The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

July 21, 2013

Mayor Shewey correct about city of Enid avoiding bad precedent with Sunoco

ENID, Okla. — We were scratching our heads at a certain agenda item for last week’s Enid City Commission meeting.

A vote could have absolved Enid’s obligation to pay nearly $100,000 to Sunoco Inc. because the company never officially asked for it, according to city documents.

In 2010, the city of Enid asked Sunoco to relocate its pipeline to accommodate the widening of an intersection at Willow and Oakwood. That year, the city approved a reimbursement to Sunoco for the cost of moving it.

The agenda item stated that the city of Enid had met statutory requirements addressing notification of outstanding claims against the city.

We applaud Mayor Bill Shewey for asking why the agenda item was being presented during an informal study session before the regular meeting.

“I think it’s one of the worst precedents in the world we can do at the city of Enid,” he said. “Sunoco is a good corporate citizen. They have pipelines all over the county. To me, it’s a communication problem.”

Fortunately, Enid city commissioners opted against canceling the payment by pulling it from consideration on the agenda Tuesday night. Shewey was correct: Acting otherwise might have set a bad precedent.

In an attempt to bring the matter to a close, city officials will contact Sunoco. Thanks for doing the right thing.

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