The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 4, 2013

Commission to eye advisory boards

By James Neal, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Enid City Commission will begin business Tuesday afternoon by swearing in a new commissioner, then proceed to consider appointments to six city advisory boards.

Commissioners will meet in a special meeting at 4:45 p.m. in the lower level conference room of the city administration building, 401 W. Garriott, to swear in David Vanhooser as Ward 6 commissioner.

Former Ward 6 commissioner Todd Ging resigned his seat Feb. 20, citing a move with his job. Vanhooser was elected to the Ward 6 seat Feb. 12, and would have been seated in May had Ging not resigned.

Vanhooser said he’s looking forward to being sworn in at 4:45 p.m. “and getting to work at 5.”

Commissioners will meet in a study session at 5 p.m., followed by their regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. in commission chambers.

The commissioners will consider appointments to six advisory boards:

• Metropolitan Area Planning Commission: two vacancies will be filled from among the following applicants: Christopher Arnold, William Gungoll, Cody Bill Haney, Geoff Helm, Bruce Ingraham, T. Geoffrey Luke, Nanci Moore and Lynn Smith.

• Enid Joint Recreation Triad: two vacancies will be filled. Nanci Moore and Lynn Snow submitted applications for the vacant seats.

• Park Board: one vacancy will be filled from among Molly Helm, Mark Keefer, Nanci Moore and Donna Vieth.

• Enid Public Transportation Authority: there is one vacancy, and applications were submitted by William Gungoll (incumbent) and Lori King.

• Board of Adjustment: there is one vacancy to be filled from among: Christopher Arnold, Chad Davis (incumbent), William Gungoll and T. Geoffrey Luke.

• Meadowlake Golf Course Advisory Board: one vacancy will be filled from among Bob Adamson Jr. and Michael Oaks.

In other business, commissioners will consider two change orders and a resolution calling for condemnation of property related to Enid Renaissance Project construction.

One change order would increase the contract with Carter and Associates by $42,660 to cover two additional months of management services for the Renaissance project until August. The new contract would not exceed $648,726, according to the amendment being considered tonight.

A second change order would amend the contract amount with W.L. McNatt and Co. of Oklahoma City for the Convention Hall renovation project. The original contract was awarded in October 2011 for $7,082,000.

Five change orders have since been made raising the current contract amount to $7,336,258.

The change order being considered tonight would be for an additional $90,890, and raise the new contract amount to $7,427,148.

Also related to Renaissance construction, commissioners tonight will consider a resolution calling for the city attorney to begin condemnation proceedings against a parcel of land that lies in the path of proposed green space for Enid Event Center.

The land in question, lot 27 and parts of lots 28-32 block 54, lies in the area designated for Renaissance parking, green space, and a central park and amphitheater.

The Renaissance area impacted is bounded by Independence and Grand, from Garriott to Oklahoma.

Tonight’s resolution, if passed, would “authorize, instruct and direct the city attorney to commence condemnation proceedings if said property cannot be purchased and damages settled by agreement with the landowners.”

Tonight’s agenda notes the city already has purchased land and relocated owners and tenants from surrounding properties.

According to the agenda:

“Most owners have been cooperative and fair, allowing the city to purchase the majority of the necessary properties. However, there are some holdouts. Fair, even generous, offers have been made by the city and rejected by the owners. Thus, condemnation has become necessary.”

In other business, commissioners will consider a groundwater access agreement with Garfield County Fairgrounds Trust Authority for installation and operation of ground water wells.

The city and fairgrounds authority already have a similar agreement for city water wells on county fairground property.

Tonight’s consideration calls for providing the fairgrounds a credit on the cost of up to 2 million gallons of water per year, based on the actual water production from the site, in exchange for city water rights on the county property. Commissioners also will consider purchasing 40.7 acres of land for extension of Runway 35 at Enid Woodring Regional Airport at a cost of $172,000.