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Yesterday’s papers: Parking a constant newsmaker in Oxford

Parking is the theme of today’s yesterday’s papers, whether it is fitting in a record number of Ole Miss students or potential visitors to a conference center, dealing with parking on the square, considering a parking garage and finding game-day parking.

Sept. 9, 2013

Plans for parking garage move forward

A parking garage may just come to fruition with this current Board of Aldermen.

On Friday, the Oxford Parking Commission voted to move ahead with plans for a new parking garage located behind City Hall. It asked aldermen to allow City Planner Tim Akers to send out a request for proposals for the design, bid and build of the new garage.

Structured Parking Solutions presented a drawing of a 479-space garage, estimated to cost about $7 million for officials to think about.

Sept. 10, 2012

Grace period planned for parkers

A soft rollout of the city’s new proposed parking ordinances is planned to begin Oct. 22.

The Oxford Downtown Parking Commission said the ordinances are expected to be voted on by the Board of Aldermen Sept. 18. If approved, it would make new stricter parking laws a part of city code.

The changes alter the time limits for parking on the Square.

Sept. 9, 2009

Record enrollment for UM

Provost Morris Stocks announced Tuesday the largest incoming freshmen and transfer class with 15,921 students enrolled system-wide, but at the same time the school is seeing state funding cuts.

For the first time in the University of Mississippi history, minority enrollment has topped 20 percent of the student body.

Also on the rise are the incoming freshman ACT scores, averaging 23.3 this year.

All the while the school is bracing for a 5 percent budget cut.

Sept. 9, 2004

State, local officials OK ban on Highway 6 parking

Local and state officials agreed this morning to ban further game-day parking along the Highway 6 bypass.

About 1,100 cars use the bypass as a parking lot during home games, so next up is officials determining how to enforce the ban and educating people on where to park instead.

Although parking on a MDOT right of way is not permitted, it was a tradition for fans to park along Highway 6 for years, which gave easy access to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium and a quick getaway after the game.

Sept. 9, 1996

Mayor maintains conference center will make money

A city-hired contract attorney’s report on a possible Oxford Conference Center indicated it would post a net loss, but Mayor John Leslie disagreed and said it would make money.

Leslie suggested using the city’s Food and Beverage Tax to make payments on the building. The payments would be about $180,000 a year.

If the go-ahead for the center is given, the city plans to issue $2 million in bonds to be paid back through the 2 percent Food and Beverage Tax.