Town of Oxford to host a Special Municipal Election
Please take notice that a Special Municipal Election for the Town of Oxford is scheduled to take place on Saturday, January 30, 2021 to fill the two vacant Council seats resulting from the Regular Municipal Election.
Due to budget costs, the Oxford Town Council sent an inquiry to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing requesting an extension on the legislative requirement to hold a special election until after the end of the current fiscal year.
The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing advised Council that the Municipal Elections Act does not provide any exceptions to the requirement to hold a special election and he does not have the authority to extend the requisite timeframes.
The Municipal Elections Act states in section 13 (6) A special election shall be conducted as nearly as may be in accordance with the provisions governing regular elections. Therefore, Council has set the required Special Election to fill the two vacant Council seats on Council to January 30, 2021. Further information on the election for potential candidates and voters will be available soon. Please direct any questions to the Town’s Returning Officer, Linda Cloney by phone 902-447-2624 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A Special Town Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 14, 2020 at 6 pm and will be streamed live to FaceBook.
This will be a one-item agenda around the Oxford Rink Operations Proposal.
Committee of the Whole Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 7, 2020.
The meeting will be streamed live to the Town of Oxford NS: Official Site (FaceBook) beginning at 6:00 pm.
Click the attached link to view the Council Package.
The Special Town Council Meeting scheduled for Monday, December 7, 2020 following the Committee of the Whole Meeting is cancelled.
Thursday, December 3rd is International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
The theme this year is "not all disabilities are visible"
Almost one in three Nova Scotians aged 15 and older have a disability, which is the largest percentage of any province. All Nova Scotians should be able to participate fully and effectively in society, without being limited by barriers.
The Accessibility Act recognizes that accessibility is a human right, and has a goal of an accessible Nova Scotia by the year 2030.
We want to thank you for making accessibility a priority. We can not become an accessible province without the efforts of everyone, and public sector bodies that are key to achieving this goal. We are excited to see what accessibility advancements you make in the year ahead.
Oxford Residents and Businesses!
Public Works had to unexpectedly turn the water off for the Down Town area due to a complication with the Duke Street Renewal Water Line Project.
It is anticipated that this could last till about 3:00 pm or even later.
The staff are working hard to get the water back on as soon as it is possible.
We apologize for this inconvenience.
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.
Interested in helping make decisions to better your community?
The Town of Oxford is looking for residents interested in volunteering on boards or committees that represent Oxford or make recommendations to Oxford Town Council on important topics.
The following committees are currently looking for volunteer applicants:
Police Advisory Board: 1 vacancy, meets quarterly
Audit Committee: 1 vacancy, annual term, meets up to 3 -4 times annually.
For more detailed information, please review the attached Volunteer Ad.
Also attached is the Volunteer Application Form for those that would like to apply.
Volunteers are the heart of our community. Thank you.
Watch for the Gold Boxes to enter. See the details here: document Win a Wild Blueberry Bundle (45 KB)
The water interruption scheduled for today (December 1, 2020) has been postponed.
We will advise the public as soon as we learn the next scheduled water break.
This is now POSTPONED!!!
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.
-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)