The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

August 2, 2013

Commission to eye Enid’s water pressure

By Dale Denwalt, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Enid City Commission will work on several nagging issues during its study session and regular meeting Tuesday evening.

According to a preliminary agenda, which has not yet been posted and is subject to change, the fire department will present during a study session the latest news about its tests of water pressure along key lines in the city.

The tests were ordered because the current records showed disproportionately low totals — figures that could have severely hampered construction in parts of the city because of a lack of firefighting protection. New reporting of those numbers is expected to show better water flow than previously thought.

Also during the study session, commissioners are scheduled to discuss the Water Master Plan study, a sign ordinance and local street maintenance priorities.

The finalized and official agenda will be posted by Monday. The informal study session begins at 5 p.m., and the regular meeting of the commission starts at 6:30 p.m.

Both are at the city administration building, 401 W. Garriott, and are open to the public.

Condemnation, land use

In order to expand Enid Renaissance Project southward to Garriott, the city may begin condemnation proceedings on a piece of property along South Grand. In a description of the resolution on Tuesday’s agenda, owners of several properties have turned down “generous” offers to sell.

The resolution would direct the city’s legal staff to begin condemnation proceedings in an effort to acquire the property.

Commissioners also will vote on a purchase of about half an acre of land in the 800 block of South Hoover, so the fire department can relocate its Station No. 4.

The land alone will cost the city $125,787.80. As part of that price, the city agrees to reimburse more than $60,000 to cover previous sanitary sewer improvements made by the owner, Native Warehousing LLC.

Another parcel of land the city is interested in buying is the lot at 348 E. Cornell, for a price of $251,500.

The owner of property along Willow east of AdvancePierre Foods is asking to rezone the land from agricultural use to light industrial. The property currently contains tanks, pumps and electrical equipment, and the owner intends to place an oil field tech building there.

Commissioners also will discuss approval of final plat of Skyview Estates, east of Pheasant Run Golf Community.

Administration topics

City Manager Eric Benson’s annual performance evaluation is scheduled for a private hearing among commissioners. Because the evaluation is a personnel matter, it will be conducted behind closed doors in executive session.

Also on the preliminary agenda:

• Presentation for the public and commission about progress of the new Parks and Recreation Department.

• Approval of regulations for park and facility fees.

• Creation of streamlined and detailed procedures for special events on city property.

• Updating the solicitation ordinance.

• Increasing water rates for the Emergency Water Conservation Phase, and updating the city rulebook to reflect automatic water rate increases.

Business votes

Commissioners will vote on a previously discussed agreement with BH Tower LLC, which manages the Broadway Tower. After meeting several prerequisites, the owner of the tower would be able to receive a 1-percent sales tax rebate on sales there, a waiver for building permit fees and support from the commission for a sign variance request.

The sales tax rebate will not affect the hotel-motel tax.

Contracts with AT&T and Pioneer Telephone are slated for approval. Under the contracts, the companies would provide 911 database services.

A resolution supporting Main Street Enid’s participation in the current year’s Oklahoma Main Street Program is scheduled for a vote.