OXFORD — The Board of Selectmen met last week with MBP Consulting to review a preliminary design to repair the east sluice of the Thompson Lake Dam.

In a workshop prior to the board’s regular meeting on February 21, selectmen listened to recommendations from the Portland based consulting firm to repair the dam.

The proposal includes using an electronically operated steel gate, a concrete face overlay and a stop log guide plus performing a survey upstream to verify project features, gate size and provide input to a contractor for development and an approach to the project.

The dam is located by the Robinson Mill off King Street.

During its regular meeting, selectmen unanimously approved a motion to accept a fee schedule proposed by Code Enforcement Officer Joelle Corey-Whitman.

In the motion by Selectman Scott Hunter , seconded by Caldwell Jackson, the board agreed to a fee schedule for house, commercial, shoreland zone, site plan, towers inspections Corey-Whitman told selectmen the fees are not close to covering her 8 to 11 inspections per build.

The board also approved a motion by Selectman Caldwell Jackson to set Babe Ruth fees at $75; $30 for participation in the Majors and Minors leagues and $25 for Rookie and T-Ball leagues.

The board approved two abatements. The first abatement in the amount of $142.59 was approved due to a split in the property prior to its sale. The additional land and building value is to be combined with the new owner’s property which already received a tax bill with both land and buildings values

A second abatement was approved in the amount of $294 for an account that had its homestead exemption omitted..

The board has been discussing the unusually number of abatement requests in recent months, and Town Manager Butch Asselin said he is looking into possibly combining assessing services with another town.

In other news, Selectmen Chairman Floyd Thayer presented “Welcome to Oxford” plaques to Oxbow Brewing, Total Eclipse and Valley View Orchard Pies. The select board agreed recently to present new businesses with plaques.

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