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Oxford to discuss trail, door sales

OXFORD - City Council members are considering two new city ordinances that may keep their town quiet and safe.

At its February monthly meeting, the council discussed two issues that it will continue to discuss at an upcoming work session so they may vote on them at a later date.

The first issue concerns Oxford's multi-use trail, which has some parts complete and other parts forthcoming. City Attorney David Strickland brought before the council a draft ordinance for the trail based on one used in Paulding County and some information from the PATH Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps build trails across North Georgia.

He said the proposed ordinance is short and simply addresses what items and activities are prohibited at the trail, unlike many other city's ordinances that he's seen while conducting research.

"Some (other city's trail ordinances) go on for pages and pages and pages, and I don't think Oxford needs that," he said.

The proposed ordinance prohibits unleashed animals, camping and individuals climbing on bridges, walls, monuments and any other structure on or near the trail. It also prevents anyone from soliciting for commercial purposes on the trail and trespassing on private property surrounding the trail.

Those who violate the terms of the ordinance could face a summons and citation to be punished according to city law, the draft ordinance states.

City Council members also discussed adding a section regarding the definition of motor vehicles, a curfew, maintenance and city and Oxford College control.

At February's meeting, Councilman Hoyt Oliver also gave the first reading of the city's proposed door-to-door solicitation ordinance, which was created because the police department has expressed the need for such an ordinance.

The ordinance prohibits solicitation for commercial and for-profit purposes in all residential and public institutional districts inside the city.

In residential districts, the ordinance prohibits commercial and for-profit advertising flyers and other promotional items from being placed in or on mailboxes, on premises and on street rights of way other than being delivered through the U.S. Postal Service, newspaper delivery services or parcel delivery services, the ordinance reads.

"It protects the security and health of the citizens of Oxford," Oliver said.

The council may further discuss possible additions to the ordinance at its work session in order to plan for a second reading at its March regular session meeting.

The work session is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Monday in the Oxford Community Center, which is located at 810 Whatcoat St. in Oxford. The next regular session meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 2, at the same location.

Michelle Floyd can be reached at michelle.floyd@newtoncitizen.com.