The Woodward News

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November 17, 2013

City, county officials see light agendas

Woodward, Okla. — Woodward County Commissioners face a couple of routine items for their next meeting on Monday at 10 a.m. in the county courthouse.

The meeting's short agenda only includes October monthly reports from county officers and an invoice for CNA Surety regarding the renewal of the basic county treasurer bond for the 2014 calendar year.

County Treasurer Sonya Coleman said the bond is something that's required to be renewed annually.

"We have to be bonded in the treasurer's office.  And this is just a regular renewal of our bond," Coleman said, explaining, "it's an honesty blanket bond and is like an insurance policy to insure the county because of the funds I handle."

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City leaders also face a relatively short agenda for their regular meeting Monday night at 7 in City Hall.

Before discussing any action items, the commissioners will hold a public hearing concerning the close-out of 2 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Stimulus Contracts.

Assistant City Manager Doug Haines said the 2 contracts, which together totaled $2 million in funding, were used to help pay for the refurbishing and completion of the airport industrial airpark building that has become the Siemens warehouse.

"Both grants were for the creation of jobs," Haines said.

Now that the project has been completed, with the grand opening held in Feb. 2012, City Manager Alan Riffel said the time has come to close out the grants.

One of the requirements of that close-out is to gather public comment about how the grant funds were used, Riffel said.  Which is why the public hearing has been scheduled for Monday's city commission meeting.

However, he said there is no action item on the city agenda relating to the grant close-outs because no further action is required by the city commission, other than to seek the public comment.

However, the commissioners are slated to take action on a couple of other items, including an increase in funding for Woodward Streetscape and the possible purchase of some real estate.

City commissioners will consider Change Order No. 2 from CGC, LLC relative to the Streetscape project which is for an increase of $8,900.  Haines said the additional money was used for material and labor to install 2 new storm water drainage junction boxes.

He said that the 2 concrete drainage junctions were built as designed along 9th St. but then would not work properly and so had to be redesigned and repoured.

"I don't think they took into account the elevation and there was too much of an elevation for it to drain properly as originally designed so they had to redo it," Haines said.

Beyond the additional cost, the change order also adds 7 additional work days to the contract for the performance of the work to install the redesigned junction boxes.

As for the real estate matter, the commissioners are slated to meet as the Woodward Municipal Authority in an executive session to discuss the purchase or appraisal of real property.

While not providing any specifics, Riffel did tell The News that the purpose of the executive session is "just to review an opportunity that might develop later and discuss it with the commissioners if we want to head in that direction."

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