On Tuesday, the Town of Oxford will hold a public hearing to determine whether to spend $100,000 in state grant money to make improvements to the Riverside Firehouse. The hearing will be held at 7 p.m. at the Stephen B. Church Memorial Town Hall.
The Board of Selectmen approved spending the grant money on Sept. 18. The money will come from the state’s Local Capital Improvement Program. The program, known by its acronym LoCIP, distributes funds to municipalities to reimburse the cost of eligible capital improvement projects such as road, bridge or public building construction activities, according to the state’s Office of Policy and Management.
The money will be put toward repairing the parking lot and putting in a handicapped ramp and an oil-water separator. The project had been in the fire department's capital improvement plan for 10 years but money was not allocated. The town kept hoping it would get money from the state Department of Transportation, which was planning to make bridge repairs to the Stevenson Dam. Since that has not happened, the town went after LoCIP funds, said Oxford Fire Chief Scott Pelletier.
All residents are invited to Tuesday's meeting.