Month 2003-7 July
Meeting of 2003-7-22 Regular Meeting
LAWTON CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
JULY 22, 2003 - 6:00 P.M.
WAYNE GILLEY CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBER
MEETING CALLED TO ORDER WITH INVOCATION BY MAYOR POWELL AND
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Mayor Cecil E. Powell, Also
Mitchell, City Manager
Vincent, City Attorney
Fanning, Acting City Clerk
Gregory K. Herring, Fort Sill Liaison
The meeting was called to order at 6:02 p.m. by Mayor Powell. Notice of meeting
were posted on the City Hall notice board as required by law.
Bass, Ward One
Hanna, Ward Two
Devine, Ward Three
Ewing-Holmstrom, Ward Four
Robert Shanklin, Ward Five
Jeffrey Patton, Ward Six
Stanley Haywood, Ward Seven
Randy Warren, Ward Eight
PRESENTATION OF EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR AWARD TO JESUS GARCIA,
SANITATION OPERATOR FOR THE SOLID WASTE COLLECTION DIVISION OF THE
PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.
Jerry Ihler introduced Jesus Garcia, also know by Jessie, Employee of the Year, Sanitation
Operator from the Sanitation Division of the Public Works Department. He said back in
December, while driving his route, Jessie heard a loud noise in the 6100 block of Cheyenne and
smelled smoke. He stopped, went up to a house, the door was hot, knocked trying to get
someone answer. Ihler said he reacted very quickly, contacting dispatch telling them to call 911,
who called the fire department who arrived in less than 5 minutes. He said there were people in
the house; he saved the structure as well as lives in the house. Jessie has been with the solid
waste division a little over 6 years and volunteers as an umpire and referee for kids in his off-time. He has a wife, three daughters and a son.
Powell presented Garcia with a plaque, script money, and thanked him for his hard work
Haywood said we have heroes from the south part of town, he s from Lawton View.
PRESENTATION OF INVESTIGATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD TO JIM BARFIELD,
ASSISTANT FIRE MARSHAL FOR THE LAWTON FIRE DEPARTMENT.
Chief Hadley introduced Jim Barfield, Assistant Fire Marshal, recipient of Investigator
Year Award for the State of Oklahoma. He also recognized him as receiving the International
Investigator of the Year Award. He said Mark Mitchell, Fire Marshal, put him in for this award
and asked him to come up and say a few words.
Mitchell said he is privileged to work with good people in the Fire Marshal s
explained when people hear firemen, they think of big trucks and water hoses; the Fire Marshal
s Office, formerly known as the Fire Prevention Division, tries to prevent fires through public
education, inspections, code enforcement and fire investigations. When doing fire investigations,
from time to time, they run into situations where somebody caused a fire intentionally and at that
point, it becomes a felony crime, arson. He said they receive their primary training in the area
arson from the International Association of Arson Investigators. That organization was founded
in 1949, non-profit, dedicated to training and continuing education in the profession of fire
investigation. He said there are 7,300 active members around the world; chapters in all 50 states,
Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Sweden, etc. He said they found out last October that
Barfield was selected as the Oklahoma Investigator of the Year and April this year, the
International had their conference in Reno, Nevada and it was announced at that time that
Barfield was also the recipient of the International Award. Mitchell said right here in Lawton,
Oklahoma, he brought it home to our community; he not only represents himself, but the fire
department and the City itself. He announced Barfield s entire family was in attendance.
Mitchell said Barfield has been with the fire department since 1984, a respected leader of the fire
department, was the key instrumental person in helping raise donations for the first AEDs for the
City of Lawton Fire Department. These are devices to help people s heart going again when
they re not breathing. He was also very instrumental in obtaining the first Thermal Imaging
Cameras, the ones we look into the fire in the darkness to identify and locate somebody. He said
Barfield personifies, in his mind, as well as the State s and obviously the International, as
kind of person they look for as Investigator of the Year. Mitchell presented Barfield with a
Barfield thanked everybody for backing him up and has truly enjoyed working for the
department. He said the City has been good to us and we appreciate that. He thanked the
community for all their support, not only for him, but all the fire fighters as well.
