Eaton native joins OPD

By Kelsey Kimbler -

OXFORD — An Eaton native was sworn in as a member of Oxford’s Police Department during Oxford City Council’s meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

David L. Morgan II is the newest addition to the OPD.

Morgan graduated from Eaton High School in 2008 and went to Rhode Island for college. His football career was cut short by an injury and he returned to the City of Eaton.

He attended classes at Miami University, but it was through Sinclair Community College that he attained his associates degree in psychology. He recently completed an additional associates degree in criminal justice.

He graduated from the police academy in 2016.

The OPD hiring process was a long and grueling one. After doing several ride-alongs, three interviews, having a background investigation done on him, a surprise home visit, a polygraph examination, and a psychological evaluation, Morgan is “very happy” to be on the police force.

Also during the meeting, Oxford resident Prue Dana took to the podium to speak about the Oxford Area Government Services Directory that the League of Women Voters recently published and are distributing to area businesses.

Citizens can obtain a copy from numerous Oxford businesses, including: the library, the Chamber of Commerce, and at the Oxford City Building.

This pamphlet includes federal and local government information, including names and numbers of representatives and services.

In other business:

•Oxford Recreational Trail finally accepted a bid for construction on Phase I. The City of Oxford will enter into a contract with W.G. Stang LLC. at a cost not to exceed $589,155.60. Council found this bid to be the lowest and best possible option for the upcoming project.

This project is slated to be completed on June 30, 2017.

•A resolution was passed which will authorize the City Manager to enter into a new agreement with Dynegy Energy Service, LLC. for electricity generation and transmission for the city.

In April 2014, the city renewed an agreement with Duke Energy Retail Sales LLC. (which is now known as Dynegy Energy Service, LLC) which provided pricing of $0.0533 per kilowatt hour of electricity. This new contract will reduce that price to $0.0469 per kilowatt hour. This will provide the city with an annual savings of $30,000.

•The property at 4134 Millville Oxford Rd. has been for sale for several months now. This property was obtained by the city during the 27 South construction project. The city put the property for sale using a sealed bid system, but they asked for a $70,000 minimum on the property. There was little interest in the property.

Service Director Mike Dreisbach recently came back to council and requested the use of a broker to sell the property. Since that decision, John Pellegrini made a cash offer of $50,000.

First reading of an ordinance accepting the offer was held.

•Council held the first reading of an ordinance regarding the Planning Commission’s recommendation for approval of a redevelopment of the Miami Village Apartment complex.

This redevelopment will demolish 11 buildings and replace them with three new. The current 11 buildings has a total of 188 dwelling units, with the capacity of 460 occupants. The new buildings will have a total of 128 dwelling units and an anticipated capacity of 400 occupants.

This will be a single phase redevelopment.

If this plan passes it’s second reading, construction will begin June 1, 2017.

In other news:

•An ordinance to approve replacement pages to the Oxford Codified Ordinances passed its second reading.

•An ordinance repealing Oxford Property Maintenance Code Chapter 7, entitled Fire Safety Requirements, and adopting the new maintenance code of the same name passed its second reading.

•An ordinance making supplemental appropriations for the current fiscal year passed its second reading.

City Manager Doug Elliott reminded council “It Gets Better” is coming to Oxford for a full week of events, ending in a performance by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles.

He also noted, representatives from Luxembourg are coming to Oxford on Feb. 18, to discuss partnering with the city as a Sister City.

The next Oxford City Council meeting will be on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Oxford’s Courthouse.

By Kelsey Kimbler

Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH

Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH