oxford, Maine

Courthouse expansion projects
to go to bid around Jan. 12

by Matthew Daigle, staff writer Sun Journal Dec. 20, 2017

PARIS — The courthouse expansion projects will go to bid on or about Jan. 12 and contractors will be identified by March, County Administrator Scott Cole said Tuesday.

“The world as you know it around here will start changing around that time,” Cole told the county commissioners and department heads.

Deeds deputy sworn in.
Oxford County Register of Deeds East Patricia Shearman (right) swears in Debra Smith as the new Deputy Register of Deeds East during Tuesday morning’s Oxford County Commissioner meeting. Smith will replace Pam Woodworth, who retired on Nov. 10. (Matthew Daigle/Sun Journal) 

The primarily state-funded project is part of a $90 million package funded by the Maine Legislature to make courthouses in Oxford, Waldo and York counties more secure.

Plans for the project include the construction of a two-story, 11,000-square-foot addition to the courthouse, renovations to the interior of the building, a $30,000 metal-detection system and extensive reconfiguration of traffic flow and parking areas at the county campus on Western Avenue.

The project is estimated to cost $9.52 million, with $7.94 million for the structure itself and $1.58 million for site work, according to Cole.

He said trees will be cut down along the perimeter of the courthouse property heading into early 2018, and that “we’ll build new parking lots first and go from there.”

In other matters, commissioners swore in Debra Smith as the Oxford County deputy register of deeds east.

Smith replaces Pam Woodworth, who retired Nov. 10.