The Woodward News

January 21, 2013

City commission to discuss agreements

Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Several agreements are on the agenda for Tuesday's Woodward City Commission meeting.

The meeting is held on Tuesday this week due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday. Meeting is at 7 p.m. in the commission room at city hall.

Commissioners will discuss and vote on an amended contract for "economic, industrial and community development services" between the city, Woodward Municipal Authority and the Woodward Industrial Foundation.

The intent, according to agenda information is revising terminology in the contract to "clarify services rendered to the city" by the industrial foundation. The original contract was approved last June.

One of the proposed sections involves spelling out that the industrial foundation "shall be an independent contractor" in regards to services it provides the city.

Currently the WIF is involved in a court case regarding whether or not it should be considered a public body because of its contract with the city. District Attorney Hollis Thorp ruled last September that the foundation is a public body and subject to the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act. The WIF is disputing that - saying it is an independent contractor - and the case is currently set for a non-jury trial on Feb. 27.

Also on the agenda is approval or disapproval of a contract for retail development consulting services between the city and Retail Attractions LLC. The agreement is for various retail market summaries and analysis.

Commissioners are also scheduled to take action on a pair of ordinances providing for a Woodward Neighborhood Initiative Program.

The first ordinance would establish the program to provide volunteer assistance to property owners within the city who have specific code violations and are unable to fix them for various reasons.

Some of those reasons could include, according to the proposed ordinance, financial hardship, physical/developmental disability, medical hardship, age, active military status and others.

The second ordinance provides for a stay of 90 days to fix the violation - if a property owner is approved  for the program.