OXFORD – Residents hoping to make home improvements may face a shorter wait time before they can start building. Selectmen appointed Town Manager Michael Chammings alternate code enforcement officer at their meeting Thursday.

Chammings requested the appointment at Code Enforcement Officer Rodney Smith’s suggestion.

“A lot of times Rodney will be out of town for training and people will have to wait three to four days for a garage permit,” Chammings said. “There’s no need for that.”

Chammings, who is certified as a code enforcement officer until January 2008, will be able to issue simple permits for building when Smith is unavailable.

He is not a licensed plumbing inspector, however, so plumbing inspections and permits will have to be done by Smith.

In other business, selectmen accepted three donations from residents totaling $700 to be put toward the town’s gymnasium.

Chammings also recognized donations of building supplies from Record Lumber.

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