Oxford County, Maine

Budget committee okays $5.4    million 2015 package

Vanderwood winner in    county treasurer's race

Domestic abuse targeted

Sheriff Gallant re-elected

Officials say drug agents
   needed in Oxford County

Airport hazardous waste    cleaned up

• Interest shown in leasing       vacant buildings

• Stairs, repairs bulk of    increases in budget

Registry of Deeds office    going digital

County given land near    regional airport

County switching deeds    records company

Commission Meeting    schedule Aug-Dec 2014

Airport future discussed

Commissioners okay    electronic timekeeping

County takes over airport

 2014 final budget OK'd

 911 dispatch - the glue    that  binds emergency    services

County tax levy by towns

Oxford County panel debates
Albany Township status

by Christopher Crosby, Staff Writer Sun Journal Nov. 20, 2014

PARIS — Oxford County officials are asking for clarification on how townships organize to assess whether Albany Township would benefit from leaving the umbrella of its administration. 

County Commissioners Steven Merrill, David Duguay and County Commission Chairman Caldwell Jacksonon on Tuesday requested Administrator Scott Cole to seek a legal opinion from their attorney on whether Albany Township's status with the county should be re-evaluated. 

The request comes on the heels of increasing correspondence between Albany Township residents and the administrator's office, which runs the day-to-day affairs for the unorganized township. 

"I don't think it hurts to ask the question," Merrill of Norway said.

Between calls and meetings about tax bills and snow plowing details, Cole said the workload from Albany Township has increased.

To offset the work, commissioners agreed to fund a new, $60,000 clerical position in the adminstrator's office, with three-quarters of the wages and benefits bill picked up by the unorganized territories.

In September, Albany Township resident Jeff Rosenblatt expressed concerns over a tax hike that saw residents' bills increase by 17 percent. Telling commissioners he represented nearly 20 other residents, Rosenblatt said the additional $308,000 raised from the previous year for road projects was unnecessary. 

Much of that money will be spent in Albany, with Hunts Corner Road, Old West Bethel Road and Vernon Street in need of repair. In all, for fiscal year 2015, the county plans to fix bridges and culverts on some 60 miles of roads, with 27 of those miles in Albany Township. 

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