In its meeting last week, Oxford City Council took a step toward bringing expanded food pantry services to the city.
Councilors passed a resolution allowing City Manager Doug Elliot to lease a portion of Merry Day Park, off College Corner Pike, to the Talawanda Oxford Pantry and Social Services (TOPSS).
TOPSS, formerly known as the Oxford Community Choice Pantry (OCCP), aims to use a new 5,600 square foot building to expand its services.
“We have to take into account medical needs that the families have,” Anne Fuehrer, the Secretary of the Board of TOPSS, said. “[There are] needs for education, for demonstrations, for participation [and] for support.”
OCCP is currently located at 400 W. Withrow St. Construction of the new building will begin once the TOPSS site plan is approved by the City Planning Commission. The new facility is projected to open on June 30, 2020.
At the end of the meeting, councilors and city employees made their announcements and communications to the public.
Economic Development Director Alan Kyger announced that a committee is looking into crafting a resolution that would force property owners Uptown to fill empty storefronts with businesses in an allotted time frame, so that fewer buildings will stand empty for long periods of time.
Council next meets at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at the Oxford Courthouse.