The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 17, 2014

Hot topics on city commission table

City will hear downtown hotel and 'Boomer' presentations

By Dale Denwalt, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Several city issues that have gained considerable public opinion will be up for discussion Tuesday night, but none are scheduled for a vote.

A study session begins at 5, with a regular session meeting following at 6:30 at the city administration building, 401 W. Garriott.

According to an agenda released by the city of Enid, the commissioners will hear a presentation on “Downtown Hotel Streetscape.”

Construction on the hotel has yet to begin, and members of the community have wondered how it will appear.

Original plans called for the hotel to complement or use material from the Kress building, which was demolished. The commission has not yet seen updated drawings, but they are required to approve the hotel’s final appearance.

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Also in the study session, which is an informal meeting among commissioners and staff that is open to the public, commissioners will hear preliminary plans for fire station No. 4.

The fire substation will be located on South Hoover because of protests by residents near Lion’s Park. The residents there were surprised to learn that the city had plans to replace their aging station in the small park.

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There will be an update on the trail between Oakwood and Garland, which previous cost estimates pegged at almost $1 million.

During the study session, city staff also will present information on property inspections and the comprehensive plan.

Their meeting in regular session will include awarding of several construction contracts.

Downey Construction turned in the lowest bid for drainage improvement along Chestnut near W.B. Johnson Grain Company. A portion of the drainage area includes the railroad yard. BNSF has agreed to share 50 percent of the cost.

The total drainage improvement should cost about $279,655, Downey Construction estimates.

An Oklahoma City firm had the lowest bid for replacing the Santa Fe Depot roof, which leaks. The existing tile roof will be removed and then replaced after repairs are complete. Sexton Construction bid $69,900 to do the project.

Ward 1 Commissioner Ron Janzen also will present his plan to place Harold Holden’s “Boomer” statue in the plaza of the Enid Event Center and Convention Hall.

Appointments will be made for the following city panels:

• Historic Preservation Commission

• Board of Adjustment

• Meadowlake Golf Course Advisory Board