The Woodward News

March 2, 2013

City looks at urban planning

Rowynn Ricks
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Woodward City Commissioners are slated to consider hiring an urban planner during their regular meeting on Monday, March 4 at 7 p.m. in City Hall.

More specifically the city leaders will consider a contract for professional services from Gray Planning Services, LLC, of Shawnee.  According to the agenda packet, Gray Planning Services has submitted a proposal to prepare a comprehensive plan for the City of Woodward.

The issue of urban planning was broached at a previous city commission meeting after some disputed rezoning requests prompted someone to ask the city board whether a formal review of the city's zoning layout had ever been conducted.

Due to the continuing growth of the city, some of the commissioners indicated they felt a more formal urban planning process may be a good idea.

In other business, commissioners are slated to consider a request from the American Legion Post #19 to waive their utility fees at their meeting location of 1111 8th St.

In the American Legion's request letter, which was included in an agenda packet, the post's financial officer Laurence Stewart explained that the post is paying the $23 minimum monthly service charge for water usage, although "rarely is any water used, and certainly not 1,000 gallons, which represents the minimum usage billed."

Stewart continued in the letter to explain that as "a philanthropic organization," the American Legion seeks to devote most of its income for scholarships and other donations.

City commissioners are also slated to take action Monday on bids for two 54-foot clarifier weirs for the city's Wastewater Treatment Plant.