Bob Hutchins, 301 C Avenue, operates the Lawton Novelty Melody Shop, said
this has to do
with a drainage problem he has tried to solve himself but didn t get anywhere. He said a
sewer line has been laid, the hole is still open; in the back of his building is a drainage box they
took out. He said he asked if they were going to put it back and was told no, the backhoe would
cover it up. He called the sewer division, they referred him to the drainage division and he asked
to talk with the boss. The supervisor came over and said they couldn t do anything with
because of too many utility lines under the alley. He said without the drainage box, he has a lake
that drains right into the back of his building. He said he would like some help from Council
solve this drainage problem.
Shanklin said he has been in the back part of the Melody Shop and water does come in
a car comes down the alley, it ripples into the building, even when the door is down. He said
there has to be a solution.
Raymond McAllister spoke about the Lawton Birthday, Lawton Rangers Rodeo and the concert.
AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION CLOSED
CONSENT AGENDA : Separate consideration was requested for Items 1, 7, 8,
14, 15 & 16.
MOTION by Shanklin, SECOND by Haywood, to approve the Consent Agenda items as
recommended with the exception of Items 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, & 16. AYE: Hanna, Devine, Ewing-Holmstrom,
Shanklin, Patton, Haywood, Warren, Bass. NAY: None. MOTION CARRIED
1. Consider the following damage claims recommended for denial: United Services
Automobile Association, Op Yon D Onofrio, and Larry R. Gensman d/b/a/ American Homes
Vincent said this is a claim on a house flooded with water and we are recommending denial. He
said Gensman contacted him and he could not be here tonight and requests this be stricken and
rescheduled. Vincent recommends the other two claims be denied.
MOTION by Shanklin, SECOND by Bass, to strike the Gensman item from the agenda and
reschedule it and deny the other two claims. AYE: Devine, Ewing-Holmstrom, Shanklin,
Patton, Haywood, Warren, Bass, Hanna. NAY: None. MOTION CARRIED
2. Approved the following damage claim: Vernon and Dianna
3. Awarded a contract to Oklahoma Abstract to perform closings
for purchases of real property
acquired for public purposes and authorize the Mayor and City Clerk to execute the agreement.
4. Consider acknowledging receipt of the approved EPA Grant for
the rehabilitation of
wastewater infrastructure and authorize Mayor to execute said grant. Action: Approved
5. Awarded contract for Technical Support for International Festival
6. Awarded contract for Arts and Entertainment Magazine (CL03-075)to
7. Consider approving an agreement with the Lawton Heritage Association
for the completion
of the repairs to the exterior of the home as a part of the Mattie Beal Restoration Project for
which the City Council approved additional funding on February 23, 2003.
Vincent said this agenda item involves a conflict of interest for Mr. Haywood and request
MOTION by Bass, SECOND by Hanna, to approve an agreement with the Lawton Heritage
Association for the completion of the repairs to the exterior of the home as a part of the Mattie
Beal Restoration Project for which the City Council approved additional funding on February 23,
2003. AYE: Ewing-Holmstrom, Shanklin, Patton, Warren, Bass, Hanna, Devine. ABSTAIN:
Haywood. NAY: None. MOTION CARRIED
8. Consider approving a cost-sharing agreement for the installation
of a waterline along the
7400 and 7500 Blocks of NW Cache Road with Mr. Jim Tippens and Dr. Gilbert Gibson and
authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute.
Powell said Dr. Gibson called him the morning after the last Council meeting saying
to pay for his own fire hydrants. He called Mr. Tippens and advised him of what happened and
he said he wanted to pay for his fire hydrant. Powell said in the City Manager s absence,
called Ihler and gave him this information.
SUBSTITUTE MOTION by Patton, SECOND by Bass, to approve the amended cost-sharing
agreement for the installation of a waterline along the 7400 and 7500 Blocks of NW Cache Road
with Mr. Jim Tippens and Dr. Gilbert Gibson and authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to
execute. AYE: Shanklin, Patton, Haywood, Warren, Bass, Hanna, Devine, Ewing-Holmstrom.
NAY: None. SUBSTITUTE MOTION CARRIED
9. Approved the construction plans for a sanitary sewer line
located on the west side of NW
nd Street north of Quanah Parker Trailway.
10. Consider acknowledging receipt of a permit for the construction
of a waterline and all
appurtenances from the Oklahoma State Department of Environmental Quality to serve the SE
Flower Mound Road (Lee to Gore) Project #2001-2, City of Lawton, Comanche County,
Oklahoma. Action: Approved.
