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January 14, 2013

Canola TIF, rezoning, water top commission agenda


ENID, Okla. — Water improvements

Commissioners will consider going out for emergency bids to replace a section of 20-inch water line.

The line, which runs from 54th and U.S. 412 to the Koch Nitrogen plant on 78th, carries about 50 percent of the city’s water demand, according to a city commission agenda.

The pipe supplies Koch Nitrogen, Salt Fork Water District and the towns of Covington and Fairmont.

According to tonight’s agenda, the pipe has deteriorated over time and has begun to fail, requiring 10 line repairs last month. A rupture in late November cut off water supply to Covington residents for three days.

Tonight’s emergency resolution would waive normal bidding procedures to replace the water line.

In other water-related concerns, commissioners will consider approving a contract with Alan Plummer Associates, of Fort Worth, for wastewater treatment professional services.

The engineering firm would provide consulting for ways to treat gray water so it could be reused for industrial purposes, in accordance with state and federal environmental quality requirements.

The contract with Alan Plummer Associates, as specified in tonight’s commission agenda, would not exceed $75,000.

Commissioners also will consider utility easements for two raw water collection lines, and a construction permit for two new water wells, all located in the Cleo Springs area in Major County.

Other business

In other business, commissioners will consider awarding a $312,000 contract for construction of the Cleveland Street Trailhead in the city’s master trail plan.

The project would include constructing restrooms, a picnic area and a localized walking loop and purchase of exercise equipment for the trailhead, to be partially funded by a $160,000 grant from the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation.

The balance of the project would be funded from the city’s capital improvement fund.

Henson Construction entered the low bid for the project, with a base bid of $312,242.

Commissioners also will consider expending $277,449 from the capital improvement fund for new playground equipment at Champion Park.

Tonight’s agenda calls for waiving the bidding requirements and purchasing the equipment from Child’s Play Inc. on the grounds Child’s Play has offered a discount of more than 32 percent off retail price for the equipment.

Commissioners will consider amending the capital improvement fund to add $83,000 to appropriations for the new carousel house at Meadowlake Park, bringing the project total to $393,000.

An additional $66,196.90 will be considered for Enid Renaissance Project to cover additional construction administration fees and routing software for Convention Hall and Enid Event Center.

Commissioners also will consider extending the contract term for Renaissance parking lot development by 60 days.

The parking area contract extension would have a revised completion date of May 31, with no additional contract cost.

Enid Municipal Authority will consider increasing its 2012-2013 fiscal financial plan by $276,924.32.

The additional funds would cover: $143,151 to purchase the Advanced Chiropractic space at 523 S. Independence, which lies in the planned Renaissance green space; additional costs to relocate Carter Paint and Wesley Creasey, moved to make way for Renaissance; rent on six months’ parking at the Homeland building; $106,000 in fees to The Public Finance Law Group, PLLC for TIF counsel services for the Oakwood Mall TIF and proposed Northstar Agri Industries canola processing plant TIF.

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