City commissioners discuss Suddenlink contract

Enid City Commission

ENID, Okla. — City commissioners went into executive session during a regular meeting Tuesday to privately discuss whether to renew the franchise agreement with Suddenlink Communications and, if so, the terms of such arrangement.

The city is nearing the end of a 10-year deal with the cable and internet provider, and negotiations are scheduled in the near future.

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A decision was not reached during executive session, and talks likely will continue regarding the city’s relationship with Suddenlink.

The commission approved a number of agenda items, including easements to make way for the Kaw Lake water pipeline and a $125,000 Community Development Block Grant for Community Development Support Association.

The funding granted to CDSA will be used for homeless prevention and rehabilitation, according to the city.

Commissioners looked over three plans to connect downtown Enid to the local trail system during a 5 p.m. study session.

The first option calls for 800 feet of new sidewalk and a signalized pedestrian crossing at Garriott, for a cost of $50,000.

A second option would require the same amount of new sidewalk installed along Garriott and Park, and comes with the same $50,000 price tag.

The third and most expensive option, at $75,000, requires 1,350 feet of new sidewalk that would extend further west along Park until it reaches Adams.

Both the second and third options would feed into a trail portion that runs between Enid Police Department and the city administration building.

Price estimates did not account for any intersection crossings, pedestrian signal systems, corner nodes and ADA accessibility work that might be needed.

Whichever option the city decides upon, if any, will extend the length of the connected pathway to 7,055 feet, according to the engineering department.

Also during the study session, Ward 2 Commissioner Derwin Norwood updated fellow commissioners on his Operation Cleanup campaign.

The long-term goal of campaign is to clean up trash, trim back overgrowth and get all Enid properties up to code and looking good.

“When I first got on the city council three years ago, I was asked, ‘What are the three things you want to accomplish as a city councilman?’ Cleaning up Enid was one of them,” he said.

While volunteers eventually will make their way to every ward in town, Operation Cleanup is starting in Norwood’s own Ward 2 neighborhood, Southern Heights.

“The area that I’m in is pretty blighted, and sometimes in the past has been overlooked,” he said. “Instead of talking about it, I felt like it’s time to do something about it.”

Operation Cleanup launches at 9 a.m. Oct. 26, 2019. Volunteers will meet at Phillips Southern Heights Park, 421 E. Iowa, and are encouraged to bring their own tools. Lunch will be provided.

Volunteer sign up is available at Five80 Coffeehouse. Donations should be sent to Forgotten Ministries, Norwood said.

“I see this as a way of meeting other people, people coming together. With the climate that is taking place in this country, it’s time that we come back together,” Norwood said. “It’s not about race, it’s not about class, it’s not about who you are or where you come from, it’s about love.”

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Willetts is education and city reporter for the Enid News & Eagle.
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