11. Consider approving Change Order No. 2 assessing liquidated
damages, accepting the
Municipal Pool Renovations Project #2001-22 as constructed by Downey Contracting, L.L.C.
and placing the Maintenance Bond into effect. Action: Approved.
12. Consider ratifying the action of the Mayor and City Manager
in applying for an Oklahoma
Department of Homeland Security, First Responder Equipment Program grant in the amount of
$410,260.35. Grant monies will be used to provide equipment, training, and support to first
responders (Police, Fire, Medical, etc.). Action: Approved.
13. Consider authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute
a Quit Claim Deed to Ivanhoe,
Inc. for Lot 15A, Block 12, Sherwood Addition, Part 5-A. Action: Approved.
14. Consider acknowledging receipt of a permit from the Oklahoma
State Department of
Environmental Quality for the construction of 841 linear feet of ten (10) inch PVC water line,
three (3) fire hydrants and all appurtenances to serve the 3B Industries Car Wash, City of
Lawton, Comanche County Oklahoma.
Bass asked where 3B Car Wash was going to be located? Bigham said this will be
located on the
north side of Hunter Hills Addition, 72
nd Street and Quanah Parker area, by the skate rink.
Ewing-Holmstrom asked if we were paying for their fire hydrant? Bigham said no
developed a plan and they are going to install these. This is an acknowledgement we received
the Department of Environmental Quality Permit.
MOTION by Bass, SECOND by Hanna, to approve acknowledging receipt of a permit from the
Oklahoma State Department of Environmental Quality for the construction of 841 linear feet of
ten (10) inch PVC water line, three (3) fire hydrants and all appurtenances to serve the 3B
Industries Car Wash. AYE: Patton, Haywood, Warren, Bass, Hanna, Devine, Ewing-Holmstrom,
Shanklin. NAY: None. MOTION CARRIED.
Devine said it would be helpful if they would put some kind of an address on these agenda
Powell said he believes this was asked to be done at one time, when we got into Quanah Parker,
out by Wal-Mart, because we use the legal versus a street address and somehow we got away
from that. He said we got in a habit of doing this and somehow got away from it.
15. Consider acknowledging receipt of a permit from the Oklahoma
State Department of
Environmental Quality for the construction of 1,055 linear feet of eight (8) inch PVC sewer line,
four (4) manholes and all appurtenances to serve the 3B Industries Car Wash, City of Lawton,
Comanche County, Oklahoma.
MOTION by Bass, SECOND by Hanna, to approve acknowledging receipt of a permit from the
Oklahoma State Department of Environmental Quality for the construction of 1,055 linear feet of
eight (8) inch PVC sewer line, four (4) manholes and all appurtenances to serve the 3B Industries
Car Wash, City of Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma. AYE: Haywood, Warren, Bass,
Hanna, Devine, Ewing-Holmstrom, Shanklin, Patton. NAY: None. MOTION CARRIED
16. Consider acknowledging receipt of a permit from the Oklahoma
State Department of
Environmental Quality for the construction of 275 linear feet of ten (10) inch PVC water line and
all appurtenances to serve Bible Baptist Church, City of Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma.
Bigham said this is a project the church is doing, in cooperation with the seller of
the property, to
run a 10 water line under Lee Blvd. to serve their tract on the north side. He said there
some discussion on cost-sharing this, but have not received anything in writing. We are still
waiting on some cost estimates, but we don t have a complete package to present to Council.
MOTION by Bass, SECOND by Devine, to approve acknowledging receipt of a permit from the
Oklahoma State Department of Environmental Quality for the construction of 275 linear feet of
ten (10) inch PVC water line and all appurtenances to serve Bible Baptist Church. AYE:
Warren, Bass, Hanna, Devine, Ewing-Holmstrom, Shanklin, Patton, Haywood. NAY: None.
17. Awarded contract for Liquid Oxygen (CL03-072) to Airgas Mid
18. Rejected bids for Employee Group Health and Dental Plan (RFPCL03-070).
19. Approved appointments to boards, commissions and trusts: Pension Trust Commission,
Lawton Arts & Humanities Council, Lawton Metropolitan Area Planning Commission and
20. Approved of the minutes of June 16, 2003 Special Council
Meeting and June 17, 2003
Special Council Meeting.
