There were no comments from the audience concerning items not on the agenda.
The AMA consent agenda included: approving the minutes for the AMA meeting July 8, approving purchase orders (PO's) for fiscal year (FY) 2009-2010 for the Enterprise Fund for $2,411,135.81, and payment of Timberlake Construction for FY 2009-2010 for $563,151.42 (paid by Sales Tax Note, Series 2009).
Finance Director Joe Don Dunham gave the financial report ending June 30. Sales tax was down 4 percent; all other taxes were down 9 percent. Compared to the 2008-2009 FY, actual collections were up 7 percent. Expenditures for FY 2009 to 2010 were up 54 percent due to the MAPS projects. HIs report was approved by the AMA.
The AMA approved a bid for trenching by Sooner Trenching Services as the sole bidder.
The trustees tabled the raising of rates for city water, sewer and landfill fees.
Council member Jack Smiley said the suggested rate increases would penalize the "small users" and give a price break to those who use more services. City Administrator Mike Nettles said that water processed by the reverse osmosis treatment plant costs more. Mayor Gramling added that "the water quality is a lot better now." According to Smiley, the City is losing $1.00 for every 1,000 gallons. The City sells water to Jackson County, losing $1.30 per 1,000 gallons and Jackson County charges county residents more for their water. Smiley would like incremental increases in fees. He doesn't want to see Altus enact sudden large increases like another town had to have, due to budget shortfalls. The council will do more research on the increase in rates.
The trustees approved an Emergency Ordinance No. 2010-11 to bring the City of Altus water quality into compliance, by updating an Industrial Pretreatment Program. They also approved of the emergency status.
There was no new business.
The AMA adjourned at 6:56 p.m.
The regular meeting of the Altus City Council immediately followed the AMA meeting at 6:57 p.m.
There were no comments from the audience.
Mayor T.L. Gramling presented the Employee of the Quarter Award for April, May, and June to Detective Tommy Uptergrove. Assistant Chief of Police Mike Turner said Uptergrove joined Altus Police Department in 2002, and became a detective in 2007. Uptergrove is dedicated to his job, family and his community.
Consent agenda items included: approval of the July 8 minutes; PO's for FY 2009-2010 for: the General Fund for $182,224.30, the Workers Comp Fund for $45,268.30, the Donation Fund for $85, the Airport Fund for $9,349.81, the O.D.O.T. Fund for $93,631.24, the Street & Alley Fund for $75,322.90, for the Emergency 911 Fund for $390.62, the Cemetery Perpetual Fund for $345.95; approval of the Mayor signing a contract for engineering services with Fox & Dreschler for the gray water feed at Altus Air Force Base, approved by City Resolution No. 2010-4 for $187,000 from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce and the Strategic Military Planning Commission; approval of the July 23 payroll for $375,417.79 and overtime for July 23 for $0.00 for mandated overtime and additional overtime of $6,945.75 for a total of $382,363.54; and receipt of reports from the EDC, Fleet Maintenance, and Southern Prairie Library System.
The council voted to approve a digital fire extinguisher training system. It costs $15,800, and these funds are from a Fire Safety Program grant.
Altus Fire Chief J.R. Wheeler asked the council to waive the bidding process, due to sole source, for the purchase of a water tank and installation labor for Engine #40, at a cost of $8,000 from Chief Fire & Safety. The council quickly approved the item.
The council approved Resolution 2010-23 accepting an FAA grant offer for an airport improvement program project. The grant pays 95 percent ($34,200) to acquire land for Runway 35 approaches.
The council approved application for the Oklahoma Department of Commerce for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for demolition of residential and commercial structures. Burleson mentioned, in addition to the residences to be demolished, there are also three commercial properties on the list: 720 S. Spurgeon, 1100 Victory, and 513 S. Willard.
The council approved a Citizen Participation Plan for the City of Altus CDBG grant program for 2010. This program will help provide more information to the neighborhoods with CDBG grants. A public hearing on this program will be held Tuesday, July 27.
The council tabled the AMA companion piece on fee increases for water, sewer and landfill usage.
Another companion piece, Emergency Ordinance No. 2010-11 for the Industrial Pretreatment Program was approved and the council also approved the emergency, during the council meeting, as well as in the AMA.
In executive session, the Council discussed a negotiation between the City and the IAFF, local #2749.
There was no new business.
The Mayor made no appointments.
City Administrator, Mike Nettles comments included: a reminder on the OML conference coming up, the QMA updates are going well, following what the council wanted.
City Council members remarks:
Jack Smiley - "Raising utility rates is hard to deal with. We'll work hard to make them as pain-free as possible."
David Brown - asked about an estimate on the Falcon Road and Park Lane traffic signal.
Dan Scott - said that when several traffic signals are ready to be replaced, the cost will be lower per signal. Scott said that particular signal length is 35 seconds from a red to a green light. He said he checked Tamarack and N. Main too and it's 56 seconds.
Mike Nettles - said he'd sent the council several memos, and one of them relates to this issue. He has asked for input from the council.
Dan Scott - said the plan is to put in sensors in the ground at Tamarack.
Holmes Willis - said that the sensors can be removed from the asphalt when it's replaced with concrete.
Rick Henry - said the alley situation on the north alley on Quail Run South. Water stands when it rains and people can't get out to take out their garbage. Also he said the irrigation ditch at about 400 South Park Lane still needs to be solved.
Mike Nettles - said he'd communicate with the parties involved on Park Lane.
Rick Henry - also said "Happy New Year", for the new budget year.
Sid Willis - asked about Park Lane between Falcon and Tamarack becoming a three-lane, instead of the proposed four-lane project.
Mike Nettles - said that a four-lane would cost $2.4 million. The middle lane would be a continuous turn lane. That subject is in the memos he recently sent too. The three-lane is a less expensive alternative.
David Brown - said that the middle lane should not be viewed as a passing lane. He was concerned for safety on a residential street.
Mike Nettles - said that North Park Lane is an artery, not really a residential street.
Scott Simco - said that Lawton and Wichita Falls are turning some of their four-lanes into three-lanes. He also asked if there is a way to log in issues and make sure they are accomplished.
Peggy Risinger - said that one person should be responsible for logging in those issues and following up on them.
Mike Nettles - said that will be much easier in the new facility.
Bob Stephenson - said the "I Work" system would handle that.
Mayor's comments and reports included: the Council Dog Park Committee will help take care of the dog park issue.
The meeting adjourned at 8:34 p.m.