Oxford residents share opinions, seek information at fifth annual Borough Day
● By Steven Hoffman
Ten different handouts were spread out in front of Oxford Borough Manager Betsy Brantner, an abundance of information that she was eager to share with borough residents who came in for the annual Borough Day on Monday, Dec. 7.
Each year, usually on the first Monday in December, Oxford Borough officials make themselves available to residents to answer any questions or discuss any issues that they might have. This was the fifth year in a row that Oxford has held a Borough Day.
“We always try to educate residents about what is going on in the borough,” Brantner explained.
She said that at this year’s Borough Day there was considerable interest in the discussions that the borough has been having about constructing a parking garage near the commercial district.
“Some people want it, and some people don’t,” Brantner explained.
The proposed 2016 budget, which council is slated to approve on Dec. 21, garnered considerable interest from residents.
The borough manager also talked to residents about the $575,000 grant that the borough received to make streetscape improvements to Wheeler Boulevard. The work is slated to take place beginning in 2016.
“That street has needed repairs for a couple of years,” Brantner said.
Borough officials are always happy to discuss issues with residents and business owners, but Borough Day is a way for people to talk to officials from each department without having to make an appointment.
Buzz Tyson, the executive director of the Lighthouse Youth Center, which opened a new facility in town earlier this year, stopped by to talk to Brantner about some ongoing issues.
Brantner also said that Donna Hosler, the executive director of Oxford Mainstreet, Inc., was one of the visitors who stopped by early in the day. Hosler wanted more information about where to direct potential business or property owners who are looking at different properties in town. These people often have questions in several different areas.
According to Brantner, residents talked a lot about quality-of-life issues. She said that overall she heard a lot of positive comments about the borough.
“I think people see that the borough’s improving, and I think they are really happy about the direction that we’re going in.”