Month 2007-1 January
Meeting of 2007-1-30 Special Meeting
LAWTON CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING
JANUARY 30, 2007 - 6:00 P.M.
WAYNE GILLEY CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBER
Mayor John Purcell, Jr. Also Present:
Mitchell, City Manager
John Vincent, City Attorney
Traci Hushbeck, City Clerk
Gail Turner, Comanche County Commissioner
Ron Kirby, Comanche County Commissioner
Ulrich, Comanche County Commissioner
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.
Shoemate, Ward One
Rex Givens, Ward Two
Robert Shanklin, Ward Five
Patton, Ward Six
Haywood, Ward Seven
Warren, Ward Eight
Mayor Purcell congratulated Lauren Nelson, who was crowned Miss America. He
Oklahoma Department of Transportation will erect four signs and will remain for about a year
and a half.
1. Discuss options with the County Commissioners of Comanche
County for a future sales tax
election to fund infrastructure projects needed to support anticipated population growth as a
result of recent BRAC announcements made by the Department of Defense and Fort Sill and
provide direction to staff. Exhibits: None.
Mayor Purcell stated they all appreciate the County Commissioners agreeing to this
Jackson stated he attended a County Commission meeting last Tuesday when at that
understood there was an agreement to extend the sales tax inside the city limits for 3/8 of a cent
and in January 1, 2009, extend a sales tax for the entire Comanche County of 1/8 cent. He stated
unfortunately things may have changed since then.
Turner stated the Chamber of Commerce let them be aware of a county tax which would
county the same tax but the city would receive all the money within the city limits and the county
would receive the money outside of the city limit. The attorneys have talked and it is not that
simple. Alan Brooks with the Fagan Group researched this issue and it would take a little time
put this together and they cannot do this in two or three days. They will have to work on the
and the county projects to make it fit the mold. He stated last week he and Councilmembers
Warren and Jackson visited about the jail situation and it looks very positive that they can all join
forces to solve this issue. He stated the attorneys can update everyone on this proposal. He
stated it is very simple because it doesn t affect the monies from each policy, but it does take
little work to put it together.
Jackson questioned if anyone had a problem with the Mayor simply facilitating this
since he is a non-voting member of the City Council.
The County Commission and City Council members approved.
Kirby stated he did give a tentative agreement to Councilmember Jackson and he felt
at the time
that the county was going to be a little short on the needed capital improvements which are
necessary and he felt very strong that some of the needs are out there that they both have an
interest such as the Juvenile Detention Center in which they have a serious situation in regards to
security. The measure that was proposed at the County Commission meeting that morning was
somewhat ambiguous to the fact that they did not know whether or not they could actually do
this. This afternoon he learned it was legal to do this and the ramifications are that they could
continue along and get the necessary security in place for the juvenile detention center along with
some other capital improvements that are really needed now. He does believe that
Councilmember Jackson s plan was viable except it left him a little empty on those things that
needed to be done immediately. He believes this new proposal is a win-win situation for
Haywood questioned who discussed the option of joining the jails.
Turner stated Councilmembers Warren and Jackson. They were at an E-911 meeting
and it was
Jackson stated they discussed the option of after all this is over with, they will
regroup the same
E-911 merger committee or new members and sit back down and see if they can work out a
merger of the county jail, detention center and the City of Lawton jail. He stated they were very
successful on the E-911 merger and he feels they can be successful on this issue as well and save
the taxpayers some money.
Haywood stated they will have to have some workshops on that issue.
Kirby stated John Hester, Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce, is in the audience
presented a proposal late Friday. The proposal surfaced again at the special meeting this
morning but he did not think it could legally be done, but he found out they can legally do this
deal. He requested that Mr. Hester explain his proposal.
Hester stated that everything the group has received has not necessarily come through
force. He feels that there has been so many moving parts that he has had to take some things on
himself instead of running back to the task force each time. He stated the idea of splitting this
came after he did the numbers. He built a spreadsheet on where the revenue was coming from
city by city and realized if they did a citywide deal instead of countywide we would leave a lot of
money on the table. He stated if they did a 3/8 cent sales tax it would actually generate over
$500,000 outside the Lawton city limits. Over 6% of the sales tax, if they were to do 3/8 cent
comes from unincorporated areas. The split would actually be 87%-13% and he is glad to hear
that everyone thinks it is a good idea and he feels that is the way they should proceed.
