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Current Updates and News for Citizens

OXFORD DAY – APRIL 22, 2017

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The NEW OXFORD DIRECTORY has been distributed. You can contact Henry Hale at oxforddirectory@gmail.com with any questions.

Welcome to Oxford, Maryland

A charming, tree-lined and waterbound village with a population of less than 1000, Oxford is one of the oldest towns in America and has a long history in maritime activities. Early in the day, you will still find local watermen at the town dock unloading the catch of the day. You can watch the sailboats arriving from all over the bay to dine at the various local restaurants our town has to offer.

While other waterfront towns have succumbed to waterfront condos and glitz, Oxford has retained its historic charm. The tourism and leisure activities are fueled by people's desire for quiet charm, fresh air, summer breezes, and a haven from the hustle and bustle of city life.

El Galeon Andalucia: A Cheaspeake Journey

"El Galeon Andalucia: A Cheaspeake Journey" traces the 16th century replica ship's path from two of its ports of call in September 2014 -- Baltimore to Oxford,MD. Watch the ship move through the Bay, under the iconic spans of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, and on to a welcome in Oxford, where you'll climb aboard and see just how authentic to its heritage this vessel really is. This documentary-style piece runs about 10 minutes. Brought to you courtesy of I-4 Video of Easton.

https://vimeo.com/115258621

Town Government News and Notices

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Please take notice that the COMMISSIONERS OF OXFORD will conduct public hearings on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. on the following ordinances:

Ordinance 1703 AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF OXFORD AMENDING FY 2017 GENERAL AND ENTERPRISE BUDGET ADOPTED BY ORDINANCE 1610 FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING JULY 1, 2016 AND ENDING JUNE 30, 2017 TO ADJUST CERTAIN LINE ITEMS AND TO RE-APPROPRIATE CERTAIN FUNDS

Ordinance 1704 AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF OXFORD ADOPTING THE FY 2018 GENERAL/ENTERPRISE BUDGET FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING JULY 1, 2017 AND ENDING JUNE 30, 2018, AND ESTABLISHING A TAX RATE OF $ .30 PER $100 OF ASSESSED REAL PROPERTY VALUE

Please take notice that the COMMISSIONERS OF OXFORD will conduct public hearings on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. on the following ordinances:

Ordinance 1702 AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF OXFORD TO AMEND SECTION 33.01.E. OF THE OXFORD ZONING ORDINANCE TO CLARIFY THAT CERTAIN STORMWATER MANAGEMENT PRACTICES SET FORTH IN THAT SUBSECTION SHALL APPLY TO PERMANENT THRESHOLD DISTURBANCES OF 5,000 SQUARE FEET OR LESS

Ordinance 1705 AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF OXFORD TO REPEAL ORDINANCE NUMBER 1611 AND TO SET NEW WATER AND SEWER RATES FOR THE TOWN, COMMENCING JULY 1, 2017

>Copies of the Ordinances are available for review and inspection during normal business hours of the Town Office at 101 Market Street, Oxford, Maryland 21654 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday, and are also posted on the Town’s website at www.oxfordmd.net.

All interested persons are invited to attend and to comment upon the proposed ordinance.
By Authority: Commissioners of Oxford, 101 Market Street, Oxford Maryland.

TOWN OF OXFORD PUBLIC NOTICE

Please take notice that the Commissioners of Oxford will conduct the following Public Hearings at the regularly scheduled Commissioners Meeting on November 8, 2016 at 6 pm on:

ORDINANCE 1617, AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF OXFORD TO AMEND THE OXFORD TOWN CODE TO ADD CHAPTER 19 TITLED “RESIDENTIAL RENTAL HOUSING LICENSE AND INSPECTION” TO ESTABLISH A LICENSING AND INSPECTION PROGRAM FOR RESIDENTIAL RENTAL DWELLING UNITS WITHIN THE TOWN OF OXFORD

ORDINANCE 1618, AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF OXFORD TO AMEND THE OXFORD TOWN CODE TO ADD CHAPTER 20 TITLED “SHORT TERM RENTALS” TO INCORPORATE INTO THE TOWN CODE CERTAIN MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR SHORT TERM RENTALS WITHIN THE TOWN OF OXFORD

A copy of the ordinances are available for review and inspection during normal business hours of the Town Office at 101 Market Street, Oxford, Maryland 21654 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday, and are also posted on the Town’s website at www.oxfordmd.net. All interested persons are invited to attend and to comment upon the proposed ordinance.

By Authority: Commissioners of Oxford, 101 Market Street, Oxford Maryland.

View the Oxford Historic Commercial District Strategic Plan and August 22, 2016 Presentation

Recently approved Ordinances:


These are for informational purposes only, the original documents are stored in the Oxford Town Office and these changes will be incorporated into the official Town of Oxford Code.

By Authority: Commissioners of Oxford, 101 Market Street, Oxford Maryland.

