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May 6, 2014

Enid Trails System extended by commission

ENID, Okla. — The city of Enid has approved two contracts that will extend the pedestrian trail by nearly 1.5 miles.

Between Oakwood and Garland, the 10-foot-wide, 1.1-mile-long concrete trail also will cross a drainage area. Commissioners selected an arch-shaped bridge.

The contract for $652,468.30 will go to MTZ Construction, of Oklahoma City. City Manager Eric Benson said the city is discussing with World Harvest Church about constructing a joint-use facility, which also could allow trail-goers to use parking there. The church is building a new facility near the terminus on Garland.

Another .42-mile extension of the trail will arc south and eastward from Rupe to Meadowlake Park. S.L. Madison Construction submitted the lowest bid of $209,065.

A year ago, the city budgeted $2 million for trail extensions but has $900,000 left. City staff told the commission they still are working on securing rights of way to build a trail northward into downtown.

Water strategy

The city has taken the first steps toward applying to use Kaw Lake as its primary water source. Engineers are planning to meet with Oklahoma Water Resources Board and Army Corps of Engineers, and applications to use and store the water could be submitted later this year.

City Engineer Chris Gdanski, in reviewing the other options of expanding the water well field and constructing a new lake, said piping water from the lake is a better choice.

“I think we’re pretty much convinced it’s not a sustainable option,” he said of the well field, most of which sits in an aquifer near Cleo Springs.

Building a pipeline and appropriate pump stations from the lake will take about five years, Gdanski estimated. The city would need the capacity to pump 15 to 18 million gallons per day to meet future demand.

The city of Stillwater currently uses water from Kaw Lake, and Enid officials said they may try to pursue cost-sharing arrangements on facilities both cities could use.

Ward 6 Commissioner David Vanhooser told his colleagues that he wants to keep a significant percentage of Enid’s water source in the well field.

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