Notice to Oxford Residents!
Public Works plan to commence replacing some of the waterline on Water Street next week. (July 12 - 16).
In order to replace the waterline, it is anticipated that water interruptions will begin on Monday, July 12 and anticipate further water interruptions on July 13 and 14.
This may affect the residents and businesses in the Downtown area.
As the work commences, we will be giving updates to keep the public notified of interrupted services.
Our Public Works team will be working very hard to have this project replaced quickly and with as little interruptions as possible.
Please share this with your family, neighbours and friends.
Cumberland Central Landfill Sale Transaction Approved
Amherst, Oxford and the Municipality of Cumberland each held meetings June 29, 2021 to approve the sale of the Cumberland Central Landfill to GFL Environmental Inc., for $3 million. The sale transaction includes the landfill site and the septage treatment facility. Subject to the transaction conditions being met, the sale transaction will close on September 1, 2021.
“On behalf of Mayor Scott and Mayor Henley, I can tell you this transaction holds exciting prospects for the region. We will see the positive impact for taxpayers for years to come, rather than continue to be faced with unknown costs,” said Mayor David Kogon, Town of Amherst.
The three municipal councils decided in early 2020 to explore divesting themselves of the landfill due to increasing waste management costs and environmental risks. Solid waste management and disposal is an industry dependant on volume for profit. Demographics in the Cumberland region and increasing regulations suggest that the per unit costs for waste disposal would rise significantly without intervention. GFL is one of the largest environmental services companies in North America allowing for the necessary volume to allow citizens and businesses of the Cumberland region access to better long-term per unit costs.
One of the guiding principles of the divesture process was continued employment for Cumberland Joint Services Management Authority (CJSMA) staff at the site.
“It is important we retain employment opportunities here in the region. From the very beginning we all recognized the significance of maintaining the current CJSMA workforce,” said Mayor Murray Scott, Municipality of Cumberland.
Terms of the sale include a five per cent royalty to the three municipal units on waste received from other jurisdictions for the next 25 years. Tipping fees will be regulated over the 25-year agreement as well. Increases in tipping fees are limited to the consumer price index for Nova Scotia. This also applies to liquid waste septage receiving.
“We have set in place solid planning for a generation. Twenty-five years of royalties and the potential for future employment is a good thing for our region,” said Mayor Greg Henley, Town of Oxford.
GFL, is the fourth largest diversified environmental services company in North America, providing a comprehensive line of non-hazardous solid waste management, infrastructure & soil remediation, and liquid waste management services through its platform of facilities throughout Canada and in 27 states in the United States. Across its organization, GFL has a workforce of more than 15,000.
Request for Proposals
The Town of Oxford is seeking proposals for
Capital Paving of Town Streets 2021
For more details, click on link provided.
Notice of a Joint Council Meeting
Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 5:30 pm
via Zoom streamed live to FaceBook on the Municipality of the County of Cumberland FaceBook page
Attached is a link of the agenda.
Did you know that installation of a Swimming Pool requires a Development Permit?
Before you start your project, call the office at 902-447-2170 and apply for a permit.
Below is information from the Town of Oxford Land Use Bylaw.
5.17 Swimming Pool Performance Standards
a) In all residential and mixed-use zones, a development permit for an outdoor swimming pool shall be issued, provided that the swimming pool:
i. Be located in the rear or side yards only;
ii. Be located at least 2m from the closest property line;
iii. Not be located in any required yard that abuts a street;
iv. Is not connected to the central sanitary sewer system; and,
v. Is fenced.
b) All fences enclosing an outdoor swimming pool shall:
i. Completely enclose the entire swimming pool;
ii. Have at least one gate for access, which shall be self-closing with a self-latching device; be a minimum of 1.2m high from ground to the top of the fence, gate or structure; and
iii. Have no opening greater than 10cm in any part of the fencing, gates or structures that enclose the swimming pool.
Starting Thursday, June 10, 2021
Oxford Town Hall will be open to the public between 10:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Due to COVID-19 protocols, a maximum of two customers are permitted inside the lobby at town hall at any one time.
We ask that customers respect all public health guidelines including wearing a mask, personal hygiene and physical distancing.
Customers are not permitted in offices, however appointments can be made to meet with staff by calling 902-447-2170.
Are you between the ages of 15 - 30?
Are you enrolled in school (secondary or post-secondary) for Fall 2021?
Do you have a strong work ethic and willingness to learn new skills?
Would you like to have Summer Employment working with our Public Works Team?
If you have answered yes to all of these, you should check out this opportunity that could be for you.
Notice to Oxford Residents!
There is a water break this morning (May 21, 2021) and this may cause water interruptions on James, Rideau and surrounding streets until this is fixed.
When the water break is repaired, we will post an update to this post and on our Town Website.
Tender documents can be requested by using the contact information found under Plans/Specifications Contact: (see below)
Closing on Monday, June 7, 2021 at 03:00 PM A.T.
Location: 105 Lower Main Street, Oxford NS B0M 1P0
Opening on Monday, June 7, 2021 at 03:15 PM A.T.
