Notice to all Oxford Residents and Businesses!
Weather pending, there is a planned water interruption tomorrow (December 1, 2020) starting around 9:00 am and is expected to be off for possibly 6 hours or more depending if there are any complications.
We anticipate that this will affect the residents and businesses of the Down Town area mostly.
This planned water interruption is due to the Duke Street Renewal Water Line Project.
Open the link below to read a list of planned activities.
Scroll down for COVID-19 safety tips for this event.
Happy Holidays from the Town of Oxford!
Come outside and Wave as Santa drives by your place! Check out the link below!!
Notice to the Public:
Due to a furnace failure, the Town Hall will be closed for the remainder of today (November 30, 2020).
We anticipate to reopen at 10:00 am on December 1, 2020.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Please read the tips in the link below and let's all work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19
Thank you for shopping LOCAL!
Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5
WIN A WILD BLUEBERRY BUNDLE:
Watch for Gold Entry Boxes at participating businesses.
It's wonderful to see that Oxford Businesses, Organizations and Residents are coming together to infuse our friendly little community with Holiday Spirit, despite COVID-19. Take a look at the December Newsletter: pdf December 2020 Oxford Community Calendar/Newsletter (313 KB)
This newsletter will also be distributed through the Town's facebook page, Canada Post and OREC (elementary grades).
PLEASE NOTE: All activities are subject to change due to Covid-19 and/or weather.
COVID-19 News Release
New Restrictions to Reduce Spread of COVID-19
“COVID is a social virus – it likes social contact because that’s how it spreads. COVID-19 flourishes in close-contact settings,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health. “That’s why we have to reduce our social circles and our gathering sizes outside of schools and the workplace. I know this will not be easy, but it’s an initial step to contain the community spread and avoid the potential to overwhelm our health-care system. It’s also why we will be testing bar staff in peninsular Halifax because they are now on the social frontlines of the pandemic and we need to keep them safe.”
To read more, click on this link.
Let’s come together as a community, decorate our homes and businesses, and get out and spread holiday joy despite COVID-19!!
Want to add your display to a Cumberland Map? Check out this link.
Thank you to the Municipaility of Cumberland for inviting Oxford to participate in this initiative.
The Town of Oxford Regular Council meeting was held in person on Monday, November 16 at 6:00 pm in the Council Chambers.
The draft minutes are now posted on our web page.
Click the link attached to review a copy of the draft minutes for November 16, 2020.
The Town of Oxford Regular Council meeting will be meeting in person on Monday, November 16 at 6:00 pm.
Due to COVID-19 protocols, there are no additional capacity for gallery seating.
We will have the draft minutes posted on our social media and web page within 24 hours of the meeting.
Click the link attached for a copy of the Regular Council Package for the November 16, 2020 meeting.
Deadline Extended to June 30, 2021
Exciting News! Wild Blueberry Capital Beautification Program: Beautification and Streetscaping Grants for Main/Water Street Businesses in Oxford
The Town of Oxford has secured a grant of $17,500 through the province’s Beautification and Streetscaping Program that will allow Water and Main Street-facing businesses and/or commercial property owners to apply for limited matching funds to improve business facades and other curb appeal areas of their property. You may want to improve accessibility, replace awnings and signage, paint facades, etc. Approved projects will be eligible to receive up to 50% of their improvement costs to a maximum of $4000.00 per grant. All projects will be considered on a first come, first served basis. Please note: Only improvements approved through a successful grant application will be eligible for funding.
The Beautification and Streetscaping Program falls under the NS Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing (DMAH). The purpose is to improve business area streetscapes to attract tourists and support our economy. The DMAH requires municipalities receiving these grants to partner with a body corporate to administer funds to businesses. The Amherst Chamber of Commerce has agreed to partner with the Town of Oxford to administer and manage the project. Please direct inquiries there ( pdf see package for contact information) (434 KB) .
Oxford Blood Collection
111 Medawell, Oxford NS B0M 1P0
Appointments are required for blood collection service.
This location offers online appointment bookings.
Visit https://booking.nshealth.ca to book your own appointment.
Patients can book their own appointment for blood collection service by calling 902-667-5400 ext. 6215 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Monday to Friday (excluding holidays).
Unfortunately there is no ability to leave message. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.
Hours of operation: Wednesdays: 7:30 to 10:00 a.m. Closed weekends and holidays
The results of the Municipal Election held on Saturday, October 17, 2020 for the Town of Oxford are as follows:
Office of Mayor
ELECTED Gregory Henley (358 votes)
Arnold “Pockets” MacDonald (205 votes)
There were 2 spoiled votes.
