The Woodward News

July 14, 2013

Short agenda on tap for city

Rowynn Ricks
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Woodward City Commissioners have a short agenda set for their regular meeting on Monday at 7 p.m. in City Hall.

Even the commission's consent docket is relatively short.  Where as in recent past meetings the consent docket has been full of a number of facility use agreements for various events around the city, this time the docket just includes the minutes from the July 1 meeting, the financial report from June, and a few membership appointments.

These proposed appointments include Bobby Hayes to fill a vacancy on the Airport Authority; Polly Cruse and Jeff Wilson to serve additional 3-year terms on the Parks and Beautification Board; and Steve Kohl and Dwight Hughes to serve another 2-year term on the Convention and Visitors Committee.

Besides the routine items on the consent docket, there are only 2 main action items slated on the city commission agenda.  These items include a rezoning request carried over from the July 1 meeting and a contract with Simplex Grinnel for annual testing of the city's fire alarm systems.

The rezoning request comes from Downs Partnership which wants to reclassify a piece of land in the approximately 300 block of Downs Ave. from R-1 Single Family Dwelling District to C-2 General Commercial District.

There were not enough commissioners present at the last city meeting to pass an emergency clause attached to the rezoning that would have made it effective immediately (should the commissioners have wanted to pass it), so the matter was tabled until this meeting.

Several of the neighboring property owners are protesting the rezoning as they desire the area to remain residential.

The contract with Simplex Grinnel includes a number of separate agreements for 16 different city facilities where the company would be conducting routine annual inspections of fire alarms, sprinklers, extinguishers and/or kitchen hoods.

According to information in the agenda packet, these locations include the senior center, convention center, Kid's Inc., Fuller Park, aquatics center, rodeo arena, museum, golf pro shop, city offices and Pioneer Room, airport, cemetery, public works, Fire Station No. 2, emergency management offices, parks maintenance building, and the library.

A price summary sheet in the agenda packet lists a total price of $10,130.32 for inspections at all facilities.