OXFORD — The City of Oxford is taking a stand against the State of Ohio Governor’s proposed 2017-2018 budget. At the City Council meeting held on Tuesday, March 7, Council approved a resolution opposing the centralized collection of net profit tax returns, as proposed by Governor John Kasich.
In other business, it was reported Pixxo Karioke and Bar applied for its second liquor license. Its first was going to be bought from LaRosa’s Pizza, but there was a delay in build out and the pizza joint sold the license to another business. Pixxo Karioke is now purchasing a D1, D2, D3, and D3A permit from Markou Enterprises in Sheffield Village.
Pixxo Karioke is an Asian-style karaoke bar, which features a lounge area and private karaoke rooms. While the bar has customers coming for karaoke, their lounge room is currently empty due to the lack of alcohol.
Economic Development Department Alan Kyger said he and Oxford Police Chief John Jones have discussed the possibility of having OPD go to Pixxo to train the employees, since they are new to liquor licenses.
Two Miami University students spoke during the public comment section of the meeting, hoping to gather ideas of ways they can help on what is known as “Green Beer Day.” They are thinking about passing out food in residential areas. Council stated that they appreciated the interest, but urged the girls to be careful.
An ordinance entitled “Charges” passed its second reading. This is replacing the current ordinance of the same name. Service Director Michael Dreisbach described it as a “housekeeping item.” Currently, the ordinance reads, “Each residential customer may dispose of an unlimited amount of refuse once per week.”
The new ordinance will amend the language to the following, “Each residential customer may dispose of up to 10 properly prepared containers of solid waste once per week.”
Chief Jones mentioned that the police department has chosen their new K-9 handler. The department will purchase a “pre-trained” dog, but the trainer will still have to go through a six week training session with his dog. This will take place this upcoming summer. By fall OPD will once again have a trained K-9 unit.
In other news:
•Council passed a resolution that authorizes the City Manager and the Finance Director to contract with RedTree Investment Group Services for the management of the city’s investable funds.
•Council passed a resolution that accepts a contract with ViewPoint Government Solutions for cloud-based online permitting and plan review services at a cost to not exceed $25,000.
•Finance Director Joe Newlin did the first reading for an Ordinance that makes supplemental appropriations for Fiscal Year 2017. This will transfer $3,400,000 from General Fund to the Municipal Facilities Improvement Fund for the City Hall project.
•Oxford’s Parks and Recreation April through September brochure is available online. It lists upcoming events and activities residents can get involved in.
•Rapid Fire Pizza is now open in Oxford.
The next Oxford City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Oxford’s courthouse.
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