Councillors – 6 positions (four Councillor positions are acclaimed; a special election is required to fill the other two Councillor positions)
Please take notice that once the new council is sworn in, they will consider the date for the special election.
Please see attached PDF document for more details on the election.
Attention Small Businesses:
The Town of Oxford is partnering with the Cumberland Business Connector, County of Cumberland and Town of Amherst to offer a series of FREE workshops to support small businesses. The first two are October 20 and 23 during Small Business Week. All will be available online through Zoom. The Zoom presentations will also be shown at the Community Credit Union Business Innovation Center, 5 Ratchford St., Amherst. Space is limited for the in-person sessions and interested people must pre-register.
Exciting News! Wild Blueberry Capital Beautification Program:
Beautification and Streetscaping Grants for Main/Water Street Businesses in Oxford
Are you considering improvements to your storefronts or do you own a building that has a storefront you’d like to freshen up?
Would you be considering such improvements if there was financial assistance? Continue Reading!
The Town has secured a grant of $17,500 through the province’s Beautification and Streetscaping Program that will allow Water and Main Street-facing businesses and/or commercial property owners to apply for limited matching funds to improve business facades and other curb appeal areas of their property. You may want to improve accessibility, replace awnings and signage, paint facades, etc.
Approved projects will be eligible to receive up to 50% of their improvement costs to a maximum of $4000.00 per grant. All projects will be considered on a first come, first served basis. Funded projects must be completed by March 31, 2021.Please note: Only improvements approved through a successful grant application will be eligible for funding.
The Beautification and Streetscaping Program falls under the NS Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing (DMAH). The purpose is to improve business area streetscapes to attract tourists and support our economy. The DMAH requires municipalities receiving these grants to partner with a body corporate to administer funds to businesses. The Amherst Chamber of Commerce has agreed to partner with the Town of Oxford to administer and manage the project. Please direct inquiries there (see package for contact information).
pdf Grant Application Package (434 KB) Paper copies are at the Oxford Town Hall.
-Read Mayor Stewart's very last Mayor's Corner
-Exciting Grant news for Businesses on Main and Water Streets
-Municipal Election information
-Capital Improvements and Trail Upgrades
-COVID-19 Reopening Plans for Town indoor facilities
Check it all out in this pdf newsletter! (199 KB)
Residents and businesses should be aware that we have received a report of two youths canvassing door to door for donations for the Oxford Skate Park as a fundraising initiative.
The Town has no fundraising efforts happening at the moment.
Anyone approached for the solicitation of funds should not provide money to the individuals, and we are asking that you contact the RCMP with details and descriptions of the youth involved.
Please be aware that the Public Works Department had planned to complete the asphalt patching that is needed on our roads this week.
Without notice to area customers, the local asphalt plant has been moved out of our area and isn’t expected to be returned for up to two weeks.
Gravel will be placed back in the patching areas to make the travelling surface of the roads safer for vehicles until we are able to obtain the asphalt later in September.
Motorists are encouraged to travel with caution over the patching areas until we are able to complete the repairs.
Are you a interested in working with Public Works for the Town of Oxford?
Attached is a copy of the pdf Job Posting (97 KB) for your reviewing.
If you or someone you may know that is interested in applying for the positon, the interested candidates should forward a cover letter and resume outlining their experience, skills, and interest in the position by 4:30 pm on September 11, 2020, to:
Public Works Supervisor
105 Lower Main Street
PO Box 338
Fellow Oxford Residents, we need to fill these empty seats!
Would your like to become more involved with your Municipal Government?
Do you or someone you may know want to become the Mayor or a Councilor for the Town of Oxford?
Check out the Town of Oxford Website https://www.town.oxford.ns.ca/election-2020.html to review the Candidate's Package and details regarding the election, or call 902-447-2624 for more information.
Please share this post with your friends, family and neighbours.
Interested or curious about running for Council or Mayor during the Municipal Election on October 17, 2020?
Dalhousie has released their campaign schools for prospective candidates.
Anyone that is interested, we encourage you to check out these sessions.
You may find this valuable.
Starting Friday, July 31, 2020 it is required to wear a face mask before entering Town Hall.
Stop the spread, wear a face mask, wash your hands and stay 6 feet apart.
Oxford Residents and Businesses!
Beginning around 9:30 am, the water will be shut off for approximately an hour on Main Street due to a water break.
Surrounding streets may be affected.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Divestiture of Cumberland Central Landfill Assets
https://www.cumberlandcounty.ns.ca/rfp-and-tenders.html - direct link to the RFP