Month 2007-6 June
Meeting of 2007-6-12 Regular Meeting
LAWTON CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
JUNE 12, 2007 6:00 P.M.
WAYNE GILLEY CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBER
Mayor John Purcell, Jr. Also
Mitchell, City Manager
Vincent, City Attorney
Hushbeck, City Clerk
COL Sonny Uberti, Fort Sill Liaison
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 Dr. Joe Williams,
True Love Apostolic Faith Church, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
Shoemate, Ward One
James Hanna, Ward Two
Janice Drewry, Ward Three
Keith Jackson, Ward Four
Robert Shanklin, Ward Five
Patton, Ward Six
Haywood, Ward Seven
Warren, Ward Eight
PRESENTATION OF PROCLAMATION FOR LAWTON VETERANS APPRECIATION DAY
Mayor Purcell proclaimed June 15, 2007 as Veteran s Appreciation Day and presented
proclamation to Archer McPhaul, Mary Huckleberry and Mike Meyers, Veteran s Upward
Bound Program at East Central University.
PRESENTATION OF CLEAN AIR EXCELLENCE AWARD.
Gary Copeland, Transportation Planner from City of Lawton, presented the Mayor with
Air Excellence award from the Environmental Protection Agency for the Carpool Crazy
program in 2005 and 2006. The program was developed by Evergreen Productions.
Mayor Purcell stated that Mr. Copeland works closely with the consultant to see that
the City of
Lawton meets those air quality standards.
AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION: Anyone having an item of business to present to the City
Council that does not appear on the agenda, please come forward at this time.
Delores Kruger, distributed a proposal to assist with recycling in the city of Lawton. She was
dismayed when she read that the citizens would be losing their access to the recycling bins in
town. It is not that convenient to have to travel to Fort Sill. Many of her friends don
access to Fort Sill because they don t drive out there every week like she does. She suggested
program where recycling bins are placed at the schools throughout the city. They could also
teach children how to recycle. She urged the City Council to look into this proposal.
COL Uberti stated the article in the paper was not entirely correct. He stated
his staff was
working with the Public Works staff to move forward. He stated they are no longer picking up
from private businesses. They are still honoring the agreement with the City of Lawton and
working with city staff to expand that program. He stated the recycling points at Fort Sill are
accessible to anyone that would like to use them, as long as you have a government issued ID.
He believes the schools and other federal agencies are required to have recycling programs. His
staff is looking at ways to get a better synergy from those that are required to recycle. There
no market for glass and it took them two years to get all the glass out of their warehouse.
CONSIDER APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF LAWTON CITY COUNCIL REGULAR
MEETINGS OF MARCH 27 AND APRIL 10 AND THE SPECIAL MEETING OF APRIL 19,
MOVED by Warren, SECOND by Drewry, to approve the minutes March 27, April 10 and April
19, 2007. AYE: Hanna, 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 item #2 needs to be considered separately.
MOVED by Shanklin, SECOND by Warren, to approve the Consent Agenda with the exception
of item #2. AYE: Drewry, Jackson, Shanklin, Patton, Haywood, Warren, Shoemate, Hanna.
NAY: None. MOTION CARRIED.
1. Consider the following damage claims recommended for approval
and consider passage of
resolutions authorizing the City Attorney to file a friendly suit for the claims which are over
$400.00: Robert and Tiffany Bowen in the reduced amount of $8,092.68
(Res. 07-77), Jeff
Garcia in the reduced amount of $269.58, AEP in the amount of $1,593.00 (Res. 07-78) and
Randy and Lisa Keith in the reduced amount of $1,900.64 (Res. 07-79). Exhibits: Legal
Opinions/Recommendations. Resolution No.___, Resolution No.___, and Resolution No.___.
2. Consider the following damage claims recommended for denial: Mayo and Edna Elliott in
the amount of $1,200.00, AEP in the amount of $849.00, Edna Solitario, MD. In the amount of
$2,827.95 and Derrick Dawson in the amount of $844.00. Exhibits: Legal
Vincent stated Dr. Solitario has contacted an attorney and requested that this item
be struck so
that he may amend the claim.
MOVED by Warren SECOND by Hanna, to strike the claim of Edna Solitario, MD. AYE:
Jackson, Shanklin, Patton, Haywood, Warren, Shoemate, Hanna, Drewry. NAY: None.
Mabel Dawson, mother of Derrick Dawson, stated that her son had driven in from Las
see his brother who was home from Iraq. He stated her son and two friends had been drinking
and were asleep in a parked car. The police took the rental car but did not arrest Mr. Dawson.
They could not get the car out for two days. It cost them $214 to get the car out. She
police told him the car was not impounded. Mr. Dawson had to pay extra rental on the car and
was unable to go to work and that is what he is claiming.
Shanklin questioned if Ms. Dawson felt that the police officer was being benevolent
circumstances. If Mr. Dawson was intoxicated, the police could have put him in jail and cost
him a lot more money. He stated he would sympathize with the officer, who was trying to be a
Ms. Dawson questioned why they impounded the car.
