Month 2005-8 August
Meeting of 2005-8-9 Regular Meeting
LAWTON CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
AUGUST 9, 2005 - 6:00 P.M.
WAYNE GILLEY CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBER
Mayor John P. Purcell, Jr. Also Present:
Mitchell, City Manager
Vincent, City Attorney
Hushbeck, City Clerk
Sonny Uberti, Fort Sill Liaison
Mayor Purcell called the meeting to order at 6:05 p.m. Notice of meeting and agenda
on the City Hall notice board as required by law. Invocation was given by the Reverend Sam
White, Carriage Hills Christian Church, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
Givens, Ward Two
Drewry, Ward Three
Jackson, Ward Four
Robert Shanklin, Ward Five
Jeffrey Patton, Ward Six
Haywood, Ward Seven
Warren, Ward Eight
Shoemate, Ward One
AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION: None
FTA REGIONAL AWARD PRESENTATION TO LATS
Mayor Purcell presented an award to Steve Sherrer, General Manager of Lawton Area
System from the Federal Transit Administration, Region 6. He presented the Award of
Achievement for the highest percentage growth in the transit passenger ridership in Oklahoma
for a small urbanized area transit program for FY 2004.
Mr. Sherrer stated this is the second year LATS has received this award. He
stated their total
ridership was 237,000 passenger during the year 2004, which was an increase of 30,000 from the
year before. They are very proud that the system is continuing to grow.
TRASH OFF AWARD
Mayor Purcell presented the City Manager with an award from the Oklahoma Department
Transportation for the most volunteers for the Trash Off Day. Lawton had 846 volunteers
picking up trash on that day. Mayor Purcell thanked all those volunteers who participated.
PRESENTATION FROM THE FIRST 158
TH FIELD ARTILLERY
Jerta Weakley stated it was just about a month ago that the City Council proclaimed
First of the 158th Appreciation Day. She stated this past Sunday 875 soldiers and their
enjoyed a wonderful day at the Comanche Nation Water Park. This was all possible because of
the support of the community.
Major Freddie Crowson stated on behalf of the solider of the 158
th, the City of Lawton is to be
commended for supporting the troops. He presented Mayor Purcell with a shell.
Carl Lewis, 1443 SE 90
th, stated he was concerned about all the hydrocarbons going into the air
because of mistiming of traffic lights. He is also worried about county residents
burning trash. He suggested the city look at allowing those residents to use landfill.
Mayor Purcell stated the City Manager took notes and will look into his suggestions.
CONSIDER APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF LAWTON CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS OF
JUNE 14 AND JUNE 28, 2005.
MOVED by Warren, SECOND by Givens, to approve the Minutes of June 14 and June 28, 2005.
AYE: Givens, Drewry, Jackson, Shanklin, Patton, Haywood, Warren. NAY: None. MOTION
CONSENT AGENDA: Warren requested separate consideration for item 8.
MOVED by Patton, SECOND by Warren, to approve the Consent Agenda items as
recommended with the exception of item 8. AYE: Givens, Drewry, Jackson, Shanklin, Patton,
Haywood, Warren. NAY: None. MOTION CARRIED.
1. Consider adopting a resolution ratifying the action of
the City Attorney and the City
Manager in filing and making payment of the judgment in the Workers' Compensation case of
Charles R. Buckman in the Workers' Compensation Court, Case No. 2005-03637H. Exhibits:
Resolution No. 2005-140.
2. Consider approving the construction plans for an 8-inch
waterline to serve the Hospice
Center located at 1001 SE 36
th Street. Exhibits: Location Map
3. Consider acknowledging receipt of a permit for the construction
of sanitary sewer lines from
the Oklahoma State Department of Environmental Quality to serve Sub-Basin 316, City of
Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma. Exhibits: None
4. Consider adopting a resolution to rescind Resolution No.
05-102, which condemned property
at 1711 N.W. 45
th Street. Exhibits: Excerpt of Minutes from June 14, 2005, council meeting and
5. Consider adopting revised City Council Policy 3-2, City
of Lawton General Employee Injury
Prevention Program and declaring an emergency. Exhibits: City Council Policy 3-2 with
proposed changes shown.
