Month 2000-9 September
Meeting of 2000-9-5 Special Meeting
SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
LAWTON CITY COUNCIL
SEPTEMBER 5, 2000 - 6:00 P.M.
WAYNE GILLEY CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBER
Mayor Cecil E. Powell, Also Present:
Presiding Bill Baker, City Manager
Puckett, Fort Sill Liaison
The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Mayor Powell. Notice of meeting and
were posted on the City Hall notice board as required by State Law.
PRESENT: G. Wayne Smith, Ward One
James H. Hanna, Ward Two
Glenn Devine, Ward Three
John Purcell, Ward Four
Robert Shanklin, Ward Five
Barbara Moeller, Ward Six
Stanley Haywood, Ward Seven
Michael Baxter, Ward Eight
1. Consider authorizing staff to prepare an agreement with Lawton
Public School for enhancing
the planned usage of the East Side Park and adjoining area. Exhibits: Map.
Gary Salva, Parks & Recreation Director, said staff met with the Superintendent
of Schools last
week to provide an update on the planning and design of the East Side Park. He presented
viewgraphs showing boundaries of the park. Ideas discussed with the Superintendent were that
LPS has tennis courts in this area, which are available to the public, so LPS tennis courts by
MacArthur High School could be used by the public and the City could provide access to the
property. The City would construct a baseball complex and 250 car parking lot, and the school's
parking lot could be used for overflow parking on a two or three times a year basis when needed.
Another area owned by LPS could be designed by the City to be used as a passive recreation area
with a walking trail but no structures or ballfields, and the City and Schools could work together
to provide access to a pond and wetland and use it as an educational feature. Salva said the ideas
were ways to enhance what is being planned for the park and requested permission to ask the
architect to prepare conceptual plans and prepare an agreement with LPS for future consideration
to allow for this type of cooperation.
MOVED by Smith, SECOND by Purcell, to authorize staff to prepare an agreement with LPS.
AYE: Baxter, Smith, Hanna, Devine, Purcell, Shanklin, Moeller, Haywood. NAY: None.
2. Consider adopting an ordinance amending Chapter 7, Lawton
City Code, 1995, Section 7-2304 relating to the use of sound-amplifying equipment in residential areas;
and declaring an
emergency. Exhibits: Ordinance 00-29.
Baker said he was approached by citizens planning a wedding, and when they applied for
permit for sound amplification, it was discovered that the City Code does not allow a permit to
be issued for a residential area; permits can be issued in parks, commercial and industrial areas.
He said the Code amendment would allow him to permit these activities and he will develop
criteria to be fair and equitable.
Purcell asked if this is done in a neighborhood at 11 p.m., can the neighbors still
call the police
and report a problem. Baker said yes, the remaining portions of the Code would apply.
MOVED by Shanklin, SECOND by Haywood, to approve Ordinance 00-29, waive reading of the
ordinance, read the title only, and declare an emergency.
(Title read by Clerk) Ordinance 00-29
An ordinance related to the use of sound-amplifying equipment, amending Section 7-2304,
Chapter 7, Lawton City Code, 1995, by authorizing the City Manager to grant exceptions to the
prohibition against the use of sound-amplifying equipment in residential areas; and declaring an
VOTE ON MOTION: AYE: Smith, Hanna, Devine, Purcell, Shanklin, Moeller, Haywood,
Baxter. NAY: None. MOTION CARRIED.
Baker said individuals will still have to apply for permits and the permit will have
to be issued;
this does not waive the requirement for the permit but only makes it possible to have this in
3. Pursuant to Section 307B(3), Title 25, Oklahoma Statutes,
consider convening in executive
session to discuss the acquisition of property in the vicinity of Greer Park on 38th Street, and if
necessary, take appropriate action in open session. Exhibits: None.
MOVED by Devine, SECOND by Shanklin, to convene in executive session as shown on the
agenda and recommended by the legal staff. AYE: Hanna, Devine, Purcell, Shanklin, Moeller,
Haywood, Baxter, Smith. NAY: None. MOTION CARRIED.
The Mayor and Council convened in executive session at 6:35 p.m. and reconvened in special,
open session at 6:50 p.m. with roll call reflecting all members present.
Vincent reported executive session was held pursuant to Section 307B(3), Title 25, Oklahoma
Statutes, to consider the acquisition of property in the vicinity of Greer Park on 38th Street. He
said Council would take proposals under advisement.
Baker said the Neighborhood Services Supervisor started work today, her name is Angie
and she will be at the next Council meeting to be introduced.
Mayor Powell said exit reports from the National Softball Tournament were excellent,
with comments about the facilities, organization and administration. He said it was very positive.
Smith said lighting and irrigation are needed for the south field because it takes staff one week to
prepare that field.
Hanna said the International Festival will be held September 22, 23 and 24 and they
charging $1 admission. He said he was totally against charging admission because he felt it
would drive people away. Mayor Powell said it would seem they would have a hard time
collecting it also. Hanna said festivals held in other cities do not charge admission.
Purcell said Parks and Recreation, as well as some staff from other departments, did
job at the tournament last weekend.
Purcell said he and Moeller attended a meeting today with the Cemetery Board. He said
Board has the authority under State law and City Charter to make whatever changes they feel are
appropriate but they wanted the Council to be part of it because they knew Council members
would receive the phone calls. Purcell suggested a joint meeting of the Council and the Cemetery
Board, and a quick tour, then a meeting. He said when you see the condition at the cemetery, the
suggestions were reasonable. Purcell said some of their rules go back to 1940 and are not being
enforced in an attempt to be nice to people, but some people have put rocks around the edges of
graves and other things that make it impossible to maintain the area. He said the staff wanted
give people six months' notice of any changes and to have that out prior to the next growing
Moeller said she supported Hanna's comments about the International Festival and that
did not need to be imposed.
Moeller said the end of year report for the hotel/motel tax was due July 30, has been
and it is now 30 days late, and they have not complied with requests by Mr. Baker or Mr.
Baxter said he supported Hanna's comments about the International Festival charge. Mayor
Powell said Baker advised him that was set up by a committee and he asked Baker to speak to the
committee. Baker said he and Salva would forward Council's comments. Baxter said he usually
attends the event but would not do so if there was $1 charge, and it was not the amount but the
principal of the matter.
Mayor Powell said September 17 is the City employee picnic at LETRA. Moeller said she
volunteer to help if needed.
Baxter asked how we were progressing with City offices staying open at lunch time to
accommodate the general public with their business. Baker said that started today, one was not
open and it will not happen again.
There being no further business to consider, the meeting adjourned at 7:00 p.m. upon
second and roll call vote.