Warren stated he would agree with Mr. Shanklin. There were three people who
were unable to
operate the vehicle because they were intoxicated. Once we take those people out of that vehicle,
the vehicle becomes the City of Lawton s problem. We have a policy that if that situation
we impound the vehicle.
Ms. Dawson stated that her daughter came and picked up Mr. Dawson. She questioned
one at the police station knew that the car was impounded.
Vincent stated under state statute the wrecker company has to notify the owner of
which in this case is the rental company. The police officer and Mr. Dawson tried to contact
someone to come and drive the car and no one showed up.
Ms. Dawson stated her daughter was there.
Vincent stated she was at the police station.
Ms. Dawson stated she came where the car was.
Vincent stated not according to the police report.
MOVED by Warren SECOND by Hanna, to deny the claim of Derrick Dawson in the amount of
$844.00. AYE: Shanklin, Patton, Warren, Shoemate, Hanna, Drewry, Jackson. NAY: Haywood.
MOVED by Warren SECOND by Haywood, to deny the claims of Mayo and Edna Elliott in the
amount of $1,200.00 and AEP in the amount of $849.00. AYE: Patton, Haywood, Warren,
Shoemate, Hanna, Drewry, Jackson, Shanklin. NAY: None. MOTION CARRIED
3. Consider approval of renewing the Retainer Agreement for
Professional Services with
Granville D. Long, to provide professional investigative services to the City of Lawton, and
authorize the Mayor and City Clerk to execute the Agreement. Exhibits: Proposed Agreement.
4. Consider renewing the professional services agreement with
Robert M. Jernigan as a
representative on telecommunication; James C. Ferguson of Walker, Ferguson and Ferguson for
the defense of Workers' Compensation claims; Tony G. Puckett of McAfee & Taft on labor-related issues;
Gary M. Bush of Fagin, Brown, Bush, Tinney & Kiser for financial related
representative services; and authorize the Mayor and City Clerk to execute the Agreements.
Exhibits: Retainer Agreements for Professional & Legal Services on file in the City Clerks
5. Consider approval of the Retainer Agreement for Legal Services
between the City of Lawton
and Neil West and authorize the Mayor and City Clerk to execute the Agreement. Exhibits:
Retainer Agreement for Professional & Legal Services on file in City Clerk s Office.
6. Consider approving the appointment of Nathan M. Johnson
and Jon Oscar Lagerberg as
Alternate Municipal Judges, and authorize the Mayor and City Clerk to execute the Agreement.
Exhibits: Nathan Johnson s Agreement for Judicial Services, Jon Oscar Lagerberg s
Agreement for Judicial Services.
7. Consider approval of renewing the Retainer Agreement for
Professional Services with the
Mackey Law Firm, to provide professional property research services to the City of Lawton, and
authorize the Mayor and City Clerk to execute the Agreement. Exhibits: Proposed Agreement.
8. Consider adopting a resolution approving the settlement
by a joint petition and making
payment in the pending workers' compensation claim of Donald G. McGee. Exhibits:
Resolution No. 07-80.
9. Consider adopting a resolution authorizing the City Attorney
to initiate a foreign judgment in
favor of Larry Burnison in the amount of $15,506.58 of the total $42,108.00 award and ratifying
the actions of the City Attorney and the City Manager in directing our third party administrator to
make weekly payments on the balance of the judgment in the Workers' Compensation case of
Larry Burnison in the Workers' Compensation Court, Case No. 2006-03962 K. Exhibits:
Resolution No. 07-81.
10. Consider approving Outside Water Sales Contracts with
Larry Ballou and Randall and Inna
Caldwell, and authorize the Mayor and City Clerk to execute the Contracts. Exhibits: Location
Maps. Contracts are on file in the City Clerk s office.
11. Consider approving outstanding storage charges in the
amount of $225.00 to be paid to
State Farm Insurance in order to release the lien for the Hoffman vehicle to be auctioned by
Sapulpa Auto Pool. Exhibits: Pamplin Invoice.
12. Consider accepting donation of six (6) Remington 870 Express
Magnum Shotguns from
Great Plains Technology Center. Exhibits: A letter from GPTC requesting the Lawton Police
Department accept said shotguns upon approval of the City Council.
13. Acknowledge receipt of election returns of December 12,
2006, February 13 and April 3,
2007. Exhibits: Official Certification of Votes from Comanche County Election Board.
14. Consider a request from the United States Department of
the Interior, Bureau of Indian
Affairs, to provide comment regarding an application on acquisition of property into tribal trust
land, and authorize the Mayor to comment and respond to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Exhibits: Letter from Bureau of Indian Affairs dated April 24, 2007 and map of property
15. Consider a request from the United States Department of
the Interior, Bureau of Indian
Affairs, to provide comment regarding an application on acquisition of property into tribal trust
land, and authorize the Mayor to comment and respond to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Exhibits: Letter from Bureau of Indian Affairs dated April 24, 2007 and map of property
16. Consider adopting Street Light Resolution No. 452 to authorize
the installation/removal of
street lights at the location listed in the Resolution. Exhibits: Street Light Resolution No. 452.