6. Consider approving a Resolution authorizing the installation
of traffic control devices at SW
th Street and Pennsylvania, NW Willow Creek and Mickelgate, NW 22nd Street and
Lindy, NW 29th Street and Euclid. Exhibits: Resolution No. 05-435 and Traffic
Commission Minutes of July 28, 2005.
7. Consider denying a request for the installation of traffic
control at 4208 NW Lindy, NW
Keystone at Andrews, NW 13
th Street and Taylor and NW 16th Street and Lincoln. Exhibits:
Traffic Commission Minutes of July 28, 2005.
8. Consider adopting a resolution to execute the Project Agreement
for Federal-aid Project
Number STP-116E(129)EH, State Job Number 22621(04) between the City of Lawton and the
Oklahoma Department of Transportation for a streetscape enhancement project for 2
from Ferris Avenue to Columbia Avenue and authorize the Mayor and City Clerk to execute the
Project Agreement. Exhibits: Letter from ODOT dated 6-6-2005, Resolution No. 143,
Transportation Enhancement Project Agreement and Estimated Project Budget.
Mitchell stated the funding source for this project would be $454,000 from the Oklahoma
Department of Transportation, the 20% local match would come from either the Lawton Urban
Renewal Authority or from Community Development Block Grant funds. He stated the CDBG
and LURA funds would be determined to be federal money and the agreement restricts use of
those monies. He is proposing that the local share come from either existing funds this year or
from funds that would be appropriated out of the FY 2006-2007. He stated they would ask
LURA to pay the design fees and CDBG fund the additional work that will be required on the
project for infrastructure. He stated there is currently money allocated to the Haggar project
those monies would now be available and he would suggest that they use part of that money to
support the project.
Givens questioned how much would be available from the Haggar plant.
Mitchell stated it was approximately $206,000.
Givens stated it was his understanding that some of those funds were going to a project
in zone one.
Mitchell stated that between the two projects, they are in the ballpark. He
stated that as the
sponsor, the City of Lawton is responsible for any overruns in the project.
Patton stated he had no problem supporting this item, but he does not want it to
drainage project in zone one.
Givens stated he believed they were okay with the project.
MOVED by Patton, SECOND by Givens, to adopt Resolution No. 05-142 to execute the Project
Agreement for Federal-aid Project Number STP-116E(129)EH, State Job Number 22621(04)
between the City of Lawton and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation for a streetscape
enhancement project for 2nd Street from Ferris Avenue to Columbia Avenue and authorize the
Mayor and City Clerk to execute the Project Agreement. AYE: Drewry, Jackson, Shanklin,
Patton, Haywood, Givens. NAY: None. ABSTAIN: Warren. MOTION CARRIED.
Mayor Purcell requested that item #22 be moved forward.
22. Receive a report on E-911 and take appropriate action
if necessary. Exhibits: Memos to E-911 Merger Committee.
Jackson stated he has asked Comanche County Commissioner Ron Kirby to attend. He
and Councilmember Warren have been charged with the task of reviewing the past merger
attempt to see what may have gone wrong as well as attempt to bring the City of Lawton and
Comanche County into a merger system with E-911. They met with the Police Chief, Fire Chief,
Communications Supervisor and Assistant City Manager to educate themselves about all the
aspects of combining the system. They were educated on what the city had, the county had, and
what they needed to do to bring it under one umbrella so they can provide the most safety for the
health and welfare of the entire county. They then began to have meetings with individual
people they felt were important to the movement of the committee. They spoke with each
County Commissioner on an individual basis and received their input. They also received input
from state elected officials and Mayors from surrounding areas. He stated he and
Councilmember Warren felt that they have so much input from the necessary people involved
that they feel comfortable asking the City Council to approve the concept for merger and ask the
City Manager to work out the details monetarily and the physical aspect of moving equipment.
Warren stated they are looking at a combined system that is neither owned by the
City of Lawton
or Comanche County. They are hoping that they can put together an authority or separate entity
that will be able to house both units and use them as one system. The important part is that it
not going to be a city or county facility, but a Comanche County Regional E-911 Center. If they
are proactive, there will be a future need for a regional 911 center, but for a multiple county area,
and we can step forward because we will have the facility and the ability. He stated we need to
combine both systems in one location, but maintaining separate entities. They would then begin
training the dispatchers so that they would be able to operate both systems. Basically, it would
mean improved service and a lowered cost for everyone. They hope that they will be able to
separate 911 and emergency services. They would create a 911 center and also an emergency
response center. The emergency response center would be located in the basement of the County
Courthouse because they already have infrastructure in place. It would also be a place to install
some consoles that would be available if something happened to the combined center. We could
also place a back up emergency center in the E-911 center in case something happened to the
courthouse. They are receiving positive feedback from everyone involved and are looking at a
minimum of 18 months before a separate entity could be formed.
