Month 2007-2 February
Meeting of 2007-2-13 Regular Meeting
LAWTON CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
13, 2007 6:00 P.M.
WAYNE GILLEY CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBER
Mayor John Purcell, Jr. Also Present:
Mitchell, City Manager
Vincent, City Attorney
Hushbeck, City Clerk
Mayor Purcell called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Notice of meeting and agenda
on the City Hall notice board as required by law. Invocation was given by Pastor Bob Weger,
Bible Baptist Church, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
Shoemate, Ward One
Rex Givens, Ward Two
Janice Drewry, Ward Three
Robert Shanklin, Ward Five
Patton, Ward Six
Haywood, Ward Seven
Warren, Ward Eight
PRESENTATION OF CITIZEN OF MONTH TO CHARLES MIDDLETON.
Sharon Means, Chairman, Mayor s Commission on that Status of Women introduced
Ms. Beck introduced Charles and Middleton and his wife Dana, Citizen of the Month
Mayor Purcell presented a Certificate of Congratulations from the State of Oklahoma,
Certificate of Commendation from the Mayor s Office.
Buford Rooks, 6410 NW Compass Drive, stated there is a building on his property that
belong to him. It is sitting across the telephone line. He would like for the building to
removed off of his property. He would like it to be declared dilapidated.
Warren stated this is in his ward and has been an ongoing issue for Mr. Rooks for
a long time.
There was a ruling through the courts system that he is stuck with someone else s property
his easement. They need to try going through Neighborhood Services and explore that avenue.
If he has to put up with it, it should at least be up to code.
Shanklin questioned how long Mr. Rooks has been trying to get this building removed.
Mr. Rooks stated since 2002.
Shanklin stated that is too long.
Warren stated he has been out there and looked at it and told Mr. Rooks there is
nothing that we
can do and he needed to go through the legal system. Mr. Rooks took that avenue, and the judge
said that the property stays on Mr. Rooks easement.
Shanklin questioned what judge said that.
Mr. Rooks stated Mark Smith in District Court.
Shanklin questioned the size of the building.
Mr. Rooks stated it is 8 x 8 .
Mayor Purcell stated they need to go through the dilapidated process and work it
process, this is not our building.
CONSIDER APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF LAWTON CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING
OF OCTOBER 30, 2006, AND THE REGULAR MEETINGS OF NOVEMBER 14, 2006,
JANUARY 9 AND JANUARY 23, 2007.
MOVED by Warren, SECOND by Jackson, to approve the minutes of October 30 and November
14, 2006 and January 9 and January 23, 2007. AYE: Givens, Drewry, Jackson, Shanklin, Patton,
Haywood, Warren, Shoemate. NAY: None. MOTION CARRIED.
CONSENT AGENDA: The following items are considered to be routine by the City Council
will be enacted with one motion. Should discussion be desired on an item, that item will be
removed from the Consent Agenda prior to action and considered separately.
Mayor Purcell stated that items #1, #3 and #22 need to be considered separately.
MOVED by Patton, SECOND by Jackson, to approve the Consent Agenda with the exception of
items #1, #3, and #22. AYE: Drewry, Jackson, Shanklin, Patton, Haywood, Warren, Shoemate,
Givens. NAY: None. MOTION CARRIED.
1. Consider accepting State Aid for Libraries grant of $52,920
from the Oklahoma Department
of Libraries for FY 2006-2007. Exhibits: State Aid agreement on file in the City Clerk s
T. W. Shannon, Oklahoma State Representative presented the Mayor with a check from
Aid Library Fund in the amount of $52,920.
MOVED by Patton, SECOND by Warren, to accept the State Aid for Libraries grant of $52,920
from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries for FY 2006-2007. AYE: Jackson, Shanklin,
Patton, Haywood, Warren, Shoemate, Givens, Drewry. NAY: None. MOTION CARRIED.
2. Consider the following damage claims recommended for approval
and consider passage of
any resolutions authorizing the City Attorney to file a friendly suit for the claims which are over
$400.00: John and Doris Hoffman in the amount of $6,825.00
(Resolution 07- 09), Parks Jones
Realty in the amount of $4,256.91 (Resolution 07- 10) and Troy D. Muse in the amount of
$183.80. Exhibits: Legal pinions/Recommendations, Resolution 07- __, Resolution 07- __.
3. Consider the following damage claims recommended for denial,
Elsie Mae Strange in the
amount of $13,165.18 and Angelita Knight in the amount of $15.00. Exhibits: Legal
Mayor stated that someone has asked to speak regarding the Elsie Mae Strange claim.
MOVED by Warren, SECOND by Shoemate, to deny claim of Angelita Knight in the amount of
$15.00. AYE: Shanklin, Patton, Haywood, Warren, Shoemate, Givens, Drewry, Jackson.
NAY: None. MOTION CARRIED.
Margaret Strange Downey, 22 NW 35
th Street, stated she is here to speak on the sewer back up
claim of September 17th which forced her mother, Elsie Mae Strange, out of her home for six
weeks. Her mother is 91 years old, a widow and has lived at 814 NW 33rd Street since
1953. She stated she completed to tort claim for her mother and would like to speak for
tonight. On the morning of September 17th she and her husband arrived at her mother
and the sewer had backed up into her home but the flow had stopped. While they were mopping
the flow started again and it was gushing out of the toilet and the tub. She stated the
department had been called several hours earlier by a neighbor. City crews arrived and the
gushing stopped. The next day a neighbor saw two city
employees unloading sewer cleaning equipment and taking it to the manhole behind the house.
The following Wednesday, the neighbor observed more workers working on the manhole. She
stated in going through her mother s papers she found a report dated March 10, 2004 from the
City of Lawton Wastewater Collection Division showing that the crew flushed the main and
cleared an obstruction. This shows a previous problem with this main. There were only two
houses with a sewer back up on September 17th, 814 NW 33rd and 816 NW 33rd. These homes
are in the middle of the street in a block that slants downhill from north to south. If this was
act of God, why didn t the homes upstream or downstream flood with the sewage. At
November 14th City Council meeting, the claim by the next door neighbors, the Greens, was
Drewry stated she did go and look at both homes when this occurred and it was a terrible
Shanklin questioned if, according to the back up information, are we admitting that
Vincent stated we do have inflow, but the storm dumped 4 inches of rain in three
hours and the
sewer could not handle it.
Shanklin questioned if the burden should go on the homeowner.
Vincent stated this sewer is built to design standards to handle a two year inflow.
Shanklin stated he feels we owe Ms. Strange. We need to validate what exactly
are the damages.
Vincent stated if the City Council does approve this claim, staff is recommending
MOVED by Drewry, SECOND by Haywood, to adopt Resolution 07-11 approving the claim of
Elsie Mae Strange in the amount of $11,714.10. AYE: Patton, Haywood, Warren, Shoemate,
Givens, Drewry, Jackson, Shanklin. NAY: None. MOTION CARRIED.
Ms. Downey stated they did put in a back up valve and a pop up clear out and Ms.
now have sewage back up insurance.
4. Consider adopting a resolution ratifying the action of
the City Attorney and the City
Manager in directing our third party administrator to make payment on the judgment in the
Workers' Compensation case of Carlton Clark in the Workers' Compensation Court, Case No.
2006-09560 Y. Exhibits:
Resolution No. 07-12.
5. Consider adopting a resolution ratifying the action of
the City Attorney and the City
Manager in directing our third party administrator to make payment on the judgment in the
Workers' Compensation case of Ansara Young in the Workers' Compensation Court, Case No.
2006-09624 Y. Exhibits:
6. Consider accepting a Quit Claim Deed for the property located
at 617 SW 26
authorize the Mayor and City Clerk to execute the Quit Claim Deed and authorize Neighborhood
Services to demolish the structures thereon. Exhibits: Letter from Property Owner, Abington
LLC, Sub-division Map and Quit Claim Deed.
7. Consider approving request from the Arts & Humanities
Division to pursue applying for a
Local Government Challenge Grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council for FY 2007-08. Exhibits:
8. Consider accepting donation of funds donated by Wal-Mart
West, 6301 NW Quanah Road
for Lawton Police Department Gang Unit. Exhibits: None
9. Consider accepting donation of seven additional police
jackets to be utilized by the police
department s Gang Unit. Exhibits: None.
10. Consider issuing a revocable permit for the installation
of a parking lot to serve the First
Free Will Baptist Church located at #10 SW 24
th Street. Exhibits: Application and site plan.
Revocable Permit is on file in the City Clerk s office.
11. Consider approving the construction plans and specifications
for the extension of SW
Brentwood Boulevard and an 8-inch waterline extension. Exhibits: Location Map.
12. Consider accepting the sanitary sewerline constructed
to serve Independence Place on East
Gore Boulevard, an escrow agreement, a maintenance bond, and a utility easement and releasing
the performance bond and payment bond for the sanitary sewerline. Exhibits: Location Map.
Escrow Agreement, Easement and Maintenance Bond on file in City Clerk s Office.
13. Consider acknowledging receipt of a permit from the Oklahoma
Environmental Quality for the construction of 3,165 linear feet of eight (8) inch PVC gravity
sewer line and all appurtenances to serve the Richards Family Group Property located in the
SW/4 of Section 27, T-2-N, R-11-W, I.M., Comanche County, Oklahoma. Exhibits: Permits to
Construct on file in the City Clerk s office.
14. Consider accepting a corrective easement from the heirs
of Oleta Turner and authorizing
the Mayor and City Clerk to execute the easement. Exhibits: Document is on file in the City
Clerk s office.
