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 the art waste-water treatment facility.

The project, which calls for laying sewer pipes from the Mechanic Falls town line near the Oxford Casino along Route 26, hinges on funding from the federal government.

The first phase of the project, building the waste-water treatment facility and laying pipes and through the town’s business-advantageous TIF zone, is fully funded.

The second phase, however, is not. Two weeks ago, Town Manager Michael Chamming’s said the additional funding is necessary to pay down the loan required to extend the pipes into King Street and other rural, residential areas.

The public hearing will be held at the Oxford Town Office at 6:30 p.m. Comments or concerns can be expressed to Chammings at 539-4431.