OXFORD – City Manager Adam Garland told selected men on Thursday evening that the municipal office property on Pleasant Street would officially go on sale when business closed on Friday.
The building and grounds will be listed by Patrick Casalinova of The Fletcher Group in Portland.
Selectman Floyd Thayer wanted to know if the broker, with no valuation, had a sales number in mind.
In the busy housing market, real estate appraisers are scattered around, Garland said, and without a valuation Casalinova will list it as “accepted offers.”
“So if someone offers you $ 100, are you going to take it?” Thayer asked. “It seems to me that someone should put some sort of number on it. “
Garland told him that without an appraisal in hand, the broker said it would be best not to list a number.
Vice President Sharon Jackson suggested Garland look at the most recent assessed value as a starting point.
Garland agreed and said he thought it was around $ 700,000, but is outdated. He will examine it with the Oxford assessor.
With voters this year rejected a proposal that would have moved Oxford administrative workers from the moldy and deteriorating building of 85 Pleasant St. to a temporary space in Oxford Plaza, chosen men had to try again to fix the dangerous conditions with cleaning and mold removal.
Immediately after the town’s annual meeting on June 5, Garland contacted SERVPRO for recommendations on how to proceed. The building has been the subject of several attempts at sanitation and disinfection cleaning at least three times in recent years, but conditions have continued to deteriorate.
Voters decided at the June 5 annual town hall meeting to sell the building, which served as the town’s high school for decades.
In other cases, Garland said he received an invoice from the Maine Department of Transportation for $ 37,000 for manhole / road work performed on highways 26/121 in 2018. The initial cost was estimated in 2017. at $ 17,600. The work had to be redone and in August 2018, the ministry changed the cost to $ 37,600 and completed it in 2019.
Two years later, the invoice was submitted for $ 37,000. Given the long time between completion and billing, Garland asked the finance department to verify if the bill had been paid.
Selectmen questioned the doubling of charges and who had approved the additional amount. The first estimate was authorized by the selectmen at a meeting in 2017, but the next expense was not discussed by the board.
“When we looked back at that time, we found that $ 17,600 had been authorized for the city manager to sign a contract,” for the work to be done, Garland said. “The amendment we had a hard time finding in a few minutes. I found an endorsement that was signed by the former manager approving the supplement.
“Did the selected men approve the supplement?” asked Sharon Jackson. “I don’t remember this piece ever coming before that board.”
“I couldn’t find anything about it,” Garland said.
Since the job was done so long ago, Garland told Selectmen there was no budget line for it in the highways department’s current budget.
Selectmen approved a motion to pay the $ 37,000 and transfer the funds from the political account from the city’s unallocated funds balance to the highway department account.
Selectmen also approved a mass gathering permit for the Oxford County Agricultural Fair, which will be held September 15-18.
The board of directors voted to accept a $ 20,000 grant to install laptops in police department cars. The grant comes from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation.
Garland said the fire department will also apply for a grant, although multiple grants in the same community may not be allowed in the same year.
Norway extends city manager’s contract by 18 months