15. Consider accepting a permanent easement from Lance and
Loretta John which is needed for
the Water Infrastructure Improvement Phase I (Lines) Project #2006-8, and authorizing the
Mayor and City Clerk to execute the easement. Exhibits: Document is on file in the City Clerk
16. Consider ratifying the actions of the City Engineer and
approving Change Order No. 1 for
the Water Storage Tank Roof Repair Project #2006-14 with Luckinbill, Inc. Exhibits: None.
17. Consider adopting a Resolution authorizing the installation
of traffic control measures on
6400 block of SW Atterbury Drive, Patterson Park on SW 29
th Street, and SW 27th Street
between Gore Blvd. and J Avenue. Exhibits: Traffic Commission Minutes, Traffic
Requests, and Resolution No. 07-14.
18. Consider adopting Street Light Resolution No. 451 to authorize
the installation of street
lights at the location listed in the Resolution. Exhibits:
Street Light Resolution No. 451.
19. Consider extending the contract (CL05-032) Metal Products
with Albright Steel & Wire of
Lawton, OK. Exhibits: Department Recommendation, Price Bid Sheet, Contract Extension
20. Consider extending the contract (CL05-029) Footwear (Safety,
Athletic, Walking) with
Bill s Scoreboard of Lawton, OK, for the athletic shoes portion of this contract. Exhibits:
Department Recommendation, Price Bid Sheet, Contract Extension Form.
21. Consider extending the contract (CL05-029) Footwear (Safety,
Athletic, Walking) with
Woodwards of Cyril, OK, for the safety shoes portion of this contract. Exhibits: Department
Recommendation, Price Bid Sheet, Contract Extension Form.
22. Consider rejecting bids for (CL07-019) Side-load Refuse
Collection Body and authorizing
Solid Waste Collection to proceed with the purchase of this equipment through the city of
Norman contract as outlined in the recently amended ordinance Section 10-1-102; 105; 107; 108.
Exhibits: Abstract of bids and department recommendation.
Jerry Ihler, Public Works Director, stated he asked that this item be pulled. He
stated staff does
still want to reject the bids but since this process has started with the City of Norman and with
the overall process of emission controls for new trucks in 2007, they are required to have special
emission controls with regards to the Clean Air Act. The truck that we bid with the City of
Norman is no longer available to be bid. Staff still would like to reject the bids, but they will
proceed with the City of Norman s contract but will pursue another community s contract
has purchased a truck with the new emission control standards in place.
Jackson questioned if we are inquiring about the purchasing process from Texas.
Ihler stated staff is in the process of gathering information and looking at that
Attorney General s office still needs to provide some approval for cities from the State of
Oklahoma to be able to purchase on that process.
Shanklin questioned if they were looking at $230,000 for this apparatus and a new
Ihler stated the low bid was $213,000. One of the other reasons they wanted
to reject the bids
was because the dollar amount was more than they anticipated in the budget and they wanted to
revise the specifications because they felt the 30 yard trucks were just too heavy with regards to
street standards. They would like to go back and find a contract that has 24 yard trucks. Our
current trucks are only 20 yard trucks. The cost of a fully automated truck is more than
Shanklin questioned if it would take one or two individuals on the truck.
Ihler stated this truck would just require a driver.
Shanklin questioned why we would want to go with a larger capacity truck.
Ihler stated we do not. Staff had mistakenly specified the 30 yard truck, and
staff would like to
go with a smaller truck.
MOVED by Shanklin, SECOND by Warren, to reject bids for (CL07-019) Side-load Refuse
Collection Body. AYE: Haywood, Warren, Shoemate, Givens, Drewry, Jackson, Shanklin,
Patton. NAY: None. MOTION CARRIED.
23. Consider awarding (CL07-024) Ballistic Vests & Covers
to Special OPS Uniforms, Inc. of
Oklahoma City, OK. Exhibits: Department recommendation, abstract of bids.
24. Consider extending the contract (CL06-036) Thermoplastic
Material with Swarco
Industries, Inc. of Columbia, TN. Exhibits: Department Recommendation, Price Bid Sheet,
Contract Extension Form.
25. Consider approval of payroll for the periods of January
15 - February 11, 2007.
OLD BUSINESS ITEMS:
26. Consider the following damage claim recommended for denial
that was tabled at January
23, 2007 Council meeting, Glenn & Maria Girone in the amount of $2,900.00. Exhibits: Legal
Vincent stated this claim was tabled so that staff could make an on site inspection
property. He stated that he, Councilmember Patton, Dave Tracey and two claims examiners
went out to the property. He stated the damage appears to be old and there does not appear to
any new cracks. There are similar cracks in the sidewalk down the side of the home and the
driveways on either side of the home and across the street have cracks. Staff continues to
maintain that this was not caused by any city equipment or the leaking water and recommend the
claim be denied.
Glenn Girone, 211 NW 74
th Street, stated on the night of October 3rd at 10:25 p.m. the main in
between his water meter and the fire hydrant had broken. Crews got the water shut off at
p.m. At 1:00 a.m. crews starting blasting away at the cement which lasted the rest of that night
and through most of the next day. When he returned from work the next day, crews were filling
it in. He did submit names of workers who were there on the night of October 3rd but
never interviewed. He was contacted by Jessie Henry, a city employee, who said they were there
to fix the approach. He explained he had submitted a tort claim and he asked that they hold up
on the work. He was informed by Mr. Henry that it was part of the protocol of the city crews to
identify pre-existing cracks. As part of the protocol he was to give an estimate, which was
$2,900 for the flat part of the driveway. He is not here to collect a check, he would just like
Patton stated he did go back out and look at the driveway. After looking at
it again, he cannot
say that we did not contribute to the cracking on the driveway.
MOVED by Patton, SECOND by Shoemate, to pay the claim in the amount of $2,900.00.
Shanklin stated he has been around concrete and there may be some wear and tear,
but he does
not think it is our entire fault.
SUBSTITUTE MOTION by Shanklin, SECOND by Jackson, to pay 50% of the claim.
Jackson stated he is looking at having a driveway redone and the total cost of the
be about $1,800.
Patton stated he spoke with Mr. Girone and he had a hard time getting anyone to come
out for an
estimate. He stated Mr. Girone is just interested in getting things fixed. It is not a dollar
He questioned if city staff could take care of the whole driveway.
Ihler stated the City Council would have to authorize staff to go on private property.
Vincent stated if Mr. Girone gives us permission.
Patton questioned if that would be cost effective. He asked if Mr. Girone would
be okay with
city crews replacing the driveway.
Mr. Girone stated that would be fine.
SECOND SUBSTITUTE MOTION by Patton, SECOND by Warren to approve the replacement
of the full driveway with work to be done by Public Works. AYE: Givens, Drewry, Jackson,
Shanklin, Patton, Haywood, Warren, Shoemate. NAY: None. MOTION CARRIED.
27. Discuss criteria for providing water to residents inside
the City limits. Exhibits: City
Attorney Memo of January 29, 2007.
Shanklin stated he just wanted to know how we handled this issue and staff has given
information. No action is required.
NEW BUSINESS ITEMS:
Mayor Purcell requested item #43 be addressed.
Approving an Emergency Management Services Agreement between the Board of
County Commissioners, Comanche County and the City of Lawton, establishing the functions,
location, terms, costs and expenses, operational budget, and responsibilities of the combined
City/County Emergency Management Program and authorize the Mayor and City Clerk to
execute the necessary documents. Exhibits: Emergency Management
Services Agreement, FY
06-07 City of Lawton Emergency Operation Center Budget, FY 06-07 City of Lawton
Emergency Operation Center Summary of Expenditures and FY 06-07 Comanche County
Emergency Management Projected Budget.
Mitchell stated in the agenda packet is a draft that is in response to an agreement
or proposal that
was sent to us by the County Commissioners in November. In the draft agreement they are
asking the City of Lawton to pay 80% of all costs associated with the emergency management
operations once they are merged. Staff is recommending that we counter offer back to the county
that we share equally in that cost on a 50-50% net. The net means that any state or federal grants
that are received would be used to reduce the cost to the city and the county and we would split
those costs equally after reducing the grant amount from the budget. He stated historically we
have shared that cost equally between the county and city.
Patton stated they have always been big on the 80/20 as far as splitting up revenue
wonders if this doesn t sent the wrong kind of message if we want to split revenue 80/20 but we
don t want to split expenses.
Mitchell stated if you look at the budgets, both the city and county are spending
about the same
amount of money each year for emergency management. The budgets were very different when
they were talking about E-911, the ratio between the city and county was more like four to one.
The city was spending well over $1 million and the county was spending about $350,000. We
are just talking about emergency management now.
Mayor Purcell stated before the city took over part of the emergency management,
we didn t pay
much at all to the county because they have the responsibility of emergency management to the
county. He stated the City Manager is recommending that we each pay about 50% of
emergency management. Neither the city nor county will necessarily save anything but it should
make emergency management a lot safer that it is now. There will be one agency running it and
one agency writing the emergency operations plans which certainly need to be rewritten.
MOVED by Warren, SECOND by Drewry, to approve an Emergency Management Services
Agreement between the Board of County Commissioners, Comanche County and the City of
Lawton, establishing the functions, location, terms, costs and expenses, operational budget, and
responsibilities of the combined City/County Emergency Management Program and authorize the
Mayor and City Clerk to execute the necessary documents. AYE: Jackson, Shanklin, Patton,
Haywood, Warren, Shoemate, Drewry. NAY: None. ABSENT: Givens. MOTION CARRIED.
28. Hold a public hearing and consider Ordinance No. 07-___
creating Division 18-11-2,
Article 18-11, Chapter 18, Lawton City Code, 2005, creating the Transition District (TR) zoning
classification and the regulations for the Transition District providing for severability,
codification and declaring an emergency. Exhibits: Proposed Ordinance No. 07-___.
