The Woodward News

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May 21, 2014

Commission approves most items, tables county request

In a marathon two and a half hour meeting Monday night, Woodward City Commissioners approved numerous agreements with various organizations planning local summer events, tabled a request made by Woodward County Commissioners and completed an annual review on Woodward City Manager Alan Riffel.

But before the meeting began, Mayor Gary Goetzinger presented a proclamation naming the week of May 18 as Public Works Week, honoring the work of employees who serve in areas such as the water department, parks and sanitation department for their support during normal times as well as their valuable efforts during emergency events such as the most recent Woodward tornado and the several blizzards this last winter.

Contained within a lengthy consent agenda were numerous agreements between the City of Woodward  and such entities as Boiling Springs Christian Services Camp, Horse Power Promotions and others all planning summer events. Also contained within the consent agenda were various budget amendments for capital projects fund, restricted fund and grants fund budgets. All items in the consent agenda were passed without comment.

Commissioners approved the single bid that came in from Preferred Roofing of Bethany for the repair of the roof over the covered parking area for the Woodward Public Works Department.

A request by county commissioners to deed a small portion on the northwest end of the Woodward Municipal Golf Course for use as an expanded entrance into the fairgrounds area was tabled.

According to Steve Bogdahn, who moved to table the item, the issue needs to be discussed further with county commissioners, who were not present at the meeting. Bogdahn hopes to determine if they can actually use less space than they are requesting and still achieve their goal of providing enough turn-around space for large trailers and trucks.

Michelle Williamson, who commented about concern for the integrity of the golf course, seconded the motion.

Riffel said the request was made because large trucks with trailers could experience difficulty entering the new facility because of the size of the new barn and buildings being constructed on the large new project.

According to City Commissioner, Roscoe Hill, who supported the tabling of the item, with discussion, there could be a way to allow the deeding of enough land on that portion of the golf course to take place without impinging too much on the area the course is played. But he did agree the plat size that was being officially requested in the letter appeared to be about half of a block.

“Personally I think they are asking for too much,” he said.

"But I think there is a way to still help them get what they need," he added.

Commissioners approved the use of escrow credit (an overage of funds held in escrow by the bank) to help reduce fees associated with an increase in the worker’s compensation premiums the City of Woodward pays. According to Riffel, the premium increased by 10.8 percent (about 43,000) for 2014-2015 because of an increase in claims last year.

In executive session, commissioners performed an annual review of Riffel. No changes were made to the contract between Riffel and the City of Woodward.

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