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City Commission Meeting
Nov. 03, 2003
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's
City Commission / CMA Meeting Index