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May 17, 2013

BREAKING: Commission wants massive trails expenditure

ENID, Okla. — The Enid City Commission has voted to spend at least $2 million to improve the city's trail system.

Going into Friday's budget session, city staff had proposed allowing up to $600,000 to improve the trails. The numbers are only preliminary, however, and require final approval.

Ward 1 Commissioner Ron Janzen asked to increase the proposed trails budget by $1 million, but Ward 6 Commissioner David Vanhooser said he would vote against the motion unless Janzen proposed a larger figure. City Manager Eric Benson also suggested increasing it to allow for more flexibility.

Janzen agreed, and pushed for spending up to $2 million on improving the trails.

"I want us to start acquiring property to take the trail downtown," Janzen said, also predicting "flack" for spending that much on trails instead of roads.

Benson replied, saying that the city would spend $3.4 million on roads this year alone.

Ward 4 Commissioner Rodney Timm voted against the measure. Ward 5's Tammy Wilson was not present for the vote.

The commission also voted to defund the conversion to HD for Enid's public access channel, PEGASYS. In the same vote, commissioners approved the entity's $185,000 request for operational costs and the mandatory cost of forcing the station to move as a result of the downtown hotel project.

Several more budget meetings are scheduled this month. The commissioners will vote to approve the final budget in June.

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