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Oxford discusses shutting down sports complex project [LINK/Lead]

Posted on: April 6, 2010

[Original Website: http://www.annistonstar.com/view/full_story/6946402/article-Oxford-discusses-shutting-down-sports-complex-project%5D

Oxford discusses shutting down sports complex project

The Oxford City Council today discussed abandoning a project that has cost taxpayers approximately $281,000 in delays since ancient human remains were discovered at the site in February.

During the special called meeting, the council agreed to table a final decision on the city’s multi-million-dollar sports complex project on the historic Davis Farm until the cost to void the construction contract could be compared with the cost of waiting until work could resume.

To date, the city has spent more than $5.9 million on the project, most of it for the purchase of the property.

Oxford City Project Manager Fred Denney said at the end of the meeting that because of the mounting costs, the city’s approximately $18 million bond issue for the project could no longer pay for all the construction.

Representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who attended the meeting, said it could take at least three months to ensure all federal requirements are met before they could allow the Oxford project to resume.

The corps stopped the project around late February because it was not notified about the American Indian remains, which were discovered around Jan. 8 at the construction site. A wetlands permit that the city obtained to develop the Davis Farm site stipulates the corps must be notified if any remains and or artifacts are discovered.(…more)

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