Welcome to the Town of Oxford

Please note: Regular Trash will be picked up on Tuesday May 28, 2024 due to the holiday. 
 
TOWN COMMISSIONER MEETINGS ARE NOW STREAMING LIVE AT: https://townhallstreams.com/towns/oxford_md

You can also go to the Oxford Town Hall Streams website at anytime where you will find see upcoming “Commissioner Meetings” scheduled and also be able to view past meetings beginning in September.


TOWN OF OXFORD PUBLIC NOTICE OF 2024 ELECTION

There will be an ELECTION in the Town of Oxford on June 18, 2024 to fill the expired term of one COMMISSIONER for a three-year term of office. More information can be found here.


R. Gordon Graves Community Service Scholarship Opportunity

We are currently accepting applications for the 2024 R. Gordon Graves Community Service Scholarship. More information can be found here. 


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Talbot Works: May 2, 2024 – The Oxford Mews Project was honored with a 2024 Talbot County Community Impact Award for its revitalization of commercial property in Oxford. A Sweet Partnership Built in 1878, the two-story Mews building sits at the intersection of Morris and Market streets, anchoring the tiny downtown Oxford business district. Over the years, it has been home to a general store, an art gallery, a smokehouse, and a combination bike shop and gourmet market. At one point, the historic building was even slated to become a pizza parlor, but problems ensued, and the project faltered. The Oxford Mews soon fell into disrepair and sat empty before the Town Commissioners intervened. “When I first moved here with my wife in 2001, you could come in here and buy a bicycle tire, cocktail napkins, and a steak,” says current Oxford Commissioners President Tom Costigan. “It was looking rather forlorn until the whole process of the rejuvenation and the renovation of the building took place. And that’s what you see here today.” Long a member of the Historic District Commission, Costigan believes in the preservation of historic buildings, and he says the renovation is nothing short of “fantastic.” Not only does it house a key commercial business, but there also are two renovated apartments upstairs and two new apartments in a back addition. The project has breathed new life into the town’s core. In 2017, the Town of Oxford purchased the dilapidated property and used Town funds and grant money to stabilize the building. Town commissioners announced in 2021 that they had leased the building to Rich and Christine Leggett. The public-private partnership helping to make this project a reality was a victory for the town, for the business community, and for residents. The town’s beloved Scottish Highland Creamery was located on Tilghman Street at the time, and owners Christine and Rich Leggett had no plans to move—until the renovation of The Mews began. The couple had purchased another building in the center of town, across the street from The Mews, and founded the coffee shop Oxford Social after also purchasing the creamery from founders Susan and Victor Barlow. “We bought that building because we recognized we needed a way to expand our ice cream production capability,” Rich explains. “The Scottish Highland Creamery is a gathering place for the community in the summer, but there was nothing like that in the winter. That’s what the coffee shop turned out to be.” Looking at The Mews, day in and day out, fired the couple’s imaginations. Though Rich had enjoyed a long career in banking and finance, working on Wall Street and in both New York and London, his true dream was to own an ice cream business. “I stood there many days and looked across the street, and I saw this beautiful building that was sitting empty,” Rich says. “If you had called a Hollywood set designer and said, ‘Design me an ice cream parlor out of central casting,’ it would be this building.” Renovating The Oxford Mews turned into a COVID project for the Leggetts. “It was just a shell,” Rich says. “We had an aesthetic in mind. We wanted it to be somewhat like an old-fashioned ice cream parlor, and we really had a blank canvas to work with. We wanted it to feel a little bit nautical, a little bit old-fashioned. I think we were able to achieve that.” Ranked as one of the top small-batch ice cream parlors in the country by TripAdvisor, the Scottish Highland Creamery was known far and wide even before it moved to The Oxford Mews. The secret? “Everything’s made in small batches, one or two gallons at a time,” Rich explains. The creamery even has a budding wholesale business, with hand-packed quarts sold in markets and stores across the Eastern Shore. Before it was renovated, Costigan remembers walking past The Mews building and seeing empty plastic party glasses sitting on the table, left to decay. “It was as if somebody just locked the door and said, ‘Oxford, we’ll see you later,’” he says. “Fortunately, someone has now said ‘Oxford, I’m happy to come here and start a business.’ That’s what we have here today, and I think it’s been a great addition.” The Talbot County Business Appreciation Summit is hosted annually by the Talbot County Department of Economic Development and Tourism in partnership with the Talbot County Economic Development Commission. This year’s summit sponsors include Platinum Sponsor APG Chesapeake, Gold Sponsors BSC Group and Easton Utilities, and Silver Sponsors Shore United Bank and the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce. 

See all our winners on our YouTube Channel:  Talbot County Economic Development and Tourism


April 9, 2024 – Commission President Tom Costigan issued the Oath of Office to Vickie Sharp, the new Oxford Clerk-Treasurer

 Photo credit: Robert Burgner

 

To participate in the Talbot County Emergency Alert Notification program please follow instructions found here: Citizen Alert Registration


 


 


 

 

 

 

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Please visit the Oxford Resilience tab for the latest information on the town’s resilience efforts, including the completed Oxford 2100 Strategic Resilience Plan.

 Visit Ready.Gov to learn more about the risk Hurricanes and other weather related events pose and the advance planning that will keep you and your family safe. Local information can be found at the links below:

Oxford Emergency Preparedness

Oxford Hurricane Preparation

Talbot County Emergency Services Hurricane Information  

Are you prepared for a flood? Brochure 2022

When is the best time to purchase Flood Insurance? 

All residents should access the vulnerability of your individual properties and make sure you have a Flood Insurance Policy in place. The current Flood Insurance rates are less than they have been in past and if you do not have a policy, this would be a good time to get one. As participants in the FEMA Community Rating System, Oxford residents also receive a 15% discount off normal NFIP rates. Most Homeowner Insurance providers can assist you with Flood Insurance or put you in contact with a Flood Insurance provider.

And as mentioned in a past newsletter, you may also want to consider downloading the MyCoast app on your phone and participate in collecting high tide flooding information for our community to help inform our future planning… mycoast.org/md  

Planning Commission information regarding the update as it becomes available can be found at the link below:

UPDATE TO THE OXFORD COMPREHENSIVE PLAN 2023

The Planning Commission proposed the adoption of a new Oxford Sewer Tier Map as a recommendation to the Commissioners of Oxford based on the recent public input. 

Res 2308 Growth Tier Map 2023 as approved by the Commissioners of Oxford on August 22, 2023. 


For the most recent Notices of Public Hearings and Request for ProposalsPublic Notices/Public Hearings

For Commissioner and Board Agendas: Meeting Agendas

Other town news and information can be found below and at: News, Calendar and Town Information

Recent Information concerning ongoing efforts to build resilience for Oxford can be found here:  Oxford Resilience

Oxford Shoreline Improvements      

Oxford Community Resilience Committee CRC

Information regarding Oxford’s Economic Development efforts can be found here: Oxford Economic Development


The Town of Oxford is pleased to have available the Annual Drinking Water Quality Report for 2023. This report is designed to inform you of the quality of water and services that the town delivers to you every day. The Annual Drinking Water Quality Report for 2023 is mailed with the quarterly water bills at the end of June of each year and can also be found here:  Oxford CCR  

If you live in Oxford’s service area, but do not receive a water bill, you can also pick up a hard copy at the Town Office at 101 Market Street.



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