Oxford Working Waterfront Strategic Plan
PUBLIC WORKSHOP/INFORMATION MEETING

A workshop will be held with our Waterfront Business Interests to kick off the development of a strategic plan for Oxford’s Working Waterfront areas on Thursday, May 25, 6:00-8:00 pm, at the Community Services Building at 101 Market Street in Oxford.

The Town-sponsored plan will address the needs of Oxford’s waterfront areas, which include the boat building and repair businesses and other maritime commercial areas and public lands.

The economic sustainability of Oxford and its quality of life are dependent on the successful continuation of these maritime industries, the employment they provide, the tax revenues they produce, and their attraction to the boating community, visitors, and future residents.

The Town also recognizes the changing circumstances that are impacting the economics of its maritime industries, including shifting demographics, demand, and spending habits of the leisure travel market.

The Town is looking for new ideas and suggestions about how to enhance the economic sustainability of the Town’s waterfront industries, while maintaining the strong sense of place that makes Oxford’s waterfront unique and special.

The plan will establish goals in support of Oxford’s working waterfronts. It will include economic development recommendations, identification of new and creative marketing options, potential resources, funding opportunities, and priority actions to support progress towards achievement of the goals. It will also identify potential opportunities to incorporate more best management practices for stormwater management and shoreline protection to support coastal resilience.

The strategic plan will:

  • Develop an overall vision and achievable goals to retain and expand working waterfront enterprises while preserving and maintaining Oxford’s maritime heritage.
  • Develop strategies that build upon the community-based assets of Oxford’s working waterfronts.
  • Develop coastal resilience strategies that support Oxford’s ongoing efforts to sustain a high quality marine environment.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) provided funding for the strategic plan. DNR’s Working Waterfronts Program provides financial and technical assistance to local governments to promote and assist with the preservation of existing and historic working waterfronts in Maryland. The Town was awarded a FY 2017 Working Waterfront Enhancement Grant to develop the strategic plan.

The Town of Oxford has retained a team led by Lardner/Klein Landscape Architects, PC, to assist in the development of the waterfront strategic plan. The plan will be developed based upon the input provided at the meeting. The Town is in the process of forming a working waterfront committee to assist in the development of the plan. A second public meeting will be held in late summer prior to the plan’s anticipated completion by September 2017.

For more information please contact: Cheryl Lewis, Town Administrator

Please read the presentation from the Environmental Finance Center Here and the Final Report Here.

LETTER TO THE CITIZENS REGARDING A STORMWATER / SHORELINE PROTECTION UTILITY AND FEE.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

TOWN OF OXFORD PUBLIC NOTICE

The Town of Oxford, Maryland (the “Town”) is requesting proposals from qualified and interested persons, for the design and/or development of a building owned by the Town, commonly known as the “Mews”, which is located on certain real property at 105 South Morris Street, Oxford, Maryland.

The Mews Property is identified on Talbot County Tax Map 400, as parcel 523, and is more particularly described in a deed to the Town of Oxford, dated June 23, 2016, and recorded in the land records for Talbot County at Liber 2366, folio 161. The Mews Property is centrally located within the Town’s Historic District. It is one of the few commercial properties located within the C-2 Commercial District along Morris Street, and is located directly across from the Town park.

The Town is seeking proposals for the design of the Mews Property for future end uses consistent with the goals and objectives of the Town’s Comprehensive Plan and other planning documents such as the Historic Commercial District Strategic Plan to ensure the continued viability of this commercial area. The recommendations and ultimate deliverables prepared by the successful bidder may be used by the Town to secure additional grant funding for design, stabilization and ultimate development or redevelopment of the Mews Property.

A complete description of the project and scope of work is set forth in the proposal, which may be obtained from the Oxford Town Office. Sealed proposals will be accepted no later than 4:00 pm on November 30, 2016, at the Oxford Community Services Building, 101 Market Street, Oxford, Maryland 21654 and should include a digital copy by email to the clerk. All inquiries, questions, etc. concerning the proposal shall be forwarded to Cheryl Lewis, Administrator Clerk/Treasurer by email to oxfordclerk@goeaston.net, or call (410) 226-5122.

The Town reserves the right to reject any and all proposals, to waive any requirements and to accept all or part of any proposal considered to be in the best interest of the Town. The Town of Oxford is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Discrimination based on age, race, sex, handicap or national origin is expressly prohibited.

TOWN OF OXFORD WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT ENR UPGRADE PROJECT

ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS

Sealed Bids for the construction of the Town of Oxford Wastewater Treatment Plant ENR Upgrade Project will be received by the Commissioners of Oxford, at the office of the Commissioners of Oxford located at 101 Market Street, P.O. Box 339; Oxford, Maryland 21654, until 11:00 a.m. local time on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at which time the Bids received will be publicly opened and read. The Project consists of constructing a new 150,000 gpd Enhanced Nutrient Removal Wastewater Treatment Plant to replace the existing lagoon treatment system.

Bids will be received for a single prime Contract. Bids shall be on a lump sum and unit price basis as indicated in the Bid Form.