Mayor Purcell stated the only thing they are discussing is a new ordinance creating
district. They will not be discussing any particular location where this will be applied if
Richard Rogalski, Planning Director, stated as the community grows there is increasing
on residential lots fronting on high traffic streets to convert to a new commercial use. This
conversion becomes a concern to the abutting residential neighborhood due to the proximity of
the new activity to the residential use. Often a twenty foot alley is the only physical separation
between the uses
. Examples of these conversions are located along NW Ferris Avenue, NW
Sheridan Road, NW Cache Road and SW Lee Boulevard. Currently the zoning code does not
offer any protections to the abutting neighborhood for such commercial encroachments. He
stated both the Planning Commission and City Council have expressed an interest in adopting a
new zoning district that would allow some conversions of residential lots on high traffic streets to
commercial uses while protecting the adjacent residential neighborhood through tools such as
limited permitted uses, mandatory site plan approval by the Council, revised setbacks for multi-story
and large scale buildings, enhanced landscaping, and new refuse collection design
standards. He stated the draft ordinance has been reviewed by a committee consisting of Planning
Commissioners Denham and Jones, and Councilmembers Drewry and Warren.
On December 14
th the CPC commenced its review of this ordinance and tabled it to the first
meeting in February to allow time for more discussion of the ordinance by the committee.
However, Councilpersons Drewry and Warren requested that the CPC place this item on the
January 11th meeting. On January 11, 2007 CPC concluded its public hearing on this
recommended that the Council approve the ordinance by a 5 to 2 vote.
Rogalski stated the ordinance includes a variety of uses that are not necessarily
just the uses from
C-1, C-2 or C-5. There are a variety of uses that they felt were compatible with mitigation to
residential area. This includes everything from residential to a large retail establishment. There
is also the provision for Council to approve additional uses that are similar in character. This
district requires a binding site plan, which means if a developer or someone interested in
developing some property comes before the Council and say these are the things I am going to
do, this will bind all of those promises into that site plan so that there is no concern that two
years from now, someone forgets what they promised Council. It will be carried with the zoning.
If any changes were to be made they would have to come back to council. This ordinance also
includes some additional setbacks. Parking lot lighting is covered in this ordinance. A
landscaping plan is also included. He stated for a large development there is actually a burm
requirement between the building and the adjacent residences. There is also a five year
reversionary clause. After a property is rezoned, if nothing happens within five years, this gives
the city the ability to go back and access that property and determine if that zoning is still
appropriate. He stated the CPC was concerned that this ordinance was going to be overused by
staff or by the city to start putting it everywhere. He stated that is not the intent, it is just
Shanklin questioned if this was for the same thing regardless if it is R-1, R-2,
R-3 or R-4.
Rogalski stated the intent of the ordinance is that the property is already zoned
R-1 and someone
want to buy houses and build something else.
Shanklin questioned if there was a difference between R-, R-2, R-3 or R-4 as to the
all of this and he questioned if there was any other city in Oklahoma that has this zoning district.
Rogalski stated he does not know of any other city in the state that has this. They
drew this up.
This is its own district, it is not residential.
Drewry stated the idea is to protect the residential areas. As an example,
when the Hampton Inn
was built, the building backs up to the homes behind it. People staying at the Hampton Inn look
right down into the backyards of those residents.
Shanklin stated there is a difference between R-3 and R-4.
Mitchell stated this would only be applied in a situation where you need a buffer
between and R-1 and a high density residential or commercial development.
Rogalski stated this is not a blanket type ordinance.
Shanklin stated that is in someone else s opinion as to what he thinks it is
and what you want it
to be. That is his only point.
Rogalski stated the term sensitive area is subjective.
Mitchell questioned what happens in the case where you have a piece of property that
rezoned. He is thinking of the case on west Gore where a piece of property was zoned R-4 for 25
years and all of the sudden it now has a multi-story apartment complex being built. He
questioned if this would solve that issue.
Rogalski stated this would not affect existing zoning. If someone has the zoning,
there is no need
to apply for rezoning.
Warren commended staff for putting this together and making the changes they asked
for. This is
the tool that gives them the ability to let something be built someplace where it is probably a
good idea, but could not be done under the old zoning. There are so many times that they
do stuff and can t and everyone leaves unhappy because it is something that should happen.
Shanklin stated this tells the developer what they have to have and we don
t have time for that.
Warren stated this is not a noose we are putting around a developer s neck. They are the ones
that come to the city and ask to use this transition district to build this project because it could
not be built by just changing it to a C-1. The developer will tell us what he wants
to do and
agrees to build it a certain way. We have given the developer to tool to do this. We are
forcing this on them, this is something they can request.
Drewry stated it gives us the ability to make sure that if they don t do it
a certain way, they don
t do it at all.
PUBLIC HEARING OPENED.
Doug Gibson, 3403 NW Cache Road, questioned if there was any way to align the zoning
plat restrictions. He spent some time with an attorney and was told that the plat restrictions
the property supersede the zoning restrictions. If you zone the property commercial, but the plats
are still residential, is there an issue with making it commercial.
Vincent stated the plat restrictions or covenants that are contained in the plat
private between the owners of the property and the developer. Those are agreements that they
enter into when the property is developed. They are not required by the city and the city is not
empowered to enforce those covenants.
Mr. Gibson stated they would zone property in a transitional/commercial setting when
restriction completely restricts any commercial construction.
Vincent stated it would be up to the developer to go get permission from the other
owners of the
property to apply to the District Court to have the plat restrictions removed.
Mr. Gibson questioned why the city is even looking at the zoning without having this
Vincent stated there is a lot of parcels in the city of Lawton where the plat restrictions
expired or they never existed in the first place. This would provide protection for some of those
Mr. Gibson stated the plat restrictions on the north side of Cache Road have not
Vincent stated this item is not aimed at any particular location, be it the north
or south side of
PUBLIC HEARING CLOSED.
MOVED by Drewry, SECOND by Patton, to adopt Ordinance 07-05, waive the reading of the
ordinance, read the title only and declare an emergency. AYE: Shanklin, Patton, Haywood,
Warren, Shoemate, Drewry, Jackson. NAY: None. ABSENT: Givens. MOTION CARRIED.
(Title read by City Attorney) Ordinance
An ordinance pertaining to planning and zoning creating Division 18-11-2, Article
Chapter 18, Lawton City Code, 2005, by creating the Transition District (TR) zoning
classification and the regulations for the transition district zoning classification; providing for
severability, codification; and declaring an emergency.
Mayor Purcell requested items #33 and #34 be addressed.
33. Consider adopting an ordinance amending 5-1-101, 5-1-103,
5-1-106, 5-1-107, 5-1-112, 5-1-113, 5-1-114, 5-1-117, 5-1-118, 5-1-120, Article 5-1, Chapter 5; Sections
5-2-201, 5-2-202, 5-2-203, 5-2-204, 5-2-205, 5-2-206, Article 5-2, Chapter 5; Section 5-3-302, Article
5-3, Chapter 5;
Section 5-4-401, Article 5-4, Chapter 5; Sections 5-5-501, 5-5-502, 5-5-503, 5-5-508, 5-5-510,
Article 5-5, Chapter 5; and adding Sections 5-1-105, 5-1-109, 5-1-123, Article 5-1, Chapter 5,
and Section 5-5-512, Article 5-5, Chapter 5, Lawton City Code, 2005, by requiring a special
license for unaltered dogs or cats; excepting certain animals from sterilization; requiring a permit
to breed, advertise for sale or give away, or transfer ownership of dogs and cats; identifying
circumstances constituting animal related nuisances; prohibiting menacing behavior by dogs;
limiting the authority to euthanize abandoned animals to law enforcement/animal control officers
as specified by state law; authorizing the deposit of twenty-five percent (25%) of all revenues
from animal-related citations into an existing account used exclusively for animal welfare
facilities, administration and enforcement, and programs; and imposing a minimum fine of five
hundred dollars ($500.00) for violations of specified animal-related ordinances, providing for
severability and codification. Exhibits: Ordinance 2007-___.
Ihler stated the background for this agenda item identified eleven basic areas that
five of the City Code. Basically the majority of those items are clarifying the existing code
help with respect to enforcement of some of the issues already established in the code. The other
issues are coordinating our code to match the state statute. He stated most of those attending
meeting tonight have issue with the items that create a Breeding Advertising and Transfer permit.
In an effort to reduce the number of stray and unwanted dogs and cats and ultimately reduce the
number of healthy adoptable dogs and cats that we euthanize every year at the Animal Shelter.
Basically it is a compromise from the stand of a mandatory spay or neuter. They have
established a permit and a cost associated with that permit so that if a citizen does not wish to
spay or neuter an animal they must receive a permit and pay a fee. He stated the Animal Shelter
has euthanized, on average, just under 4,500 animals every year.
Mayor Purcell stated he has several requests from people who would like to speak. This is not a
public hearing, but the City Council has agreed to allow citizens to voice their opinion. He
reminded those in attendance that they will have a limit of three minutes.
Tom Dewey, 2502 NE Kingsbriar Place, stated he is here to speak against the ordinance.
interested in purebred dogs. A lot of people have a hobby of showing and breeding these dogs.
