City of Enid

ENID, Okla. — City of Enid commissioners approved a number of zoning changes during a Thursday night meeting, clearing obstacles for two planned enterprises.

An address to the north of the 3200 block of East Garriott was rezoned from residential to agricultural, which will be the future site of a marijuana growing operation.

Another location at 1910 W. Chestnut earned rezoning approval, changing over from residential duplex or two-family dwelling, to residential multi-family. According to the city, the property owner plans to convert the building into senior living apartments.

The commission also approved the final plat of Cleveland Prairie, located north of Purdue, on the west side of Cleveland.

The applicant, STK Construction, an Oklahoma City-based homebuilder, is platting 10 blocks, for a total of 162 lots.

Several steps were taken in progressing the Kaw Lake water project, big and small.

City commissioners approved the transfer of nearly $13 million to help finance design work on the Kaw Lake water project, which is being conducted by Garver, LLC.

The commission also approved a number of easements to make way for the water project, awarding a total of $43,200 to the three property owners in the pipeline's path.

Investments in new equipment and infrastructural upkeep were considered as well.

Following city approval, Enid's fire department will be getting two new 2020 Chevrolet pick up trucks for fire marshal use, at a cost of $53,570.

To finance the evaluation of, and improvements to, the 54th St. Lift Station, the commission voted to set aside $69,500.

Following recent bridge inspections, five "critical findings" were discovered in Enid, commissioners learned during a study session prior to the meeting.

A bridge on Broadway and 5th was identified because of an aging support beam. Two other locations were identified on Market at 30th and at 78th.

Grand turn arounds, by the intersection of Grand and Chestnut have some minor "spall" issues, where some concrete sections on the underside of the bridges are deteriorating.

Only the first bridge listed, at Broadway and 5th, is considered to be a danger, and traffic is being diverted from the route.

On the topic of roadwork, other items came, too.

Leona Mitchell Bridge is at 56 percent completion, according to the city's engineering department, and work is expected to wrap up before the holiday season.

A sewer box upgrade project on Willow, by Prairie View Elementary School, is 76 percent complete.

When asked for a more precise estimation for completion, city engineer Murali Katta-Muddanna said, "They are working very diligently."

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