21. Approved payroll for the period of July 7, 2003 to July 20,
BUSINESS ITEMS: NONE
REPORTS: MAYOR/CITY COUNCIL/CITY MANAGER
22. Receive June Financial Report from Finance Director.
Endicott gave the Financial Report for June. He said city sales tax was up 3.51%
for the year. Our sales tax actually came in at $15.7 million and we budgeted $15.492 million.
Our most current report on sales tax is up 7.54% over last year, for the month of May. Franchise
Tax is up 7.8% or $151,000 as compared to last year, it exceeds the budgeted revenue by
$30,000. Police fines were up 2.97% or about $65,000 as compared to last year and fell short of
budgeted revenue of about $45,000. He said all other revenue for the year is up 28%. Overall,
for the year, all other revenue exceeded our budget by $861,000. He said as far as Enterprise
Fund, our water revenue was up 4.1% or $415,688 as compared to last year, however, we fell
short $1,577,000 compared to the budgeted revenue. He said sewer revenue was up 2.09% or
$86,000 compared to last year, exceeding budgeted revenue by $28,000. Refuse revenue was up
16.4% or $691,655 as compared to last year, exceeding budgeted revenue by $93,732. Landfill
revenue increased by 2.53% or $36,308, falling short of budgeted revenue by $21,000.
Shanklin asked about the $1,500,000 we re short on water revenue, is that was
projected a greater revenue from the sale of water? Endicott said yes sir, it was projected we
would collect $12,100,00, in that neighborhood, this past fiscal year and we fell short
Devine asked about the shortfall on the landfill revenue. Was that contributed
to loosing one of
our large customers going to Texas? Endicott said he believes that had a lot to do with it.
Endicott said in our total Part C, General Enterprise Fund Budget Revenue, we had budgeted
$46,337,929 for revenue and our actual revenue, unaudited, came in at $45,933,361, a deficit of
$404,000. He said these are unaudited numbers and won t have an actual firm number until
September s Report. We had budgeted $138,000 from the refuse fees, the 50¢, to be set
for grants and we actually collected about $162,000. He said on Part D, General Fund and
Enterprise Fund Expenditures is something exciting, about mid-year we asked Council to set
aside $1 million in Capital Outlay money, we made a commitment to Council we would try to
save approximately $1,450,000 from our appropriated expenditures and right now, the numbers
we have, say we saved about $1.5 million. One of the things accomplished this year, which
credit goes to the department directors, is encumbrances; at the end of the year, people try to
encumber money from last year to spend this year, which is usually around $200,00-$250,000;
this year those dropped to $80,000 and departments should be credited because they really held
the line on the expenses.
Endicott said the number he is going to give Council, he wants it noted, this number
is only the
difference between the revenue seen so far and the expenses, not any adjustments. After taking
away expenses from the revenues, we believe we have a balance of a little over $1 million and
that s going in the right direction for future years.
Ewing-Holmstrom reminded everyone they are still working on Flower Mound Road, to be
patient and courteous and use an alternate route when possible.
Mitchell said they have scheduled a tour of the Water Treatment Plant for next Tuesday
and will have a van here at 9:30 a.m. and have you back by 1:00 p.m. and will treat you to lunch
after the tour. He said we have police arbitration scheduled for this Thursday.
Hanna expressed condolences to the Sutherland family in the loss of a family member.
Haywood reminded everyone that school starts on August 15
th and to drive carefully.
Vincent said he will be going to Kansas City Friday to move his daughter back to Oklahoma
will be on Air Force duty for the next seven days after that.
Fanning thanked whoever worked on E Avenue, between Sheridan and 17
th, they did a
Powell said August the 6
th is the City of Lawton s Birthday at the museum where we will be
serving hot dogs and General Maples will be joining us. The Army Band will be there from 5:30
p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and the ceremony will start at that time.
