Weaver recognized for 50 years of service to Oxford Borough
● By Steven Hoffman
Richard J. Weaver was honored for 50 years of service as an employee of Oxford Borough as Mayor Geoff Henry presented him with a plaque at the June 15 Oxford Borough Council meeting.
“It’s not every business that can say that they have had an employee work for them for 50 years. Oxford has been blessed to have Ricky work here for the last 50 years,” Henry said.
Weaver joined Oxford Borough’s street crew in May of 1965. He worked in that department until September of 1989. In 1989, he transitioned to becoming a crossing guard, which he still does to this day. In January of 2005, he started serving as a parking enforcement officer. He continues in that role today.
Henry also read an official proclamation making Monday, June 15 Richard J. Weaver Day in Oxford.
“Thank you for your hard work and dedication,” Henry said. The sentiment was echoed by several borough council members.
After Weaver accepted the award and was ready to leave, Police Chief John Slauch joked that Weaver shouldn’t be late for work the next day.
“Late? I’m never late,” Weaver quipped.
In other business at the June 15 meeting, Oxford Borough Council members briefly discussed exploring the possibility of having one company handle the trash hauling for all the homes and businesses in the borough.
Currently, individual property owners select who collects their trash. Council member Randy Teel pointed out that as a result, there may be several different trash trucks in the borough on any given day. By having a single hauler, it would reduce the truck traffic. Teel said that there could be a reduction in costs because one company would be able to pick up the trash more efficiently, and the company would also likely offer a better rate for property owners because of the exclusive deal.
While this concept is still in the discussion stage, the borough could soon seek proposals from trash companies to provide trash hauling services to the entire borough.
Henry and Teel both commented about the American Flag Retirement Ceremony that took place at Oxford Memorial Park on June 14. Garland Hamilton organized the event as part of his Eagle Scout Project.
“It was just a great afternoon,” Henry said. “It was really nice.”
Henry explained that more than 300 flags were retired. A box is also being placed on the Borough Hall property so that flags can be easily dropped off for the next American Flag Retirement Ceremony. Oxford officials are hopeful that another scout might make this a part of a future Eagle Scout Project.
Finally, Rich Hannum has been appointed to serve as one of the borough’s representatives on the Oxford Area Sewer Authority Board.