Location: same as close location
Linda Cloney, Phone # 902-447-2624
If you have specific questions concerning the tender document, please contact the representative listed as part of the tender specifications.
The Town of Oxford will receive offers in the form of proposals for external audit services. It is the intent of this proposal call to obtain offers to provide external audit services for the Town of Oxford.
Proposals will be received up to Monday, June 7, 2021 – 03:00 PM AST.
Request for Proposal packages may be obtained at the address below.
All bidders must register with Linda Cloney by phone (902-447-2624) or in person (by appointment only) at 105 Lower Main Street, Oxford, NS.
Only registered bidders will be notified of addenda.
The Town of Oxford shall not be responsible for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of proposals in response to this Request for Proposal. The Town of Oxford reserves the right to reject any or all proposals submitted, or to accept a proposal in its entirety without negotiation, or to accept any part thereof, in its sole discretion, considering the best interest of the Town of Oxford. No obligation to enter a contract with any company is expressed or implied. The Town of Oxford reserves the right to terminate the process without award of a contract.
Proposals must be delivered to:
Town of Oxford
105 Lower Main Street
Oxford, NS B0M 1P0
Phone: (902) 447-2624
Lowest or any proposal not necessarily accepted.
Faxed or electronic proposals will not be considered.
Late proposals will not be accepted.
The Town of Oxford reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals, not necessarily accept the lowest proposal, or to accept any proposal which it may consider to be in its best interest. The Town of Oxford also reserves the right to waive formality, informality, or technicality in any proposal.
Effective immediately, all Town of Oxford buildings including the Oxford Town Hall, Capitol Theatre, Oxford Arena, and the Oxford Pioneer Hall will be closed to the public until further notice.
If you require immediate service please call 902-447-2170. April 28, 2020 at 8 am.
Throughout Poetry Month (April) follow Oxford's Poetry At Large Facebook page and read new poetry by Cumberland County residents.
You can also win a Wild Blueberry Poetry Month Basket!
See the poster for more information: pdf Oxford Virtual Poetry Festival (130 KB)
The Oxford Poetry Committee is hopeful that they will be able to offer their usual in-person events in 2022.
Is your business eligible? Take a look at the guidelines! pdf Grants: Wild Blueberry Capital Beautification Program (434 KB)
All projects must be completed by June 30, 2021.
The Towns of Amherst & Oxford and the Municipality of Cumberland currently share ownership of the Cumberland Central Landfill, or as some people know it Little Forks Landfill. Operation of the Cumberland Central Landfill is managed by the Cumberland Joint Services Management Authority (CJSMA). CJSMA answers to a board which is made up of representatives of the towns and municipality.
Catch up on news submitted by community organizations and updates from the Town Hall.
This newsletter is also available on the Town of Oxford Official Facebook page.
*** Printed copies are available for pick up at the Town Hall during regular business hours.
Please share with friends and neighbours who do not have internet access.
Don't miss these free workshops (February- April). Sign up now!
Update! Due to the weather and road conditions the Town Hall will be closed today (February 8, 2021). Stay safe!
Official 2021 Special Election Results.
There has been no change to the unofficial results that were released on Saturday, January 30, 2021.
Congratulations to the successful candidates and thank you to everyone that had participated in this Special Election along with a special thanks to those that stood as candidates.
Please read the attached for the Official Results.
Please be aware that, due to the weather, Town Hall will be closed to the public February 2, 2021.
Staff will be working remotely and available by phone 902-447-2624 or email email@example.com.
The unofficial results from the Special Election held in Oxford, NS January 18 - 30, 2021 are as follows:
David COTÉ (79 votes)
Norma ESTABROOKS (124 votes)
Alfred KING (145 votes)
ELECTED Arnold MacDonald (199 votes)
Byron MacDonnell (99 votes)
ELECTED Chrystal McNutt (205 votes)
Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 10:00 am is the official addition of the votes and we will release an updated report with the official results.
Thank you to everyone that participated in this election and a Special Thanks to the candidates that ran.
It's Election Day - January 30, 2021 - Special Election for Oxford
Voting stops at 7 pm, be sure to get you vote in.
It only takes 5 minutes to vote! Each vote counts!
If you need help to vote on line or on the phone call 902-447-2624.
To vote in person, we are set up at the Legion on 74 Jackson Street.
If you lost your voter letter, or did not receive one, we can help.
Please share - we are at 40% of voters now.
Looking for help?
Check out the Cumberland County Helping Tree...a list of helping services in the area, with further descriptions on page 2.
The Oxford Library will be opening in it's new home in April. Before that it needs help to buy books and furniture.
Click here to download more information.
UPDATE - 12:52 pm
Water is now back on,
We appologize for the water interuption.
Water interruption expected to start around 9:30 am.
This is expected to affect James and Jackson Street mainly and this may affect surrounding streets.
The interruption is expected to last no longer than 4 hours.
Attention Oxford Residents!
Water is expected to be turned off for maintenance starting around 11:00 am on January 19, 2021.
This water interruption is expected to be about 4 hours at most, if all goes as planned.
The streets affected will be James Street and Jackson Street.
Surrounding streets to those may be affected as well.