ENID, Okla. —
The commission voted to condemn a vacant property along Willow so the city could move forward with its road-widening project.
The home at 2909 W. Willow currently is under foreclosure, and the city had not yet made a deal with the owner to acquire the right of way.
“And as a result of that, there’s no one left to negotiate with. So this is the only legal avenue we have to gain rights,” City Manager Eric Benson said.
Between Cleveland and Oakwood, the city is widening Willow to five lanes. The most difficult step in the process, city spokesman Steve Kime said Wednesday, is acquiring the rights of way to move utility lines.
Commissioners have allocated funds for Enid Event Center improvements they authorized earlier this year.
The two contract change orders pay out $33,458 for a video board and lighting.
Project manager Bob Myers said there still is work to be done, and there could be one final change order for the Event Center.
In total, the Enid Event Center construction project contract after the change orders is worth $18,515,758, almost $1.1 million more than the original contract.
A 15-acre parcel of land near an Enid Woodring Regional Airport runway was purchased by the commission for $76,800. The land was bought to keep the runway area object-free and to keep a solid line of sight for the airport’s guidance instruments.
The following agenda items also were approved:
• Two-year contracts for police and firefighters that grant cost-of-living increases in pay.
• A contract with a NAPA Auto Parts to provide the city with a parts and equipment warehouse.
• As part of an incentive agreement, hiring of a construction manager for the Northstar Agri Industries canola plant.
Commissioners also agreed to use a low-cost, quick-set asphalt from Donelson Construction Co. The Modified Aggregate Quick Set Surfacing System costs about a tenth of the city’s current asphalt vendor. Public Works Deputy Director Rob Camp said a street using MAQS would last five to 10 years with normal traffic.
Using the product also will let the city add 7.9 miles to its local street repair program.