OXFORD — First Selectman George Temple informed the Board of Selectmen, meeting Wednesday, November 18, that Oxford is having increased problems with Covid-19 positivity rates and expressed concern about the upcoming holidays.

As of November 19, current Covid-19 cases in Oxford totalled 160, according to the Pomperaug District Department of Health. Mr. Temple noted there was a positive Covid-19 case at town hall. 

Mr. Temple met with Health and Safety Committee members to plan the next steps to tackle Covid-19 rates in town and considered the idea of closing restaurants that serve alcohol on November 25, known to locals as Valley New Year. 

He urged residents to use common sense when out and to maintain social distancing. He reminded that only one school in Oxford is deemed safe enough to have in-person classes, but all schools will be remote during the week of Thanksgiving and the week after.

Selectmen tabled three items, including the Phase II funding request for the Great Oak Middle School Evaluation/Improvement Committee. Mr. Temple said selectmen cannot hand over about $8 million to fund the project, but would prefer to do the project in pieces.

Selectmen, the Board of Finance and the committee will have a joint meeting in the near future, according to Mr. Temple.

Selectmen also tabled a request to change the fire department’s part time clerk to full time until the next meeting. Mr. Temple said he wanted to make the position more palpable for the Board of Finance. He called the request not unreasonable, but said the clerk will have to dedicate time to both the town hall and to the firehouse.

The selectmen also tabled the Cornerstone Assembly of God purchase agreement until the town attorney is available to answer questions.

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