Otisfield project on school budget warrant


OTISFIELD — Voters at next week’s Oxford Hills School District budget meeting will be asked to lay the groundwork for paying to remove water that has infiltrated some outside walls at Otisfield Community School.

The budget meeting for the eight district towns will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 3, at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in Paris. The warrant includes 17 article.

Voters will be asked to set up a $60,000 reserve fund from balances of an energy grant the school district received to do the engineering work for the project. Ultimately, the project will be funded through a revolving grant from the state.

Air quality tests that were conducted to determine if the water was causing any mold in the school have come back negative, but officials want to figure out how to keep the moisture out of the school’s outside walls. A recent test determined that water is infiltrating the bottom of the walls where flower beds have been constructed over the last few years.

“It’s a 60/40 loan. The local share is not repaid,” Superintendent Mark Eastman said of the revolving grant that school officials will apply for by June 30, if voters approve the establishment of the reserve fund.

Forty percent of the revolving grant money will be at no cost to the taxpayers and the remaining 60 percent will be repaid at no interest, Eastman said.

Once officials apply for the grant money, it is expected to take about six weeks to hear whether it’s approved.

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