The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 4, 2014

Waukomis council eyes new building

By Jessica Miller, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

WAUKOMIS, Okla. — Preliminary plans for a new community building were discussed by Waukomis Town Council during a meeting Thursday night.

Mayor Tim Vanover said the proposed building would serve as city hall, police department, community/senior citizen building and house the Town Council meeting area.

“It’s just a community building,” Vanover said.

A portion of an older existing town-owned building had to be torn down because a wall was collapsing, he said.

“We were afraid for liability and safety’s sake that the whole south side of that building was going to cave in,” Vanover said.

Vanover said the town does not have unlimited dollars to build a new facility.

A number of Waukomis officials had looked into prices for constructing the proposed building.

Off preliminary quotes received from one builder, council members estimated construction of a 60-foot by 100-foot metal building would start at $180,000.

Vanover said there would have to be funds on hand before the existing building would be torn down and construction could begin on a new building. Funding could limit the start of construction to, at the earliest, being a year away, councilors discussed.

It was noted the proposed facility would have to be bid out for a builder to be selected.

In other business, the council learned the town’s new unofficial score from ISO fire insurance rating now is down to a 4/4Y, which will reduce some homeowners’ insurance. All structures within five miles of the fire station door have the same rating as the town, due to water capabilities, the council learned.

Once the score has been announced as official, homeowners may contact their insurance companies to inform them of the new score, fire department officials said. Insurance companies reportedly make the decision on whether rates will be lowered as a result of the changed score.