Jackson stated with I-44 being designated as a corridor for Homeland Security, they
place Lawton in a position to be the regional 911 dispatch center. This move will put Lawton in
that position. He asked Commissioner Kirby to speak on this issue.
Warren stated that initially, the start up cost would be between $20,000 - $40,000.
Haywood questioned where the combined center would be located.
Jackson stated that initially, the county consoles would be moved in with the city.
Warren stated it is a lot cheaper to move two consoles rather than moving six.
Ron Kirby, Comanche County Commissioner, thanked the City Council for all their hard
He stated that grant money is available through Homeland Security, but they will not provide
assistance for two systems. He likes the idea that this will be for all the county residents. They
would like to proceed because it just makes common sense. Given the cost and the multitude of
factors to overcome, they must take the first step. He emphasized the most important factor is
that each resident of Comanche County, and eventually all of Southwest Oklahoma, will have the
fastest emergency service possible. Comanche County needs to accept the position of leadership
for Southwest Oklahoma and have the regional center located in Lawton. He stated the County
Commissioners voted unanimously to support this issue.
Jackson thanked Commissioner Kirby because his position will have a lot of impact
opportunity to combine the systems. He stated they also need to get to work on the ballot
initiative with the cell phone situation. The public will be asked to approve a .50 cent per cell
phone bill which will establish a cross direction system for cell phones.
Warren stated that almost three years ago the Mayor put together a steering committee
Police Chief, Fire Chief, Sheriff and representatives from rural law enforcement and volunteer
fire departments. He would like to see citizens and that steering committee run this entity.
Politics does not need to be involved.
Haywood questioned if the Sheriff was involved.
Jackson stated he was brought into one of the meetings and had an hour and a half
with him. He was excited about the possibility of a back up E-911 system.
Kirby stated they perceive that an authority will be over the 911 system and members
enforcement and fire departments will be involved. He stated the Sheriff would certainly have
input into the protocol of how to handle the county area.
Haywood stated he would like to see the Sheriff on this committee.
Mayor Purcell stated the sheriff will decide the protocol to be used for E-911 for
thing in the county. He will be heavily involved. He will be on the steering committee that
most likely be over this entity. He has been on the steering committee since day one.
MOVED by Jackson, SECOND by Drewry, to approved the concept of a merger with Comanche
County E-911 System and ask staff to begin the process of determining the cost and actual details
of the merger. AYE: Jackson, Shanklin, Patton, Haywood, Warren, Givens, Drewry. NAY:
None. MOTION CARRIED.
9. Consider adopting a resolution to execute the Project Agreement
for Federal-aid Project
Number STP-116E(130)EH, State Job Number 22622(04) between the City of Lawton and the
Oklahoma Department of Transportation for a transportation museum on the grounds of the
Museum of the Great Plains and authorize the Mayor and City Clerk to execute the Project
Agreement. Exhibits: Letter from ODOT dated 6-6-2005,
Resolution No. 143, Transportation
Enhancement Project Agreement and Estimated Project Budget.
10. Consider awarding contract for Filter Media (CL05-060). Exhibits: Department
recommendation and Abstract of Bids.
11. Consider awarding contract for Liquid Sulfur Dioxide (CL05-062). Exhibits: Department
recommendation and Abstract of Bids.
12. Consider terminating contract with Interstate Gourmet
Coffee Roasters, Inc. for Jail
Beverage Products and authorize item to be rebid. (CL05-034).
13. Consider approving the following contract extensions:
A. Copper and Brass (CL04-058)
with Water Products of Oklahoma, Inc. Water Distribution and Revenue Services and B)
Water Meters, Parts and Service (CL03-062) Sensus Metering Systems. Exhibits:
14. Consider approval of payroll for the periods of July 18
- 31, 2005. Exhibits: None.
