The Altus Municipal Authority and the Altus City Council met in regular session on Tuesday evening in Council Chambers.
Mayor Jack Smiley presented a proclamation for March 1, 2016 in recognition of the Altus High School Swim Team as repeat State Champions for 2016. The Altus High School boys team won the state championship for the second year in a row with Altus scoring 306 against Ft. Gibson at 221.5. Coach Linda Wiginton and Assistant Coach Michael Shive, and the team received a standing ovation from the audience.
Kyle Davis was pinned as the Fire Chief by his daughter Riley and son Seth at the meeting. He was also accompanied by his mother Helen Davis. Davis has been in the Oklahoma Fire Service for 23 years, serving almost 20 years working for the City of Frederick. Kyle started working for the City of Altus in July 2013. He has been the Fire Chief Interim since August of 2015.
Other agenda items included the annual contract with Evoqua Water Technologies for Supply of 25 percent sodium chloride solution and continued use equipment and quarterly maintenance for the Altus Water Treatment Process. The item was approved with an increased price of $0.722 per liquid pound.
The consent agenda was approved and minutes from the previous AMA meeting.
A budget amendment in the amount of $37, 500 was approved to appropriate a fund balance to renovate the city gym floor and improve Missile Park. Improvements will include lighting, fencing, dirt work and gravel, awnings, painting and repair and maintenance to the concession stands and bathrooms.
The City Council meeting immediately followed the AMA meeting.
The City Streets Department and Engineering Department have inspected the Hunter Pointe Bridge and roadway connecting Concord with Cottontail. They recommended acceptance to the council and it was unanimously approved.
Financial Advisor Chris Gander and bond counsel Nate Ellis gave two independent projections of how much MAPS money the city will have to spend through the end of the MAPS sales tax collections with no growth in sales tax. As of March 1, 2016 there was $8.5 million available for future projects.
Economic Development Corporation (EDC) Director Brian Bush made a recommendation by the Altus/Southwest Area Economic Corporation to use economic development funds from the MAPS for Altus sales tax to assist in the development of the facility for the Producers Cooperative Oil Mill which is relocating to Altus from Oklahoma City. Altus will initially see 12 new available jobs with intent to increase the size of the business in the future. Council asked the estimated time for the employees to be in place. Bush said he had spoken with the CEO and was told October 2016. Council approved the recommendation.
Appointment and approval was then given for the city’s representatives to negotiate FY 2016-2017 collective bargaining agreements for both the Fraternal Order of Police and the International Association of Fire Fighters.
The Council then approved the recommendation to approve changing the zoning classification of 23.84 acre tract of land adjacent to Falcon Road, known as the proposed Mesquite Meadows Addition, from Agriculture (AG) and Suburban Commercial (SC) to Aut0-Urban Residential (AR) and repealing ordinances.
Councilman Chris Riffle was then appointed by Mayor Smiley to serve on the subcommittee into human resources and finances inquiry.
Interim City Manager Larry Shelton then reported that he has formed two documents for the council in regards to the City Manager search, and MAPS collection for future projects.
There were no Mayor or Council member comments and the meeting was adjourned.
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