in mind, following discussions by the Parking Ordinance Committee and Board of Selectmen, the board gave Town Manager Richard Davis authorization to approach the commissioners regarding the Anson Street lot.The lot on Anson Street, which consists of 40 or so spaces, is currently closed for evening parking during the November-April span. With the exception of jury selection days at the Franklin County Courthouse, an event that draws hundreds of citizens to the area, the lot sees little regular use.Davis proposed to the commissioners that the Anson lot be available 24-hours, all year round. In exchange, Farmington would take over the maintenance duties, including plowing, cleaning and striping, through a lease agreement. Simultaneously, Church Street’s lot would no longer be 24-hour, which would free up more spots.After some discussion, the commissioners agreed in principle to a 2-year lease with Farmington running from May 1, 2019 to April 30, 2021. After that point, commissioners said, the arrangement could be extended if both parties were happy.“We want to be supportive of the businesses,” Commissioner Charles Webster said.In other business, commissioners approved a 10-cent per hour raise for the two, full-time cooks at the Franklin County Detention Center. In exchange, language will be added to the cooks’ job descriptions identifying them as essential personnel. This would mandate that the cooks arrive at work even if the county should close operations due to snow, an event that officials estimated occurs twice a year on average.The FCDC is required to follow state guidelines regarding inmate feeding and nutrition which could open the county up to litigation should the cooks stay home like other non-union county employees, Sheriff Scott Nichols said. He had proposed giving the cooks double time during snow days.The 10-cent figure represents roughly a $250 annual increase, or the equivalent of giving the cooks double time for those days.