The Issuing Office for the Bidding Documents is: George, Miles & Buhr, LLC, located at 120 Sparks Valley Road, Sparks, MD 21152 Phone: 410-329-5005. Prospective Bidders may examine the Bidding Documents at the Issuing Office on Mondays through Fridays between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., and may obtain copies of the Bidding Documents from the Issuing Office as described below.

Bidding Documents also may be examined at the office of the Commissioners of Oxford located at 101 Market Street, P.O. Box 339; Oxford, Maryland 21654, on Mondays through Fridays by appointment between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.; and the office of the Engineer, George, Miles & Buhr, LLC, on Mondays through Fridays by appointment between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Bidding Documents may be downloaded online by registering with the Issuing Office upon payment of a non-refundable fee of $50 for access. Checks for Bidding Documents shall be payable to “George, Miles & Buhr, LLC”. Upon request and receipt of the document fee payment indicated above, the Issuing Office will transmit electronic access to the Bidding Documents via e-mail. Complete sets of Bidding Documents may be downloaded from the Issuing Office’s website as “zipped” portable document format (PDF) files. The date that access to the Bidding Documents are transmitted by the Issuing Office will be considered the Bidder’s date of receipt of the Bidding Documents. Neither Owner nor Engineer will be responsible for full or partial sets of Bidding Documents, including Addenda if any, obtained from sources other than the Issuing Office.

Alternatively, printed Bidding Documents may be requested from the Issuing Office and obtained when ready either via in-person pick-up or via mail for the cost of reproduction and shipping. The cost of printed Bidding Documents from the Issuing Office will depend on the number and size of the Drawings and Project Manual, applicable taxes, and shipping method selected by the prospective Bidder. Cost of printed Bidding Documents and shipping is non-refundable. Upon Issuing Office’s receipt of payment, printed Bidding Documents will be sent via the prospective Bidder’s delivery method of choice. Partial sets of the Bidding Documents will not be available from the Issuing Office. A pre-bid conference will be held at 2:00 p.m. local time on Monday, November 14, 2016 at the Town Office, 101 Market Street, P.O. Box 339; Oxford, Maryland 21654. Attendance at the pre-bid conference is highly encouraged but is not mandatory.

The contractor must comply with the requirements regarding utilization of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises as required in the document in the Project Manual dated January 2015 “Requirements and Contract Provisions for the Contract Financed by the State Grants through Maryland Department of the Environment”. The Contractor will be required to meet provisions of the federal construction contract legislation and to comply with the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act, the Contract Work Hour and Safety Standards Act, Executive Order 11246, and U.S. Department of Labor regulations implementing provisions of the above acts and orders.

Small, minority and women’s businesses and labor surplus firms are encouraged to submit Bids

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Bid security shall be furnished in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders. Bidders shall submit proof of qualifications to perform the Work as described in the Instructions to Bidders.

Owner: Commissioners of Oxford
By: Brynja M. Booth - Booth, Booth, Cropper & Marriner, PC
Title: Town Attorney
Date: Friday, October 28, 2016


ANNUAL DRINKING WATER QUALITY REPORT

The Town of Oxford is pleased to have available this year’s annual drinking water report. This report is designed to inform you of the quality of water and services that the town delivers to you every day.

If you live in Oxford’s service area, but do not receive a water bill, please pick up a copy of this 2015 drinking water quality report at the Oxford Town Office or download here .


From the Oxford Police Department

The State of Maryland has recently enacted laws concerning cell phone use while driving. Every driver on the road is forbidden from talking or texting on a handheld phone while driving. Drivers with full, unrestricted licenses are permitted to use Bluetooth, speakerphone, or a wireless headset to make a call while driving. Drivers under 18 or those with a provisional license are prohibited from making any type of call while driving, including hands-free calls. Additionally texting laws are considered primary laws, meaning a driver can be pulled over for texting, another driving infraction is not required.

Consumers need to be on the alert for scam artists posing as debt collectors attempting to gather personal information and money from unsuspecting citizens. These fraudulent callers are employing a variety of tactics in an attempt to commit theft. The fraudsters resort to threatening tactics and use a variety of generic and government-sounding company names, including claiming they are your utility company and or they are from the IRS. If you receive a suspect call, do not give out any information over the phone and do not provide access to any money or credit card information. If you are unsure about the validity of a request, contact the office or business directly. Report any suspicious communications to the Oxford Police Department.

Door to door vending is only permitted in Oxford after having received a current peddler’s permit from the Town Office. If a peddler cannot present a permit from the town, or if you have a questions or concerns regarding a peddler, please contact the Oxford Police Department or the Oxford Town Office.

Please contact Chief Maxwell at the Oxford Police Department if you need any further explanations or have questions.

In a real EMERGENCY always call 911


Our town

Complete copies of all ordinances, meeting minutes, maps, and other town records are maintained in the Oxford Town Office. This website, and the partial records shown on this website, are provided as a convenience only. This website is not a repository of official public records of the Town of Oxford.