Stillwater News Press

May 21, 2013

Group of residents propose new vision for Stillwater

By Chris Day
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — A group of residents asked city councilors Monday to help them make Stillwater all it can be.

Stillwater Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Lisa Navrkal, businessman Stan Clark and banker Jerry Franklin outlined “Our Stillwater,” a multiple phase project designed to improve everything from streets, fire stations and police cars to building a youth sports complex, Boomer Lake amphitheater, boardwalk and cafes and a convention center.

Phase I will involve approximately $28 million in improvements, which includes a new firestation in west Stillwater, replacing and upgrading the police fleet, a youth sports complex, completion of the trails system and the Boomer Lake improvements, Franklin said.

“We know that financing for public project is somewhat limited,” Franklin said.

The city can issue bonds or raise sales taxes. The group didn’t have any specific fundraising proposals. It is seeking City Council and city staff input on ways to fund the “Our Stillwater” projects.

City councilors asked staff and the capital campaign committee to identify project priorities, define project scopes, prepare cost estimates and look at how those projects might be funded.

Our Stillwater proponents, city staff and the capital campaign committee will bring project specifics and financing proposals to the City Council in the next 90 days.

“This could be a very important, positive turning point in our city on so many fronts,” Mayor John Bartley said. “I’m looking forward to the fleshing out of those issues so we can get to the right Stillwater balance for what we need for our Stillwater.”