The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

May 3, 2013

Enid City Commission to vote on parks proposal

Dale Denwalt, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — During its meeting Monday night, Enid City Commission will address a $750,000 parks proposal.

The resolution, proposed by Commissioner David Vanhooser, is tied to more than $2 million in adjustments for mandated payouts to police, fire, Enid Municipal Authority and Enid Economic Development Authority, according to the meeting agenda.

Enid Parks Department would get a budget line item of $779,133.60 if Vanhooser’s plan is adopted. The commissioner has said the funds would be used to “kickstart” a proposed separate Parks and Recreation Department.

“These funds will primarily be used to purchase the equipment that will be needed to move forward with maintenance of our current parks,” a comment from Vanhooser’s Facebook account stated in response to an Enid News & Eagle editorial on the issue.

Before any votes take place, though, city hall will swear in two new members, Ben Ezell and Rodney Timm.

Commissioners will be presented with the fiscal year 2013-14 budget Monday night. This is the first of several meetings in which commissioners will get to consider budget issues.

A final vote on the Five Year Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan — necessary for the receipt of Community Development Block Grant funds — will take place during the Monday meeting.

Another provision up for a vote Monday night is the removal of the term “permanent resident” from those who are exempt from the hotel tax.

The agenda also gives commissioners a chance to alter the penalties against public urination and offenses involving an injury.

Later in the meeting, the commission will consider acquiring about 55 acres north of Chestnut and east of Cleveland from Dr. Manuel Hensley. The property would be used for the Rolling Oaks Storm Water Detention Facility.

The commission meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in commission chambers of the city administration building, 401 W. Garriott. The usual study session for commissioners is canceled. Instead, they will meet at the fire department for a fish fry.