The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

January 23, 2014

Visual Arts Commission members are named

By Dale Denwalt, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Enid City Commission has named six residents to a panel that will advise on public art projects.

A seventh, Ward 5 Commissioner Tammy Wilson, will serve as the city’s representative.

The Visual Arts Commission is tasked to curate future artworks either owned or commissioned through a mechanism that allots a percentage of large construction projects.

Serving on the VAC are Eldon W. Ames, Christopher Sneed, Edna Mae Holden, Mike Klemme, LynnDe M. Funk and Kelly Tompkins.

The commission also approved an ordinance effectively decriminalizing humanitarian work to reduce the stray population.

The amendment allows people to trap, vaccinate, fix and then release wild animals without being responsible for sheltering them. The issue was raised by an Enid business owner who feared being fined for helping curb the feral cat population.

“Anyone who does this will no longer be subject to a penalty,” said City Attorney Andrea Chism.

Wilson put it succinctly during an informal discussion before the meeting: “We can have barren strays or we can have breeding strays.”

The city also amended the penalty structure for offenses for minors in possession of alcohol.

Another resolution adopted Thursday evening supports state legislation to reduce the fees related to collecting and retaining “use” taxes.

During the study session, commissioners directed City Manager Eric Benson to continue negotiating with a potential buyer for the land that now houses No. 4 Fire Station on West Garriott. The station is planned to relocate to a plot on South Hoover. Benson said the buyer hopes to build a hotel and high-end restaurant. The offer, which will be declined, was $200,000 for five acres.