OXFORD — Selectman Ed Knightly was sworn in at Thursday night’s meeting to a round of applause from fellow board members and residents, including his election opponents Dana Dillingham and Mark Blaquiere.

Knightly succeeds Roger Jackson who retired from the board.

Interim Town Manager Becky Lippincott and the board were questioned at length during the public comment part of the meeting on topics such as whether there’s a policy for campaigning at the Transfer Station; who has a key to the personnel files; whether Lippincott is applying for town manager; when the new roof is going to be put on the Public Safety Building; and why a fake Christmas tree in front of the Meeting House at Routes 26 and 121 has not been taken down despite repeated requests.

Residents were told there is no policy prohibiting campaigning at the Transfer Station; that only Lippincott has keys to the personnel files; and that she has applied for the permanent town manager’s position.

Applications closed Thursday, but Selectman Scott Owens did not know how many had been received.

Additionally, selectmen said the roof replacement hasn’t gone out to bid and the Highway Department has been asked three times to take down the Christmas tree.

The road crew will be asked again Friday. The tree was a temporary replacement as a memorial to resident Jim Lamb, who passed away two years ago. A real tree will be planted.

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Oxford Selectman Ed Knightly takes the oath of office administered by Town Clerk Beth Olsen before Thursday night’s board meeting at the municipal building.


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