15. Consider adopting an ordinance pertaining to offenses
and crimes amending Section 16-5-1-503, Division 16-5-1, Article 16-5, Chapter 16, Lawton City Code,
1995, by expanding the list
of objects that can be considered drug paraphernalia and providing for severability. Exhibits:
Ordinance No. 05-___.
Vincent stated the state recently passed a law expanding the list of what is considered
paraphernalia and in order for the city to prosecute in Municipal Court, they need to bring it into
MOVED by Patton, SECOND by Warren, to adopt Ordinance No. 05-67, waive the reading of
the ordinance and read the title only. AYE: Shanklin, Patton, Haywood, Warren, Givens,
NAY: None. MOTION CARRIED.
(Title read by City Attorney) Ordinance
An ordinance pertaining to offenses and crimes amending Section 16-5-1-503, Division
Article 16-5, Chapter 16, Lawton City Code, 1995, by expanding the list of objects that can be
considered "drug paraphernalia" and providing for severability.
16. Consider an ordinance amending Section 6-7-1-704, Division
6-7-1, Article 6-7, Chapter 6,
and revising the title for Section 11-2-201, Article 11-2, Chapter 11, Lawton City Code, 1995,
relating to striking references to the BOCA National Property Maintenance Code and BOCA
National Fire Prevention Code and in its place, adding International Property Maintenance Code,
International Existing Building Code, and the International Fire Code, providing for severability
and declaring an emergency. Exhibits: Ordinance No. 05-______.
Vincent stated that this is a clean up ordinance which was originally approved on
some sections had improper references. This is bringing those into compliance.
MOVED by Patton, SECOND by Warren, to adopt Ordinance No. 05-68, waive the reading of
the ordinance, read the title only and declare and emergency. AYE: Patton, Haywood, Warren,
Givens, Drewry, Jackson, Shanklin. NAY: None. MOTION CARRIED.
(Title read by City Attorney) Ordinance
An ordinance pertaining to building and development appeal board; duties amending
Section 6-7-1-704, Division 6-7-1 Article 6-7, Chapter 6, Lawton City Code, 1995, by incorporating a
reference to newly adopted building code provisions; amending Section 11-2-201, Article 11-2,
Chapter 11, Lawton City Code, 1995, by amending the title, providing for severability, and
declaring an emergency.
17. Consider a resolution amending Appendix A, Schedule of
Fees and Charges, Lawton City
Code, 1995 creating a resubmission of plans fee. Exhibits: Examples of initial plans and second
plans submission reviews and Resolution No. 05-____.
Debra Jones, Acting Planning Director, stated over the last fifteen months there
has been an
increase in development activity and unfortunately this has led to consulting engineers
submitting plans for subdivisions or infrastructure proposed for dedication that were grossly
incomplete. This leads to extensive reviews by our engineers to produce a punch list of
deficiencies that should have been addressed in their initial submissions. Approximately two
weeks ago a letter was sent to all the consulting engineers encouraging them to take more care in
the production of the plans prior to submission. The second phase would be to adopt a
resubmission fee. This would be the same fee they initially pay for their review.
Shanklin questioned if these engineers were from Comanche County.
Jones stated yes.
Givens questioned if the engineer made an honest effort to do it right, but there
was one minor
thing wrong, would they be required to pay a resubmission fee.
Jones stated no. A normal submission on a construction plat may have 25 questions
that need to
be addressed between both engineers that deal with design. They are not looking for an absolute
clean submission, but are looking for all the sets of plans and all the reports so they can start a
review without an extensive punch list of deficiencies.
MOVED by Patton, SECOND by Warren, to adopt Resolution No. 05-144 amending Appendix
A, Schedule of Fees and Charges, Lawton City Code, 1995 creating a resubmission of plans fee.
AYE: Drewry, Jackson, Patton, Haywood, Warren, Givens. NAY: None. ABSENT: Shanklin.
18. Consider approving Amendment No. 1 to the Lease Agreement
with the Lawton
Community Theater and authorize the Mayor and City Clerk to execute the Amendment.
Exhibits: Amendment No. 1 is on file in the City Clerk s Office.
Vincent stated this is related to item #19. The lease document with Lawton
does not include the parking lot and it was necessary in order for them to submit a grant and ask
the city for matching funds. This document is to approve an amendment expanding the legal
description of the area leased to include the parking lot at Lawton Community Theater.
