City must draft stormwater management plan
by Eddie Burkhalter
eburkhalter@annistonstar.com
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OXFORD – The Oxford City Council Tuesday signed a consent order with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management to complete a stormwater management plan.

As part of the agreement, signed during Tuesday’s council meeting, the city’s plan will also educate the public about stormwater drainage and problems it can cause.

Municipalities must submit those stormwater management plans annually, said Scott Hughes, spokesman for ADEM by phone Tuesday morning.

ADEM requires that municipalities take steps to reduce the impact of stormwater runoff, Hughes said, explaining too much stormwater in sewer systems can disrupt the normal operation of sewer treatment plants.

The stormwater management plans make clear to ADEM what steps municipalities will take to prevent that from happening, Hughes said.

The city missed an earlier deadline to file the plan with ADEM, which prompted the agency’s request for the consent order.

Also during Tuesday’s meeting, the council agreed to enter into a contract with the Internet-based ticketing system, Seat Advisor's Box Office, to handle tickets for the city’s Performing Arts Center. Council members say the agreement will make buying tickets more convenient, and it will fill more theater seats.

The city will pay the company $9,300 annually to manage the center’s online ticket sales.

The council in September hired Arts Venues Management, a venue management and consulting firm, to help set policies and procedures for the center. The city is paying $4,750 each month to the firm until the company completes a website for the center, and recommends to the council pricing and rental policies.

The center’s website is still being completed, but parks and recreation director Don Hudson said patrons should be able to purchase tickets on the website — www.oxfordpac.org — starting Nov. 1.

The council also agreed Tuesday to hire the law firm of Balch and Bingham, LLP to help city officials update human resource guidelines for city employees.

“Employee laws are continuously changing,” Rice said.

The council on Tuesday also voted to go into an executive session to discuss the pending sale of real estate. The council took no action after the session.

In other business, the council:

- Agreed to enter into a contract with the East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission to update city maps at a cost to the city of $6,000.

- Approved a change order to pay Jerry Doss Construction an additional $17,795 for a project to widen a turning-lane on Leon Smith Parkway. Bad soil at the site required the company to do additional work. The city received a $5,000 refund from the engineering firm, Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood for soil testing previously done that should have shown the problem prior to construction, said council president Steven Waits.

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

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