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July 2, 2013

Softball bids gain approval

Woodward, Okla. — Woodward City Commissioners have awarded over $3.3 million in bids for construction of the new softball complex at Crystal Beach Park.

During their regular meeting Monday evening, city commissioners approved 27 different bid packages related to the construction of the new softball fields.

While the bids alone total over $3.3 million, the total amount approved by the commissioners also included additional funds for general conditions, payment and performance bond, builder's risk insurance, a 6 percent fee for the construction management firm, and a 3 percent construction contingency.  This brought the total to almost $3.972 million.

However, Shawn Hugaboom, with the construction management firm Timberlake Construction, said this was still "under our budget of $4 million."

City Financial Officer Doug Haines said the project initially had a "conceptual budget of $4.5 million, but Timberlake was able to massage the numbers and go back to the companies and get them down to under $4 million.  So I feel like we've got some good bids to move forward on."

Also related to the softball project, the commissioners approved a proposal from Shawnee Lighting Systems for the installation of new lighting equipment at the softball fields.  This proposal included $48,000 for a lighting power cabinet and $661,000 for a MUSCO Light Structure Green lighting system.

In other action, the city board approved an amendment to its contract with K&T Catering, Inc. for management of facilities at Crystal Beach Park to now include the use of the boat dock and lake for paddle boat rentals.  City Manager Alan Riffel said approval of the amended contract will allow the company to place the paddle boats on the lake so that they will be available for rental during the upcoming 4th of July Celebration at the Park.

The city commissioners also held a public hearing regarding a request from Downs Partnership to rezone a piece of land in the approximately 300 block of Downs Ave. from R-1 Single Family Dwelling District to C-2 General Commercial District.

Bryce Hodgden spoke to the commissioners on behalf of Downs Partnership, explaining that he owns 6 acres of land in that area, all of which was previously zoned C-2, except for one small strip that measures approximately 200 feet by 230 feet.  While he has no current plans for what kind of commercial business may go on the property, Hodgden said he just wanted to rezone it so that it matched the remainder of his property.

However attorney Shane Smithton, who represents some of the neighboring residential property owners, said that his clients feel the rezoning would diminish their properties' value and marketability.  Smithton also claimed that the property in question represents "the only remaining buffer" between residential properties to the east and commercial properties to the west.

Although commissioners listened to the arguments from both sides, they tabled a vote on the requested rezoning because they didn't have enough commissioners present to proceed with the matter.  

City Commissioner Steve Bogdahn was absent from Monday's meeting due to an illness and former Commissioner Bill Fanning resigned from the board last month.  This left only Mayor Gary Goetzinger and Commissioners Roscoe Hill and Michelle Williamson to conduct Monday's regular city meeting.

While 3 commissioners provides a quorum to hold the meeting, Goetzinger and City Attorney Aaron Sims explained that 4 commissioners were needed to provide a "super majority" in order to take action on any proposed city ordinance.  

The matter will come back before the commissioners during their next meeting, which is slated for July 15 at 7 p.m. in City Hall.

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