He does not believe that purebred dogs have in any way contributed to this problem. If a
neutered, he is not allowed to show in an AKC show. The expense of keeping a dog unaltered
a burden. He encouraged the City Council to reject the ordinance
Greg Shawn, 117 SW 50
th Street, stated he is against the proposed ordinance. He stated the
additional fees for an unaltered animal is excessive. If the animal is picked up there is an
increase in fines. There is a discrepancy between the altered and unaltered animal that
causing an issue with responsible pet owners. They will carry the burden of cost when they
register their animal. If a family cannot afford to alter their animal, they certainly will not
able to pay a fine. This ordinance does not address those people who sell animals out of pickup
down Sheridan Road or Fort Sill Boulevard. In most cases these are not even residents of
Lawton and will not even have to comply with the ordinance. He stated they need to define a
public nuisance and a dangerous animal whether they are in tact or not. This ordinance does not
address anything related to animal rescue or foster by organizations or individuals. The
definition of nuisance does leave an open door. He stated they are burdening the veterinarians
with a few responsibilities they have not had in the past.
James Crews, 2520 NE Turtle Creek, stated he is against the ordinance. He stated
had a personal experience with his neighbor s dog who likes to barks a lot when anyone comes
around. When he was out of town his neighbors dog scared off a potential burglar. The
ordinance may reduce the number of dogs in town, but will probably not reduce the number of
stray dogs. It will open up the doors for burglars to come in their homes.
Delores Deluomo, #6 SE 65
th Street, stated she is president of the organization that runs the
Animal Birth Control clinic. She stated the Bob Barker Foundation in Oklahoma City has just
given them $15,000 for free neuters and spades so this does not have to be a financial burden on
anyone. She stated she sold a building to the State of Oklahoma and had to adhere
regulations for an entire year, she had surveys done, plats approved and all sorts of things had to
be done that cost her thousands of dollars just to sell her own building. There are rules and
regulations in this world and anytime you engage in business of any kind there are rules that must
be followed in a civilized society as decent citizens. She stated they are just as much
to people as they are to animals. She stated animals are treated like trash because they are so
easy to get and easy to dispose of. There are too many people that produce these animals in too
many unwanted numbers. The average animal shelter will euthanize more animals in a month
than a veterinarian will euthanize in his or her entire career. She will never understand why
when she conducts her business activity in the community she is regulated and her activities do
not negatively impact the taxpayers in the community, but the people who refuse to have their
pets neutered or spayed impacts all of us, the taxpayers and the animals.
Ronnie Gardner, 614 SW Magnolia, stated he is against this ordinance because if you
neuter your dog or cat they will not be able to have puppies or kittens.
Dr. Joe Kiehn, 7911 NW Folkstone Way, stated he is against the ordinance. He
stated the people
who are here to support the defeat of this ordinance are not your problem people. Most are good
pet owners and take care of their animals. Some of these pets are show animals. He knows
animal issues are always hot topics and he can see both sides. The people that will be charged
and that comply are not the problem, it is accidental breedings and the people who don t care
their pets. They are not going to advertise in the paper, and you are not going to catch them. He
stated the number of animals that are euthanized each year will not change. He questioned if the
fees for spaying or neutering are going to help subsidize the surgery center at the animal shelter.
He does not understand why the City of Lawton would go into the spay or neutering business
when the local veterinarians were offering a $35 low cost just to help the shelter. They have
done that for at least 28 years. He does not feel the ordinance is going to affect where the
Martin Doss, 3813 NW Columbia, stated he is a member of the Oklahoma State Federation
Coon Hounds. He stated there are already very strict laws in Oklahoma and we need laws that
will punish only the real offenders and not discourage good ownership and breeding. He stated
this proposal will not reduce the number of animals but will cause problems for the local
breeders. This will eliminate the possibility of the sale of purebred animals. The
way to control
this is to educate people on spaying and neutering their animals. The purebred animals are
controlled in this community. He stated with BRAC coming to this community, do we really
want to run people out of the city and into the country so that they can raise their purebred dogs
and cats. They need to deal with bad animals on a case by case basis.
William S. Hurley, Jr., 1808 NW Arlington, stated everyone in this room is here first
foremost for the animals. That is the first priority in this law. He stated there
are 4,500 animals
euthanized at the animal shelter every year and approximately another 1,000 more at places like
the Animal Birth Control Clinic and other veterinarians. This law will prevent the irresponsible
breeders. There are a lot of people for and against this law. He takes great pride in his
and he takes care of them. The biggest problem he sees with this law is the fees and the cost
the fines. He feels there needs to be some revision to the law regarding the cost.
Marcella Ivens, 724 NW Laird, stated she has dogs who are family members. She
generations. She is on a fixed income. There are a lot of people who do not read a paper
not aware of what is being voted on today. She does not want to get her dog altered because she
wants to keep the generations going. She is against the ordinance because she does not feel
the dogs that are causing the problems are from any kind of breeders. She stated as the military
personnel go in and out of this community, many of them leave animals which compounds the
problem. She stated this is penalizing those responsible people and this will not address
problem of stray dogs.
Linda Rheinwand, 6208 NE Cache Road, stated she is a founding member of the Humane
Society in Lawton and is the Executive Director of the Animal Birth Control Clinic and she deals
with this problem every day. She lives on the very edge of the city limits of Lawton and for 22
years she has probably had 300 animals dumped on her doorstep from irresponsible pet owners.
She stated at least 40% of the animals that are euthanized at the animal shelter are purebred
animals. There is a pet overpopulation problem all over the United States and here in Lawton.
We need to control all breeding. If someone wants to breed their animal and show it, they
to pick up the fee instead of everyone else paying for it. She stated this is a sensible
Chris Smith, 126 NW Paddock Lane, questioned what happens to that individual or family
needs to find a home for their animal when they have to relocate. That is not addressed in this
ordinance. She lives in Comanche County and feels people will start dumping animals in the
county. They need to consider where they go if they start doing ordinances on the city side.
They also need to look at the wording in the ordinance to see if they are prohibiting something
else from happening.
Scott Briggs, 309 NW Ridgeview Way, stated he is a veterinarian and operates two
hospitals in town. He believes in spaying and neutering and believes it has a part in the
overpopulation problem. The spay and neuter programs do not work. Since they started
programs they are still impounding the same number of animals. The spay and neuter program is
the cornerstone of this ordinance and it just hasn t been working and it is not the only answer.
He believes they need to raise responsible pet owners by having programs in the schools.
Shanklin stated that he and Councilmember Jackson were here twenty years ago and
addressed this same problem. Something has to change because what we are doing is not getting
us there. He sees dogs running wild everywhere and he has been there when they put these dogs
down. He wants to stop this and they need to do something different. What they have been
doing is not working.
Warren stated he brought a yearly break down of how many dogs the animal shelter
In the last ten years it was 44,179, which is 4,000 a year basically, 333 a month and 12 every
single day of the year. This may not be the answer, but it is a step in the right direction. He
it amusing that everyone is saying that the purebreds are not the problem, it is the mixed breeds.
By the very nature of the word, mixed breed means that at some point two purebred animals
together because they were out of someone else s control. That is the problem.
MOVED by Warren, SECOND by Drewry, to adopt Ordinance 07-06, waive the reading of the
ordinance, read the title only. AYE: Patton, Haywood, Warren, Shoemate, Givens, Drewry,
Jackson, Shanklin. NAY: None. MOTION CARRIED.
(Title read by City Attorney) Ordinance
An ordinance pertaining to animals amending Sections 5-1-101, 5-1-103, 5-1-106, 5-1-107,
5-1-112, 5-1-113, 5-1-114, 5-1-117, 5-1-118, 5-1-120, Article 5-1, Chapter 5; Sections 5-2-201,
5-2-202, 5-2-203, 5-2-204, 5-2-205, 5-2-206, Article 5-2, Chapter 5; Section 5-3-302, Article 5-3,
Chapter 5; Section 5-4-401, Article 5-4, Chapter 5; Sections 5-5-501, 5-5-502, 5-5-503, 5-5-508,
5-5-510, Article 5-5, Chapter 5; and adding Sections 5-1-105, 5-1-109, 5-1-123, Article 5-1,
Chapter 5, and Section 5-5-512, Article 5-5, Chapter 5, Lawton City Code, 2005, by requiring a
special license for unaltered dogs or cats; excepting certain animals from sterilization; requiring
a permit to breed, advertise for sale or give away, or transfer ownership of dogs and cats;
identifying circumstances constituting animal related nuisances; prohibiting menacing behavior
by dogs; limiting the authority to euthanize abandoned animals to law enforcement/animal
control officers as specified by state law; authorizing the deposit of twenty-five percent (25%) of
all revenues from animal-related citations into an existing account used exclusively for animal
welfare facilities, administration and enforcement, and programs; and imposing a minimum fine
of five hundred dollars ($500.00) for violations of specified animal-related ordinances, providing
for severability and codification.
The Mayor and Council recessed at 7:50 p.m. and reconvened in regular, open session
p.m. Roll call reflected all members present excluding Shanklin.
34. Consider approving a resolution amending appendix A, schedule
of fees and charges,
Lawton City Code, 2005, as amended, by incorporating the purchase and payment of a fee for a
breeding/advertising/transfer permit to breed and transfer ownership of any dog or cat;
decreasing the fee for the second impoundment of an altered dog or cat; increasing the fee for the
first and second impoundment of an unaltered dog or cat; increasing the impoundment fee for
livestock and other large animals; increasing daily boarding fees; increasing the fee for licensing
an unaltered dog or cat; requiring a fee for the renewal of the city license only for an unaltered
dog or cat; and establishing an effective date. Exhibits: Resolution 2007-___.
Ihler stated this is the resolution that will accompany the last item which establishes
the fees for
the licenses for the BAT permit.
Patton questioned if the $100 fee for a Class B License is for a lifetime, why is
there a $75 fee
for a renewal fee and validation. He questioned if you would have to pay $100 initially and then
$75 every year after that.
Ihler stated yes.
