$346K error means more police cuts than expected

A $346,000 mistake in Oxford Township’s projections concerning its proposed police millages means the municipality is actually going to lose more personnel than originally anticipated even if voters approve both tax proposals in November. The error was discovered Monday afternoon by this reporter and confirmed by township Supervisor Bill Dunn. In a nutshell, what happened […]

Twp. places moratorium on irrigating with lake water

A six-month moratorium was placed last week on part of an Oxford Township ordinance that is typically never enforced and routinely violated by many folks who live on lakes. ‘My problem is if I enforce this ordinance, I’m going to have a lot of people that live on the lakes around here pretty mad,? said […]

Retired cop charged with molesting girl, 13

An Oxford Township resident who’s a retired police officer is facing criminal charges for allegedly repeatedly molesting a 13-year-old girl he knew through his family. Thomas Patrick Cupples, 52, was arraigned in Rochester Hills 52-3 District Court on four charges ? first and second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a relation and first and second-degree criminal […]

Parks dept. to get more land

After many years of renting and moving around like gypsies, the Oxford Township Parks and Recreation Department is ready to settle down. ‘We would finally have a home to call our own,? said Parks Director Ron Davis. Township officials last week voted 4-3 to authorize the department to purchase 7 acres located at 510 S. […]

On your mark, get set, eat!

Their hearts are pure. Their bodies are tough. But the question is are their stomachs big enough to handle 9 pounds worth of sandwiches plus 32 slices of pizza? Before they start pounding the stuffing out of each other on the gridiron for the first time in 27 years, Oxford and Lake Orion will face […]

Village switches to less expensive trash hauler

In a world where it seems like expenses do nothing but constantly increase, Oxford Village residents will be happy to learn that one of their monthly bills is about to go down. Beginning Sept. 1, village residents will pay $11.31 per month for the weekly collection of their trash and recyclable waste. They currently pay […]

He keeps the cemeteries looking so good

Anyone who regularly attends Oxford Township Board meetings knows that compliments aren’t often doled out by the public. But last week Brian Duerden got plenty of them. ‘I feel he just does a super, super, outstanding job,? said Linda Hickmott, an Oxford native who now lives in Lapeer County’s Columbiaville. Duerden, who owns BAM Landscape […]

Auditor gives twp. high marks

Lately, whenever the topic of finances comes up at government meetings, all you hear is doom and gloom as officials declare ‘The sky is falling! The sky is falling!? But Oxford Township actually received lots of positive feedback from its auditor last week and scored high marks for its fiscal conservatism. ‘Given all the economic […]

Council awards $257K bid to paint water tower inside and out

Oxford Village’s iconic water tower is going to receive a new paint job, both inside and out, along with some much-needed repairs. The only question is when. Council last week voted 3-1 to award the bid for the 500,000-gallon water tower project to the Farmington Hills-based V&T Painting for an amount not to exceed $256,800. […]

Scarecrows in Centennial Park Saturday

Don’t be alarmed if you see a large group of strange people stuffed with straw gathering in downtown Oxford Saturday, Oct. 23. No, it’s not a Ray Bolger look-a-like contest. It’s just Oxford’s second annual Scarecrow Festival. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Centennial Park will play host to loads of Halloween and autumn fun. […]