The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Local and State News

January 23, 2013

Ward 6 city commission candidates talk about issues

ENID, Okla. —

Editor’s note: This is the third article covering Enid City Commission candidates’ views on some of the major issues facing the city in the next four-year term. Each of the candidates were asked the same slate of questions. Since there are three candidates in Ward 6, their answers will be split into two parts. The second part will be in Friday’s News & Eagle.

The election for the Ward 6 seat on the Enid City Commission will be decided Feb. 12, between Mickey De La Cruz, Joey Meibergen and Dr. David Vanhooser.

De La Cruz is owner of the downtown restaurant Pane Vino Wine & Steak. He opened the restaurant nine years ago after moving to Enid.

Meibergen is executive vice president of W.B. Johnston Grain Co. Meibergen returned to the family business after graduating from Oklahoma State University in 2004, with a degree in agriculture and natural resources and a minor in agri-business finance.

Vanhooser is a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon at Integris Bass Baptist Health Center, where he has served since May 2001. He also is a local business owner of office and storage lease space. Vanhooser is a current commissioner on the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission.

Current Ward 6 city commissioner Todd Ging is term-limited.

Enid News & Eagle will host a forum featuring candidates in all three wards up for election — ward 3, which includes parts of east and southeast Enid; ward 4, in northeast Enid; and ward 6, which is in northwest Enid — at 6 p.m. Monday in commission chambers, 401 W. Garriott.

City water issues

High demand and a record-breaking drought combined to exceed the city’s water-delivery capacity last summer, ushering in city water conservation measures and watering restrictions through September.

According to figures provided by the city last summer, residential use amounts to 30.4 percent of the city’s water, while commercial usage is 65.6 percent. The city of Enid has announced plans to increase municipal water supply by one million gallons per day in 2013, and an additional two million gallons per day in 2014, by expanding city water rights and infrastructure.

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