The Woodward News

February 21, 2013

Regular meeting quick one for city

Chris Cooper
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Woodward City Commissioners held a brief meeting Tuesday night.

Both consent dockets for the Woodward City Commission as well as Woodward Municipal Authority (WMA) were approved with no items removed and no further discussion of any items requested.

Tuesday's consent dockets, which are for routine items, included:

• a resolution declaring 8 outdoor warning sirens as surplus so they may be salvaged for donation to surrounding communities;

• facility use agreements to allow the Oklahoma High School Rodeo Association to use Crystal Beach Stadium and the roundup arena for events this spring and summer;

• utility permits to allow for construction of sewer lines to serve local businesses and residences; and

• a lease renewal between WMA and Petroleum Services for lease of property along Western Ave. as a pipe storage yard.

The commissioners also passed Ordinance No. 1576 enacting the "Code of Ordinances for the City of Woodward."

Prior to the vote on the ordinance, City Manager Alan Riffel acknowledged the hard work City Clerk Cathy Coleman had put into the re-codification process.

"It's been a long process for the clerk, she's done a lot of work getting this republication here," Riffel said.

Coleman then explained some of the work that went into the re-codification.

"We didn't change any amount in regards to charges or fees or anything, we pretty much just cleaned it up," Coleman said. "And the city attorney and the Woodward Police Department, especially its Animal Control, were very involved in this. It's been a long process and I appreciate their help."

According to state statutes, the city is required to re-codify its municipal ordinances every 10 years, while providing supplements every other year.

In his city manager's report Riffel presented a brief legislative update, mentioning that the focus this year would be reform, agency accountability, and transportation funding.  Riffel said he expects a very active legislative session.