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November 7, 2013

Commission approves lease

Woodward, Okla. — The City of Woodward has leased additional land to Siemens.

During a short meeting Monday night, Woodward City Commissioners voted to approve a 5-year lease allowing Siemens to use a tract of land at 910 Airpark Road.

LaVern Phillips, president of the Woodward Industrial Foundation (WIF), spoke about the lease as the WIF was instrumental in bringing Siemens to Woodward and has developed a working relationship with the company.

Phillips described it as "a simple lease for vacant land."  The land is  located directly behind the property where the Siemens building sits.

"There are about 3.5 acres in the legal description but only about 2 acres is all Siemens will use," Phillips said.

According to the lease agreement, the term of the lease began Dec. 7, 2011 and will continue until Dec. 6, 2016.  The agreement states that Siemens will pay $118 in monthly rent for the land.

"We made it retroactive to December 2011 because Siemens has had items stacked up on that land since then," Phillips said.

Before making a motion to approve the lease, Commissioner John Meinders asked "was this land part of the FAA problem?"

Meinders was referring to an FAA inspection report issued last year, which was critical of the city's handling of certain property around the West Woodward Airport.

However, Assistant City Manager Doug Haines said that "this property has been released from the FAA."

In other business Monday, city commissioners approved the annual agreement with Kid's Inc. for use of sports facilities at Crystal Beach Park.

"This is the agreement we devised last year after a series of meetings between the commission and Kid's Inc.," City Manager Alan Riffel said.

Riffel explained that unlike the city's other facility use agreements, which have a maximum term of 200 days, the city has worked out "a special agreement" with Kid's Inc. for a full year term of 365 days.

"Are we still comfortable with giving Kid's Inc. first priority in use of the facilities?" Mayor Gary Goetzinger asked.

Goetzinger was referencing one of the major issues from last year's lease discussions between the city and Kid's Inc., in which the youth sports organization wanted to ensure it could maintain the same schedule it has used since it was first established, where Kid's Inc. games are only played on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Riffel said that was the agreement that had been discussed, but said that to avoid certain "hiccups" that have been experienced in the past, the city has asked Kid's Inc. to provide its schedule of games "in a quicker fashion."

"Sometimes their event schedules don't correspond with the independent leagues so we proposed that they submit theirs sooner than they have in the past," he said.

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