The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Local and State News

January 24, 2013

Questions answered: Ward 6 city commission candidates respond

ENID, Okla. — Editor’s note: This is the final article covering Enid City Commission candidates’ views on some of the major issues facing the city in the next four-year term. Each of the candidates was asked the same slate of questions. Other questions asked of the Ward 6 candidates appeared in Thursday’s News & Eagle.

The election for the Ward 6 seat on the Enid City Commission will be decided Feb. 12 between Mickey De La Cruz, Joey Meibergen and Dr. David Vanhooser.

De La Cruz is owner of the downtown restaurant Pane Vino Wine & Steak. He opened the restaurant nine years ago after moving to Enid.

Meibergen is executive vice president of W.B. Johnston Grain Co. Meibergen returned to the family business after graduating from Oklahoma State University in 2004 with a degree in agriculture and natural resources and a minor in agribusiness finance.

Vanhooser is a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon at Integris Bass Baptist Health Center, where he has served since May 2001. He also is a local business owner of office and storage lease space. Vanhooser is a current commissioner on the Enid-Garfield County Metropolitan Area Planning Commission.

Current Ward 6 city commissioner Todd Ging is term-limited.

Enid News & Eagle will host a forum featuring candidates in all three wards up for election — ward 3, which includes parts of east and southeast Enid; ward 4, in northeast Enid; and ward 6, which is in northwest Enid — at 6 p.m. Monday in commission chambers, 401 W. Garriott.

Parks plan

Enid residents will vote March 5 on a pair of proposals that would generate $50 million in revenue to upgrade the city’s parks system.

The parks plan is split into two ballot questions: one to raise $20 million by increasing the city sales tax rate by one-half cent for five years, and one to pay for $30 million in general obligation bonds by extending an existing 7 mill ad valorem tax.

The largest development in the bond plan would be a new park at 30th and Randolph, which would include “softball fields, soccer fields, football fields, outdoor basketball courts, playgrounds, a skate park, picnic shelters, restrooms and concession facilities” at a cost of $13.4 million.

Another $6.8 million in bond funds would be split between improvement projects at all of the city’s neighborhood parks.

The sales tax funds would cover expenses not paid for in the bonds, including replacement of Champlin Pool, portions of the city’s trail plan, and construction of two new neighborhood parks.

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