OXFORD — Residents at a town meeting on Wednesday, June 5, approved several big-ticket project items, including several school building projects.
The Public Works Department will purchase a 2019 7-Yard Mack Dump Truck for $210,000; the funds to be taken from the Capital and Non-Recurring fund. The truck will include a plow, sander and any necessary equipment.
A district-wide infrastructure project bid was approved for Oxford Schools at $251,799.11, which will be taken from the Capital and Non-Recurring fund. The Great Oak Middle School Asbestos Abatement Project at $104,000 also was approved.
The Board of Education requested funding for several school improvement projects including replacement of an oil tank at Great Oak Middle School in the amount of $51,388, which will be taken from the Capital and Non-Recurring fund.
An addition to the playground at Quaker Farms School was approved at $63,775, also to be taken from the Capital and Non-Recurring fund.
Replacement water fountains at Great Oak Middle School at $5,800, third floor tiles at Oxford High School at $7,527, repairs to the third floor separation in five classrooms at Oxford High School at $16,880 and replacement of the boys’ lockers at the high school were all approved.
During the selectmen’s meeting that followed, the Board of Selectmen approved the fire department’s request of $316,046 for a Tanker 33 bid with a 100 percent performance bond of $1,343.
Fire Chief Scott Pelletier told the selectmen that the item was already in the Capital Plan.
The tanker will hold about 2,000 gallons and will be more proficient in driving on smaller roads, according to Chief Pelletier. The old truck may potentially be given to Public Works to use as a water wagon.
The selectmen approved Officer David B. Nichols, Jr., to full time status at a pay rate of $33.44 an hour. He currently serves as Oxford Schools’ student resource officer.
First Selectman George Temple said he has received a lot of compliments on Office Nichols, stating the officer has been doing a great job with the schools.
The first selectman said the officer’s full time position was slated within the 2019-20 budget.
Selectmen tabled discussion on a proposed blight ordinance. Mr. Temple said more information needed to be gathered before they move forward with any decision.