Update!! 4:17 pm - October 21, 2020.
The water is being turned back on now.
We are sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.
UPDATE!! 11:38 am October 21, 2020.
We have just been advised that due to some unforeseen complications the water will now be off for a longer time period today (October 21, 2020) than was originally anticipated.
We will keep updating as we learn more.
Urgent Notice Oxford Residents!
Due to the Duke Street Water Renewal Waterline Project.
There is a water interruption as of 10:45 am on October 21, 2020 and it should not be off for very long.
We are sorry for the inconvenience.
There will be more water interruptions throughout the time period of this project.
As we learn about the the water interruptions, we will post in this FaceBook Group.
Expect water interruptions on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 to start around 7:30 am till about 2:00 pm in the Down Town area of Oxford.
The streets mostly affected will be Waverly, Duke and Main Streets, but surrounding streets may be affected also.
This water interruption is due to the Duke Street Renewal Water Line Project.
We may experience more of these interruptions off and on while this project is progressing.
The results of the Municipal Election held on Saturday, October 17, 2020 for the Town of Oxford are as follows:
Office of Mayor
ELECTED Gregory Henley (358 votes)
Arnold “Pockets” MacDonald (205 votes)
There were 2 spoiled votes.
Councillors – 6 positions (four Councillor positions are acclaimed; a special election is required to fill the other two Councillor positions)
Please take notice that once the new council is sworn in, they will consider the date for the special election.
Please see attached PDF document for more details on the election.
Only 4 days left to VOTE!
38% of Oxford has voted.
Be sure you take the time to vote, as every VOTE matters.
It only takes 5 minutes.
If you need any help or have lost your Voter Information Letter, please don't hesitate to call 902-447-2798. We are here to help.
Oxford, we only have 5 days left to VOTE!
To Vote in Person, come see Mary Lou at the Town Office (105 Lower Main Street).
We are open from 10am - 3:30 pm Tuesday - Friday this week.
Also, on Saturday, October 17 you can Vote in Person at the Oxford Legion from 8 am - 7 pm.
Bring your Voter Information Letter with you, if you lost that, don't worry we can get you a reprint.
Attention Small Businesses:
The Town of Oxford is partnering with the Cumberland Business Connector, County of Cumberland and Town of Amherst to offer a series of FREE workshops to support small businesses. The first two are October 20 and 23 during Small Business Week. All will be available online through Zoom. The Zoom presentations will also be shown at the Community Credit Union Business Innovation Center, 5 Ratchford St., Amherst. Space is limited for the in-person sessions and interested people must pre-register.
Notice Town of Oxford Residents!
There is a water break in South Oxford today.
We anticipate the water will be off around 9:30 am and estimated to be off for up to 4 hours.
Share this message with your friends, neighbours and family.
Vote! Vote! Vote!
It's time to Vote!
At Town Hall you can Vote in Person, just bring your Voter Information Letter with you.
We are open today till 3:30 pm.
Need help to vote from home, call 902-447-2798.
Make your vote count!
Voters for the Town of Oxford.
If you are experiencing any issues with voting or have any questions or concerns, call 902-447-2798.
We have the tools here to help you to get your vote casted.
We are here to help.
Make your vote count!
Urgent Notice for the Town of Oxford Voters!
To vote by telephone call 1-888-356-9965.
The phone number in the Voter Information Letter is not working.
All qualified electors on the official Municipal Elector's List have received a Voter Instruction Letter with a PIN to vote in the October 5 - 17, 2020 election.
If you are an eligible elector and you did not recieve a Voter Instruction Letter contact the Voter Helpline at 902-447-2798 for assistance.
Voting instructions will be included in the Voter Instruction letter. Included in this information are instructions on how to access the voting system.
1. Voters can cast their ballot using the telephone or cell phone by calling a toll-free number that is provided in the Voter Instruction Letter.
2. Voters using personal computers will use the Internet to visit a website that will allow them entry into the voting system where they can cast their vote.
pdf Click here (1.80 MB) to review the commonly asked questions and answers for eVoting (provided to us by intelivote)
Exciting News! Wild Blueberry Capital Beautification Program:
Beautification and Streetscaping Grants for Main/Water Street Businesses in Oxford
Are you considering improvements to your storefronts or do you own a building that has a storefront you’d like to freshen up?
Would you be considering such improvements if there was financial assistance? Continue Reading!
The Town has secured a grant of $17,500 through the province’s Beautification and Streetscaping Program that will allow Water and Main Street-facing businesses and/or commercial property owners to apply for limited matching funds to improve business facades and other curb appeal areas of their property. You may want to improve accessibility, replace awnings and signage, paint facades, etc.
Approved projects will be eligible to receive up to 50% of their improvement costs to a maximum of $4000.00 per grant. All projects will be considered on a first come, first served basis. Funded projects must be completed by March 31, 2021.Please note: Only improvements approved through a successful grant application will be eligible for funding.
