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March 4, 2014

‘Boomer’ gets hearing

At a study session Tuesday night, officials  heard Ward 1 Commissioner Ron Janzen’s  proposal to relocate Harold T. Holden’s “Boomer” statue to the plaza along Independence, in front of Enid Event Center and Convention Hall.

After being moved to make way for demolition of Cherokee Strip Conference Center, “Boomer” was placed on the south side of Enid Event Center, essentially in the parking lot area. Concerns about errant traffic hitting the statue forced planners to re-evaluate its location.

If the city commission goes with Janzen’s plan, which is endorsed by Holden, it would be placed facing north in the western-most planter in the plaza.

Janzen humorously explained a reason why “Boomer,” a bronze statue of a pioneer and his horse racing to claim land in the Cherokee Strip, would now be facing north.

“We don’t want it to look like we’ve got anybody riding out of town. We’re taking it back toward downtown Enid,” he said. “That’s where the land office is.”

The planter is 20 inches high and Holden designed an additional 18-inch base. Lights would help illuminate it at night.

City engineers have planned on replacing a sewer line along Independence in front of the plaza area, which could push back Boomer’s relocation to this summer. The statue is being housed in a city workshop.

Commissioners also briefly discussed a constituent suggestion to place “Boomer” at David Allen Memorial Ballpark. Janzen said it would be a good idea, but said it is more suited for a baseball-related statue.

Several new members will serve on city boards and authorities after the commission approved their applications during their regular meeting.

• Park Board: Maggie Jackson and Mary McDonald will replace incumbents Molly Helm, who declined to be reappointed, and Hallie Caldwell.

• Metropolitan Area Planning Commission: Incumbents Cole Ream and Don Rose were retained.

• Enid Joint Recreation Triad: Keller Taylor won, earning more votes than incumbent Randy Floyd.

• Tree Board: Incumbent Nanci Moore did not apply for reappointment; Carolyn McLemore and Melissa Szymanski received nods to fill the two vacant positions.

• Enid Public Transit Authority: Pam Ballard earned more votes than incumbent William Stittsworth.

• Aviation Advisory Board: John K. Martin was confirmed to serve on the board.

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