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Oxford’s Pat Lamar Park bridges, pier to get inspection check up

The bridges and pier at Pat Lamar Park will soon be getting a check up by a local architect firm to make sure they are still safe.

The bridges and pier are more than 15 years old now, and Public Works Director Bart Robinson said it’s time to have them examined.

“I feel confident the structures are safe,” he said. “But I’m also confident they will need some work by now.”

Robinson asked the Oxford Board of Aldermen Tuesday to approve a contract with A2H engineering, architect and planning firm to examine the bridges and piers.

A2H structural engineers will examine the fishing pier and two bridges and make any recommendations as to whether they need to be replaced, upgraded or repaired to the city by July 3.

The base price for A2H’s services is $2,200.

In other business Tuesday, the Board of Aldermen:

•Denied a request to refund towing fees from the owner of a vehicle towed from the Square during Double Decker weekend

•Denied a request to reduce a 30-day suspension to operate from Flying Tuk taxi that was suspended for allowing a nonpermitted driver to operate a taxi recently

•Adopted a resolution awarding the sale of General Operating bonds in the amount of $7.5 million at a 2.8 interest rate

•Approved the official capitulation of the Democratic Primary election results from May 2 as certified by the Municipal Democratic Executive Committee.

•Approve combining lots No. 5, 6 and 7 in the Oxford Commons development to correct lot lines of existing structures

•Granted approval to provide sewer service to the Old Oaks subdivision in Lafayette County

•Approved the final plat for Phase 1 of the Cedar Oaks subdivision and granted the developer a revocable license to put storm water retention system in the city’s right-of-way to reduce the number of trees disturbed on the site.