Pipeline path

The initial path of a pipeline included in a report drafted by Guernsey in January 2014. City of Enid Director of Engineering Christopher Gdanski said the path could potentially change. (Photo provided)

ENID, Okla. — Garver has been selected to serve as program manager for the first phase of constructing a pipeline to receive water from Kaw Lake.

Enid City Commission selected the firm, 6-0, during a meeting Tuesday. Ward 6 Commissioner David Vanhooser was not at the meeting.

Director of Engineering Christopher Gdanski said city officials evaluated responses to a formal Request for Proposal and determined which firm was the best qualified to meet the needs for the project. Once the firm is determined, price negotiations are made.

The program management firm will establish the necessary program management processes and controls, begin preliminary engineering and work on environmental and permitting, he said.

The commission recently heard presentations from three potential program managers — Garver, Black and Veatch and Burns and McDonnell.

“They were all great proposals. It wasn’t an easy decision,” Ward 5 Commissioner Tammy Wilson said.

Ward 2 Commissioner Aaron Brownlee questioned what would occur if city officials are not comfortable with a price after negotiations.

Gdanski said the city would go to the second choice.

The firm’s selection comes after Oklahoma Water Resources Board approved the city’s application to take water from Kaw Lake. Once the pipeline is built, Enid can take up to 18 million gallons per day from the lake.

Construction of the pipeline is expected to take five to seven years. The project will cost between $200 million and $300 million.

In other business, the commission approved, 6-0, an ordinance amending Enid Municipal Code in relation to restaurants, drive-in restaurants and outdoor cafés, as well as adding regulations for mobile food vendors.

Wilson said the main change to the code was the “food truck part.”

She said food trucks have to adhere to county and state health laws, and in order to operate a food truck in Enid, the operator has to prove the food truck has been inspected, has insurance and must pay a fee for a day, six months or a year.

Wilson clarified the license is separate from a special event license.

City Attorney Andrea Chism said the ordinance will not require duplicate licensing. The food truck operator will not have to pay for a “second event license.”

The commission also approved, 6-0, an ordinance to increase certain fees at the Meadowlake Municipal Golf Course.

Through the change, green and cart fees were increased, a surcharge membership category was eliminated and fees for unlimited memberships were reduced.

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