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Uncle Irvin: Tribute to a quiet man

12/19/2017 12:53PM ● By Richard Gaw
Joseph Chamberlain, a former Oxford Borough Councilman and President who passed away last week, left a very important legacy... “That action speaks louder than words."
Joe was a blend of farmer, real estate investor, and landlord who quietly contributed to the Oxford community.
It took me years to really get to know him where we could speak candidly and he left his indelible mark on the Oxford community.

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2018 burdensome for Oxford Borough

Oxford Borough residents should look forward to a very volatile 2018.
The first order of business will be the seating and election of a new Council Chairman by the Democratic-elected majority. In no specific order, Council's agenda will be dominated by:
– appointing a new police chief;
– a final decision on whether to go into more debt to build the proposed parking garage;
– dealing with the 44 percent share of huge debt for the Oxford Sewer Authority loan and accrued interest.
These blockbusters are in addition to running a municipality with already the highest millage in Chester County. Property taxes are taking a giant bite out of a population that is experiencing the lower middle class problems of all the United States -- no growth in family income.
Council will need the support of all citizens to deal with this workload.

(This is part of an occasional column written by Uncle Irvin. As always, the column is the opinion of Uncle Irvin, and is not a news story.)



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