ORION / OXFORD, MICHIGAN
Oxford was originally named after its Township, which was given its name by Otis C. Thompson, "since nearly all the settlers had ox-teams and probably would hold on to them for some years to come." Located along M-24, in northern Oakland County, Oxford has a population near 3,000. Once know as the "Gravel Pit Capital of the World," now most of the pits have turned into lakes and provide many recreational activities. Oxford is home to the Northeast Oakland Historical Museum. This is a place to learn about the area from its 100-year-old Oxford Leader. A listing of programs in conjunction with Oxford Area Community Schools, Oxford Public Library, and Parks and Recreation, is printed several times each year and is available through any of these organizations.
OXFORD TOWNSHIPThe 36 square mile township has a population of more than 13,000 people. The offices are located below. The zoned community is lead by an elected supervisor, treasurer, clerk, and four trustees. The township provides sewer service districts and community wells in developed areas. Township and national elections, property assessing, and county dog licensing are some of the other activities of the township. Note: The Official web-site for Oxford Township is: www.oxfordtownship.org.
VILLAGE OF OXFORD
The Village is one square mile within the Township of Oxford and includes the Central Business District. The Village provides the population of 3,00 with tax collection, municipal water and sewer services, garbage collection, road maintenance and snow removal. Guiding the Village government are five elected council members and the Village Manager. Offices are listed below.
Oxford is bisected by M-24 and is in close proximity to I-75 and I-69 and such regional attractions as the Palace of Auburn Hills, the Pontiac Silverdome, Meadow Brook Hall, Theatre and Music Festival, Cranbrook, Pine Knob, Great Lakes Crossing. Several private and municipal golf clubs and courses are located within 5 miles of Oxford. The social and cultural advantages of living in Oakland County and near both the Flint and Detroit areas are too numerous to list. Many education opportunities exist at nearby institutions such as Oakland University, Michigan State University Management Center, University of Michigan-Flint, Wayne State University-Flint, Detroit College of Business and Oakland Community College.
People are the backbone of any community, and Oxford residents work together through many community groups. For those interested in service or fraternal organizations, most are represented in the Oxford area. Groups include: Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce (providing this information) Lions, Rotary, Optimists, Jaycees, American Legion, Masons, FISH, Oxford/Addison Youth Assistance, Families in Action, Oxford Music Club, Oxford Garden Club, American Association of University Women, an active senior citizens group and many more.
Nestled in the Northern tier of Oakland County is Southeastern Michigan's best-kept secret. Oxford offers excellent residential opportunities, new as well as historical, a wide variety of local commerce, and modern diversified industrial facilities. From its proud beginning in 1823, Oxford has always offered natural beauty and small-town charm. It has maintained this character.
GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNITY INFORMATION
TOP NOTCH SCHOOLS
Accredited by North Central Association, Oxford Area Community Schools provides a diversified curriculum that encourages academic excellence. Complementing academics are a variety of co-curricular and extra curricular activities ranging from football to equestrian, choirs and bands, numerous clubs and after school enrichment activities.
In addition to the comprehensive kindergarten through grade 12 educational program, services are provided for preschool, day care and school-age care. Information about specific programs is available from the Board of Education office (listed above) or visit their website: www.oxford.k12.mi.us/.
A recent bond approved by the community provided for the construction of a new middle school, renovations to all existing school facilities and new technology throughout the district.
The Oxford Community Development Authority is funded by a state allowed Tax Increment Financing District. This program captures money from increasing property values and returns it in the form of community improvement and low interest business loans. (Contact number listed above).
COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
Once known as the "Gravel Capital of the World," the land mined has been transformed into prestigious residential developments and industrial parks. Many of Oxford's manufacturers supple the auto industry; high tech industry is filtering across Oakland County, including Oxford.
New retail opportunities are also growing along our main artery, M-24. New or old, at any business in Oxford a friendly welcome awaits you. To assist in finding the hundreds of goods and services available in Oxford, information is always available through the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce (listed above) or checking out their website at: www.orion.lib.mi.us/oxford/.
PARKS AND RECREATION
In addition to overseeing four park facilities, for a total of nearly 500 acres in parkland for public use, the township commission organizes a variety of activities for all ages including Summer Theatre and bus trips. A list of programs is printed biannually. Additional information regarding townships parks and also the county or state parks is listed above.
OXFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Library is funded by a township millage and operated by a six-member board elected by the voters. It has served residents in a number of buildings since 1901. Today, the growing community is served by a nationally recognized and state of the art library built in 1998. It is one of the most up-to-date libraries in Oakland County; a 23,400 square foot facility.
Oxford Public Library maintains a collection of 40,000 volumes of books and has on-line access to 60 other libraries in Wayne and Oakland Counties. The library also offers audio and visual rentals, large print books, children's outreach programs, FAX service, computers and access to the Internet. The library is open 52 weeks each year. You can check out their website at: www.oxford.lib.mi.us/.
Source: Oxford Chamber of Commerce
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