MOVED by Warren, SECOND by Haywood, to approve Amendment No. 1 to the Lease
Agreement with the Lawton Community Theater, and authorize the Mayor and the City Clerk to
execute the Amendment. AYE: Jackson, Shanklin, Patton, Haywood, Warren, Givens, Drewry.
NAY: None. MOTION CARRIED.
19. Consider approving request from the Lawton Community Theater
to lay an asphalt parking
lot adjacent to (west of) the John Denney Playhouse located at 1316 NW Bell Avenue and
additionally requests matching funds of $10,000 to match an already existing donation by the
Walton Family Foundation to complete the project. Exhibits: Letter of Request from the Lawton
Community Theater and cost estimate of the project.
Kim Shahan, Parks and Recreation Director, stated Lawton Community Theater would
create an asphalt parking lot and has asked for assistance in terms of matching funds for a grant.
Jackson questioned if there is a proposed border on the parking lot. He does
not want to see
everyone driving through the park.
Shahan stated that currently there is a railing that eliminates anyone from driving
MOVED by Patton, SECOND by Haywood, to approve a request from the Lawton Community
Theater to lay an asphalt parking lot adjacent to (west of) the John Denney Playhouse and
approve matching funds of $10,000 to match an already existing donation by the Walton Family
Foundation to complete the project. AYE: Shanklin, Patton, Haywood, Warren, Givens, Drewry,
Jackson. NAY: None. MOTION CARRIED.
20. Consider and take appropriate action concerning a request
for a competitive Request for
Proposal (RFP) process to allow for camping area improvements and concession operations at
Robinson s Landing, Lake Lawtonka. Exhibits: Letter, RLM Investments Group, LLC.
Shahan stated he received a request from RLM Investment Group in reference to allowing
Robinson s Landing camping area, store and property to become a development site for
improvements. They do understand that this would be a competitive bid process, and that he
would need to establish specifications, submit them to the spec committee, bring to the City
Council for approval, then go out for bids. This particular firm would then have an opportunity
to put together a RFP. He did let them know that he is aware of the amount of revenue currently
generated from the boathouses and the camping area and he would not recommend awarding this
to an outside operator if the city were not able to receive at least what is currently being
generated and increase those revenues in the future.
Patton questioned if this was currently in house.
Shahan stated the city leases the store, but operates the camping. They are
approximately $50,000 in revenue for this particular operation. He stated the investor assured
him they could provide the same level of income and still make the improvements.
Patton questioned if the $50,000 was net.
Shahan stated yes.
Vincent stated he has been advised by previous councils that they are not going to
get into a
situation like they have at School House Slough. He questioned if they were putting in the RFP
that if they bail on the lease after two, three or five years, the improvements become the City
Shahan stated he would recommend that to the spec committee.
Shanklin questioned what was the situation at School House Slough.
Vincent stated that currently there is a buy out provision in certain circumstances
and they do
not want to put the city in that situation ever again.
Alberta Henderson, 315 NW 62
nd Street, stated at Robinson s Landing there was a man named
Larry Meese who took great care and made improvements. She stated her and her husband have
also made improvements to the store. Now Micky Massey has the store and has invested a lot of
money. She finds it a great insult that she has not been notified that this is coming. She
concerned about the rent and if it is going to go up. The people that are out there every weekend
are the ones who are taking care of the area. She recommended that the city leave it to the people
of Lawton to run the store. She stated in September 2, 2003 she received a fax from the
engineering division that performed a petroleum hydro carbon release study that stated that
subsurface soil is impacted beneath their property that presents a significant health risk. New
buildings or other structures should avoid the area determined to have contaminated soil under
the surface. She stated this was from the old gas pumps. She believes that people need to
aware that there is contaminated soil that needs to be removed.
Michelle Massey, 1610 NW 27
th Street, stated she is concerned because she is the one who is
currently leasing the building. Is her rent going to go up.
Mayor Purcell stated this is just the start of the process. If the city puts
out an RFP, they have the
opportunity to take over Robinson s Landing, if they choose. They could still be part of
store which would be included in someone else s bid. There is a long way to
go until a
decision is made on who has the store.