Kirby stated that what Mr. Hester is proposing actually goes along with Mr. Jackson
plan, the only difference is instead of city wide it will be county wide with the county keeping
their funds for the 18 month period and then continuing along with the proposal where the county
does get the new funds for the capital improvement. On December 31, 2008 they can continue to
fund the detention center.
Hester stated they need to come up with a comprehensive solution to the detention
center and it
is too complicated to take on right now.
Jackson stated there are eight of them sitting here and he knows that Councilmember
a proposal on the table and the City Council has not made a decision. He needs to know if April
rd is still a viable date.
Vincent stated he spoke with Alan Brooks of the Fagan Firm this afternoon. They
together a program like this for Tulsa County. It took them almost a year to put the program
together. In order for us to salvage the sales tax that ends June 30
th, we must go to a vote in
April, which means we have to have a resolution to the election board by 5 p.m. on the February
1st. He stated he was told by Mr. Brooks that they had to create a trust to handle
disbursement of the monies because there were multiple entities involved and that the
disbursements had to be made for particular projects that were included in the agreements of the
multiple parties so that the trust would know how to disperse the money. It was not done on
percentages, but on project basis.
Kirby stated this proposal seems to be a lot simpler due to the fact that they only
capital improvement areas at this point. The fairgrounds, the juvenile detention center, the
sheriff s department and rural fire departments.
Vincent stated he just got this information when he got back today from Oklahoma
City at 3:30
p.m. He does know that a sales tax is authorized and we can share in a sales tax. He does not
know if this can be done by percentages, but he does not think they can put this together very
quickly. If they do not have this for the April 3
rd ballot, they can vote on this anytime in the next
three months but it would not go into effect until October 1st. The tax can only go into
the first day of a calendar quarter and you must give the Oklahoma Tax Commission 60 days
Kirby questioned Jerry Cude, Comanche County Attorney, how long he felt it would
take to put
Cude stated he visited with Mr. Brooks this afternoon and he felt it would take some
time to do
this. Chairman Turner suggested that they may be further along than Mr. Brooks thinks they are
in identifying the projects.
Kirby stated they are farther along as far as identifying their capital needs.
Cude stated it sounds as though every community would become involved. He stated
does authorize a general county tax but it does say you have to specify what the projects are and
you had to be very specific how you did this.
Turner questioned if they could run it through the trust.
Cude stated they have the Comanche County Educational Facilities Authority and the
County Facilities Authority and he does not know if this would be appropriate or not.
Turner stated the City of Lawton already has their projects specified in Mr. Jackson
s plan. He
stated that Mr. Brooks does not realize that they have already had three months of meeting and a
lot of preparation. Mr. Vincent is right and if they cannot have it ready by April 3
rd, they would
miss out on two or three months of sales taxes to get it ready to vote and then get it put together.
He does think they have done a lot more work than Mr. Brooks may realize. He stated
already has a figure on their projects and it won t take them long to put a figure on the county
projects. He does not think there is enough money county wide to go to the small cities
to split up anything there and all the projects they have in the county would benefit all of those
small towns. He realizes there are some legal things that need to be done and it can t be
Warren stated rather than taking all of that time he could agree to this proposal: a 7 ½ year plan,
3/8 cent to the city and 1/8 cent to the county. This would provide $28,125,000 to the City
$9,937,000 to the County over the term. The only issue is that it does involve and increase in
sales tax for an 18 month period to a ½ cent and then it will come back down. He stated it
accomplished the same thing they have been talking about but a little faster. This is a lot less
than his first proposal but he thinks it is workable.
Kirby questioned if this was the proposal Mr. Warren presented to the City Council.
Warren stated this is the light version. His original proposal had an increase
of 8.5 % for the
duration. In this proposal the first 18 months would be an increase and then it would start
coming back down.
Mayor Purcell stated that proposal assumes that the county will put back on the ¼
cent sales tax
that would go off in December 2008 and the county would reinstitute that.
Warren stated this proposal does not include any monies for the jail.
Mayor Purcell stated he is not talking about the jail. In December 2008 that
¼ cent sales tax
goes off. He questioned if this proposal assumes that the county would reimpose, effective
January 1, 2009, that ½ cent sales tax that went off on December 31, 2008.
Warren stated no. These numbers are 3/8 cent for the city beginning July 1,
2007 and ending
January 1, 2015 and includes an 1/8 cent for the county from July 1, 2007 to January 1, 2015.
When the ¼ cent goes off, that is when it comes back down.
Mayor Purcell stated it includes 1/8 cent going to the county a little earlier than
originally, but it
does not include putting the second 1/8 cent back on January 1, 2009.
