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February 19, 2014

Vacant building ordinance pulled

ENID, Okla. — When it meets later today, Enid City Commission will not consider an ordinance creating a vacant building registry.

Local Realtors came out in force against Ward 5 Commissioner Tammy Wilson’s proposal, after she floated the idea. Commissioners haven’t yet had a chance to discuss how they would structure the ordinance, though.

Wilson’s proposal would have the city keep track of vacant structures. Their owners likely would be required to pay an annual fee and follow guidelines on the property’s upkeep.

Wilson confirmed Wednesday that discussion of the ordinance will stay off the agenda for now.

“The state delegation is considering legislation that may have an effect on those kind of ordinances, so we wanted to see how that ends up,” she said.

A bill in the Oklahoma House would forbid municipalities from creating such registries. The legislative session runs until May, but there are several key deadlines between now and then that each bill must pass in order to remain alive.

Commissioners will meet at 5 p.m. today in an informal study session that is open to the public. Along with an update on worker’s compensation claims, Wilson has asked to discuss the Kiwanis ferris wheel that’s planned for Meadowlake Park.

Action on agenda items begins with a meeting that starts at 6:30 p.m. Commissioners are scheduled to consider the final plat in the Wilderness Cove 2nd Addition.

They also will take up employment contract extensions for the city’s two municipal judges, James F. Long and Linda McKnight Pickens.

The meetings both are in the city administration building, 401 W. Garriott.

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