A group of Miami University students is calling for a recall of Oxford Mayor Mike Smith and City Councilor Jason Bracken after they claim the two “took the opportunity to disparage members of the student population” following last week's vote in favor of a city-wide mask mandate.
By the end of the Aug. 17, Oxford City Council meeting, an ordinance mandating masks within the city was neither passed nor denied. The meeting was standing room only as residents showed up to speak both for and against the proposed mask mandate.
After repealing Oxford’s mask mandate at its May 18 meeting, City Council is set to decide next week whether the delta variant warrants a new mask requirement.
Oxford City Council lifted its ban on outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people at its May 4 meeting. The ordinance was passed as an emergency measure to go into effect immediately. Indoor gatherings of more than 10 non-household guests are still prohibited.
Armenian news outlets have thanked Oxford City Council for recognizing Artsakh, a small disputed region in Eastern Europe between the countries of Armenia and Azerbaijan. But there’s just one problem: City Council didn’t officially recognize the region.
Oxford City Council approved a resolution during its March 16 meeting to mark a location Uptown to remember Simon Garnet and Henry Corbin, two Black men who were lynched in Oxford in the late 1800s.
Oxford’s cold shelter operated at 133% capacity for the month of February.
On Nov. 17, City Council passed the Safe, Healthy and Equitable Society resolution, which was sent to the Police Community Relations and Review Commission (PCRRC) for further review and research, with the ultimate goal of the PCRRC making recommendations to City Council on ways to develop new crisis response methods and support the Oxford Police Department (OPD).
City Council discussed two ordinances to move forward with new residential developments at its March 2 meeting.
In response to the recent freezing temperatures, community member Barbara Caruso asked council on behalf of Oxford Citizens for Peace and Justice (OCPJ) to extend funding for the city’s cold shelter. Council allocated $74,000 last fall to pilot the program, which provides shelter to homeless people in Oxford during extreme cold.
Oxford City Council discussed a new project that would add community gardens to Merry Day Park, off College Corner Pike, during its Jan. 19 meeting. The project was proposed by Oxford’s Environmental Commission.
Oxford City Council passed a resolution donating about $74,000 to pilot a cold shelter and transitional housing for Oxford’s homeless community during its Nov. 3 meeting. The funds will be allocated to the Family Resource Center (FRC), which will manage the project.
Oxford City Council passed a resolution to spend about $327,000 on free public Wi-Fi for at least four of Oxford’s parks and two mobile home communities during its Oct. 20 meeting.