Warren stated that is correct.
Jackson stated it still does increase the overall sales tax by 1/8 for 18 months.
Warren stated it is increasing by ¼ cent for 18 months. We would split
1/8 to the county and 1/8
to the city.
Mayor Purcell stated on January 1, 2015 it would drop back down to 7.75 % which is
less than it is now.
Warren stated this gives us a little room for jail discussions.
Jackson stated if Warren will back off of the ¼ cent for that 18 months he would
proposal on the rolling stock money.
Warren stated if they took that out it would really put a cramp in projects.
Jackson questioned how much money the increase for 18 months would generate.
Mitchell stated approximately $3.7 or $3.8 million.
Shanklin questioned who validated these figures.
Warren stated he came up with the figures.
Shanklin stated that scares him. He looks at 14 different options. He
questioned if Warren
thinks he is 100% correct on these figures.
Warren stated the sales tax numbers are real close.
Mitchell stated it will depend on the growth rate. We have averaged about a
3 to 3 ½ % increase
in the sales tax for five years.
Mayor Purcell stated the rates are correct, but the dollar figures that are generated
may be more
or may be less.
Patton stated they should hear what the commissioners think with regards to meeting
Kirby stated on January 1, 2009, when the ¼ cent jail tax is removed, is Mr.
that this tax be reinstituted.
Warren stated either the ¼ cent or the 1/8 cent. He has no way of knowing
until they meet and
decide what they need to do. That is not included in this proposal.
Turner questioned if anyone had thought about economic development.
Hester stated he did meet with a group of retailers to get their feedback with regards
to where we
could go with sales tax. He stated they are adamantly opposed to adding to the tax. His
fear is that they will need a 1/8 cent to deal with the school issues. That is why he has pushed
the 3/8 cent county wide because it covers so much ground and it doesn t raise it. It leaves
cent for the jail and it leaves the potential of a 1/8 cent for LPS if they need it.
Mayor Purcell stated he thought in all the stuff they heard before tonight, they
advalorem to solve the school issue.
Hester stated he is meeting with Barry Beauchamp tomorrow, but he does not have enough
capacity. Next summer he will have $9 million of bond capacity and he has a $30 million
project list. He feels it needs to be left out there.
Mitchell stated a 1/8 cent isn t going to fund $30 million in projects. That
is the real problem
they are faced with. If you want to spend 1/8 cent on the schools, that will only generate $1.5
million and that won t do it. If you want to limit yourself on advalorem and then turn around
and say you cannot accept over 8.5% on sales tax, you just can t get there.
Haywood questioned if Commissioner Turner was talking about CCIDA when he asked about
Turner stated yes. He stated basically the ¼ cent that is coming off is
what is funding CCIDA.
They do have some money now, but it will not last forever. If they do not have money
people to come to this community it will affect our growth. When this ¼ cent comes off,
CCIDA s funding will be gone.
Mayor Purcell stated the problem they have is that everyone wants everything done,
but no one
wants to pay to have it done. The same people who say don t raise my taxes will say they
you to do this. The money has to come from somewhere. They need to bite the bullet and figure
our what they need without wasting money and figure out what they need to accomplish in the
next four, five or six years for this entire community and accommodate the BRAC input. That is
the one thing that will kill them. If they do not accommodate the BRAC input and do it properly,
the next BRAC is coming and they will remember that. He stated everyone is working with
state in hopes of some funding there, but they have all been told that they need to come up and
take care of the locally if they expect to get any funding from the state.
Kirby stated he agrees but there are some things that are absolutely non-negotiable. He stated
crime is up and they have a mutual interest in the county jail and the juvenile detention center.
He stated they also need a modern, serviceable sheriff s office to combat crime in the growing
areas. He has identified that they need at least an 1/8 cent to operate the county jail. He
they also all participate in events at the fairgrounds. They all need to back up and take a look. He
stated that both Councilmembers Warren and Jackson s proposals have merit and he is not trying
to be greedy, but there are certain areas that will benefit everyone.
Warren stated Commissioner Kirby is correct. He stated if they can accept a
½ cent for 18
months and when the ¼ cent comes off, he would not have a problem putting an 1/8 cent on for
the jail which would still put us at 8 3/8 %. If that needs to be in the ballot now, he would
have a problem. It would be an easier sell if they all get together and combine this and then
out for the 1/8 cent.
Jackson stated they have not heard much from Commissioner Ulrich. He questioned
thought about this discussion.
