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Posted: November 8, 2009 12:30 a.m.

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Trees make way for new City Hall

By Gabriel Khouli/

The City of Oxford is preparing to start construction on its new two-story city hall, and as a result four oak trees were cut down Wednesday to clear the lot. Oxford Resident Claude Sitton lamented that the trees were cut down and asked why the Oxford Tree Board did not protest the event.

City Clerk Carol Poole said no one protested the trees being cut down at any city council meetings. One of the largest oaks that was cut down was diseased, city employee Jody Reid said.

Mayor Jerry Roseberry said the city tried to save as many trees as possible and many trees remain on the property.

Roseberry said the city is actually going to begin the process of inventorying all of the trees on public property using G.I.S. technology. He said the city hall is expected to be completed by summer 2010.

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