Woodward, Okla. —
Also Monday, Woodward City Commissioners received a brief presentation regarding proposed improvements to the Woodward County Fairgrounds, for which a half-cent sales tax has been proposed to finance the $12.4 million renovation project. An election on the proposed sales tax is set for Feb. 12.
Representing the Fairgrounds Improvement Task Force, Ira Smith discussed what he saw as the benefits of the project.
Smith discussed how the renovations would provide a larger fairgrounds facility, including a new 60,000 square foot expo center, "if approved by voters."
In addition, he said the improved fairgrounds would "complement the tremendous investment that the city has already made there" as part of ongoing renovations to Crystal Beach Park.
Smith also told the commissioners that the proposed improvements to the fairgrounds are not intended to take anything away from other venues in the city, including the Woodward Conference Center.
"We're not wanting to compete with anything," he said. "We have a great conference center."
Rather he said improved fairgrounds would provide a place for a different variety of events than those hosted at the conference center.
"We're primarily looking at agricultural events (for the fairgrounds) that you wouldn't want to hold there (at the conference center)," he said.
Mayor Hill also made a special proclamation during Monday's meeting, honoring the local Woodward AMBUCS and Mid-Day AMBUCS clubs for their many years of service to helping people with disabilities as he recognized February as National AMBUCS Month. In return, local club representatives Sue Heinsohn, Leona Reeg, and Ronnie Brittain presented Hill with an honorary AMBUCS membership.