Oxford OKs rental home inspection program

OXFORD — The Oxford Commission approved an ordinance on Tuesday, Nov. 8, that adds a rental housing inspection program to the town code.

The commission has been working on this ordinance for a while seeing as how the town did not have a Residential Rental Housing License and Inspection Program but other towns do have similar ordinances that have been adopted.

Through this program residential rental houses would be inspected, licensed and go under the property maintenance code.

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Oxford Commission discusses wastewater treatment plant

OXFORD — Oxford commissioners discussed progress of the town’s wastewater treatment plant and amendments to the engineering contracts involved in this project on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at their regular meeting.

Oxford Commission Attorney Brynja Booth said she received an email from the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), which stated it is in the process of issuing the construction permit for the planned wastewater treatment plant.

The Oxford Commission has been working toward getting a new wastewater treatment plant since 2012.

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Oxford prepares for MEWS design requests

OXFORD — Oxford commissioners discussed preparation for requests for proposals (RFP) for the Mews building on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at their regular meeting.

The Oxford Public Works Department has been working on rehabilitating and cleaning up the Mews since July 2016.

The commission unanimously approved an ordinance to purchase the Mews property at its Tuesday, April 12, meeting. The Mews was originally an emporium, or retail shop, but is now vacant.

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OCC staff discusses programs

OXFORD — Joe Fisher, president of the board of trustees at the Oxford Community Center was present at the Oxford commissioners meeting on Tuesday, June 15, to discuss the programs the center provided in 2015 and what it will provide throughout this year.

Oxford Commissioner Carole Abruzzese said meeting with the OCC was suggested because the town consistently supports the community center and commissioners want to know what it has been doing.

The OCC is a private, nonprofit organization that raises its operating funds each year in addition to getting assistance from the town.

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Oxford to hold sailor exchange with British town

OXFORD — The Oxford Commissioners donated $1,000 to the Oxford-Wells Young Sailor Exchange on Tuesday, May 10, at their regular meeting.

The Young Sailors Exchange Project will enable young people with limited means to sail on each other’s waters and experience life in the other community. This exchange is taking place between Oxford and Wells-next-the-sea in England and 2016 is the first year for the project.

Three members of the exchange were present at the meeting to discuss the progress of the project so far and ask the commissioners for a contribution.

“I’ve been really overwhelmed by the incredible spirit and energy and skill that Kim and the parents and, of course, the young sailors have brought to this,” said Ian Flemming, a member of the Oxford-Wells Sistering Committee.

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Oxford will buy the Mews

OXFORD — Oxford will buy the Oxford Mews property on South Morris Street for $500,00, with $300,000 funded by a state grant.

The Oxford Commission unanimously approved an ordinance to purchase the vacant commercial structure at its regular meeting Tuesday, April 12.

The Mews was originally an emporium, or retail shop, but is now vacant. The commission originally tried to buy the building a year ago but thought the price was too high.

Oxford received a grant from the state of Maryland for $300,000, which leaves $200,000 for the town to pay.