Patton questioned why it said lifetime.
Ihler stated that is a one time fee as it relates to your B License and then you
would have to
renew it every year.
Mayor Purcell suggested they change the word lifetime to say one
Patton stated if people see the word lifetime they will assume they only
have to do this once.
MOVED by Drewry, SECOND by Warren, to approve Resolution 07-15 as amended. AYE:
Warren, Shoemate, Givens, Drewry, Jackson, Patton, Haywood. NAY: None. ABSENT:
Shanklin. MOTION CARRIED.
Shanklin entered the meeting at 8:09 p.m.
29. Consider authorizing an exchange of land between the City
of Lawton and Mark Skinner
and provide direction to staff. Exhibits: Maps and Request letter from Mark Skinner.
Vincent stated Mark Skinner provided the city a letter requesting that we exchange
land, acre for
acre. The land is northeast of Lake Lawtonka and is approximately 8.7 acres on the east side of
highway 58. Mr. Skinner owns land west of Robinson s Landing that actually fronts
and borders city property. This would be a benefit to the city because we do not have access to
the west side of the lake and Mr. Skinner s property has a 30 foot easement access across his
neighbor s property out to Meers Road. Staff is requesting permission to enter into negotiations
with Mr. Skinner to see if they can get this deal done and bring it back to Council.
MOVED by Shoemate, SECOND by Drewry, to authorize the City Attorney to negotiate a land
exchange between the City of Lawton and Mark Skinner. AYE: Shoemate, Givens, Drewry,
Jackson, Shanklin, Patton, Haywood, Warren. NAY: None. MOTION CARRIED.
Mayor Purcell requested item #31 be addressed.
31. Consider the collection of a Mortgage between the City
of Lawton (Lender) and a
participant of the CDBG Rehabilitation program (Mildred Mathieu) and authorize the Mayor and
City Clerk to execute the necessary documents. Exhibits: Copies of the Mortgage and release
mortgage are available in the City Clerk s office.
Vincent stated staff has received a letter from the attorney for the estate of Ms.
requesting that the City of Lawton waive the balance of the mortgage on this property. The
balance of the mortgage stands at $5,075. The property has sold and the $5,075 has been put into
escrow pending the City Council s decision on whether to waive it or collect it. He stated
Mathieu did die with a couple of years left on the mortgage.
Madelon Blackwell, Fort Worth, Texas, stated she inherited the home at 905 SW 7
th. She is the
daughter of Mildred Mathieu. She stated the home was built by her grandfather and great-grandfather
in 1913. In July 2000 her mother took advantage of the Housing and Community
Development Program to bring her home up to code. The City hired a contractor to rehabilitate
her home. Her mother was dissatisfied with the work on her home and she contacted Legal Aid
in April 2001. The Legal Aid wrote to the City of Lawton and the contractor listing seven
repairs. Legal Aid addresses her mother s concern regarding the lien and was told
by city staff
that if she dies before the lien expires the lien would be released or withdrawn. The city
arranged for another contractor to do the repairs. A city inspector passed these repairs. After
mother s death, an offer was made on the home and an inspection was done in December 2006.
The inspector set out the needed repairs and the estate has paid for those needed repairs. She
requested the $5,075 escrowed from the proceeds be released.
Jackson questioned who the contractors were who did the inferior work.
Ms. Blackwell stated the contractor was He & I Construction.
Haywood questioned how many years Ms. Mathieu lived in the home after the work was
Ms. Blackwell stated over five years.
Haywood stated the home was almost paid for.
Shanklin questioned what they were trying to waive.
Mayor Purcell stated the $5,075 left on the mortgage.
Haywood stated he is going to go against city staff on this recommendation. He
much Ms. Blackwell has spent fixing up the home.
Ms. Blackwell stated just under $4,000.
MOVED by Haywood, SECOND by Shanklin, to forgive the remaining debt of $5,075.00 and
authorize the Mayor and City Clerk to execute the necessary documents. AYE: Givens, Drewry,
Jackson, Shanklin, Patton, Haywood, Warren, Shoemate. NAY: None. MOTION CARRIED.
30. Discuss possible options for funding additional public
safety employees during the 2007-2008 Municipal Budget Year
and take appropriate action as deemed necessary. Exhibits:
Spreadsheet prepared by Council Member Keith Jackson, Spreadsheets prepared by Council
Member Randy Warren.
Warren stated when he first started looking at this issue he had hoped that they
would be able to
fund the public safety officers and still provide a large savings on the utility bill to the customer.
Those figures came from the original idea before they started splitting money up with the
county. If the sales tax passes, the amount that is in that sales tax for rolling stock is not
what they need to operate. In order to get to those numbers they will need to remove all or some
of that saving that would have been on the utility bill. He feels they can still fund 20
fire personnel and still not raise the utility bill, but it will not be the drastic savings that he
originally hoped. The question is do they lessen the savings to the citizens on the utility bill
properly fund rolling stock or do they pass the savings on to the citizen and under fund rolling
stock. He knows there are concerns about hiring them all at once. They
may not get enough
qualified applicants and get them CLEET certified. His idea would be to put that money in a
fund and they can hire in six month cycles. He stated there was mention about comparing
number of officers in Norman versus Lawton. He stated a large majority of the patrolled area in
Norman is patrolled by campus police.
Warren distributed and reviewed crime statistics between Lawton and different cities. He stated
in 2005, Moore had no murders and Lawton had 6.8. The national average was 6.9. When you
start looking at forcible rapes, 45.14 in Moore, 46 in Lawton, and the national average is 32. The
crime index is really where you see the big difference. The U.S. average of police officers per
1,000 population is 1.9. In Lawton we have 1.69. The U.S. average crime index is 325.2,
Lawton s is 426.7. Lawton s crime index is higher than Los Angeles. He does
not have any
proof of why. The first thought is that Los Angeles and New York have a large number of police
officers that are visible and on the street. He stated the need is there and the City Council
heard that from various sources. More police officers are not the answer, but part of the answer.
There is a need for a gang task force as far as community involvement and a new and improved
attitude on crime as far as what we are willing to do.
Shanklin questioned when we started calling these safety officers. When
did we start using
Warren stated it is easier to say than police and fire.
Shanklin questioned if the animal control officer is a safety officer. If the City Manager wants
to tell him that we need 50 police officers, then he will go with him. But he has not said that. He
cannot find anywhere in the City Council powers that we have the authority to do his job. He
appreciates all of this. He questioned if they could put five on a year.
Mitchell stated it would depend on how many qualified applicants we could get. He
has been some misinformation about how many officers we have on each shift. He distributed a
handout reflecting how many officers are out on the street during any given shift.
Shanklin stated he does not think we should be boasting that we are the Gang Capital
America. He is ashamed of it. He stated they have not mentioned anything about curfews. He is
ready to hear what the City Council thinks we need. He does not like the unions telling
members of the Council that we need all of these people when it may not be necessary.
Warren stated why don t they talk about what they need. He stated evidently
the people in Old
Town North are perfectly fine with the crime situation and Councilmember Shanklin doesn t
think we need any more officers.
Shanklin stated he did not say that.
Drewry stated they are not making a decision tonight. This is just discussion.
Warren stated he feels they just need to do what they can to help. He is not
trying to do the City
Manager s job. Every step of the way he has called the City Manager and discussed this with
him. He is the one that started this by going to police and fire and asking what they needed and
if this would help the problem. They said that they needed more officers and firefighters. This
has been going on for six or eight months.
Shanklin stated that is not Councilmember Warren s job.
Warren stated the citizens in his ward feel there is a problem and he would like
to address it.
The City Council directs the City Manager to do things on a daily basis.
Shanklin stated that it looks like the City Manager is not doing his job if Councilmember
has to come with these numbers. To everyone out there that is watching, it looks like
Warren is trying to tell the City Manager what his job is. That is the way he sees it.
Jackson stated there are a few members on the City Council that have gotten the impression
citizens that we need to add more police officers. He went to the City Manager and Chief Smith
and asked what they needed, how many can they hire, how long to get them trained and how
much will it cost. After talking with staff, that is the reason he came back with
what you see on
his proposal. The City Manager told him he could hire three or four police officers in this next
years budget. Chief Smith felt this was a reasonable number because out of 25 applicants,
may only get 3 or 4 qualified people. They felt like that was the maximum number they could
hire and get out on the street. He stated that is why he looked at pulling $1 off of the rolling
stock and questioned how much that would bring in. The Finance Director estimated that would
bring in approximately $400,000. He questioned how many people that would hire. He
that would depend on if they have their own vehicle or if they double officers up in one vehicle.
Chief Smith indicated to him that they could put more out on the street if they doubled them up
in one vehicle. He stated it is really not his job to make this decision. His job is to
many they get hire and do they have enough money to fund them. He would like to know from
the Police Chief and the City Manager what they would recommend.
Chief Ronnie Smith, Lawton Police Department, stated he and the City Manager have
working together and he believes if he could get 3 or 4 officers a year for the next four or five
years, he could outfit those officers with equipment and we would be better off than trying to put
14 or 15 on the street. We would accomplish this same thing over several years. He stated
th he will hire six people and put them in the next academy. These are six vacant
positions that he will have by the end of March. When that academy is over, he would like
approved for four officers on July 1st. Right now he has the possibility of 40 people
retire tomorrow. Right now he feels that four a year would be reasonable for the next three or
four years. He stated he will put some of the officers on the streets and some in the Detective
Division and other special divisions. He stated it take approximately $7,500 to outfit an officer.
