OXFORD — The City of Oxford is actively working to obtain grants to help better the quality of life for residents of the city. During a city council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 5, council approved a resolution accepting a grant for the Oxford Police Department and a resolution allowing for a grant application for road reconstruction to be submitted.
Council approved a resolution authorizing the city manager to accept the Ohio Attorney General’s Office Drug Use Prevention grant in the amount of $11,536.60 for the 2017-2018 academic year, to assist with the compensation of the city’s school resource officer (SRO) and with Drug use prevention programs conducted in the school.
“I brought this to you at the last council meeting, because I didn’t have time to get the acceptance in. We wanted to provide the resolution in writing. This grant will help us with our SRO position and funding drug use prevention education,” Chief Jones said.
During council discussion, council member Steve Dana noted, “Not only is this a most welcomed grant, not only due to its timing, but it works hand and hand with the efforts of the Coalition for a Healthy Community and that is a great thing to have that synergy created.”
Council also approved a resolution supporting the submission of a grant application for Ohio Public Works Commission Issue One Funds in the amount of $113,850, to be used for the reconstruction of a culvert on Contreras Road between Stone Creek Drive and Olde Farm Road.
“This culvert is in need of replacement through annual inspections,” Service Director Mike Dreisbach said. “We have the opportunity to apply for a grant and we’ve been successful with this grant several times. We are going to look to them to help them fund this project as well.
“We estimate the cost to be $165,000 for the replacement,” he added. “I do think we can get 69 percent of that funded through Ohio Public Works Commission. Our local cost would be approximately $51,150 — about 31 percent of the total project. We’re doing this in advance. If we do get the grant, this project will not be constructed until 2019.”
“I just want to congratulate Mr. Dreisbach for finding the funds. They are significant,” council member Dana said.
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