Jackson stated they are required by law to go out for bids. Nothing will be
decided without going
through a process and it will be up to the City Council to make a decision after the bids are
MOVED by Warren, SECOND by Shanklin, to direct staff to pursue a competitive Request for
Proposal process for camping area improvements and concession operations at Robinson s
Landing. AYE: Patton, Warren, Givens, Drewry, Jackson, Shanklin. NAY: Haywood.
21. Consider receiving a report on the City s financial
condition for the 4
th Quarter of fiscal
year 2004-2005, and provide direction to staff. Exhibits: None.
Rick Endicott, Finance Director, stated that overall the end of the year report looks
revenue in the general fund side was up approximately 5%. The revenue on the enterprise fund
was down 1 ½%. Expenditures were below the budgeted expenditures in the neighborhood of
5%. Sales tax did well, but water is down about 4% from last year. Overall he
said they were
right on target and numbers are fairly good.
Mitchell questioned if they have looked at any numbers regarding fuel costs.
Endicott stated they were not looking good and will probably have to come back to
Council mid year with a recommended amendment to the budget.
23. Consider directing City staff to evaluate the eligibility
requirements for the Section 108
Loan Guarantee Program which utilizes Community Development Block Grant Funds to secure
future debt service payments and take the appropriate action as required. Exhibits: Letter dated
July 28, 2005 from Kevin McNeely, HUD and Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program information
Givens stated he would like to point out a correction in a recent editorial that
inaccurate. He had proposed at the last council meeting that they look into the section 108 loan
guarantee program that would allow the city to obtain up to five times the annual entitlement
under Community Development Block Grant funding as a loan that can be paid back over a
period of 20 years at a very low interest rate. This loan can be paid back using CDBG funds, not
general funds, as was reported in the editorial. He stated he did not know where the reference
garvy bonds came from. He stated a letter was passed out from Tom Aplin, Assistant Director
of Housing and Community Development, as to funds available under the section 108 program.
There is $200,000 million in carry over funds and there has been no funds appropriated for
2006. The program may or may not last and there is talk about moving it from HUD to the
Department of Commerce. There is a need to have additional funds to start or finish Phase I of
nd Street redevelopment project. The project is extremely important and may address
of the blight and problems from Railroad Street over to 4th Street and from Ferris to the
downtown area. It would certainly qualify as a low to moderate income area. The city needs
take for first step to show it is earnest about revitalization. He believes that we will not see
private development until the city steps forward and starts the ball rolling. He stated he feels
the CDBG funding has been spread out in a lot of areas without a significant result such as doing
something in a specific area. For once they should put those funds into one area and see
Warren stated this is the time to get more bang out of the buck. There is a
convergence of things
happening such as BRAC, Chamber revitalization project and the 2
nd Street project all happening
at one time. They have the ability to take CDBG funds and actually touch a neighborhood and
make a difference.
Haywood stated he supports the 2
nd Street enhancement, but those small projects funded by
CDBG make a difference in this community. Many residents will not be able to receive
emergency funds. He agreed that 2nd Street should have been done years ago, but there
money spent in South Lawton with the exception of Mattie Beale.
Givens stated he does not believe that all the CDBG money would go to the 2
nd Street project.
He hoped that the City Council could see that this is an opportunity to do something significant
and will not affect the housing part of the CDBG funds.
Haywood stated he does not want to put that program in jeopardy.
Warren stated the only way these programs will be in jeopardy is if there is action
on the federal
Mayor Purcell stated that from the information he received from the National Conference
Mayors, it appears that CDBG will keep coming and will not go to the Department of Commerce.
The amount may not be as much. If CDBG does go away, someone will come up with another
Court Newkirk, Lawton-Ft. Sill Chamber of Commerce, stated they had reviewed the
and spoken with their financial consultant for their revitalization project, John Stainback. They
were informed that there are dozens of ways to finance public and private and public/private
partnerships for everything from infrastructure to major projects. They need to explore every
possible avenue to speed along the projects and move the process forward as quickly as possible
because it is all about momentum. They hope to put out their first RFP for a major public/private
partnership development by April of next year. He stated the downtown redevelopment
committee at the Chamber urges the City Council to explore all avenues including the section
108 because they are in support of the 2
nd Street Corridor project and moving forward as soon as
Patton questioned if they were legally able to participate.
