Oxford Borough Council OKs new uniforms for police and an overdose awareness vigil
● By Steven Hoffman
Discussions about the parking garage project dominated a July 16 meeting that lasted for more than four hours, but Oxford Borough Council also handled a number of other items during the evening.
Oxford Borough Council signed off on a special event request for Kacie’s Cause, which is planning an overdose awareness vigil on Aug. 31.
Kacie’s Cause has planned numerous educational and community awareness events aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of drug addiction, specifically heroin use. The overdose awareness vigil in Oxford will take pace at 7 p.m. at the Oxford Presbyterian Church green.
Members of the Oxford Borough Police Department will now be able to wear uniforms that are more suitable for the warm weather during summer. Mayor Lorraine Durnan Bell said that the regular uniforms cause the police officers to sweat too much during the course of the day—and as a result police officers are usually drinking more than a gallon of water during a shift. The new uniforms provide the safety the officers need, while also being more comfortable during warmer weather.
Borough council authorized borough manager Brian Hoover to proceed with obtaining bids for replacing the water main and repaving the road for a portion of Broad Street from 5th to 8th streets.
Borough council approved a stipulation agreement with the Oxford Area Sewer Authority regarding the acquisition of a few parking spaces behind the building that the sewer authority currently owns on Third Street. The parking spaces are in the lot where the new parking garage is planned to be built, so the borough needs to take ownership of the small piece of property. As part of the stipulation agreement, the borough will agree to provide three parking spaces in the new garage to the Oxford Area Sewer Authority for a period of ten years. The Oxford Area Sewer Authority's board had already signed off on the stipulation agreement.