Adam Garland, MSMHR Contact Adam Garland 207-539-4431
I would like to thank the Citizens of Oxford and the Board of Selectmen for welcoming me to Town. I also have to give a special thank you to all of the Town’s employees. The staff here in the Town has made my transition into Oxford Town government rather painless and smooth. As you may know, I am the new Town Manager here in Oxford starting on March 22, 2021. Upon my arrival, I have been pleasantly surprised at how much is happening here in Oxford. Oxford seems to be busy with both residential and commercial growth throughout.
Aside from getting familiar with the Town of Oxford overall, one of my first major tasks was to review and present the FY2021-2022 municipal budget. Throughout the budget process, I worked with the Budget Committee, Board of Selectmen, and Department Heads. Working as a team, I feel we were able to put together a solid budget for the Town for the coming fiscal year. In short, this year's proposed Municipal Budget is $5,271,762. That is a $429,372 decrease from last year. This decrease can mostly be contributed to two things. The first being the refinancing of the Town’s long-term sewer debt. The second being that we found that additional capital funds do not need to be raised this year for upcoming capital projects. Thankfully, the Town has sufficient funding within its current capital reserve accounts to fund this year’s capital projects.
I am also finding the Town is in the midst of several ongoing projects. Some of the notable upcoming projects include the ongoing improvements to the Thompson Lake Dam, replacement/repair of the Welchville Dam, development of the Town’s new business park located on Park Road, as well as the replacement/relocation/renovation of the Town Office building. I can assure you that I am working daily to become well versed in each of these projects. I look forward to working with the Selectmen, Citizens, and Town Employees to move these projects forward.
As you review the above projects and budget comments you may be wondering how you can contribute to solving future challenges that may face Oxford or even take part in regular operations. If these thoughts are crossing your mind I highly encourage you to come to the Selectman meetings (first and third Thursday of each month). If you have a specific issue you would like to have discussed please contact me and I will make sure you’re on the agenda. Along with attending the selectmen’s meetings, participating in the annual Town Meeting is a great way to make sure your voice is heard regarding Town issues. Town Meeting this year is June 5, 2021.
You may be able to tell from my writings that I am a big advocate for citizen involvement and a team approach in municipal government. I highly encourage everybody to take part in Town business and remain informed. By doing this we can make sure that your Town government is serving your needs and meeting your expectations. Please feel free to come to the Town Office anytime and speak to me, call on the phone or even email me ([email protected]). If you have a concern or you have a question regarding Town business I am glad to discuss whatever is on your mind. Of course, you can feel free to simply drop in and say hello anytime!