City commissioners finished their agenda Monday night in just 20 minutes.
However, they only had 4 main items to act on.
The first item didn’t even really require a vote as it was a plaque presentation from Linda Barnett, state director of the Oklahoma Main Street Center.
Barnett actually presented 2 plaques Monday night, “ one to the city as a partner for Main Street and one to the Main Street Organization.”
The presentation was to recognize the fact that Woodward’s downtown area has “surpassed the $10 million mark” in terms of private sector investment, Barnett said.
The award represents cumulative investment over the past 20 years, she said, noting it includes “whenever someone buys a building, repairs a building, paints, puts businesses in.”
“Of course businesses go in and out,” Barnett said. “So when someone comes in and repaints then that counts and then if in 6 months another business comes in and repaints that counts too.”
But while there have been “some real high years and not so high years” in terms of private sector reinvestment over the past 2 decades, Barnett said she believes Woodward has experienced “mostly beneficial investments.”
In fact, while 2010 is no where near the highest year for reinvestment (that was 2006 with over $3 million in investments), Barnett said “in the first 8 months of 2010 you had an average investment of almost $42,000 a month.
“That’s the private sector showing that they have confidence in your downtown,” she said.
Following the award presentation, the commissioners took a couple of moments to decide whether they should push back their regularly scheduled Nov. 15 meeting since City Manager Alan Riffel said “both the mayor and I will be participating in a town hall meeting on that day and won’t be here.”
After Commissioner Michelle Williamson said “we might as well wait until we can have a full house,” the others agreed to push the meeting back until Nov. 22.
City commissioners then discussed the extension of the school zone along 34th Street to include High Plains Technology Center as well as the Early Childhood Center.
Commissioner Roscoe Hill said that he had been receiving some complaints from residents in the Country Oaks area that it was difficult getting out onto 34th Street.
However, Commissioner Gary Goetzinger said, “I live there and it’s not bothering me in the least bit.”
In fact, Goetzinger said, “it’s nice because before you really had to watch for high school kids who were going out to High Plains and would come through there at 50 mph and now it’s a lot safer.”
Riffel said safety was one of the biggest reasons that HPTC, the city and the county were looking to extend the school zone.
Upon the commissioner’s approval, the city portion of the school zone has now been extended south to the stop sign at 34th Street and Hanks Trail. In addition, Riffel said the county is also planning to extend the school zone even farther south on 34th Street as long as westward along Hanks Trail.
Finally, meeting as the Woodward Municipal Authority, the commissioners approved renewing a lease agreement with UNIVAR USA, Inc. for a section of city property near a railroad spur.
“This lease has been in place for some time,” Riffel said.