The Woodward News

October 13, 2012

Zoning changes come before city for another vote

Rowynn Ricks
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Three rezoning matters will once again come before the city commission during their meeting at 7 p.m. Monday.

Commissioners first discussed the following rezoning requests during their Oct. 1 meeting:

• 5406 Oklahoma Ave. from I-2 General Industrial District to I-3 Industrial District to allow a Thomas Metals scrap metal recycling business to be operated on the property, requested by Paul and Sue Lord;

• 1423 Texas Ave. from C-1 Neighborhood Shopping District to C-2 General Commercial District to allow for a 50 foot by 140 foot climate-controlled storage facility to be constructed on the property, requested by 4 Rent Inc.; and

• 17th & Webster, adjacent to railroad tracks, from R-2 General Residential District to C-2 General Commercial District to allow for a 20-unit storage facility to be constructed on the property, requested by R & L Financial Solutions, LLC.

While each rezoning was approved by a majority vote of the commissioners, an emergency clause that would have allowed for the rezonings to become immediately effective failed to receive the necessary unanimous approval on any of the measures.  So according to city ordinance, the rezonings must come before the commission again for another vote.

However, only a majority approval is needed for the second vote to be effective, after which the ordinances will be published and then go into effect 30 days later.

Another matter from their last agenda will also be coming before the commissioners again this Monday.  On Oct. 1 the commissioners voted to table bids for the Woodward Streetscape Project, because the bids had just been opened the Friday before on Sept. 28 and there hadn't been sufficient time to review them, City Manager Alan Riffel said at the Oct. 1 meeting.

According to the city agenda packet, a bid tabulation and recommendation from the project architect will be provided to commissioners during Monday's meeting.

In other business the commissioners are slated to meet in an executive session to discuss the purchase or appraisal of real property, but no action item related to the executive session follows.

The commissioners will also act on the renewal of a lease agreement between the Woodward Municipal Authority and UNIVAR USA, Inc. regarding property adjacent to a railroad spur in the industrial park near the airport.  According to information in the agenda packet UNIVAR is looking to renew its lease, which expires in November, for another year at a continued rate of $200 a month.