Planners with the City of Altus saw some of the fruits of their labors as a result of the Making Altus Progressive or MAPS initiative, but a local group of seniors is asking officials to make good on their promise to complete the plan.
So the MAPS initiative — based off the Oklahoma City MAPS project template — was approved in 2008 and that included a sales tax to support a $34 million upgrade to local buildings with roughly 50 percent to the Altus school system and about 50 percent for Altus city improvements.
Under that initiative, more than 70 percent of voters approved a three-quarters-of-a-cent sales tax to fund Altus MAPS, raising the rate to 8.75 percent.
For the city, that meant a new 47,000-square-foot municipal complex was put in place to house 12 city departments at a projected cost of about $9 million.
The initiative also included renovating Altus High School at a projected cost of about $13 million, adding a fire substation and upgrading or rebuilding the senior citizen center, all to beef up local infrastructure to support federal upgrades to the adjacent Air Force base.
As recently as August 2014, the city council approved a MAPS facility committee conceptual plan for a new senior citizen activity center and the Altus fire and rescue expansion and remodeling.
Some local senior citizens were present at the city council meeting Tuesday evening and asked officials to make good on what they perceive as their part of the initiative, by completing the facility for seniors as promised.
The council unanimously approved a contract extension for professional design services with Boynton Williams and Associates or BWA of Norman for a fee of 6 percent of construction cost for Part 2 of the Altus Senior Activity Center.
City council members explained what they have planned for the senior community.
“I believe the old school library is an excellent place for the senior activity center,” Councilman Kevin McAuliffe said.”Let’s get final costs, drawings and start to move forward.”
Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.