Jackson stated he appreciated the Chief s comments. He stated he feels
this is a reasonable
number to get hired on. They not only would just hire four additional, they also need to
those that are retiring and quitting. He stated Councilmember Warren has done a lot
getting his proposal together and he appreciates that. The mistake he feels was made on
Councilmember Warren s proposal is that it would bind future City Council s too much. It
a ten year payout period on the rolling stock reduction. He stated it would also devastate that
rolling stock money that we now have in place. This City Council increased the rolling stock
money last year from $3 to $6 and from the reports received from the departments, it is doing its
job. He does not want to see us mess with that rolling stock money we are using now. He
believe that taking $1 will not hurt the rolling stock and it will give $400,000 to hire an
additional four or five police officers. He stated they could continue to hire every six months.
He just hates to see us bind future City Councils.
Drewry questioned if the police department is paying a lot of overtime.
Chief Smith stated they ran out of overtime money in December.
Jackson questioned what has happened that has depleted the overtime budget.
Chief Smith stated it was due to late arrests and late calls. Arresting people
and having to stay
over. He stated there is a need for additional officers, but they have to do it in a way that
doesn t strain the City and he can t get a bunch of people on that he can t get on
Drewry stated she absolutely agrees. They just can t go out and hire
20 police officers.
Chief Smith stated he needs equipment and he realizes that other city departments
equipment as well. He just doesn t want to get in a bind where he has to lay someone off.
Mitchell questioned how the part time officers are used.
Chief Smith stated they fill in during the day and night. They work a maximum
of 24 hours a
Mitchell stated a reasonable goal might be a compromise between Councilmember Warren
proposal and Councilmember Jackson s proposal. The goal would be to try to hire 8 to 10
officers. He stated they need to remember that any revenue they designate or assign to hire
officers is collected on a month to month basis. If they say they have $400,000 to spend on
officers, they only collect 1/12 of that each month. They do not have that cash in the bank to
out and hire a large number of officers.
Chief Smith suggested they could hire four in July and maybe hire four in January. They have to
be able to get them in the academy before they can get them on the street.
Patton questioned how many officers were on the gang task force.
Chief Smith stated there are currently six officers on the gang task force.
Patton stated he would like to come up with a way to get another gang task force
also hire enough to supplement the loss of moving those officers over.
Chief Smith stated they could increase the gang task force slowly. He stated
that Lawton is not
the gang task force capital and we are not going to be, but we do have a problem and we need to
stop it. He stated he feels the community is coming together to help.
Haywood stated most of the kids that are out there killing people are African-American.
stated we need more African-American police officers. He stated they suspended 40 kids at one
school last week and all of those kids are out there in the community. He has talked with some
ministers and they are going to have to have alternative schools, jobs for these kids and some
type of recreation. It has a lot to do with these kids having money. He stated they need
African-American and Spanish police officers.
Chief Smith stated there is currently an African-American candidate who should be
th. He stated they need good candidates to apply. He does not get many
that apply. He
also needs more female candidates.
Warren stated he just wants to find a way to finance what needs to be done. The
only issue he
has with hiring four a year is that they are definitely limited. He wants to put a method together
that would allow us to start banking those dollars and if it takes us 18 months to hire sixteen
police officers that is fine. But at least we would have started banking the money. If they
add four a year, they are looking at 5 ½ years before they have all fourteen officers on the street.
For the same amount citizens are paying now, we can fully fund rolling stock when coupled with
the sales tax, if it passes, and still be able to hire twenty police officers and/or firefighters. He
has talked with citizens and they are willing to finance it this way. They don t have a
it does not cost them any more money. In regards to binding future City Councils,
rolling stock is redone every budget cycle. Each new council decides if they want to continue
rolling stock or not. The point is that it is a need and this is something they can address without
costing the citizens any more money than they are paying right now. He stated the numbers
Jackson stated they don t need to make a decision tonight on this issue. His
would be to allow the City Manager to come back to the City Council with a proposal based on
all he has heard tonight.
Warren stated he never had the intention that they were going to do something about
We were only going to give the City Manager direction of what they wanted included in the next
Jackson stated he would recommend that the City Manager come back to the City Council
proposal as soon as he possibly can.
Drewry stated Councilmember Shanklin brought up the issue of a curfew. She
questioned if they
had thought about that issue.
Chief Smith stated there is currently a curfew on the books which restricts children
under 18 to
be out past Midnight unless they are with their parents or going to a specific place with a note
from their parents.
Warren stated that maybe they need to look at our curfew again and put some teeth
Chief Smith stated that Wichita Falls has an ordinance for a certain area of town. It is being
tested in the court system and if it is upheld we may look at something like that for our problem
Haywood questioned how many firefighters they are looking at hiring.
Jackson stated he would leave that up to the paid professionals.
Mayor Purcell stated Councilmember Jackson wants to use $1 off rolling stock and
Councilmember Warren wants to use more off rolling stock. He suggested that they take $2 off
the $6 utility bill and leave $4 on there to cover rolling stock plus the shortfall will be covered
the sales tax if it passes. This will give us approximately $800,000 a year to hire what they
in terms of police officers and firefighters. Two years out if we get our own CLEET training
facility, we could speed up the process.
Shoemate stated he likes a little of Councilmember Warren s plan and he likes
a little of
Councilmember Jackson s plan. He stated our town is growing east and west and they need
think of both groups.
Warren stated in the future when they do have to build a southwest fire station,
you have to have
a lot of personnel to fill that station. This a vehicle they use for the future.
Shanklin stated they had to put on that $6 for the rolling stock and now one year
later, they are
taking it off. It does not make sense.
Mayor Purcell stated if everyone agrees, the guidance they want to give the City
Manager is to
remove $2 from the rolling stock on the utility bill, and he will know how much that equates to,
and they want to see that $2 be dedicated to new police and firefighters. What is left over is
in a separate fund and he feels this may accomplish what everyone is saying. He questioned if
this is the guidance the City Council wants to give to the City Manager.
Jackson stated he would also like to hear if they will be able to keep up with the
with $4 versus $5.
Patton stated that is the thing, they went to the people last year saying we are
losing ground on
rolling stock and went from $3 to $6. He would have liked to see a gradual increase instead of
doubling it. Now they are going to turn back around and say we only need $4.
Mayor Purcell stated that if the sales tax issue passes it will bring it up to the
Warren stated there would also be an incremental raise as the sales tax increases
Mitchell stated staff s recommendation will be largely dependent on what happens
with the sales
tax election on April 3
rd. A large piece of that will fund rolling stock. If that doesn t pass
will be a whole different set of circumstances.
Dick McKeen, Northwest Sheridan Neighborhood Watch, stated crime is up 39%. He
need to put that the money somewhere where it is reserved for additional police and fire. They
need to work on the state level regarding the CLEET training center. He stated the money needs
to be in the system and available.
Mitchell stated the CLEET bill will be heard tomorrow afternoon.
Mayor Purcell stated all of the local legislators are behind this CLEET bill and
us getting a
training facility in Lawton.
32. Consider an appeal for a variance of the denial of a building
permit for an addition to an
existing residential structure in a special flood hazard area located at 803 NW 41
Exhibits: Letter of Denial by the License and Permit Center, Letter from Thomas Chapman,
Floodplain Map, Site Plan, Memorandum from Civil Engineer and Order.
Mr. Thomas Chapman submitted an application for a building permit to construct an
3,122 square feet on the first floor, 409 square feet on the second floor, and 283 square feet of
basement onto his existing house located at 803 NW 41
st Street (Lot 10, Block 6, Heinz Third
Addition). The application was denied because the proposed addition is located in the special
flood hazard area (flood fringe) according to the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) prepared by
the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the proposed floor elevation is below
the base flood elevation. The desire is to build it within the flood fringe and it is only 4 inches
below the flood elevation.
In 1985 Mr. Chapman was granted a variance to the flood prevention ordinance and
permit to construct an addition onto his existing house which, at the time, was located in the
floodway. The foundation slab was constructed, but the building was not constructed. On
December 28, 2006 Mr. Chapman applied for a building permit to construct the addition, and the
permit was denied for reasons stated above. With the original permit the first floor elevation
which is 4 inches below the elevation, however there was a basement that was also built in that is
too far below the flood elevation for us to grant the variance. Staff is recommending that the
City Council grant the variance on the first floor of the building, but deny the application on the
basement. He stated the applicant has agreed to this recommendation. In order to grant the
variance there are several questions that have to be answered in the affirmative.
Drewry questioned when the last flood plain plan was drawn. She is supposedly
in the flood
plain and has never had water in her yard.
Rogalski stated the current map is dated 1992.
Drewry stated she feels it needs to be looked at again.
Mitchell stated there have been minor revisions.
Mayor Purcell stated there are six questions that must be voted on separately and
a majority of
the vote must be in the affirmative to grant this appeal and waiver.
A) Will the request, if granted, result in no increase in
flood levels during the base flood
discharge? AYE: Shoemate, Givens, Drewry, Jackson, Shanklin, Patton, Haywood, Warren.
NAY: None. MOTION CARRIED.
B) Will the structure be built no greater than two (2) feet
below the base flood elevation?
AYE: Shoemate, Givens, Drewry, Jackson, Shanklin, Patton, Haywood, Warren. NAY:
C) Has the applicant been given written notice that the granting
of a variance to construct the
lowest floor elevation below the base flood elevation would cause the cost of flood insurance to
the appellant to increase commensurate with the increased risk resulting from the reduced lowest
floor elevation? AYE: Shoemate, Givens, Drewry, Jackson, Shanklin, Patton, Haywood, Warren.
NAY: None. MOTION CARRIED
D) If the structure has historic character or qualifies under
the historic criteria of the State, is
the variance the minimum necessary to preserve the historic character and design of the
structure? AYE: Shoemate, Givens, Drewry, Jackson, Shanklin, Patton, Haywood, Warren.
