The Altus Municipal Authority met in regular meeting in Council chambers Tuesday evening, followed by the City Council meeting.
The meeting was called to order and the consent agenda was approved. Chief Financial Officer, Jan Neufield gave finance reports for both the AMA and City for the month of October 2015 .
Public Works Director, Johnny Barron reported on the progress of the rehabilitation of the Holloway and Round Timber Well Fields. Barron estimated that the project should be ready to pump water in about four weeks.
Barron was also authorized to obtain formal bids for the purchase and installation of automatic water and electric meters, and obtain bank bids for a loan to fund the project. According to Barron, the new water and electric meters could possibly increase water revenue by 10%, as well as help detect water leaks. The estimated cost for installation and purchase would be $3.2 million. It was said that the project could pay for itself in about three years.
The City of Altus can also look forward to a new website. Council approved and authorized Chairman Jerry Gibson to sign the $28,000 contract approving recommendation to purchase website redesign and hosting from CivicPlus of Manhattan, Kan. Funding for the website will be split $14,000 each, between the AMA and the City. Councilman Ratliff reminded Council that, “The website will only be as good as the content we provide, and proper training is necessary.” CivicPlus has been in business for over 15 years and has uniquely customized over 2,000 city websites, including many in Canada and oversees. It was said that every page is easy for internal employees, and will be user friendly. As an added bonus, after four years CivicPlus will redesign the website at no cost to the City.
In the regular meeting of the City Council, immediately following the AMA, there were no comments from the audience and the consent agenda was approved. Water and sewer permits were granted for housing additions Laurel Homes and Hunter Pointe.
Approval was then given to amend the definition of “employee” to include the city manager and assistant city manager in the defined benefit plan and a request from an employee to receive a lump sum payment of retirement benefits.
Council voted to allow the selection of the professional engineering firm to perform bridge inspections for the City of Altus on six bridges in accordance with the National Bridge Inspection Standard under ODOT bridge inspection contracts for April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2018. The inspection is a routine matter performed every two years and is paid for by ODOT .
Design drawings for the Mesquite Meadows Addition proposed for development by George Nassany, from Nassany Land Company was approved.
The Jackson County Health Department received approval in memorandum of understanding from the City of Altus for authorization of use of the Altus Community Center and the Altus City Gym, during a Public Health Emergency Response.
There was no new business or Mayor’s appointments. In City Manager’s comments and reports, he mentioned that Altus Air Force Base has performed a walk through of the main gate project and were extremely happy, and that the project was completed $6,200 under budget.
Mayor Smiley reported on a visit that he and three council members made to Lawton to a state- of-the-art animal welfare department. A board will be set up to further research this possible project for Altus. The Mayor also mentioned that there was a lot of positive talk on the Altus City Reservoir and the establishing a recreational paddle boat service.
The meeting adjourned with City Councilman Shelton saying, “Go Bulldogs!”
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