By Chris Cooper
Woodward, Okla. —
Woodward City Commissioners took another step during their meeting on March 18 in the process to build a new fire station.
The board approved an agreement between the city and Architects in Partnership (AIP), LLC for architectural services on the proposed new central fire station at 2400 Williams Ave.
City Manager Alan Riffel said the city received interest from several firms, but he chose to go with AIP since the firm has designed and built over 60 other fire stations.
In other business, commissioners approved the annual renewal of Main Street's $45,000 contract for professional services with the city.
Main Street Program Director Janet Fitz addressed the board stating that the Streetscape project was moving along and was right on schedule. Fitz also said there were currently all but 4 buildings occupied and that of those 4, 3 would be going on the market sometime in the near future.
Fitz also mentioned Woodward had been selected by the State Main Street out of 40 other Main Street Organizations across the state to be in the Top 10 Main Street Programs in Oklahoma for the second year in a row.
"We have a lot happening, Woodward's Main Street is livelier than it's been in the last 30 years, and we appreciate everyone whose helped make it possible," Fitz said.
City leaders also approved a property title transfer to the Woodward County Emergency Medical Service. EMS requested the title to the property it currently leases from the city in order to build a new expanded facility.
City commissioners approved expenditures from the Woodward Public Library's Pooled Income Fund as well. The library requested $21,400 from the fund to construct a centralized computer area within the library. Library Director Connie Terry explained that the project costs would include carpentry and electrical work, as well as the cost of purchasing computer work stations.
A request to vacate and re-plat block two, Reynolds Addition was tabled until the commissioners' next meeting so that the party who made the request could be present to answer questions from the commissioners.
All items on the consent docket were approved, including several facility use agreements with:
• Main Street for use of Centennial Park on March 23 for an Easter egg hunt;
• DWTA Helicopters for use of parking lot in front of Crystal Beach Stadium to use to offer helicopter rides during Farm Expo March 22-24;
• 1000 Hills Ranch Church for use of Stadium on April 5-7 for Cowdog Trials and on May 3-5 for ranch rodeo;
• Northwest A.B.A.T.E. Chapter 69 for use of Crystal Beach Park parking lots for bicycle training course on May 18;
• Body Rock Boot Camp for use of walking trails and Crystal Beach Park for outdoor fitness program;
• Northwest OK Kids for use of Fuller Park and 5-plex from March 11 through July 15 for youth baseball program; and
• Elks Lodge #1355 and Woodward Moose Lodge #452 for use of Crystal Beach Park on March 31 for Easter egg hunt.