The Altus City Council approved the scope of engineering services needed for the Holloway Well Field and authorized the expenditure of funds, not to exceed $556,000, during their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 15.
Gary Brickley, P.E. of Fox, Drechsler & Brickley presented the necessary work, cost $675,000, to be performed including a new booster pump station, construction of two new wells, rehabilitation of piping, and electrical work to maximize the water yield from that location. Expected yield is 700,000 gallons per day with an approximate completion date of November.
Brickley estimated an additional $750,000 to get Round Timber Well Field online and transmitting water.
During the AMA meeting, the Board of Trustees approved several items for the City of Altus’ Electrical Department to add a second transformer to the Tamarack Substation and to upgrade feeder lines. Bid #14810 was awarded to Wesco Distribution of Amarillo, Texas, $247,230 for wire and cable; Bid #14910 was awarded to Marathon Electric Company of OKC, $54,162 to transport and install the temporary transformer at Nona Substation; Bid #14710 was awarded to Bridgewell Resources of Dierks, Ark., $107,521 for 40/3, 45/3, 45/1, and 40/1 Utility poles; and Bid # 14700 was awarded to Virginia Transformer of Roanoke, Va., $535,140 for a new Power Transformer.
The AMA approved Resolution No. 2014-20 adopting a $36,000 budget amendment of the AMA for the FY 2014 as the remaining amount used of the Tamarack Substation 2013 OMPA Loan.
The AMA entered into executive session to consider possible action regarding confidential communications between the Board of Trustees of the AMA and its attorneys concerning a pending litigation case “Altus Municipal Authority v. Altus Flight Academy, Inc., et al,” as well as pending litigation case “Terry Heller Construction, LLC, an Oklahoma limited liability company, Plaintiff, vs. Altus Flight Academy, Inc., and Oklahoma corporation; Aviation Training Consulting, LLC,; City of Altus; Altus Municipal Authority; Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation; Defendants.”
In open session the AMA voted to authorize the Chairman to make any necessary amendments in the best interest of the City to the first court case cited, as well as make any necessary amendments in response to legal action of the second court case cited. Council then approved the agreement for compensation of 40 percent, contingent on a compromised settlement or judgment for legal services, to the law firm McMahan & Vernon, P.C. pertaining to the aforementioned litigation cases.
During the City Council meeting, Altus Chamber of Commerce President Holley Urbanski gave a presentation on the Certified Healthy Oklahoma program. Urbanksi requested that the City Council places an item on the next agenda to apply for the program’s certification in the Fall, and to establish a committee to review ordinances and make appropriate changes to qualify for certification.
Certified Healthy Oklahoma offers up to $100,000 grant for those Cities who revise their ordinances to encourage healthy eating and tobacco free communities. Urbanksi stated that businesses and organizations in Jackson County who have received a designation since 2010 include Jackson County Memorial Hospital, First National Bank, Integris Family Care, Western Oklahoma State College, 13 local schools, and Altus Air Force Base.
The City Council voted to revise and reduce the rates for the Greens of Altus Golf Course membership fees for those interested in paying an annual rate instead of a quarterly rate. They also approved adding new rates for City Employees (active or retired), Fleet group, rental clubs, and unlimited driving range use. New rates are effective June 1.
Other approved items include the purchase of a John Deere 6105D MFWD tractor with a loader for $56,761 from Western Equipment LLC., to replace a tractor that was totaled in a highway accident on Hwy 283, January 29; an updated Emergency Operations Plan, as approved by the Local Emergency Planning Commission and authorize the Mayor to select department heads to sign the document which is then forwarded to the State Emergency Management Office; Emergency Ordinance No. 2014- 04 to regarding a Merit System Board to comply with the City Charter and provide an appeal process for terminated City Employees, effective May 1; and approved Resolution No. 2014-21 adopting a revised City’s Employees’ Policies and Procedures Manual.
City Manager Elizabeth Gray also addressed the concern of the City Reservoir water getting low. Gray informed that water can be transmitted withing 48 hours if needed via request to the Lugert Irrigation District.
After comments from City Manager, Council Members and the Mayor, the meeting adjourned.