Enid City Commission voted to fill the vacant Ward 6 seat Tuesday and approved an amendment to a sales agreement involving Lahoma Courts property.
David Mason was named to fill the seat on the commission, which was vacated when George Pankonin was elected mayor and assumed that office May 7. Mason will serve out the rest of the term until May 2021.
Also filing for the seat were Jack E. “Pappy” Beam III, Roy Schneider and Michael “Mike” Stuber. Mason worked in the insurance business before retiring two years ago and currently serves on Metropolitan Area Planning Commission.
“I have always felt very strongly about community service,” he said. “A city can only be as strong and progressive as its citizens.”
Concerning the Lahoma Courts sales agreement, commissioners amended the sale agreement between the city and Anchored Capital 3 Investments LLC.
The city entered into a purchase and sale agreement on Feb. 21 with Kyle Williams for redevelopment of the Lahoma Courts Addition. At that time, it was anticipated Williams would transfer his responsibility in overseeing the redevelopment to one of his properties, which he has done by assigning his interest to Anchored Capital 3.
The amended agreement allows for the purchase of the city-owned property by Anchored Capital 3 prior to the land being re-platted. Anchored Capital 3 will shepherd the re-plat through the court process, and the city will reimburse Anchored Capital 3 for its legal expenses. Anchored Capital 3 would have the responsibility of ensuring developers on individual parcels work together to create a planned unit development that utilizes common infrastructure, including water, sewer and streets.
The agreement allows the city and Anchored Capital 3 to work together in preparation of a master development agreement for the cinema tract to facilitate the purchase of the land by Apex Cinema. Anchored Capital 3 will purchase the city-owned property by June 25.
The commission also filled vacancies on several boards:
• Library Board, Roger Hardaway and Amanda Percival.
• Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission, Shirley Raecreel, Linda Mardis and Shalonnda Frazier.
• Fire Civil Service Commission, Wade Patterson.
• Historic Perseveration Commission, Rachel Tooman.
• Tree Board, Cory Buller.
• Public Arts Commission of Enid, Christy Northcutt.
• Vance Development Authority, Jesse Ashlock, Darrell Floyd and Lisa Powell.
Commissioners also discussed pending litigation in executive session. After returning to regular session, commissioners voted to send City Attorney Carol Lahman and City Manager Jerald Gilbert to mediation on May 29. Former city employee Melvin Key filed a lawsuit against the city in 2017.