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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bart Robinson

Square traffic pattern changes

A portion of Jackson Avenue East is now two-way near City Hall which city officials hopes open up traffic flow and parking options near the Square. (June 15, 2011, Page 1)

Verizon promises to clean up, fix problems

The Verizon Fiber project that began in March had some issues with clean up and had to let go of the crew that began the work and replace them with a new crew out of Memphis. (June 1, 2011, Page 3)

Road projects get green light

Three major road projects aimed at improving safety and easing transit headaches got green-lighted Wednesday by local officials, but only after some heated negotiations. (May 26, 2011, Page 1)

Another roadblock to safety?

If city and county officials sign a memorandum of understanding with the Mississippi Department of Transportation, an improved intersection at Highway 6 and West Jackson Avenue could still be three years out.

But whether that MOU will be signed anytime soon is still under debate by city and county officials. Both sides have admitted in public meetings to having “issues” with the MOU. (April 19, 2011, Page 1A)

County upset with MDOT, MOU

During their regular meeting Monday, the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors agreed to meet with city officials to go over a joint MOU with the Mississippi Department of Transportation in regards to three local projects including the interchange at the West Jackson Avenue/Highway 6 intersection. Both city and county officials have expressed concerns about MDOT changing previously agreed upon details. Other issues discussed Monday included United Way’s Excel by 5 application; a  redistricting resolution and property being transfered for the new Winchester plant. (April 5, 2011, Page 2A)

Sludge helping out local farmers

The City of Oxford will soon be disposing of sludge from the wastewater treatment plant lagoon onto farms to be used as fertilizer. (March 18, 2011, Page 3A)

Cut trees along path concerns walker

In December, trees were cut down by a contractor through North East Mississippi Electrical Power Association in December to clear them away from low-hanging power lines. The trees and branches have been left behind haphazardly along the walking and bike paths that are part of the Oxford Pathways project. (March 10, 2011, Page 2)

City achieves Class 4 fire rating

The city of Oxford has been awarded a Class 4 insurance rating by the Mississippi State Rating Bureau. The rating bureau notified Oxford officials on Tuesday that Oxford went from a 5 rating down to a 4 rating, however, local insurance companies say the new classification probably won’t lower insurance premiums by much — if at all. (February 25, 2011, Page 1A)

City approves new dog park

The city has approved a new dog park to open in late spring to the east of the new animal shelter on McElroy Drive. (February 23, 2011, Page 1)

Officials: Stay off roads

So far this year, Oxford has seen its fourth snowiest winter ever, according to Marlene Mickelson, hydrometeorological technician with the NWS. The record is 20 inches of snow from December to February in 1985-86.

Wednesday’s 5 inches of snow shut down schools in Oxford and Lafayette County. Freezing temperatures caused roads to be covered in ice. Officials don’t expect the roads to improve much throughout the day. (February 10, 2011, Page 1)

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