Oxford County, Maine

Enacted 2015 county budget

county deeds return home

Funding standoff may    force return of inmates

Cost to restore jail to full    time pegged at $1.4 million

Cumberland county jail may    have to turn away inmates

Commissioner Timothy    Turner sworn in

Assistant district attorneys    sworn in Jan. 5

Register of Deeds Shearman    sworn in for second term

Sheriff Wayne Gallant    sworn in for third term

Commissoners 2015 meeting    schedule

County continues jail    payments to state

$6.58 million budget ok'd

• Stairs, repairs bulk of    increases in budget

Registry of Deeds office    going digital

County given land near    regional airport

County switching deeds    records company

 911 dispatch - the glue    that  binds emergency    services

County tax levy by towns

County considers closing airport

by Christopher Crosby, Staff Writer Sun Journal Feb. 26, 2014

PARIS — County officials are exploring the possibility of shutting down the Oxford County Regional Airport's runway, one of several options under review in the face of mounting costs and little use. 

Airport closing under consideration
Closing the Oxford County airport is among the options being considered by county officials in the wake of the airport losing its sole tenant last year. 

Officials have been grappling with the situation since the county evicted the airport's sole tenant — Oxford Aviation, an airplane refurbishment business — last year for violating the conditions of their lease. 

Because it's an unmanned facility, there's no firm tally on the number of pilots taking off and landing. Although the runway is open, it's widely believed traffic has ground to a halt, in part because of a spell when there was no gasoline for pilots to refuel. 

To offset its own bills and re-establish traffic, the county is attempting to woo new suitors to run an aviation business inside the hangars.

Those efforts run afoul of significant financial hurdles: The buildings are in disrepair, requiring several hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of workthat officials hope a prospective business will pay. 

According to County Administrator Scott Cole, discussions with several businesses have been under way for several months. Glen Holmes, director of economic development for Community Concepts, a Lewiston-based nonprofit, said by phone Friday that advanced negotiations with an airplane refurbishment business are ongoing, with a chance for a deal to be wrapped up in the spring.


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