VERBATUM STARTS HERE AS REQUESTED BY COUNCILMAN SHANKLIN
Powell: Council, a brief note to you. Council members, I apologize to you
for taking a brief few
minutes of your time, but in view of the fact that a Council Person has talked with some of you
and others in the City, I am compelled to present to you with facts. Fact 1) On May 27,
had a water bill for 1604 and 1616 SW 52
nd and one of them did not have a final figure, so I
stood in line and Renee was the lady who helped me and she asked me, Mayor, do you get trash
pickup? and I said, Yes. She said Well, it s not on there. I asked her to put it on, she did
and I paid. Fact 2) I have been the general contractor on every project at 5201 SW Lee. Fact 3)
Every project has had a plan approved by the City. Fact 4) All inspections have been
the City. Fact 5) I have paid every water bill and other items on the bill that has ever
presented to me by the City. Fact 6) The store and car wash has separate meters and are
separately, I have those four in my possession, those two and also 1604 and 1616. Fact 7) If
you d checked into the records far enough, two to three years ago, 1616 received a bill, that
my home, for zero water usage. I brought that bill to Mr. Carson, told him to make the proper
adjustment, I paid that. He said the meter is probably worn out and was replaced.
Powell: An item of interest. My wife and I have given not one, not two,
but three easements to
the City, one being temporary. All the three easements given for zero compensation to the
Powell family. One of these permanent easements, on the south end of 5201 SW Lee,
containing approximately 28,000 square feet with two manholes and a sewer line going diagonal
through the middle, which you cannot build on, meaning the value is deteriate to almost zero
dollars. The interesting point about this, is when I granted this easement, it was to be in
exchange for sewer and trash service; that verbiage never made it to the easement document.
The value of this land, if it had one fourth the value that sold 60 feet for, would be $28,000. The
fact remains, even thou the City s agent did not follow through, I have paid in full on every
sent to me by the City. The easement documents are contained right here, actually there was one
more than I had thought there was, but in case somebody doesn t believe what I have told you
this evening, it s all a matter of record and I ll be happy to show it to you. Entertain
a motion to
go into executive session.
END OF VERBATUM
MOTION by Hanna, SECOND by Haywood, to convene in executive session to consider the
items so listed on the agenda and as recommended by the legal staff. AYE: Bass, Hanna,
Devine, Ewing-Holmstrom, Shanklin, Patton, Haywood, Warren. NAY: None. MOTION
The Mayor and Council convened in executive session at approximately 6:38 p.m. and
reconvened in regular, open session at approximately 6:55 p.m. with roll call reflecting all
ADDENDUM ITEMS: EXECUTIVE SESSION
2. Pursuant to Section 307D, Title 25, Oklahoma Statutes, consider
convening in executive
session to discuss the acquisition of property for the expansion of Northeast Flower Mound Road
Project (Gore to Rogers Lane).
Vincent read the title of Addendum Item 2 as shown above. He said Council convened in
executive session and after discussion staff recommends a motion to decline the offer of the
KCA to met with the City Council in a formal session.
MOTION by Patton, SECOND by Ewing-Holmstrom, to decline the offer of the KCA to met
with the City Council in a formal session. AYE: Devine, Ewing-Holmstrom, Shanklin, Patton,
Haywood, Warren, Bass, Hanna. NAY: None. MOTION CARRIED.
Vincent said staff will continue to attempt to negotiate something with the KCA and
bring it back
BUSINESS ITEMS: EXECUTIVE SESSION
23. Pursuant to Section 307B(3) and (4) Oklahoma Statues, consider
convening in executive
session to discuss Case No. CJ-2003-521, City of Lawton vs. Milo Gordon Chrysler-Plymouth,
Inc. and City National Bank and Trust Company, and if necessary, take appropriate action in
24. Pursuant to Section 307B.4, Title 25, Oklahoma Statutes,
consider convening in executive
session to discuss the pending Workers Compensation case of Jimmie Jones, Case No. 2002-06316-A, and
if necessary, take appropriate action in open session.
Vincent read the title of Item 23 as shown above. He said Council convened in executive
and after discussion staff recommends a motion to pay the Commissioner s Award and take no
MOTION by Devine, SECOND by Hanna, in the condemnation case of City of Lawton vs. Milo
Gordon Chrysler-Plymouth, Inc. to pay the Commissioner s Award and take no other action.
AYE: Ewing-Holmstrom, Shanklin, Patton, Haywood, Warren, Bass, Hanna, Devine. NAY:
None. MOTION CARRIED
Vincent read the title of Item 24 as shown above. He said Council convened in executive
and after discussion, no action is required at this time.
ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business to consider, the meeting adjourned
p.m. upon motion, second and roll call vote.