Council OKs DOD land lease


By Mary O. Esparza - mesparza@civitasmedia.com



The Altus Municipal Authority or AMA and the Altus City Council held a regular meeting in council chambers of city hall Tuesday evening.

April financial reports for the AMA and city were given by the chief financial officer.

The AMA approved an updated version of the March 22 economic development agreement between the Producer’s Cooperative Oil Mill and the AMA for now $90,000 in MAPS sales tax revenue in exchange for 10 full-time equivalent or FTE jobs and economic impact to the Altus area.

The Department of the Air Force has leased 1.95 acres from the AMA for Altus Air Force Base use. The tract of land is located east of Challenger Road (formerly South Gate Road) for a security stand-off fence to satisfy Department of Defense security requirements.

The David T. Hardgrave contract was extended until June 30, 2017 to support the wastewater pre-treatment program.

Funding was approved to clean and service two remaining skids of the reverse osmosis membrane pressure vessels by Worth Hydrochem of Oklahoma for $29,712.

Mike Villareal of the Electric Department reported that due to lightning, or an overloaded condition, or age, 71 transformers were tested for repair and 22 were repairable. The remaining 49 were declared surplus for disposal.

The Council approved $13, 769 to repair 22 transformers and directed disposal of 49 transformers for current scrap value of $2,005. Net for repair minus surplus value of $11,764 will go to Marathon Electric Company of Oklahoma City.

Council approved the recommendation of the Altus City Planning Commission or ACPC to change the zoning classification of the Trails at Kerr Creek Addition from Agriculture (AG) to Auto-Urban Residential (AR), repealing ordinance 2015-20.

Council convened into executive session to discuss the hiring and appointment of a city manager and returned within 15 minutes without voting on the measure.

The mayor had no new business or appointments.

Assistant City Manager Matt Wesonowski praised and thanked the Altus Police Department and the Street Department for hard work to help make the Rock-N-Rumble a safe and successful event. Wesonowski also recognized National Police Week and thanked the APD for their continued dedication and encouraged everyone to do the same.

Other comments included:

Council member Doyle Jenks thanked the Electric Department on a quick response to a recent power outage at his workplace.

Council member Jon Kidwell congratulated the APD on the good condition of the shooting range and a morning shooting exercise held in conjunction with National Police Week. Kidwell also bragged about the hard work of Phillip Beauchamp who helped make the exercise happen.

Council member Dewayne Martin echoed Kidwell’s words and thanked the APD for helping him have a fun morning.

Council member Jason Winters said he was pleased to see the course in good shape, but said it could use a few upgrades.

Mayor Jack Smiley described a letter he received about solicitations and panhandling in Altus. Smiley recommended staff draft plans for a possible ordinance on aggressive panhandling to include possible permit requirements.

The meeting was adjourned.

By Mary O. Esparza

mesparza@civitasmedia.com

Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221 ext. 2077.

Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221 ext. 2077.

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