Skip to main content

Two snowplows are down, but Oxford Borough is handling winter weather

02/19/2014 06:42PM, Published by ACL, Categories: In Print



By Steven Hoffman

Staff Writer

While some municipalities have already depleted their supplies of salt, Oxford Borough Manager Betsy Brantner said on Monday night that the town still has a supply of salt left to handle any remaining storms that the winter of 2013-14 has in store for the area.

The hope, of course, is that there won’t be any more winter storms that require the plows to be brought out yet again. This is especially true in Oxford because the winter weather has already taken its toll on the borough’s equipment.

“Two of our snowplows have gone down,” Brantner explained. “We only have one snowplow that’s running right now.”

The most persistent problem that Oxford has encountered thus far this winter is that there simply isn’t any place to go with the snow and ice that has been dumped on the town as one storm after another hit the area.

“They are running out of places to put the snow,” Brantner said.

And as the snow piles up, it gets harder and harder for Public Works employees to move the snow. Brantner urged residents to keep in mind that when the streets get plowed, it’s impossible not to leave behind some snow in inconvenient places—near cars or driveways, and she said that residents should wait for the plows to go through until shoveling out whenever that’s an option.

Two residents, Buzz Dorety and Mary Baringer, talked about how some of the sidewalks are not clear for pedestrians. Many people in town walk to the stores in the Oxford Square Mall. Baringer was particularly concerned about residents who use motorized chairs. Dorety talked about how some of the snow piles make it difficult for motorists to see, especially at intersections.

“It’s not every year that we get this kind of snow,” remarked council president Ron Hershey. “Hopefully, things will warm up and we will be able to get it cleaned up better later this week.”

Several Oxford officials expressed their appreciation for the Public Works Department employees who have been working tirelessly day after day to keep the streets as clean as possible.

Mayor Geoff Henry said that after the large storm that arrived on Feb. 13, he went out and talked to some of the residents and business owners in town to see how they were managing during the winter. Everyone was pleased, Henry said, with how Oxford was responding to the snowstorms.

“They all had positive things to say about how the snow was being handled,” Henry said.

Hershey and Henry both talked about the assistance that the police department has been providing during the storms, and they thanked everyone who has helped the town and its residents weather the storm.

“I think they’ve done a fine job,” Hershey said.


Like what you're reading? Subscribe to Chester County's free newsletter to catch every headline



oxford borough oxford borough mayor snow


You might also like

Traffic study: Problem with speeding on Mount Vernon Street

Motorists on Mount Vernon Street often exceed the posted speed limit of 35 mph.

Oxford Borough asked to boost efforts to slow down speeders on Third Street

Several property owners raised concerns about speeding in town at the Oxford Borough Council meeting.

High taxes are killing Oxford growth

Uncle Irv for the week of July 9, 2014.

  • Gentle Yoga

    08/05/2015
    05:00pm — 06:00pm

    Reduce the aches and pains of age by increasing your range of motion through the practice of yoga...


  • Hatha Yoga

    08/05/2015
    06:30pm — 07:30pm

    This series of vigorous exercises is designed to strengthen the body and increase flexibility whi...


  • NFL Flag Football Fall Season Sign-ups

    08/05/2015
    07:00pm — 11:55pm

    NFL Flag Football Fall Season Sign-ups Avon Grove NFL Flag Football has begun on-line registra...


  • Art & Inspiration: Summer Art Camp

    08/05/2015
    07:00pm — 08:30pm

    Join us for five fun-filled nights of Art and Inspiration. Beginning Sunday, August 2nd at 7 p.m....


  • Clutterers Anonymous

    08/06/2015
    06:00pm — 07:00pm

    Clutterers Anonymous℠ (CLA℠) is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strengt...


  • NFL Flag Football Fall Season Sign-ups

    08/06/2015
    07:00pm — 11:55pm

    NFL Flag Football Fall Season Sign-ups Avon Grove NFL Flag Football has begun on-line registra...


  • Art & Inspiration: Summer Art Camp

    08/06/2015
    07:00pm — 08:30pm

    Join us for five fun-filled nights of Art and Inspiration. Beginning Sunday, August 2nd at 7 p.m....


Chester County High School Sports