Limits put on truck parking
OXFORD >> Borough Council adopted an ordinance amendment during its Monday meeting putting restrictions on the type of vehicles that can be parked in the residential districts around town.
Any vehicle larger than a dual-wheel pickup truck will not be permitted to park in the residential areas of the borough.
The change has been made in response to complaints about tractor trailers and large work trucks being parked on the streets, where they may disrupt the flow of traffic.
During the public comment portion of the hearing that went along with the ordinance change, resident Randy Teel told council that the size limit may be too generous and should be limited even more, particularly when it comes to the business districts and the angled parking on Market Street.
Council responded that parking issues in the commercial zones are being addressed at the committee level at this time, with revisions planned for the near future.
Another ordinance change gives additional definitions and regulations regarding licenses, permits and general business regulations.
The borough’s new business manager, Brian Hoover, reported that he expects to receive citation forms by the beginning of October which will be used for housing and maintenance violations.
Hoover told council that he has found a building codes enforcement computer program that the borough purchased in 2012 that was only used for a month. Although the borough has been paying $3,500 per year for the last three years for program maintenance, nothing has been done with the software, which Hoover described as “antiquated.”
Hover reported that he has contacted the firm which sold the software and is negotiating for an updated version.
Resident James Sumner brought council a letter from the Oxford Presbyterian Church members expressing their concerns about the potential closing of Octorara Alley. “The reason they want the alley to stay open is that it is the primary access to their parking lot,” Sumner said.
Sumner, who is a member of the Oxford Historic Commission also reported that repair work on the town clock is planned for Oct. 17. Finding someone to do the work has been a challenge with the commission eventually engaging a clock repair person from Minnesota.