The Woodward News

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June 19, 2013

City approves rezoning, agreements

Woodward, Okla. — A rezoning request for a proposed residential community for seniors was approved during Monday's regular Woodward City Commission meeting.

The proposed apartments for seniors are slated to be situated on an approximately 10-acre tract along 8th Street just north of Hanks Trail. With Monday's approval, the property was rezoned from R-1 single family dwelling district to R-2 general residential district, to allow for multi-unit dwellings.

The company that is proposing to construct the senior apartments, Affordable Equity Partners is applying for funding for the project through a federal tax credit.  The continuation of the project will depend on whether the company receives the tax credit funding.

EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENTS

In other business, city commissioners addressed a number of employment agreements.

This included approving a labor agreement between the City of Woodward and the firefighters union I.A.F.F. Local 2560.  City Manager Alan Riffel said the only change from the previous agreement was a 2.5 percent raise in pay for the firefighters.

In comparison, Riffel told The News “The general city employees got a 2 percent cost of living adjustment to their pay" under the FY2014 city budget.

Riffel's own employment agreement with the city was also renewed.  A copy of the agreement was not included in an agenda packet provided to The News, but Riffel said that his base pay will be the same as last year’s contract, at $103,756.  However, he added there was a 2 percent increase in what the city contributes to his pension plan, bringing the amount up to 15 percent of his total salary.

Also approved Monday was the ongoing agreement between the City of Woodward and the Woodward Public School District for 2 school resource officers. According to the agreement, Woodward Public Schools pay 80 percent of the salary and benefits of the first police officer and 50 percent of the salary of the second.

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