Bids to be opened mid-January for Oxford sports complex
by Patrick McCreless
pmccreless@annistonstar.com
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Oxford officials could soon have a start date for the city's long-delayed sports complex project.

During the Oxford City Council's work session Monday, Council President Steve Waits said the city is set to open bids for the project Jan. 14 and could learn a tentative construction start date then.

"We're still on date for bidding out the complex," Waits said. "The sooner we can get approved, the sooner we can get going."

Delays have hampered construction of the 350-acre sports complex for years.

Human remains found at the site, believed by some archaeologists to be the former location of an Indian village or town, led to the stoppage of work on the complex in 2010. Due to its contract with contractor Taylor Corporation, the city had to pay a total of $2 million in delay fees to the company over the next several years. The city cancelled its contract with the company in January.

This summer, the council ordered fresh plans for the site along with needed soil testing.

Combining the delay fees with the original cost of the property, the city has spent $7.9 million on the project.

In its official meeting, the council voted down a resolution to buy irrigation equipment for the city-owned Cider Ridge Golf Course. Bruce Rice, city attorney, said there were problems with the contract bid that needed to be addressed before the council could approve the project.

"It appears there were errors in the initial bid process and they need to correct those," Rice said, referring to Cider Ridge management.

Rice said Cider Ridge administrators were already working to correct the issues.

The council also agreed to spend $236,917 for concrete from McCartney Construction in Gadsden for the Oxford Street Department.

At the end of the meeting, the council went into executive session to discuss the possible purchase of real estate and pending litigation. The council took no action on the topics.

Staff writer Patrick McCreless: 256-235-3561. On Twitter @PMcCreless_Star.

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