Engineers OK use of Paris Elementary School oil tank

INTENT— Sullivan & Merritt Project Manager Gary Perry takes air-quality readings inside a 10,000 oil tank at the Paris Elementary School before climbing down a ladder inside. Perry, who was hired by the SAD 17 school district to inspect the condition of the tank, told school officials Wednesday it was safe to continue using it.

  PARIS— Engineers told district officials Wednesday that a 10,000 gallon oil tank at the elementary school does not pose an immediate risk and can continue to be used. Following an interior and exterior inspection, Gary Perry of Hermon-based Sullivan & Merritt told officials that the tank has interior surface corrosion, but no deep scour […]

Additional $24 million needed for Oxford sewer project

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OXFORD — A pending application for nearly $24 million in federal funding will determine whether the town expands sewer system construction into residential areas. In an application sent to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Office last week, the town is seeking $23,890,000 in funding to lay sewer pipes into rural areas. The […]

Superintendent presents $37.65 million budget

SAD 17 Superintended Rick Colpitts told school board directors on Monday night that many of the increases in his proposed $37.64 million district budget were state mandated and beyond local control.

HARRISON — The SAD 17 Board of Directors got a first glimpse of Superintendent Rick Colpitt’s proposed $37.65 million budget for 2015, which includes measures to reduce class size at district elementary schools. The budget for fiscal years 2014-15 is 4.75 percent greater than 2013-14 and represents an overall 4.5 percent increase in what town’s […]

Oxford schedules sewer project public hearing for April 17

OXFORD— Selectmen will hold a public hearing on April 17 to hear residents’ feedback over the town’s request for $24 million in federal funding for a proposed sewer project. The town is seeking a $23,890,000 rural development package of grants and loans from the United States Department of Agriculture to pay down its investment on a state of […]

A peek into this week – April 10, 2014

Spring seems to have finally come to terms with weather and the string – comparatively – of balmy days has waters moving and rivers rising. Watch out for flooding, and the accompanying smorgasbord of potholes, frost heaves, and mud – oh my! While rivers and streams may be spilling beyond their confines, the Maine DEP says cleanup […]

Signs of spring

Maine Department of Transportation officials patch cracks and fill potholes in the pavement on Wednesday afternoon along Main Street in Norway.

In Maine, we’re accustomed to heralds proclaiming the change in the seasons; long before the black flies and humid days descend upon winter-weary residents, roadwork begins to patch the damage frost heaves wreck on pavement – and cars.

Committee OKs $37.65 million school budget

OXFORD— The SAD 17 Budget Committee has approved preliminary $37.65 million budget for fiscal year 2014-15, a 4.5 percent overall increase in local spending. The proposed budget was one of two considered in last week’s final committee hearings, which will now be sent to the school board for approval. Town public hearings will begin April […]