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City council makes progress on water softening and ADA playground

Oxford City Council met on March 21 in the Oxford Courthouse for its regularly-scheduled meeting.

Resolutions make way for water softening, inclusive playground equipment

Service Director Mike Dreisbach presented council with its first resolution of the night, which aimed to further Council’s plan to improve water softening in Oxford.

“We’ve been actively working on engineering for the new softening plant for the water system, so that’s going along really well,” Dreisbach said. “We became aware of a funding opportunity from Ohio EPA, so we’ve been working on an application in hopes of getting principal forgiveness for a loan to cover planning, design and engineering for the plant.”

The resolution allows the city to apply for the Water Supply Revolving Loan Account to provide funds to the water softening project. Council unanimously approved the resolution.

Casey Wooddell, parks and recreation director, presented council with two resolutions that would allow for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) inclusive playground equipment. One resolution allowed for the parks and recreation department to accept a $15,000 grant from the Oxford Community Foundation for the project, and the other allowed for the department to enter a $150,000 agreement with Midstates Recreation to enact the project.

One of the pieces of equipment, a wheelchair-accessible merry-go-round style device called the Spin Station, will be new to the State of Ohio. Council unanimously approved both resolutions.

Council meeting includes recognitions

Oxford Police Department (OPD) Lt. Geoff Robinson, who has been acting as police chief since January, took to the podium to welcome Police Chief John Jones back to Oxford.

Jones had been at the FBI National Academy, participating in a graduate-level training program. Robinson presented Jones with a plaque commemorating Jones’s completion of the program. This was the first time an Oxford police officer had attended the academy since 2001.

“We’re very proud of you, Chief,” Mayor William Snavely said.

Snavely then presented a proclamation recognizing Education and Sharing Day on April 2.

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“Excellence in education is vital to the success of our city,” Snavely read from the proclamation, “and in Oxford we seek to instill each child and adolescent with a good education.”

Education and Sharing Day is a nationally-recognized day honoring the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. Snavely presented the proclamation to Rabbi Yossi Greenberg of Oxford’s Chabad chapter.

“When you hear the word ‘education’ you might think of accumulating lots of knowledge and building a career, but there’s obviously way more than that,” Greenberg said. “We’re building up real humans, character-building, humans with morals and values to make the world a better place, and that’s what Education Day is all about.”

City council will meet again on Tuesday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Oxford Courthouse.