Stillwater News Press

February 24, 2013

Stillwater City Council schedules study session Monday

Government Watch

By Chris Day
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Stillwater City Council will hold a study session at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Hall of Fame Ballroom at the Holiday Inn, 715 S. Country Club Road.

A third-party facilitator will lead the meeting in which city councilors and the mayor will discuss and develop their visions and goals for Stillwater for the next five years.

The Stillwater City Council approved a permit at its Thursday meeting allowing Gold Star Land Services to conduct seismic testing on the north side of Lake McMurtry.

Devon Energy Production Co., is working with Gold Star to search for oil on the acreage.

City Manager Dan Galloway said Devon Energy is exploring approximately 1,700 acres for oil. Much of that acreage is on city property. Devon Energy will pay the city $10 an acre to allow it to explore.

City councilors discussed and voted upon several other measures.

They approved:

• Alpha Omicron Pi’s request to close a portion of the alleyway adjacent to its proposed chapter house at the corner of Cleveland Street and West Fourth Avenue. All utilities must be relocated or abandoned.

• A taxi-service permit to Terry Guthrie of Ponca City who will launch City Cabs in Stillwater. Guthrie said he would hire approximately nine cab drivers and four or five dispatchers. All would be Stillwater residents. Guthrie operates a taxi service in Ponca City.

• An ordinance amending a variety of city land-use codes.

• An ordinance allowing developers to use aluminum wiring in some instances.

• An ordinance closing 20 feet of right-of-way on West Street adjacent to property at 424 W Ninth Ave.

• An ordinance rezoning property at 224 S. Washington St., and 223 and 225 S. Jefferson St., from residential multifamily to commercial business district.

• Reappointed Connie Stokes and David Spivey to the Public Housing Authority.

Stillwater Utility Authority Trustees unanimously approved several projects at Thursday’s meeting.

 Trustees approved:

• A $723,099 contract with Kinnunen Concrete Construction, Inc., to repair or replace and paint solid contact units, lime and soda ash silos, filter control room flooring and re-carbonation units at the water plant.

• A $49,999.52 contract with Municipal Sales, Inc., of Queensbury, N.Y., to remove roots from wastewater pipes in Parkview Estates, Surry Hills Addition, Black Oak/Quail Ridge area; Yellowbrick Addition and McElroy Road to the junior high school.

• Change orders of approximately $750,000 to the SUA’s automated meter reading projectd.

• Approved a professional services agreement with Garver and Associates to design, seek bids and supervise construction of four 300 horsepower influent lift station pumps at the wastewater treatment plant. The negotiated fee was $160,000.

• Approved a professional services agreement with HDR Engineering, Inc., for $120,600 to replace two bar screens and two influent sluice gates.