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Oxford City Council Presents Police Commendations and Celebrates a Life Saved

Oxford City Council

Oxford, AL – At the regularly called Oxford City Council meeting the room was filled with family and friends of those receiving commendations for the life saving efforts that took place on July 4th, 2022.

 

City Council Meeting

Oxford City Council

  • Call to Order
  • Roll Call
    • Councilwoman Hubbard – Present
    • Councilman Gardner – Present
    • Councilman Waits – Present
    • Councilman Henderson – Present
    • Councilman Spurlin – Present
  • Welcome/Invocation –  Greg Turner, Oxford First Baptist Church
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Approval of Minutes of August 23, 2022 – Unanimously Approved
  • Old Business – None
  • New Business
    • Proclamation – Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month
    • Commendations – Police Department Oxford City Council
      • Tonight Chief Bill Partridge issued commendations to eleven individuals for their actions that resulted in the safe return of a kidnapping victim that occurred on July 4. Because of the work by The East Metro Area Crime Center (EAMCC) and Oxford Police Department’s Aviation Support Unit, in less than an hour and 15 minutes the kidnapping victim had been located safe and reunited with her family. Chief Bill Partridge spoke about the willingness of the council and Mayor to support the creation of this center and also spoke of the duty of government to protect individuals. He praised the staff of EAMCC and the aviation unit for excelling at this jobs. He also invited Sherrif Matthew Wade to speak. Sheriff Wade stated he was a little jealous of Oxford and what they provide to their citizens and the compensation that the city gives to its officers, but he is also proud when Oxford hires Calhoun County Deputies because it shows that the Sheriff’s Department is training valuable individuals. He also thanked the city for the investment into the EAMCC. He praised to partnership and the speed in which all individuals went to work and worked together to save the life of Betty Cobb. Councilman Spurlin spoke and said that when Chief Partridge first presented the idea of EAMCC he wasn’t sure, but when he received the call on July 4th that Mrs. Cobb was safe he knew every penny was worth it just to know one life had been saved.

        • Commendations were presented to the following individuals:
          • Josh Hardeman
          • Sergeant Chris Steffens
          • Sergeant Brad Young
          • Kevin Mitchell
          • Nick Reeves
          • Drew Muench
          • Dakota Gunter
          • Randall Gilliland
          • Bill Wineman
          • Lieutenant Donald Ridley
          • Jaclyn Willis
    • Ordinance No. 2022 – 32 – Ordinance declaring real property surplus at 47 Alan Street and authorizing its sale to Jerry Crawford for $4,000.00. – Unanimously Approved
    • Motion to add Resolution No. 2022-106 to the corset agenda. – Unanimously Approved
    • Consent Agenda – Unanimously Approved
      • Resolution No. 2022- 101  – Resolution authorizing the Mayor to execute an agreement with East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission for a Fixed Route and ADA Paratransit Services.
      • Resolution No. 2022- 102 – Resolution authorizing the Mayor to execute an agreement with East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission for a comprehensive mapping program.
      • Resolution No. 2022- 103 – Resolution amending the Fiscal Year 2022 Budget in the total amount of $450,000.00 to assist in the purchase of real property for the Oxford Board of Education
      • Resolution No. 2022- 104 – Resolution authorizing the Mayor to execute a Quitclaim Deed to Hudson Properties, LLC for the sum of $10,000.00 for real property located at 630 Hale Street.
      • Resolution No. 2022- 105– Resolution adopting modifications to the City’s Employee Handbook.
      • Resolution No. 2022- 106 – Resolution authorizing Ron and Stan Allen to attend the fall conference for judges and attorneys.
  • Council Comments/Reports – No Comments
  • Mayor’s Comments
    • Please remember Julio César Barreto. He has traveled to Argentina to be with his mother who has colen cancer and is not doing well.
    • The Mayor discussed his uncertainly in developing the aviation program, but is so glad that the city made the investment and had these tools available when needed.
    • Visitors
      • Bill Bunn with Keep Oxford Beautiful thanked the city for their support on the recycling project and also gave an update on the growth of the program and options on how the program can continue to grow and expand. One item he touched on was a baler that could handle plastic. The cost is roughly $30,000, but would serve a need that is currently not being met in the county. He also noted that if residents have cardboard they need picked up that can call 311 and someone will come by and pick it up.
  • Motion to adjourn (next regular Council Meeting, September 27, 2022) – Unanimously Approved

 

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