Ulrich stated she was still thinking about it.
Haywood questioned how much tax Commissioner Kirby would recommend.
Kirby stated he does not know, but he personally does not think 8 3/8 % is out of
They need to bite the bullet and do this and he is beginning to agree that Councilmember
Warren s proposal is not that bad because it would at least get them part of what they want.
Mayor Purcell stated he is hearing that Commissioner Kirby could live with Councilmember
Warren s proposal which shows that we would be at 8 ½ % tax for 18 months. He
does not believe they can afford to wait on the whole county wide proposal.
Kirby stated he thinks this would be acceptable and they all need to get behind it
and do this.
There will always be a group out there complaining about this and that is the American way.
He stated he could personally endorse Councilmember Warren s proposal.
Jackson stated there are still two key points. He believes the City Council
wants to be on the
rd ballot. The second thing is that he believes whoever it is will be making a mistake
it will go down to defeat if they attempt to raise sales taxes in this county. That is his personal
opinion and that is from talking with people who don t want their taxes raised.
Mayor Purcell stated they are going to have to bite the bullet and do something. They are still
sitting here and someone else needs to chime in on where they are going. They could discuss this
Warren stated if they can reach a consensus there is no reason they cannot make the
Haywood stated if they do not come together tonight, the citizens are gong to reject
Shanklin stated this looks too complicated to him at the moment and the citizens
are not going to
understand it. He also worries about the validity of it. The citizens would listen if this
from the City Manager or the Finance Director. He stated there is a seven year CIP they have
going now that should have been for five years. If they are going to do this, let s be right
we get there, even if they cannot do this thing for another thirty or sixty days.
Warren stated he does not understand what the confusion is. They are talking
about raising the
tax a total of a ¼ cent for 18 months and that is it. There is no confusion.
Shanklin questioned why Councilmember Jackson and Warren have worked so hard on this
it is not their job. They have a Finance Director that they can help. It is his job to say
need these many more officers.
Warren stated they are not even talking about police officers now. That is
why it is so confusing
because Councilmember Shanklin is involving things that they are not concerned with now.
Hester stated it does not cost anything to delay this until October 1
st. If they are not sure of
where they want to be, they need to do it right. All they are doing is delaying the receipt of
million for 90 days. They can run it from October to October.
Jackson stated he is still going back to his original proposal which is so simple. You increase
sales taxes for a ¼ cent for seven years. You increase sales taxes for 1/8 cent for 5.5 years. This
tax is in the city limits only. The county still has the option of going to a county wide election
a 1/8 cent. No sales taxes are increased.
Mayor Purcell stated the increase is the basic difference between the two proposals.
Kirby stated he likes Councilmember Jackson s proposal but it leaves out one
thing. From July
1, 2007 to December 31, 2008, the county will lose 1/8 cent for that period of time. That does
not give them the money to address the problems at the juvenile detention center which needs to
be addressed now.
Shanklin stated if these problems did not spring up overnight, why have they not
Kirby stated they are looking at $180,000 that did spring up within this fiscal year.
Mayor Purcell stated they are at the point where someone on the council needs to
make a motion.
Kirby stated if they go with Councilmembers Jackson s proposal, they would
be forcing the
county commissioners to take a 1/8 cent to a vote to take effect July 1, 2007. There are issues
that need to be addressed that cannot wait.
Mayor Purcell stated that would put them back in the same position as it would with
Councilmember Warren s proposal. They will wind up with the same number.
Drewry questioned if Councilmember Warren s proposal addresses the needs of
Kirby stated yes.
MOVED by Warren, SECOND by Givens, to add a 3/8 cent city sales tax effective July 1, 2007
and ending December 31, 2014. AYE: Drewry, Jackson, Patton, Warren, Shoemate, Givens.
NAY: Jackson, Shanklin, Haywood. MOTION CARRIED.
The Comanche County Commission approved a motion to propose a 1/8 cent sales tax
effective July 1, 2007 and expire December 31, 2014.
Jackson stated he believes that they have assured the defeat of the sales tax election. Now there
will be an organized effort to oppose it.
Kirby stated he believes that what they have just done is a necessity to the well
Comanche County. The money will be spent on things that citizens can see and feel.
The Comanche County Commission adjourned.
Mayor Purcell thanked the Commissioners for attending.
The Mayor and Council recessed at 7:07 p.m. and reconvened in regular, open session
p.m. Roll call reflected all members present.
