The Woodward News

January 12, 2013

Shattuck expecting another active year

Gary Engel
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — SHATTUCK - Shattuck Town Administrator Jim Suthers said the pace of building activity that started last year in this Eilis County community will continue in 2013.

In 2012, Shattuck saw an Oklahoma Department of Transportation facility open, an additional water tower completed, a new Sonic Drive-In come into service and more.

Suthers said he believes the new Sonic restaurant is doing a lot to help tax collections for the community continue to grow.

"Water and sewer improvements have just been completed," he said. "This week, we hooked up a water line to the new tower."

The new tank along with the tower already there gives Shattuck the capability of storing 700,000 gallons of water.

"We will have a new water well coming online within 2 weeks" to help keep the town water tanks full, Suthers said.

In other areas, he said construction of buildings on school property is expected to start in about 30 days and take around 18 months to complete.

"That includes a new junior high and high school gymnasium and a high school cafeteria," he said. "This is an $11-million project."

On Shattuck's Main Street, Suthers is looking for a new physician's office to open in about 30 days, and an Italian/steakhouse restaurant to come later in the year.

"They've started pouring the concrete for it," he said of the restaurant. "I think it will take about 4 months to complete."

Suthers said a new cement plant is expected to be finished in about 60 days near the south city limits.

He said the community is growing, largely because of employment opportunities offered by area oil field and trucking industries.

"And people just want to live here," Suthers said.