Oxford to take input on Bynum community center
by Patrick McCreless
Feb 09, 2011 | 3082 views |  0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
OXFORD – Residents who would like to pitch their ideas about the proposed Bynum Community Center will have their chance to do so Thursday.

Mayor Leon Smith and the Oxford City Council will host an informational meeting about the new facility from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Bynum Baptist Church.

Council President Chris Spurlin announced the meeting during the regular city council meeting Tuesday. He said plans were already drawn up for the center but residents would still get to have their say.

“We’ve already planned it and bid it out, but we’d like to give them an opportunity to give some input of what might be added,” Spurlin said after the meeting.

Spurlin said the meeting would also help provide information to the public.

“We’ll show them what’s coming and answer any questions,” he said.

The council approved a $2.13 million contract in October with J.F. Morgan Construction to build Bynum a new community center. It will be built at the site of the previous Bynum Community Center and will utilize an existing building that will be renovated.

A gymnasium and walking track will be built at the site.

In late July, the council approved the demolition of three other 1950s-era buildings at the site to make way for the new facility.

The buildings were originally part of Bynum School. Local residents later started using the site as a community center.

Once the new facility is completed, Oxford residents anywhere in the city will have relatively easy access to a civic center. Oxford already has a civic center at Oxford Lake, which is centrally located in the city, and the Friendship Community Center on the east side of the city. The Bynum Center will be on the west side of the city.

The only action taken by the council Tuesday was the re-appointment of Tom Collins to the Oxford Library Board for a three-year term.

The city currently has vacancies for other boards, including two seats for the Industrial Development Board and one seat for the Calhoun-Cleburne Mental Health Board.

Contact staff writer Patrick McCreless at 256-235-3561.

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