The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

July 2, 2013

Naming bench, tree, building to cost at least $500

By Dale Denwalt, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Enid City Commission has defined the way public trees, benches and even buildings are to be named.

In a unanimous decision Tuesday night, commissioners agreed anyone requesting to name a piece of public property must first submit an application.

The application, however, comes with a $500 fee and requires 25 signatures of registered Enid voters.

Ward 2 Commissioner Mike Stuber asked why the $500 fee was included.

“To me, this is not anything we should do lightly,” replied Ward 1 Commissioner Ron Janzen. “It should be an important thing.”

There would be different sizes of plaques for each memorial, whether it would appear on a bench, near a tree, on a stone monument or on a building or other structure.

When reviewing an application and deciding whether to rename something, the city commission would have to consider several factors. Among these are the effect on the surrounding community, historical significance and whether the property has a deed restriction.

The person requesting naming rights would have to pay for any signage and memorials.

According to the resolution, an applicant cannot be reconsidered for two years if the request is denied. If approved, however, the memorial would remain for at least 10 years, barring exigent circumstances.



Other business

The commission approved a contract with Cole & Reed P.C., of Oklahoma City, to perform the city’s fiscal year 2012-2013 audit.

Each year, an auditor looks over the city’s books. For the past five years, Enid has been audited by Ronald Cottrell, of Grove.

Ward 6 Commissioner David Vanhooser recommended selecting Cole & Reed over Cottrell to bring in a new face.

“My thought process is the auditors are the watchdog, basically, of the dollars of everything we do, and periodically, they should just be changed,” Vanhooser said, adding that there were no complaints against Cottrell. “I think you get into a routine kind of seeing the same processes, and it’s kind of a good idea to change.”

The contract will be worth $69,000 for the audit this year, and the city can pick up the option for another four years.

Along with approving consent items, the commission approved a water royalty payout to Cimarron Terrace Trust in the amount of $140,000.

The commissioners also approved payment of $27,455 to an employee who won a workers’ compensation award. The employee has returned to work following a shoulder injury. The award will be paid out of the ad valorem tax rolls.

Commissioners unanimously approved a $67,596.50 contract for S.L. Madison Construction LLC to repair a storm sewer at 901 S. Cleveland, near Bethel Baptist Church.ُ