NAY: None. MOTION CARRIED
E) Does the variance meet all of the following:
(1) A showing of good and sufficient cause: and
(2) A determination that failure to grant the variance would
result in a hardship to the
(3) A determination that the granting of a variance will
not result in increased flood heights,
additional threats to the public safety, extraordinary public expense, create nuisances, cause
fraud on or victimization of the public, or conflict with existing city code or regulations; and
(4) The variance is the minimum necessary, considering the
flood hazard, to afford relief.
AYE: Shoemate, Givens, Drewry, Jackson, Shanklin, Haywood, Warren. NAY: None.
ABSENT: Patton. MOTION CARRIED
F) Does the variance contain all the conditions deemed necessary
to promote the public health,
safety, and general welfare and to minimize public and private losses due to flood conditions
throughout the city? AYE: Shoemate, Givens, Drewry, Jackson, Shanklin, Haywood, Warren.
NAY: None. ABSENT: Patton. MOTION CARRIED
Mayor Purcell declared that the variance has been granted.
MOVED by Drewry, SECOND by Warren, to grant a variance to Chapter 19A, Stormwater, to
allow construction of the ground level and second story of the proposed addition to the existing
house at 803 NW 41st Street and deny the appeal for the basement. AYE:
Patton, Haywood, Warren, Shoemate, Givens, Drewry. NAY: None. MOTION CARRIED.
Mayor Purcell requested items #39 through #42 be addressed.
39. Consider approving a credit adjustment in the amount of
$616.88 to Tomissa Miller s
utility account #0402248082 for the property at 4627 NW Santa Fe Avenue for an undetected,
underground leak on the customer s water service line. Exhibits: Billing statement from Hodges
Plumbing dated 10/23/2006.
Barbara Curren, Revenue Services Supervisor, stated Ms. Miller has the account for
at 4627 NW Sante Fe Avenue. She experienced two high bills due to a leak on her line. The
leak was repaired. Because the adjustment for the two months in over $500, it requires approval
by the City Council.
MOVED by Shoemate, SECOND by Givens, to approve a credit adjustment in the amount of
$616.88 to Tomissa Miller s utility account #0402248082 for the property at 4627 NW Santa Fe
Avenue. AYE: Shanklin, Patton, Haywood, Warren, Shoemate, Givens, Drewry, Jackson. NAY:
None. MOTION CARRIED.
40. Consider authorizing a payment arrangement in the amount
of $10.00 monthly for Ms.
Leah Kephart who resides outside city limits at SE RR 2 Box 134 (3801 SE 60
th Street) for her
January 18, 2007, utility bill for $6,644.88 for 1,711,000 gallons of water used due to an
underground, undetectable leak on her service line. Exhibits: Billing statement for repair from
Kephart Mechanical, Inc., dated 01/29/2007.
Rick Endicott, Finance Director, stated Ms. Kephart is an elderly lady who had a
leak that went
undetected for some time, in fact city crews detected the leak and put a note on her door. The
leak was repaired by Kephart Mechanical. The problem is that several months ago the City
Council approved an ordinance that requires that leak adjustments only be considered for those
inside the city limits. He stated he initially wanted to ask the City Council to waive the amount,
but City Code does not permit this to happen. He suggested they come up with a payment
schedule for $10 a month and come back at a later date with some other kind of recommendation.
He stated he is not sure that Ms. Kephart received the message that this arrangement is being
made. Ms. Curren has unsuccessfully tried to contact her and has left voice mails.
Shanklin questioned what they needed to do.
Vincent stated about four months ago after there was an underground leak on a water
an outside water sales association, the City Council passed an ordinance allowing only inside
residential customers and eliminated all outside customers and all commercial businesses.
The only thing that can be adjusted is inside residential.
Mayor Purcell questioned if they could make this thing $1 a month. They are
something to get around this ordinance. They should forgive this but they can t.
Endicott stated he fully intents on bringing this back in a couple of months and
Givens stated he spoke with Ms. Kephart today and she understands the arrangement.
MOVED by Shanklin, SECOND by Drewry, to authorize a payment arrangement in the amount
of $10.00 monthly for Ms. Leah Kephart. AYE: Patton, Haywood, Warren, Shoemate, Givens,
Drewry, Jackson, Shanklin. NAY: None. MOTION CARRIED.
41. Consider approving Lawton Economic Development Authority
s recommendation to enter
into a Revolving Line of Credit not to exceed $9,500,000 with BancFirst, Arvest, and IBC Bank
(BancFirst is lead bank), to provide initial financing of redevelopment activities for both the
Phase IA Project and TIF related projects and take appropriate action as necessary. Exhibits:
List of Proposals received.
Mitchell stated David Denham, member of Lawton Economic Development Authority (LEDA),
is in attendance and was also a member of the finance committee that reviewed the proposals
from four banks. The recommendation from LEDA is to accept the proposal submitted by
BancFirst, Arvest, and IBC Bank, who is a local consortium of three banks. They have met all the
conditions of the RFP and are ready to proceed with the closing on a letter of credit.
Mayor Purcell stated the City Manager has done an outstanding job on this project.
MOVED by Haywood, SECOND by Jackson, to approve Lawton Economic Development
Authority s recommendation to enter into a Revolving Line of Credit not to exceed $9,500,000
with BancFirst, Arvest, and IBC Bank (BancFirst is lead bank), to provide initial financing of
redevelopment activities for both the Phase IA Project and TIF related projects. AYE:
Haywood, Warren, Shoemate, Givens, Drewry, Jackson, Shanklin, Patton. NAY: None.
42. Consider accepting Resolution 07-_____ supporting the
submittal of a preliminary
Opportunity Funding Grant Application to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce for the
purpose of seeking state financial assistance with anticipated capital improvement projects that
support Fort Sill (BRAC) activities. Exhibits: Resolution No 07-___, City of Lawton 2030
Planning, Regional Economic Modeling Simulation for BRAC and Associated Growth at Fort
Sill 2006-2015, Draft copy of Application. Senate Bill 759 on file in the City Clerk s Office.
Mitchell stated they met with Governor Henry s staff a couple of months regarding
As a result of that discussion and the introduction of Senate Bill 759 by Senator Randy Bass,
they have been encouraged to submit a preliminary application to the Oklahoma Opportunity
Fund. The application is for $20 million and they are pledging the proceeds from the sales tax
election. Should the sales tax election not pass, they are suggesting that the City Council could
come up with a local match of about 10% or $2 million spread out over 7 years, which is about
$275,000 per year. They are encouraged by the possibility that they might receive this grant and
may also be able to secure dollars for the Lawton Public Schools through this program.
Shanklin stated that Senator Bass said that the Mayor and City Manager did an excellent
promoting this issue.
Jackson stated he pulled up an article on KSWO broadcast and it indicated that El
was awarded a large sum of money from the federal government for their BRAC situation.
Money is being given out by the federal government, we are just not on the receiving end.
Mayor Purcell requested that #2 in the resolution be changed to read April
2007 instead of
Patton questioned if this was any kind of conditional grant if we don t get
BRAC or do not pass
the sales tax election.
Mayor Purcell stated that BRAC is coming, despite what the media is saying. He
talked with the Governor s office and if the local citizens don t step up and front part
of this, we
can t expect any funding from the state. If the sales tax issue fails, we are not going
to get much
out of the opportunity fund.
Patton stated they look at this as a true match.
Mitchell stated that is the reason they are suggesting the $2 million as a local
match. They are
also hoping they will be able to secure a low interest loan for an additional $20 million that they
can either pay back from the proceeds of the April election or the future CIP program to do a lot
of the projects to accommodate this growth. The bill that Senator Bass submitted talks about all
of the bases throughout Oklahoma in an attempt to fund a program that would help support those
military installations in the state.
MOVED by Shanklin, SECOND by Haywood, to adopt Resolution 07-16 supporting the
submittal of a preliminary Opportunity Funding Grant Application to the Oklahoma Department
of Commerce for the purpose of seeking state financial assistance with anticipated capital
improvement projects that support Fort Sill (BRAC). AYE: Warren, Shoemate, Givens, Drewry,
Jackson, Shanklin, Patton, Haywood. NAY: None. MOTION CARRIED.
35. Consider an ordinance amending Section 20-1-101, Article
20-1, Chapter 20, Lawton City
Code, 2005, relating to the use of public easements, waive the reading of the ordinance, read the
title only, and declare an emergency. If approved, approve an amendment to Council Policy 5-3,
regulating the use and access to public easements and rights-of-way. Exhibits: Amendment to
Section 20-1-101 and Amendment to Council Policy 5-3.
Vincent stated last fall the City Council requested, as a result of some claims that
we received for
sprinkler systems in the right of way, that staff bring back a policy change and ordinance that
possibly pays for sprinkler systems that were damaged as a result of maintenance in the front
street right of way. This ordinance would provide for that and at the same time they did include
some requirements. There is currently a requirement sprinkler systems be licensed if they are
new installation. Staff has really not been enforcing that requirement, but we are going to start
and as part of that, we are requiring that citizens put the locator tapes in with the sprinkler system
so that our utility crews can find where they are. In the older systems, we are asking that they
flag the sprinkler heads and the lines so crews will know where they are located. They will
receive at least 48 hours notice except in emergency situations. This would say that if we go
there and they have done their job and we cut the sprinkler system, we are going to fix it or we
will pay the claim. One of the things that Jerry Ihler has asked is that if the property owner
authorizes it, we would make the repair because we can get it done cheaper than most of the
sprinkler system companies. The companion to this ordinance is in the next item.
