The Anniston City Council on Tuesday voted to hire Jacksonville State University’s business center to conduct an economic impact study of the Freedom Riders National Monument.

The goal of the study is to provide a comprehensive analysis of the monument’s financial effect on the city, region and state.

Toby Bennington, Anniston’s director of economic development and city planning, told the council earlier this month that the study’s results could be included in the city’s grant applications.

JSU’s Center for Economic Development and Business Research will conduct the study for $23,500. According to the agreement, the project would take about 16 months to complete.

In other business, the council:

- Approved a resolution accepting responsibility of a $100,000 grant initially awarded to the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association. The money is meant to pay for construction of approximately three miles of mountain bike and hiking trails at Coldwater Mountain that will connect to the Coldwater Mountain Trailhead Facility planned by the city. Financial and grant administration constraints by the association have delayed implementation, according to the resolution.

- Appointed JeanAnn Oglesby to the Anniston-Calhoun County Library Board and James Smith to the Parks, Recreation and Beautification Board.


Assistant Metro Editor Daniel Gaddy: 256-235-3560. On Twitter @DGaddy_Star.

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