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October 20, 2013

Appointments of advisory board members on docket

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Stillwater City Council won’t have a busy meeting Monday night, but it will appoint numerous members to two advisory boards.

The Business Improvement District No. 1 advisory board and rural water advisory aboard will be reappointing many of its members. The rural water advisory board will reappoint Raleigh Jobes and Robert Sitton. The Business Improvement District No. 1 advisory board will reappoint four members and look to appoint a member to fill a vacant spot on the board.

Susie Presley, Kyle Gibbs, Katrina Jarvis and Jim McCollum are on their first term serving on the advisory board, and all four will be reappointed to the board Monday night. The city council will also look to appoint Joyce Meyer to the area No. 8 board position, which is vacant.

McCollum, a real estate agent in Stillwater, said being a board member fits into his job well.

McCollum said he likes his position on the board, and the board has helped downtown grow. He said Stillwater’s downtown has made huge strides.

“We have had an amazing resurgence in the downtown area,” McCollum said. “It is really tremendous what has happened in the downtown area. I think it can only get better.”

The board has 11 members and only elects members who own parcels or a tract of land in the downtown area, according to the city of Stillwater’s website. Of the 11 members, nine are selected from each of the geological areas located within the BID  No. 1, and McCollum is a representative of area No. 2.

Board members know downtown and are serving to make the area better, McCollum said. He said the downtown area can make a city special, and he feels Stillwater’s downtown is important to the community and its residents.

“I think our downtown is what sets us apart culturally from other towns,” McCollum said. “A strong and vital downtown is essential, and that is what this board tries to achieve.”

The city council meeting will be Monday at 5:30 p.m. at the Stillwater Municipal Building, 723. S. Lewis.

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