Pismo Field next to the town beach in Oxford is ready for Little League season to start. Nicole Carter / Advertiser Democrat

OXFORD — After the Board of Selectmen debated the feasibility of maintaining the historic Center Meeting House on Route 26, the president of the Oxford Historical Society lobbied the board Thursday night to form a historic preservation committee sanctioned by the town.

“After seeing the value of the Meeting House questioned in the Sun Journal, we do not want to see the loss of any more historic properties,” society President Patricia Larrivee said. “There are organizations and locations that need preservation. I feel we would stand a better chance realizing grants to help save these buildings if an official committee is representative of the town. We have enough volunteers to do it.”

Selectman Sharon Jackson said she supported the proposal.

“I think it is an excellent idea for a preservation committee,” Jackson said. “We should move forward with this.”

Town Manager Butch Asselin confirmed he had completed a Maine Preservation grant application to help pay for work that needs to be done. He said the estimate from ServPro for mold remediation is $8,000. It’s one of the major steps to rehabilitate the building.

The Center Meeting House at 476 Main St. was built in 1830 and has been used for town meetings and other gatherings for over 100 years.

In another matter, the board and director of recreational baseball and softball reached consensus on an abbreviated season, after the national Little League provided guidelines director Josh Wyman reported could be followed in Oxford.

“We have a better set-up than most other towns,” Wyman told selectmen. He explained how social distancing would be monitored and precautions taken, including hand sanitizer, caution tape separating key areas and rules for players in dugouts.

Oxford partners with Otisfield to put on Little League games. This year, with Oxford’s Recreation director being furloughed for much of the spring, Otisfield handled the registration process and is managing the fees that cover insurance liability and uniforms.

Oxford will continue to pay umpire fees from its recreation budget.

Coaches will be responsible for maintaining and cleaning the field on a day-to-day basis.

Selectman Dana Dillingham commended Wyman for the standards Oxford volunteers have set for COVID-19 safety and suggested Wyman reach out to other communities to set up similar protections for their little league recreation.


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