2. Consider approving an ordinance creating Sections 10-14-1401,
1402, 1403, 1404, 1405,
1406, 1407, 1408 and 1409, Article 10-14, Chapter 10, Lawton City Code, 2005, to create the
2007 capital improvement and capital outlay sales tax, providing for severability, codification,
and establishing an effective date. Exhibits: Ordinance No. 07-___, Draft 2 and Draft 3.
Vincent stated based on the motion to create a 3/8 cent sales tax, neither version
in the agenda
packet will be correct. He stated they will need to do floor amendments and staff will type it
tomorrow. He stated he needed direction from Council on how to amend 10-14-1404 which
discussed the capital projects. He stated they need a project list.
Shanklin questioned how they came up with the percentages.
Warren stated the only one he actually calculated was for rolling stock and that
was figured at
what was normally generated on a $4 charge on the utility bill.
Vincent stated the ordinance has no dollar figures, just percentages of gross receipts.
Warren stated that tax generates $28,125,000 as an estimate.
Givens questioned if they could vary from the categories in the ordinance and are
into these percentages.
Vincent stated they could leave them open ended, but at the time this ordinance was
were the percentages. He stated they could have general categories.
Shanklin stated they are not held to that 20%, that is a guideline.
Vincent stated in all of the other sales tax proposals including the 1995 CIP and
the 2000 CIP
they had a general catch all called other projects as designated by the City Council. They
required to spend all the money on that above, and once those projects were built and they had
excess funds that they could spend on other capital projects because of that catch all. There
catch all in this proposal.
Mayor Purcell stated if they do not place any percentages, a City Council six years
could decide to spend the entire amount of money on one of the projects. Putting these
percentages will tie the City Council s hands. He feels they are better off assigning percentages.
Warren stated it does limit them, but it does keep the Council in the future from
spending it all
on a road to nowhere.
Givens questioned if they could use a percentage range.
Jackson questioned why they would want to do that.
Givens stated it is hard to get right down to an exact percentage.
Vincent stated it has to come out to 100%. He suggested they take a percentage
miscellaneous projects not listed above.
Patton stated they need some accountability.
Mayor Purcell stated if they add something they will have to take some percentages
Jackson questioned what would entail new infrastructure. He feels that is a
Warren stated new or expanded would cover new and existing.
Vincent stated the projects listed are not all capital improvement projects. Number
homeland security and public safety capital items. That could be a police car, fire truck, fire
station or anything that fits within the definition of public safety and homeland security. They
could use it for grant match.
Mayor Purcell stated you could not use it for salaries.
Shanklin questioned what would happen if a future council changes the percentage.
Vincent stated people are going to vote on this ordinance as it is written and they
could hold the
council accountable if they spent more than the designated percentage.
Givens stated he would like to see the percentages reduced and have a contingency
Warren stated that under new infrastructure, the way the paperwork is worded it talks
or expanded infrastructure limited to the following. That is the catch all.
Givens stated they could not spend any of that for homeland security or rolling stock.
Shanklin suggested they put 15% in the contingency category.
Mayor Purcell stated they could take the first category which says 30%, change it
to 15% and
add a miscellaneous category with the other 15%.
Warren stated if they took away 15% from the new infrastructure account and left
it at 15% they
are looking at $4,200,000 and there will be a new account called contingency miscellaneous
which would have $4,200,000 which is 15%.
Mayor Purcell stated this should accomplish what Councilmembers Shanklin and Givens
Shanklin stated the only problem is that historically they have failed to generate
the money for
the projects they said they would do.
Mayor Purcell stated this will prevent that because it is a percentage. The
dollars will go up or
down with the dollars collected.
Jackson questioned what was meant by homeland security and public safety capital
Warren stated that is capital items only. No salaries. This could be
used for grant matches, if we
needed fire trucks, radios, or if we wanted to pitch in on the E-911 center.
Jackson questioned what was meant by new infrastructure.
Warren stated that would be the installation of new sewer lines, streets or the expansion
sewer lines, or match state or federal grants.
Mitchell stated number three is maintenance and replacement and this is where they
about residential streets.
Warren stated that is not just patching a pothole, but pulling up a half block and
Mayor Purcell stated this would be a good purpose for that contingency fund. If
a future council
decides they need more on internal streets, they could use some of the 15% out of the
Warren stated regarding the waterlines and upgrading maintenance, it is up to the
but his priority would be replacing undersized lines that staff has identified as undersized. If
funds are left they could do some maintenance on other lines.
