OXFORD — Selectmen elected a new chairman and vice chairman Thursday night.

Vice Chairwoman Sharon Jackson and Chairman Caldwell Jackson converse Thursday at the Oxford Board of Selectmen meeting at the Town Office. Nicole Carter/Advertiser Democrat

Caldwell Jackson was elected chairman by a vote of 3-2. He was nominated by newly elected member Floyd Thayer, who previously served on the board. The nomination was seconded by Dana Dillingham. Sharon Jackson and former Chairman Scott Hunter opposed the nomination.

Afterward, Caldwell Jackson nominated Sharon Jackson (no relation) as vice chairwoman. She was elected unanimously. She succeeds Samantha Hewey.

Town Manager Adam Garland asked selectmen for direction on the plan to sell the town office building at 85 Pleasant St. He said one party has already expressed interest in the property.

Thayer suggested that before placing it on the market that they have a real estate appraisal done.

Dillingham said that it can take weeks to get one and it could be done simultaneously to listing it with a commercial broker. He also said any sale would have to include a contingency that would grant the town sufficient time to secure temporary office space.

Selectmen voted unanimously to list the building with a commercial broker and have the appraisal done.

The board approved transferring $15,790 from the fund balance to the Highway Department for paving Fore Street and Station Road.

They also approved renewing the town’s fuel contracts with C.N. Brown. The prices per gallon for the next fiscal year will be $1.359 for propane; $2.399 for K-1, $2.459 for diesel and $2.829 for K-2.

Selectmen tabled two requests for charitable groups to set up toll road fundraisers. Anderson-Staples American Legion Post 112 asked to hold a fundraiser 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. July 3 on King Street and Skeetfield Road, with a rain date the following Saturday if necessary. The veterans’ support organization Horses Across Maine asked to hold a fundraiser from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. July 11 at the Little Androscoggin bridge on King Street.

Thayer asked if the town might be liable for any mishaps as a result of slowed traffic and people in the roadways.

Sharon Jackson was concerned about the dangers of having traffic stopped on a bridge. She suggested that Garland contact the town’s attorney for a legal opinion and contact the Maine Department of Transportation to see if there are any restrictions for having a local event on a state road.

Peter Seames of Horses Across Maine told the board the group has liability insurance. He said they had two alternative sites, one of them the same as the American Legion’s and a second one on Roller Rink Road, which has less traffic and would bring fewer donations.

Selectmen voted to table both requests and review them with Garland at the July 1 meeting.

The board voted to enter executive session to discuss a personnel matter.


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