The city of Oxford is proposing a rate hike for water and sewer service for its residents and current customers as well as setting rates for current Bell Utilities customers if the city’s plans to purchase the utility system’s water and sewer systems and customer base are approved. The Public Service Commission must give approval for the purchase and rates to go forward. (August 19, 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)
Summer has been a busy time for road projects, but the work won’t stop thi fall as crews continue with their efforts to complete ongoing transportation improvements. In other words, motorists can expect to encounter more detours and a few delays as this necessary, but inconvenient, infrastructure work continues – especially along Anderson road. (August 3, 2010, Page 1)
Oxford city leaders will unveil a Square Enhancement Project on Tuesday. Oxford leaders will consider whether the Square can be improved by making the historic downtown area more pedestrian friendly.
Details of the project will be unveiled at Tuesday’s 6 p.m. Board of Aldermen meeting. Mayor Pat Patterson said at least part of this new initiative involves improving parking and pedestrian access. (August 2, 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)
By next spring, bicyclists should have several more miles of bike lanes at their disposal throughout Oxford as the city is currently bidding out Phase 2 of the Pathways Project. (July 29, 2010, Page 1)
The newly expanded Oxford Wastewater Treatment Plant received the Outstanding Wastewater Treatment Facility Award for 2010 from the Mississippi Water Environment Association at its annual conference in Tupelo. The treatment plant was built to ensure the community can meet the demands on its water system for at least 20 years. (June 28, 2010, Page 2)
The Oxford Pathways Commission is putting together an application to bid for the Safe Routes to School national conference that would bring 600 attendees from across the country to Oxford in August 2011. (June 22, 2010, Page 2)
A rupture Saturday afternoon in the main water line on the Square closed up or slowed down business for restaurants along South Lamar Boulevard and on the Square for the evening. (June 14, 2010, Page 1)
With the two flooding incidents this spring, the city of Oxford is keeping a watchful eye during today’s expected thunderstorms and possible flood watch. Mayor Pat Patterson added that residents should check their drains and make sure leaves and other debris are cleared away. (May 20, 2010, Page 1, 5)