OXFORD — Repairs have been made to Oxford’s sewer system and City Council members agreed Thursday to pay for a portion of that work.

The council will pay $195,000 to the Oxford Water Works and Sewer Board for a new pump station and 5,000 feet of sewer lines that have already been installed to help reduce overflow caused by heavy rains,  The pump station was placed near the Cheaha Acres subdivision off of Friendship Road.

More work is needed in different areas, however, said Wayne Livingston, the board’s general manager. Livingston spoke to council members at Thursday’s work session prior to the meeting.

Council President Steven Waits said at Thursday’s meeting that the council agreed to budget money to Oxford Water Works and Sewer Board for two projects each year, and Livingston agreed to those terms.

Elimination of rainwater drainage problems downtown may be needed before beautification efforts in the area get underway, Waits said.

“We’ve got to redo all the water down there,” Livingston said. “We need to put in new service lines.”

In other business, the council:

— Agreed to adopt an emergency operations plan to help ensure city services are maintained in the event of emergencies.

— Agreed to pay $35,906 to Baker Music Company in Atlanta for a concert grand piano for the Oxford Performing Arts Center.  The money comes from funds already raised by the Oxford Arts Council.

— Appointed city Finance Director Alton Craft, City Councilwoman Charlotte Hubbard, Oxford resident Robin Leonard and the city’s Main Street Director (once hired) to four-year terms on the advisory board for the city’s Main Street program.

— Pay Anniston Water Works and Sewer Board $22,797for water line installation at the new Oxford fire station located at 6834 U.S. 78.

— Agreed to establish an escrow account with 42 Real Estate LLC so that the real estate development company can pay $250,000 toward road improvements at the FedEx facility in the Fish Hatchery community.

Staff writer Eddie Burkhalter: 256-235-3563. On Twitter @Burkhalter_Star.