The Woodward News

March 5, 2013

Commission approves hiring of urban planner

Chris Cooper
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Woodward City Commissioners approved the hiring of Gray Planning Services, an urban planner based out of Shawnee, during their regular meeting on Monday, March 4.

The company's founder Brannyn McDougal attended Monday's meeting and addressed the board with some broad strokes as to what Gray Planning Services had to offer the city.

McDougal said her company's plan would consist of 2 phases, namely a long-term planning process, which includes a future land use map to give Woodward's zoning districts more consistency, and short-term planning to help the city reach it's long term goal.

According to the contract with Gray Planning Services, the "planning horizon for the plan will be the year 2023."

The goal of the urban planning project will be to "guide community decision making for the ten-year planning period with emphasis on targeted strategies for one, three and five year initiatives," according to the contract.

Under the city commission consent docket, city leaders approved a resolution declaring certain items from the old Golden Corral building as surplus so that they could be sold.  According to the resolution, the salvageable items from the old restaurant include 3 walk-in coolers, a dish washer, various dishes, 6 rooftop AC units, 3 chandeliers, and a range of other equipment.

Once these items are salvaged, City Manager Alan Riffel said he expects demolition of the building to begin within 60 days to prepare the site for construction of a new central fire station.  However, Riffel said the city will wait until demolition on the Crystal Beach softball fields is complete before beginning the demolition of the Golden Corral building, giving the city time to select architects for the fire station project.

In other action, city commissioners accepted the low bid of $59,921 from Slattery Construction for 2 replacement 54-foot clarifier weirs for the city's Wastewater Treatment Plant. Riffel explained that the purpose of the weirs was to be placed in the wastewater collection lagoons as a means of aerating and treating the wastewater.

Commissioners also approved 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, the post's financial officer Laurence Stewart explained that the Legion rarely uses any water at the facility, let alone the 1,000 gallons represented in the minimum monthly $23 fee they're charged.

With this in consideration, as well as the group's status as a philanthropic organization which devotes the majority of its income for scholarships and other donations, as well as the members' prior service to their country, the city board decided to waive the monthly service charge.

Commissioner Gary Goetzinger motioned for the waiver's approval saying, "These gentlemen have made a tremendous sacrifice for us through their service in the military, so I think waving a $23 service charge is a cheap return their volunteerism."