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WOODSTOCK – Reporting to selectmen Tuesday, Town Manager Vern Maxfield told them that Oxford County emergency personnel have shown they can handle emergencies.

His report resulted from a recent meeting of the Oxford County Emergency Management System, chaired by county emergency preparedness Director Scott Parker, which was attended by Maxfield and board Chairperson Judy Bennett.

“We can see nothing but excellent results from the county’s emergency personnel,” said Maxfield, “when looking at how the Ice Storm of 1998 was handled and the way they have handled the recent brush and forest fires which have plagued the area.”

Their meeting focused on the National Incident Management Protocol run by the National Emergency Preparedness Agency and outlined considerations if and when emergencies occur.

In other business the board gave the go-ahead for a mid-summer project restructuring the Cushman Road/Route 26 intersection.

“The highway department will be leveling 50 to 70 feet of the Cushman Road in order to bring it up to a level with Route 26 and change the angle of approach to allow for safer entrance onto the busy highway,” Maxfield said.

“Central Maine Power and the Maine Department of Transportation have been notified regarding the project and, when complete, it will add greatly to the safety of the intersection.”

Selectmen authorized the highway department to replace seven culverts on Old County Road from the Greenwood line to Geoff Inman’s home. Then the road will be reclaimed and re-paved.

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