Shanklin questioned if they were going to decide that themselves with all their expertise,
they going to let staff do it.
Warren stated staff already knows where the undersized lines are.
Shanklin stated he thought they might prioritize.
Vincent stated the duration of the ordinance is set out in Section 1409 which is
Mayor Purcell clarified that staff would add a number six to Section 1404.
Vincent stated he would add a category for miscellaneous capital outlay items.
Mayor Purcell questioned if there were any other changes in the ordinances.
Vincent stated no.
Mayor Purcell questioned if Council understood where they were at in this ordinance.
MOVED by Warren, SECOND by Shoemate, to approve Ordinance 07-04, waive the reading of
the ordinance, read the title only. AYE: Patton, Haywood, Warren, Shoemate, Givens, Drewry.
NAY: Jackson, Shanklin. MOTION CARRIED.
(Title read by City Attorney) Ordinance
An ordinance pertaining to finance and taxation adding Sections 10-14-1401, 1402,
1405, 1406, 1407, 1408 and 1409, Article 10-14, Chapter 10, Lawton City Code, 2005, by
creating the 2007 capital improvement
and capital outlay sales tax, providing for severability,
codification, and establishing an effective date.
3. Consider approving a resolution authorizing the calling
and holding of an election in the City
of Lawton, State of Oklahoma, for the purpose of submitting to the registered qualified electors
of said City the question of the approval or rejection of Ordinance No. 07-04 of the City relating
to an excise tax to be imposed on the City of Lawton and defining the purposes for such tax
including specified City purposes, establishing the duration of the excise tax and authorizing the
Mayor and City Clerk to execute the Proclamation. Exhibits: Resolution No. 07-___ and
Vincent went through the corrections made to the resolution and proclamation that
in the agenda packet. Any reference to .25% was changed to .375% to begin on July 1, 2007
ending on December 31, 2014. Anything referring to an additional .125% was deleted.
MOVED by Warren, SECOND by Drewry, to approve Resolution 07-07 with all changes
discussed. AYE: Patton, Haywood, Warren, Shoemate, Givens, Drewry. NAY: Jackson.
ABSTAIN: Shanklin. MOTION CARRIED.
4. Consider adopting a resolution proposing amendments to
the charter so as to conform the
dates for filing of candidates for Mayor and City Council members to be adjusted to provide for
the orderly processing of absentee ballots. Exhibits: Resolution No. 07-___.
Vincent stated during the last filing period, the Comanche County Election Board
trouble getting the absentee ballots out. Thanksgiving is right between the filing period and
election dates. By federal law we are required to give sufficient time for absentee ballots to
printed and mailed. He stated he visited with the Election Board Secretary and they agreed on
setting the last full week of October as the filing period. This will give staff three weeks to get
the absentee ballots printed and mailed.
Mayor Purcell stated the election board has to send some 600 absentee ballot requests
Shanklin questioned if the date of election will be changed.
Mayor Purcell stated the election date is the same, this will just change the filing
MOVED by Shanklin, SECOND by Patton, to approve Resolution 07-06. AYE: Patton,
Haywood, Warren, Shoemate, Givens, Drewry, Jackson, Shanklin. NAY: None. MOTION
5. Consider adopting a resolution calling for an election
to be held on April 3, 2007; providing
for the approval or rejection of amendments to the charter concerning municipal elections; to
provide for the orderly processing of absentee ballots; providing that Precinct 42 not be opened;
directing that a copy of the resolution be forwarded to the Secretary of the Comanche County
Election Board; directing that a copy of the amendments to the city charter and the notice of
election on the amendments to the city charter be published in full in a newspaper of general
circulation within the City of Lawton for twenty-one days; and directing that the resolution be
published in full in a newspaper of general circulation within the City of Lawton, Oklahoma.
Exhibits: Resolution No. 07-__.
Vincent stated this resolution sets the ballot title and the election proclamation.
MOVED by Warren, SECOND by Drewry, to approve Resolution 07-08. AYE: Haywood,
Warren, Shoemate, Givens, Drewry, Jackson, Patton. NAY: None. ABSTAIN: Shanklin.
Mitchell stated he is making the assumption that on the agenda for February 13
th the City Council
will want an agenda item to discuss how to fund the other part of the proposal for public safety
Warren stated this will be a direction to the City Manager for the budget sessions.
There being no further business to consider, the meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m. upon
second and roll call vote.
P. PURCELL, JR., MAYOR
TRACI HUSHBECK, CITY CLERK