OXFORD — A group of Oxford residents, from a wide range of backgrounds, wants to make sure the voices of all residents are heard regarding the allocation and distribution of the $3.9 million allocated to the town through the federal American Rescue Plan Act.

The purpose of the funds is to mitigate the economic impact of the Covid pandemic and address economic disparities.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build our community together,” said Marcia Franko, a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Church and one of the leaders of the effort to ensure transparency and public discussion in deciding how to spend these funds.

“Our effort includes Republicans, Democrats and Unaffiliates, young and old, women and men, people connected with churches and people who aren’t religious at all.”

The group has discussed possibilities including improvement of housing opportunities, building a community and youth center, developing programs to address the opioid epidemic, and upgrading disability access in schools.

“But our most important goal is to bring more of our neighbors into the conversation, learn what they want, and get them involved,” Ms. Franko said.

Oxford residents are invited to attend a public meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 30, in St. Thomas the Apostle Church Hall, 733 Oxford Rd.

Masks are encouraged.

There will be opportunities to become involved, including letter and social media campaigns.

More information is available by contacting Lynn Aiksnoras at 203-592-1774 or romans8_28@sbcglobal.net.

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