MOVED by Jackson, SECOND by Drewry, to adopt Ordinance 07-08, waive the reading of the
ordinance, read the title only and declare an emergency and approve an amendment to Council
Policy 5-3, regulating the use and access to public easements and rights-of-way. AYE: Shoemate,
Givens, Drewry, Jackson, Shanklin, Patton, Haywood, Warren. NAY: None. MOTION
(Title read by City Attorney) Ordinance
An ordinance pertaining to streets and sidewalks amending Section 20-1-101, Article
Chapter 20, Lawton City Code, 2005, by enforcing the permitting requirements for irrigation
systems, providing for severability, and declaring an emergency.
36. Consider an ordinance amending Section 18-4-1-404.2, Division
18-4-1, Article 18-4,
Chapter 18, Lawton City Code, 2005, related to public easements and alleys, waive the reading
of the title only, and declaring an emergency. Exhibits: Ordinance 2007-___.
Vincent stated on page one of the ordinance all of the references to easements and
regulations out of the zoning code and put them in the street and easement code. This removes
those regulations from the jurisdiction of the planning commission and puts them in the City
Council s regulations. This is a clean up and no language was changed it was just
picked up out
of Chapter 18 and moved to Chapter 20.
MOVED by Drewry, SECOND by Shoemate to adopt Ordinance 07-07, waive the reading
the ordinance, read the title only and declare an emergency. AYE: Givens, Drewry, Jackson,
Shanklin, Patton, Haywood, Warren, Shoemate. NAY: None. MOTION CARRIED.
(Title read by City Attorney) Ordinance
An ordinance pertaining to planning and zoning amending Section 18-4-1-404.2, Division
Article 18-4, Chapter 18, Lawton City Code, 2005, by prohibiting encroachments upon a public
easement, providing for severability, and declaring an emergency.
37. Consider an ordinance amending, Section 19-2-218, 227,
Article 19-2, Chapter 19, Lawton
City Code, 2005, by requiring boat safety certification and establishing an operator to be a
minimum age of sixteen (16) years of age, providing for severability, and declaring an
emergency. Exhibits: Ordinance 2007-___.
Vincent stated this is taken straight out of the Oklahoma State Statute. The
state passes boating
regulations that apply to all waters of the state which would include Lake Lawtonka and Lake
Ellsworth. Nothing has changed from the state statute, but our lake division officers requested
this be done so that we would not have to go to district court.
MOVED by Shanklin, SECOND by Haywood, to adopt Ordinance 07-09, waive the reading of
the ordinance, read the title only and declare an emergency. AYE: Drewry, Jackson, Shanklin,
Patton, Haywood, Warren, Shoemate, Givens. NAY: None. MOTION CARRIED.
(Title read by City Attorney) Ordinance
An ordinance pertaining to recreation amending Section 19-2-218, 227, Article 19-2,
Lawton City Code, 2005, by requiring boat safety certification and establishing an operator to be
a minimum age of sixteen (16) years of age, providing for severability, and declaring an
38. Consider adopting an ordinance pertaining to utilities
amending Section 22-2-1-217,
Division 22-2-1, Article 22-2, Chapter 22, Lawton City Code, 2005, by requiring city provided
backflow preventer valves, hydrant gate valves, and support stands on all city hydrant meters;
requiring monthly rental fees on this city provided equipment, imposing a penalty for violations
of City Code regarding use of city hydrant meters, providing for assessment of charges for non-return
of or damage to city hydrant meters, backflow preventer valves, hydrant gate valves,
support stands or city fire hydrants, providing for severability, declaring an emergency, and
establishing an effective date of February 14, 2007, and consider approving a resolution
amending Appendix A, Schedule of Fees and Charges, Lawton City Code, 2005, as amended, to
adopt a monthly rental rate for city hydrant meters (includes backflow preventer valve, hydrant
gate valve, and support stand), and also providing for assessment of charges for non-return or
damage of the above equipment, or damage to the city s fire hydrant, declaring an emergency
and establishing an effective date of February 14, 2007. Consider adopting an ordinance
amending Section 22-2-1-217, Division 22-2-1, Article 22-2, Exhibits: DEQ Inspection Report
dated 1/10/07, DEQ Inspection Report dated 1/29/07, Ordinance No. 07-___; Resolution No. 06-____.
Endicott stated DEQ came down and conducted an inspection of our hydrant meters and
to be in violation because we did not provide backflow preventers on those meters. He stated we
will probably get a notice of violation before we can get the problem fixed. We are proceeding
ahead with the purchase of this equipment. With City Council approval, staff can change the
fees as far as what is charged to use the hydrant meters.
MOVED by Warren, SECOND by Haywood, to adopt Resolution 07-17 and Ordinance 07-10
waive the reading of the ordinance, read the title only and declaring an emergency. AYE:
Jackson, Shanklin, Patton, Haywood, Warren, Shoemate, Givens, Drewry. NAY: None.
(Title read by City Attorney) Ordinance
An ordinance pertaining to utilities amending Section 22-2-1-217, Division 22-2-1,
Chapter 22, Lawton City Code, 2005, by requiring city provided backflow preventer valves,
hydrant gate valves, and support stands on all city hydrant meters, requiring monthly rental fees
on this city provided equipment, imposing a penalty for violations of City Code regarding use of
city hydrant meters, providing for assessment of charges for non-return of or damage to city
hydrant meters, backflow preventer valves, hydrant gate valves, support stands or city fire
hydrants, providing for severability, and declaring an emergency.
44. Consider receiving a report on the City s financial
condition for the 2nd Quarter of fiscal
year 2006-2007, and provide direction to staff. Exhibits: None.
Endicott stated the city sales tax is up $331,000. Year to date we have collected
Franchise Tax is up $125,000 and we have collected about 48%. Police fines and bonds are
down $184,000. He stated because of the amount of money we are down on police fines, our
external auditors will come in to look at this area and see what has caused this significant
decrease. All other general fund revenue is up about 4% or a little over $100,000. We have
collected 48% for the year. Water revenue is up about $838,000 and we have collected almost
59% of budgeted revenue. Sewer revenue is up $128,000. Refuse collection revenue is up
$215,000. Landfill revenue is up $145,000. General fund expenditures are right on target
Mayor Purcell questioned if we will need a supplemental any time soon.
Endicott stated he believes we are going to be okay, especially on fuel. He
does not anticipate a
supplemental any time soon. There may be a need in the last quarter.
Mitchell questioned when they may see an audit.
Endicott stated they are hoping to see the audit at the end of this month. It
is getting tougher and
tougher in the state of Oklahoma to get an audit done. There are very few competent and
qualified CPA firms that are willing to take on governmental auditing because it is not a big
dollar item for them and it is very labor intensive. He stated right now Mike Crawford is
reviewing our audit.
REPORTS: MAYOR/CITY COUNCIL/CITY MANAGER
Givens stated he received a real thumping tonight in the election and he will be
leaving the City
Council. He stated he appreciated the opportunity to serve the past three years and he enjoyed
the association with the members of the City Council, management and city workers.
Drewry stated she had an opportunity to go to New Orleans for a Kaboom meeting. She
organization at the NLC meeting in Reno and she visited with them about putting a playground in
Lawton that they could use as a show playground. She stated in New Orleans she sat through
two days of sessions and then they actually went out and built a playground at a school that had
been destroyed by the hurricane. She stated this was one of the best things she has ever
She stated they let the children draw a picture of what they wanted on the playground. She
hopes that they will look at doing this. She stated she was working with Tony Pokorney the
other day and he was talking about Little Rock, Arkansas and how clean the city was. They
have telephones placed in locations around the city and if a citizen sees someone throwing trash,
they pick up one of the phones which go directly to a message machine. If that person gets two
calls on them, they will receive a fine. She would like to check with that city and see how they
are doing this.
Haywood stated that Lawton Public Schools is doing the best that they can and they
need all the
help they can get.
Mitchell stated the state wide water conference will be held on Friday, February
th. He stated
water will be a huge issue in the state. He and the City Attorney will be attending as well as
several members of Public Works staff.
Mayor Purcell stated the 2007 legislative reception hosted by the Chamber of Commerce
held on February 20
th at 5:00 p.m. at the Oklahoma History Center. He encouraged everyone to
The Mayor and Council convened in executive session at 9:56 p.m. and reconvened in
open session at 10:05 p.m. Roll call reflected all members present.
BUSINESS ITEMS: EXECUTIVE SESSION ITEMS
45. Pursuant to Section 307B.4, Title 25, Oklahoma Statutes,
consider convening in executive
session to discuss the pending Tort Claim of Paul A. Lopez, DC-2006-094, against the City of
Lawton, and if necessary, take appropriate action in open session. Exhibits: None.
Vincent read the title of item 45. The City Council was briefed on the facts
and circumstances of
the claim. No action is required.
46. Pursuant to Section 307B.2, Title 25, Oklahoma Statutes,
consider convening in executive
session to discuss negotiations for a Collective Bargaining Agreement for FY 2007-2008
between the Police Union, IUPA, Local 24, and the City of Lawton, and take appropriate action
in open session. Exhibits: None.
Vincent read the title of item 46.
MOVED by Drewry, SECOND by Warren, that Larry Mitchell, Jim Scholes and Scott Meadors
be appointed as the city s negotiating team for negotiations with IUPA, Local 24 for an
agreement for 2007-2008 and that John Vincent be approved as an alternate. AYE: Warren,
Shoemate, Givens, Drewry, Jackson, Shanklin, Patton, Haywood. NAY: None. MOTION
There being no further business to consider, the meeting adjourned at 10:07 p.m.
second and roll call vote.
P. PURCELL, JR., MAYOR
TRACI HUSHBECK, CITY CLERK