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Collinsville, Oklahoma

City Commission Meeting
August 6, 2008
Special Session
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The Collinsville City Commission met Wednesday Aug. 6th (at the City Hall Community Room, 106 N 12th Street) Special Session of the City Commission (following a 6pm work session).

All Present: Stan Sallee, Pam Porter, Bud York, Melodie Bateman, Billie Reeder.

The only official action of the evening was approval of the $5,000 claim by Rickey Hayes (of Retail Attractions) which had been skipped at the Aug. 4th session to avoid approving the claim before the contract was approved.

The remainder of the evening was merely discussion of 4 topics with no formal action taken:

* Sidewalk Ordinance: --options were discussed on potential restrictions on vehicles, merchandise, skateboards, benches, trash containers, exra planters, ... etc on the new 1/2 width sidewalks following the downtown streetscape project. Most of the sidewalks had been 18 feet wide and 4 feet of merchandise allowed from 8am-8pm daily. Those sidewalks are now only 9 feet wide with many ramps, trees, and vehicle bumper overhangs making ADA (handicap) access much more of a challenge without some restrictions. It was suggested that discussions with downtown business owners take place before an ordinance was put forward.

* Animal Shelter: -- there were many operational issues discussed relating to the interface between the old animal shelter facility (city staffed) and the new Ward-Wiseman Animal Haven staffed by volunteers. It was generally agreed that the old shelter should be torn down as soon as possible. The need for an isolation facility before animals entered the new WWAH building was also generally agreed to (to avoid spreading illness ... such as worms and parvo, etc.). Where that facility would be; how large it would need to be; where it would be; and how it would be paid for was not concluded. The Humane Society offerred use of their consultant to help determine a design for an isolation facility. The other issues centered on improving communication between the city and WWAH staffs and potential compromises on differing goals ("no kill" being the largest stumbling block). Another potential change would be siginificantly larger fines for animals not spayed & neutered.

* City Financial Consultant -- a very brief discussion stated the likely use of a new consultant occasionally just to have a fresh set of eyes and opinions on city financial matters.

* Post Office Drop Box In Alley -- recent gravel repairs have filled in some of the larger pot holes. City Manager Pam Polk reported she had not had luck getting the Post Office to split expenses on a more permanent paving improvement project. Questions about alternate drop box locations were asked at this work session but the Post Office was not present to answer from their perspective. My own question to the city was why there is not a sidewalk to the postoffice from Main Street?


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Only 1 Action Taken In Special Session (Approval of Retail Attractions Claim)

Remainder of Evening Was Work Session Only Discussions:
* Sidewalk Ordinance Plans
* Animal Shelter Operations
* City Financial Consultant
* Alley P.O. Box Paving Options