Oxford board OKs bids for truck, sewer tools

OXFORD — Selectmen accepted bids Thursday evening for a plow truck and a superior-pressure washer to clean sewer pipes, and gave conditional acceptance of a bid for a wheel loader. They turned down a $98,757 bid from Maine Highlands Contracting to complete construction of a constructing that was to be […]

OXFORD — Selectmen accepted bids Thursday evening for a plow truck and a superior-pressure washer to clean sewer pipes, and gave conditional acceptance of a bid for a wheel loader.

They turned down a $98,757 bid from Maine Highlands Contracting to complete construction of a constructing that was to be a restroom at Pottle Discipline off Pottle Highway and make it handicap obtainable. The final decision came soon after Town Supervisor Adam Garland explained the town could rent a moveable handicap toilet for 45 a long time for that price.

Following the bid for the Pottle Field restroom constructing was rejected, Garland stated Highway Section staff will get the creating closed in and secured.

The Highway Office obtained acceptance to buy a new three-quarter ton 4-by-4 pickup quad cab with plow, changing the 50 percent-ton, two-wheel-generate truck that unsuccessful inspection and was taken off the highway. Selectmen approved the $47,500 bid from Ripley & Fletcher Ford of Paris. The supplier reported it could acquire up to 280 times for supply, presented the around the globe pc chip shortages.

The high-stress washer to clean up sewer pipes, also termed a jetter is becoming procured from Wonderful Machinery in Cleveland, Tennessee, for its bid of $40,032.

The wheel loader would exchange the 20-12 months-outdated device used at the Transfer Station. Milton Cat of Scarborough bid $119,400 and provided $22,500 in trade for the outdated loader. It also provided numerous financing options. Selectmen authorised the bid on the situation that City Supervisor Adam Garland can get hold of fascination-free financing for 5 a long time. If the financing is not fascination-totally free, Garland will report at the next board conference and selectmen will contemplate regardless of whether to obtain the loader outright. Other bids ranged from $123,892 from Whited in Auburn to $144,300 from FMS Devices in Madison.

In other enterprise, Brent Bridges of Woodard & Curran engineering consultants of Portland up to date the board on strategies for creating a drying bed facility to procedure sludge from the town’s wastewater treatment method plant. The sludge includes PFAs,  which are man-built substances employed in a selection of industries, never break down and can accumulate around time. There is evidence that exposure to PFAs can guide to adverse human wellness outcomes.

Right up until 2019, Oxford produced and sold its sludge to Lewiston. With federal and point out restrictions no extended enabling it thanks to unsafe amounts of PFAs, also known as “forever substances,” Oxford has experienced to retail store it.

It has a few years’ value and Sewer Section Superintendent Zhenya Shevchenko reported it will acquire about a calendar year to wholly dry and dispose of the stockpile. After that, other communities these types of as neighboring Mechanic Falls have expressed an curiosity in contracting with Oxford to procedure its sludge.

The drying facility, substantially like a greenhouse, will be developed in the city industrial park on Park Street off Roller Rink Road. Utilities will be set up, the large amount will be paved and a storage setting up constructed.

The undertaking had already been authorized but selectmen requested Bridges to estimate how a lot it would be to increase water and sewer expert services to the total park to make other tons a lot more saleable. Bridges explained adding sewer services would value about $300,000. He recommended using no motion on h2o right until the town has a much better plan of what opportunity enterprises may will need for provider.

In a further issue, Garland and Hearth Main Paul Hewey explained to the board that scheduling portion-time team for emergency professional medical team is turning out to be so tough that 1 working day Hewey had to coordinate mutual help protection with Poland. Following examining all over, Hewey uncovered that neighboring cities have increased their element-time pay out. He and Garland are combing by means of the public protection funds to see if they can raise wages devoid of heading around the finances.

Selectman Dana Dillingham said he had concerns about the condition but would speak to Garland afterwards.

Right after Garland current the board about the City Business office that is for sale, selectmen agreed they preferred to assign a price tag to it fairly than entertaining delivers. They directed Garland to have the assessed residence benefit of $800,000 additional to the listing.

The 1.2 acre house was shown by broker Patrick Casalinova of The Fletcher Group in Portland on July 16. The two-story constructing was created about 1900 and served as the substantial faculty for many years. The town obtained it in 1998 and transformed it to municipal workplaces.

With voters rejecting a proposal this year that would have moved Oxford’s administrative workforce from the mildewed and deteriorating constructing at 85 Pleasurable St. to non permanent space at Oxford Plaza, selectmen had been still left to when once more attempt to patch up unsafe situations with cleansing and mildew remediation. SERVPRO was employed for a fourth round of remediation and cleansing.

Voters at the annual City Meeting on June 5 authorized selectmen to provide the residence.

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