OXFORD The City Council here on Tuesday approved an agreement that could put the city in a bike-sharing network with Anniston, Jacksonville and Jacksonville State University.

“This is a no-cost option to the city,” said Casey Rhodes with a bike sharing consultant firm, Bantam Strategies.

Rhodes said Tuesday that the agreement is currently under consideration by Jacksonville and Anniston’s city councils as well as the university.

“I think we’ll be good to go,” she said.

The network will include 500 bikes that riders can pay for through an app called Lime Bike, which charges users $1 per half hour. Riders can access and return the bikes at any of the four planned sites.

Oxford’s bikes will be based in Choccolocco Park.

Marc Webb, Oxford’s risk management and safety director, said officials hope to have the bikes in place by the Noble Street Festival on April 7.

Rhodes said Lime Bike will hire three to four staff members to maintain and operate the bike stations at each site.  

In other business, the council:

- Approved an ordinance that would put all of the property around Oxford Lake such as the Civic Center and the softball complex under one deed. Council president Chris Spurlin said the change would be helpful because having the properties on different deeds had presented problems when the city applied for grants.

- Approved a measure to change the ordinance concerning flood plains. Mike Roberts, director of the building, planning and zoning department, said the change means Oxford builders would have to go one foot above the flood plain, as delineated on federal government maps, to establish a structure’s floor. Before the ordinance passed Tuesday, builders had to go two feet above the plain. Roberts said the engineering department suggested the change, with the support of the planning board, and it would mean construction cost savings in Oxford.

- Passed a resolution for the city to continue using attorney James Noles for construction and environmental related issues. Noles recently moved to a different law firm.

- Authorized the mayor and head of the city’s garage to declare more than 30 vehicles surplus.

- Voted to go into executive session to discuss potential development at the former Sears building in the Quintard Mall. The city purchased the former retail site in October.



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