17. Consider awarding a construction contract to Landmark
Structures I, L.P. for the Water
Infrastructure Improvement Phase 2 (Tower) Project #2006-9. Exhibits: None.
18. Consider approval of Change Order Number 1 for the Southeast
Water Treatment Plant
Project with Archer Western Contractors LTD. Exhibits: Change Order Number 1 (On file in the
Public Works Administration office).
19. Consider approving agreements for refuse disposal with the
following entities, and
authorize the Mayor and City Clerk to execute the Agreements: Town of Indiahoma, Multiple
Community Services Authority and Town of Temple. Exhibits: Agreements on file with the City
20. Consider approving agreements for euthanization services
with the following entities, and
authorize the Mayor and City Clerk to execute the Agreements: City of Grandfield and Town of
Medicine Park. Exhibits: Agreements on file with the City Clerk.
21. Consider endorsing the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2008-2011
Program (TIP) for the Lawton Metropolitan Area Transportation Study area. Exhibits: FFY
22. Consider endorsing the Fiscal Year (FY) 2007-2008 Unified
Planning Work Program
(UPWP) for the Lawton Metropolitan Transportation Planning Process. Exhibits: FY 2007-2008
UPWP on File in the Office of the City Clerk.
23. Consider approving the Memorandum of Understanding between
the City of Lawton and
the Lawton Metropolitan Planning Organization (LMPO) for metropolitan transportation
planning for Fiscal Year 2007-2008 for the Lawton Metropolitan Area and authorize the Mayor
to execute. Exhibits: MOU on File in the Office of the City Clerk.
24. Consider awarding (CL07-043) Digital Voice Recorder to
Magnasync Corporation of Los
Angeles, CA. Exhibits: Department recommendation, abstract of bids.
25. Consider awarding (CL07-044) Bulldozer & Hydraulic
Excavator to Kirby-Smith
Machinery, Inc., of Oklahoma City, OK, for the Bulldozer, rejecting all bids for the Hydraulic
Excavator and rebidding that portion of the contract. Exhibits: Department recommendation,
abstract of bids.
26. Consider awarding (CL07-047) Manhole Rings and Covers
to Water Products of
Oklahoma, Inc., of Owasso, OK. Exhibits: Department recommendation, abstract of bids.
27. Consider awarding (CL07-048) Digester Feed Pumps to Bertrem
Products, Inc., of Tulsa,
OK. Exhibits: Department recommendation, abstract of bids.
28. Consider extending the contract (CL06-046) Laboratory
Services of Toxic Pollutants with
Accurate Environmental Labs of Stillwater, OK. Exhibits: Department Recommendation, Price
Bid Sheet, Contract Extension Form.
29. Consider awarding (CL07-049) Sewer Pipe as follows:
Group 1: A, B, C to Water
Products of Oklahoma, Inc., of Owasso, OK, Group 2: A, B, C to ISCO Industries of Jenks, OK,
Group 3: A & B to Ferguson Waterworks of Oklahoma City, OK, Group 3: C, D, E, F to
Oklahoma Contractor s Supply of Oklahoma City, OK. Exhibits: Department recommendation,
abstract of bids.
30. Consider awarding (CL07-050) Mowing and Litter Contract
to Teen Challenge of
Oklahoma of Cache, OK. Exhibits: Department recommendation, abstract of bids.
31. Consider approving appointments to boards and commissions. Exhibits: None
32. Consider approval of payroll for the period of May 21 June 3, 2007.
OLD BUSINESS ITEMS:
33. Hold public hearings and adopt resolution declaring
the structure at 1804 S.W. Garfield
Avenue to be dilapidated public nuisances, thus causing a blighting influence on the community
and detrimental to the public s health and safety. Authorize the City Attorney to commence legal
action in district court to abate each nuisance. Further authorize Neighborhood Services to
solicit bids to raze and remove each dilapidated structure, if necessary. Exhibits: None.
Tony Griffith, Neighborhood Services Supervisor, requested that this item be struck
agenda. Under Section 14-1-106, Lawton City Code, this structure should not have
been there in
the first place. It does not have a permit and it is not authorized within the city
this code, Neighborhood Services would pursue having this structure removed without having it
declared dilapidated. If the structure is declared dilapidated, the owner would then have the
to remodel the structure, which is prohibited.
MOVED by Warren SECOND by Hanna, to strike this item. AYE: Haywood, Warren,
Shoemate, Hanna, Drewry, Jackson, Shanklin, Patton. NAY: None. MOTION CARRIED
34. Hold a public hearing and consider an ordinance closing
a portion of the alley adjacent to
Lot 6, Block 15, Airport Addition, also known as 302 SW Lee Boulevard. Exhibits: Ordinance
No. 07-___, Application, Location Map and Survey.
Richard Rogalski, Planning Director, stated an Application for Closing of Public
Easement has been submitted by Madeline Sue Whatley to close a portion of the alley adjacent to
Lot 6, