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September 5, 2013

Commission approves property purchase

Woodward, Okla. — The city will buy land for a small expansion to Crystal Beach Park.

City Commissioners approved the purchase of a property at 301 E. Cherry Ave. during their regular meeting Monday night in City Hall.

The approved purchase price was for $75,000, which City Manager Alan Riffel said was "negotiated down from the asking price."

Riffel said described the property as "approximately one and a quarter acres located at the north end of the Round Up Club Arena."

The property also includes an approximately 1,900 sq. ft. home.

"The purpose of considering the purchase of this property is because it is directly on the perimeter of our park," Riffel said, noting "we think there's value there to controlling access to that property and believe we can make use of the structure as well."

The city manager said currently "we have no specific plans," but are evaluating options for the use of the property and the home.

However, he did clarify that "we're not going to rent it, not going to sell it, we are going to use it.  And it will be for park purposes, whatever we do. We're looking at our options."

Riffel said the main options are for use with the round up club or soccer facilities at the park.  Due to the property's location, he said, "those would be the most logical."

HANGAR RENTAL CHANGES AT AIRPORT

A lot of discussion was had Monday night surrounding a new hangar rental agreement document and new hangar rental rate structure for West Woodward Airport.

As the city commission's representative on the Woodward Airport Board, Commissioner Steve Bogdahn explained some of the reasoning behind the new rental agreement and hangar rental rates.

Bogdahn said both measures were needed to make sure that the hangars were being used by people who really needed them.

"T-hangars were renting for $65 a month.  But you can't even rent a storage shed for $65 in Woodward, let alone one big enough to store a plane," he said.

As such he said some of the hangars were being used "just as a storage unit; there was nothing remotely close to being related to an aircraft being stored inside."

At the same time he said there has been a pretty long waiting list of pilots wanting hangar space for their planes.

Even some of those hangars with planes stored inside were just housing planes that hadn't been flown in years, Bogdahn said.  Thus they were taking up valuable space without generating any additional revenue for the airport since they weren't using any fuel or anything while they were grounded, he said.

So with the new hangar rental agreement, there is a section outlining "in order to store a plane out there it has to have been flown in the last 12 months," he said.

And the rental rates were raised anywhere from 30 to 50 percent, depending on the size of the hangar, to bring them more in line with what other facilities on average charge for similar hangar space, Bogdahn said.

In making the motion to approve the new hangar rental agreement and rates, which was unanimously approved by his fellow commissioners, Bogdahn said the ultimate goal is to ensure the hangars are used for storing planes that people actually use to fly and "not to use the city facilities for cheap storage."

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