oxford, Maine

Commissioners authorize purchase of five vehicles for Sheriff's Office

By Matthew Daigle, Staff Writer Sun Journal Feb. 23, 2017

PARIS - The Oxford County Commissioners voted 3-0 Tuesday morning, Feb. 21, to authorize the purchase of five police vehicles from Bessey's Motor Sales in Paris for a total of $120,476.

Oxford County Sheriff Wayne Gallant told the commissioners that the Sheriff's Office had been looking to purchase two 2017 Dodge Charger all-wheel drive cruisers and three 2017 Ram 1500 Crew Cab 4-by-4 pickup trucks.

Bessey Motor Sales returned a bid that priced two 2017 Dodge Chargers at $53,468, and three 2017 RAM 1500 trucks at $92,208, for a total of $145,676.

Gallant added that the Sheriff's Office received $25,200 in credit by trading in its old vehicles, lowering the total cost of the five new vehicles to $120,476.

In other business, James Miclon, director of the Oxford County Regional Communications Center, said that the trees on the north side of their building could put the communications center out of service "for a long time" if they were to fall down.

The trees, which rest on the abutting landowner's property but encroach onto the communication center's property, are tall enough to cause damage to the building if they were to fall, Miclon said, adding, "Other than cutting them down, I'm not sure what we can do." He said that there were 10 or 12 problematic trees, and that "we've already tried trimming them back." County Administrator Scott Cole said that it "may make sense to formally talk with the neighbor and "see if there's equipment we can use to take it down." Miclon said that the "owner seemed receptive, as long as nothing came out of his pocket, and as long as none of his property was damaged." The commissioners also voted 3-0 to authorize the Oxford County Regional Communications Center to make its final payment on its new dispatch software.

Miclon said that the center was one of three selected by the state's Emergency Services Communication Bureau to convert to a Fire Priority Dispatch System.

The software, offered by Spillman Technologies, reduces dispatching time and errors and streamlines dispatchers' ability to give correct information.

The final payment approved Tuesday morning was for $6,000.