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Ted Wright -- last update 11/4/2003 (cityComisNov03.html)
No Changes to City Hall Plans
Bid Process for
Debris Removal & Stabilization to Begin
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All commissioners and
the Mayor were present for the Nov. 3rd City Commission / Municipal Authority
meetings. (Note: I was covering the school board
meeting at the same time so neither story is complete -- Ted)
An addendum to the agenda
requested mailing a postcard to each city residential utility customer to
solicit opinion on City Hall restoration -vs- demolition. The request was
made by Commissioner Pam Porter who made the motion to approve. The
motion died for lack of a second. The associated discussion included
citizens from the audience expressing both sides, but the main discussion
occurred at the commissioner's table. The key dispute being whether this was
a time to reopen an issue that had previously been discussed and voted on
(resolution April 7, 2003 calling for salvaging
the building) or if a "promised town meeting" was held or would
be held. Commissioner Porter (and Sherri Davis) contend a meeting was promised
but not held. Commissioner Sallee stated that each city commission meeting
(where city hall was discussed) was a opportunity for citizens to both gather
information and express their opinon on the subject. Another opportunity for
citizen involvement was a series of sparsely attended Vision
2025 community meetings where the "approved" city hall plans
were presented and questions fielded.
In a seperate agenda item,
the commission approved (Sallee, Rogers
and Overholt voting yes ... while Porter voted no) directing the City Manager
to begin preparing the bid packages for debris removal
and stabalization of the city hall building. That bid package would
be presented to the commission for approval later after Mr. Tinker had met
with the architects and engineers to include the proper items. Tinker indicated
that further delays on the city hall building might delay Vision 2025 funding
that is being requested in the first wave of fundings now being planned by
the Tulsa County Commissioners.
In other action the city
approved closing Main Street for the Veterans Day Parade (November 11th).
The Christmas holiday for city employees was changed from Wednesday-Thursday
to Thursday-Friday which trades Christmas Eve for the day after Christmas
leading into the weekend.
Action was deferred on
a request from Owasso Skyblazers R/C (flying) club which uses city property
without fee or liability. That same propery was to be discussed in executive
session for possible sale to
Bisco Building Products.
-- Ted Wright -- Nov. 4, 2003