Vincent stated the city can legally enter into a 108 loan obligation with HUD without
going to a
vote of the people as long as all of the funds pledged for payback are federal funds. The home
funds will have to be segregated. If there is any security required other than federal money,
will have to go to a vote of the people for a debt that is longer than one year.
Tom Aplin, Assistant Director of Housing and Community Development, thanked the City
Council for exploring this issue and felt it does have possibilities to help further this project. He
stated the City of Lawton is eligible to apply for a section 108 loan just by virtue of the fact that
we an entitlement community with a Community Development Block Grant which is the basic
criteria. They still must meet eligibility requirements of the CDBG programs and one of the
national objectives: benefit low and moderate income individuals, address urgent need or address
slum and blight. Each of those areas has specific criteria to be eligible. He stated he
concerned about what will be asked of his office in terms of bringing input back to the City
Council to help decide whether they want to use the 108 loan.
Mayor Purcell stated that was between Mr. Aplin and the City Manager. Mr. Mitchell
understands what the City Council wants and will give his guidance.
MOVED by Givens, SECOND by Drewry, to direct staff to evaluate the eligibility requirements
for the Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program which utilizes Community Development Block
Grant funds to secure future debt service payments with respect to the 2nd Street improvement
project. AYE: Givens, Drewry, Jackson, Shanklin, Patton. NAY: Haywood. ABSTAIN: Warren.
REPORTS: MAYOR/CITY COUNCIL/CITY MANAGER
The Mayor and Council convened in executive session at 7:54 p.m. and reconvened in
open session at 9:08 p.m. Roll call reflected all members present.
BUSINESS ITEMS: EXECUTIVE SESSION ITEMS
Warren stated he enjoyed himself at the rodeo breakfast and the candlelight vigil
Haywood stated school is starting on August 19
th and suggested everyone drive safely.
Jackson stated he forgot to mention that the City of Lawton currently has a history
the E-911 system. We are presently combined with Ft. Sill which is working very well. He
stated there are still electronic answering machine systems in several departments. He stated
they developed a mission statement when he previously served on the City Council which states
to provide efficient, effective and responsive customer oriented service delivery. We
do not do
this with an electronic answering machine system. He requested staff agenda an item to talk
about getting rid of these systems.
Mitchell requested time to evaluate their options.
Jackson stated he keeps hearing from the public about this issue. He hates
calling the Parks and
Recreation Department and would like to do something while he has the opportunity.
Greg Buckley, Assistant City Manager, stated he had a conversation that afternoon
Shahan and they are targeting August 19
th to have a person answer those lines.
Drewry commended Jackson and Warren on a thorough study of the E-911 system.
Mayor Purcell stated he needed a City Councilor to serve as the liason to the Library
Councilman Givens is busy with other committees and has asked to be replaced.
Warren volunteered to serve.
Mayor Purcell reminded everyone to wear red on Fridays.
Mitchell introduced Tony Griffith who is the new Neighborhood Services Supervisor.
The Mayor and Council convened in executive session at 7:54 p.m. and reconvened in
open session at 9:08 p.m. Roll call reflected all members present.
24. Pursuant to Section 307B.1, Title 25, Oklahoma Statues,
consider convening in executive
session to discuss the evaluation review of Michael Corrales, Municipal Judge, and if necessary,
take appropriate action in open session.
Mayor Purcell read the title of Item 24 shown above. No action was required
25. Pursuant to Section 307B.4, Title 25, Oklahoma Statutes,
consider convening in executive
session to discuss the case styled
IAFF Local 1882 and Raymond Dye vs. The City of Lawton,
Case No. FMCS 050107-52419-7, and if necessary, take appropriate action in open session.
Vincent read the title of Item 25 shown above. He stated a frank and open discussion
and the City Attorney did make a recommendation.
MOVED by Warren, SECOND by Jackson, to authorize the City Attorney to commence
litigation to seek to vacate the arbitrators decision in Raymond Dye s termination grievance.
AYE: Haywood, Warren, Givens, Drewry, Jackson, Shanklin, Patton. NAY: None. MOTION
There being no further business to consider, the meeting adjourned at 9:10 p.m. upon
second and roll call vote.
P. PURCELL, JR., MAYOR
TRACI HUSHBECK, CITY CLERK