By Chris Day
STILLWATER, Okla. —
The Department of Public Safety will continue to give driver license examinations in Stillwater, agency spokesman Trooper Betsy Randolph said Friday.
A rent increase, which made costs higher than state policy allows, initiated the state agency’s search for a new location.
Stillwater officials approached the state agency to see if any city-owned facility would be a suitable location, Stillwater Director of External Services John McClenny said, adding city officials didn’t want the office to close.
The agency will remain in its office at 2308 N. Perkins Road until Feb. 28. The agency expects to be in its Couch Park location, 702 E. 12th Ave., on March 1, Randolph said.
The Couch Park office will be bigger. It will have its own entrance and a larger waiting area, Randolph said. It also will allow the state to offer commercial driver license testing several days a week in Stillwater. Enid is the closest commercial driver license testing site.
“We are excited about the project,” Randolph said.
The Stillwater City Council approved a license agreement with the DPS at Thursday’s meeting. The vote was 3-0. Councilors Joe Weaver and Cody Scott were absent.
Here are the details of that agreement.
The state agency will:
• Operate a driver license testing facility from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday.
• Pay a license fee of $1,416.66 a month to Stillwater.
• Provide commercial driver license testing at least three times a week.
• Renovate a portion of the city’s park maintenance facility and grounds at Couch Park for Department of Public Safety use.
• Provide utilities at no additional charge.
• Provide use of the Whittenberg Park parking lot for commercial driver license testing.
Renovation costs are estimated at $135,000, McClenny said. The renovation costs weren’t included in the city’s budget. Councilors decided to use unanticipated revenues from raw water sales at Lake McMurtry to pay for the renovations.