If Sunday alcohol sales are allowed in Oxford, most local bar and restaurant operators say they would support expanding alcohol services. A survey conducted by the Oxford EAGLE found that most restaurants are in support of Sunday sales and agree the issue is important, but owners are not sure if they would open just because of alcohol sales. (August 16, 2010, Page 1)
Square businesses were notified this week that all garbage Dumpsters will be removed from South 10th and 11th Streets in an effort to make the Square more attractive, while freeing up parking spaces often occupied by delivery trucks.
All businesses, using city Dumpsters, will be required to haul off their garbage to the city’s one compactor site in the parking lot at the corner of South 11th Street and Harrison Avenue, which is behind City Grocery and Old Venice Pizza restaurants on the south side of the Square. (August 13, 2010, Page 1A)
Oxford City Schools will have two less Oxford Police Department officers on school campuses this year after the city and district agreed to a new School Resource Officer agreement. (August 5, 2010, Page 2)
City employees can expect to see a 1.5 percent raise again this year after the Oxford Board of Aldermen voted Wednesday in favor of the across-the-board increase for all employees in the proposed 2010-2011 fiscal year budget. (August 5, 2010, Page 1)
Oxford formerly adopted the Deer Management Plan city officials have been developing over the past year in response to the growing deer population inside the city limits.
After nine months of negotiations and appraisals, the city of Oxford is ready to offer Bell Utilities $2.3 million to purchase its systems and assets. The city would not be buying Bell Utilities as an entire entity, only its water/sewer systems and customer base. (August 4, 2010, Page 1)
Architect Edye Conkerton was asked by city officials to look at ways to beautify Oxford’s central business district. The plan calls for making the Square more pedestrian friendly by getting rid of 170 parking spaces. The project would only move forward if and when a new parking garage is constructed near the Square. (August 4, 2010, Page 1)
On Monday, the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors banned the sale or possession of synthetic marijuana for the entire county, which included inside the city limits.
Just to make sure the message is clear, the Oxford Board of Aldermen are also considering an ordinance banning the fake marijuana that’s known by several brand names, including K2, Spice, Demon, Voodoo, Genie and Zohai. (August 4, 2010, Page 1)
Residents living in the flood-prone Chandler Avenue neighborhood near the Oxford Cemetery may soon not have to be so anxious whenever a rain storm passes through town. A long-sought-after drainage improvement project to install additional pipes has begun. (July 29, 2010, Page 1)
The sluggish economy still has its grip on Oxford tourism. With revenues down this year, the Oxford Tourism Council is planning to cut the 2011 budget by $100,000. Director of Tourism Mary-Kathryn Millner said, “we are being cautious and presenting a budget that is more legitimate as opposed to wishful thinking.” (July 22, 2010, Page 5A)