Stillwater News Press

July 15, 2013

Stillwater councilors discuss city improvement plan

By Nick Woodruff
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Stillwater looks to hit three pitches out of the park.

At Monday night’s City Council meeting, the councilors discussed a capital improvement plan that would add to the quality of life for Stillwater residents.

Vice Mayor Chuck Hopkins and councilor Joe Weaver, two members of the Capital Improvement Plan ad hoc committee,  recommended three areas for improvements.

Weaver said the recommendations included some of the items from a proposal presented by the Our Stillwater Steering Committee in May.

The first item Weaver discussed was creation of fields that could be used for baseball, soccer and other sporting events.

“I don’t see the use of having to travel to play ball somewhere,” Weaver said. “Why can’t we play ball here (in Stillwater).”

The creation of ball fields, a boardwalk and amphitheater at Boomer Lake Park would be parts of the first item discussed to improve Stillwater living, Weaver said. The city wants to create a pleasurable and better place to live for Stillwater residents, he said.

Public safety improvements were next on Weaver’s list.

Mayor John Bartley said public safety is a core component of government and it is its responsibility to provide safety to its residents.

For public safety, the Stillwater officials would look to purchase equipment for the fire and police departments, Weaver said. These projects would extend beyond the annual budget. It included new police cruisers and construction of a fire station in southwest Stillwater.

The third item was the improving of public transportation. Weaver said public transportation not only consisted of repairing and maintaining the roads, but also sidewalks and signs, too.

Weaver said the city would look to improve any structure pertaining to public transportation. The city is responsible for more than its roads, and residents should be provided with safe and easily accessible transportation, Weaver said.

Improving these three areas would add to the quality of life of the city of Stillwater, Councilor Gina Noble said.

The council accepted the recommendation of the Capital Improvement Plan ad hoc committee, 5-0.