The Beautification and Streetscaping Program falls under the NS Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing (DMAH). The purpose is to improve business area streetscapes to attract tourists and support our economy. The DMAH requires municipalities receiving these grants to partner with a body corporate to administer funds to businesses. The Amherst Chamber of Commerce has agreed to partner with the Town of Oxford to administer and manage the project. Please direct inquiries there (see package for contact information).
pdf Grant Application Package (434 KB) Paper copies are at the Oxford Town Hall.
-Read Mayor Stewart's very last Mayor's Corner
-Exciting Grant news for Businesses on Main and Water Streets
-Municipal Election information
-Capital Improvements and Trail Upgrades
-COVID-19 Reopening Plans for Town indoor facilities
Check it all out in this pdf newsletter! (199 KB)
Environment Canada has issued a special weather information statement for Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020 and Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020.
Residents in the Cumberland Region may face heavy rain and strong winds.Cumberland Regional Emergency Management officials are urging citizens to prepare a 72-hour emergency kit, have potable water on hand, charge their cellphones and ensure generators are fueled and operating properly.
Details of what the 72-hour emergency kit should include can be found at https://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/kts/bsc-kt-en.aspx.
Due to the forecasted high winds, residents should also ensure that items that could be blown away like barbeques, flower pots, garbage cans, outdoor tables and chairs should be stored in a safe location out of the wind.
We encourage you to work with your neighbours to identify people who may need extra help during this storm and to check in on them as the storm moves through the area.
Residents should monitor the local radio stations, Cumberland Regional Emergency Management Facebook page, Twitter@TownofAmherstNS, Town of Amherst Facebook page, Municipality of Cumberland Facebook page and website, and the Town of Oxford Facebook page and Website for updates.
Construction on the Duke Street Water Line will start tomorrow (September 22) and is expected to run between 4 – 6 weeks.
We ask all motorists to avoid Duke Street, if possible, during this time.
There will be activity in some of the property owner yards on Duke Street, due to installing the temporary water line.
We will have more updates to follow, as the construction continues, on the Town of Oxford Facebook group and website.
Residents and businesses should be aware that we have received a report of two youths canvassing door to door for donations for the Oxford Skate Park as a fundraising initiative.
The Town has no fundraising efforts happening at the moment.
Anyone approached for the solicitation of funds should not provide money to the individuals, and we are asking that you contact the RCMP with details and descriptions of the youth involved.
The Town of Oxford Returning Office is accepting nominations for Mayor and Six Councillors.
If you are interested or have questions contact the Returning Office at 902-447-2624.
Please be aware that the Public Works Department had planned to complete the asphalt patching that is needed on our roads this week.
Without notice to area customers, the local asphalt plant has been moved out of our area and isn’t expected to be returned for up to two weeks.
Gravel will be placed back in the patching areas to make the travelling surface of the roads safer for vehicles until we are able to obtain the asphalt later in September.
Motorists are encouraged to travel with caution over the patching areas until we are able to complete the repairs.
Are you a interested in working with Public Works for the Town of Oxford?
Attached is a copy of the pdf Job Posting (97 KB) for your reviewing.
If you or someone you may know that is interested in applying for the positon, the interested candidates should forward a cover letter and resume outlining their experience, skills, and interest in the position by 4:30 pm on September 11, 2020, to:
Public Works Supervisor
105 Lower Main Street
PO Box 338
Fellow Oxford Residents, we need to fill these empty seats!
Would your like to become more involved with your Municipal Government?
Do you or someone you may know want to become the Mayor or a Councilor for the Town of Oxford?
Check out the Town of Oxford Website https://www.town.oxford.ns.ca/election-2020.html to review the Candidate's Package and details regarding the election, or call 902-447-2624 for more information.
Please share this post with your friends, family and neighbours.
Interested or curious about running for Council or Mayor during the Municipal Election on October 17, 2020?
Dalhousie has released their campaign schools for prospective candidates.
Anyone that is interested, we encourage you to check out these sessions.
You may find this valuable.
With the upcoming Municipal Election, October 17, 2020 for the Town of Oxford, it is important to check in with the Returning Office to find out if your name is on the Elector's List - especially to those that have moved here recently.
Please review the picture below for more details.
Notice: Water interruptions to be expected this morning (August 10) especially on James, Jackson and Water Streets, but other streets may be affected.
Public Works is working on this now and hope to have this fixed quickly.
We are sorry for the inconvenience.
Please share with your family, friends and neighbours.
Starting Friday, July 31, 2020 it is required to wear a face mask before entering Town Hall.
Stop the spread, wear a face mask, wash your hands and stay 6 feet apart.
Oxford Residents and Businesses!
Beginning around 9:30 am, the water will be shut off for approximately an hour on Main Street due to a water break.
Surrounding streets may be affected.
We apologize for any inconvenience.