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May 8, 2013

City approves annexation, agreements


Woodward, Okla. — DOWN TO BUSINESS

Once commissioners got down to business, they addressed a wide variety of items, starting with the annexation of a little over half an acre of land located at 4409 Williams Ave.

The annexation was requested by property owner Mike Caldwell who told commissioners that he has "the chance to rent to a long-time renter, but the property has to be in city limits to adhere to state statutes and regulations by the ABLE commission."

He said he couldn't reveal what the business was, but noted that since the Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement (ABLE) Commission is involved, "you can guess."

As part of the annexation approval, the property was zoned as a C-2 General Commercial District. In addition, an emergency clause was also approved making the annexation immediate.

Caldwell thanked the commissioners "for your swift action" in approving the annexation, adding "hopefully it can now makes us all some money."

In other action, the city approved a mowing agreement with Green Zebra Services to mow 10 different public areas around Woodward, including Experiment Lake, the museum and veterans memorial, Woodward Senior Center, and several parks.

Green Zebra is responsible for mowing each of the properties at 10 to 12 day intervals throughout the summer, at a total rate of $2,775 for each mowing period.

This will be in addition to the mowing contract with Uncle Bill's Lawn Care Service that the commissioners approved during their April 15 meeting for mowing services at 9 other locations throughout the city at a rate of $1,580 per 10-12 day mowing period.

At the request of City Commissioner Steve Bogdahn, Riffel explained why the city had moved to hiring outside contractors for the summer mowing season.  

Riffel said that the city had previously made use of inmate labor from William S. Key Correctional Center to help complete all the mowing.  But due to staffing shortages at the prison, it has been difficult for the city to get inmate crews on any sort of regular basis.

"So our options this year as we go into the mowing season is do we do it with city crews or do it with contract for services?" Riffel said.

After receiving bids that were for rates lower than what the city would have to pay its own crews to perform the same mowing work, the city manager said it was decided to proceed with the contractors.

Also on Monday, commissioners:

• discarded action on a zoning request as the request had been withdrawn.

• approved an agreement to cage and dispose of stray dogs from the Town of Gage at a rate of $3 a day for caging and $10 for humane disposal; the city already has similar agreements with 10 other area communities.

• renewed it's management agreement with K&T Catering, L.L.C. for the management and operation of the Aquatics Center this summer, with K&T Catering paying the city a fee based on a percentage of the cumulative admission fees.

• accepted a bid for $77,575 from Washington Roofing of Great Bend, Kan. for roof repairs at Kid's Inc., the Public Works warehouse and Elmwood Cemetery.

• denied a $121.50 claim for sewer expenses related to an overflowing toilet.

• adopted a resolution authorizing a payment of $6,123.79 as the matching portion of an 80-20 E-Rate grant for the Woodward Public Library, covering the library's annual Internet provider charges.

• approved a labor agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 187 for Fiscal Year 2013-2014 which includes a 2 percent cost of living pay increase, an increase in vacation days after 20 years and a "step rate pay plan for a 1 percent increase every 2 years based on performance," Riffel said.

• awarded the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Woodward Campus with $60,000 in financial support to help fund a full time nursing instructor at the campus; Bogdahn said he felt the support was "fitting and appropriate," since the NWOSU nursing program helps to provide nurses for local health facilities, which he said in turn means more people earning salaries in Woodward and spending their money here.

• approved Change Order No. 1 from Eagle View relative to the Boiling Springs Golf Course improvement project in the amount of a $155,102 increase for installation of sod, bunker drainage, tee maintenance and other repairs that were not previously identified in the original scope of work.

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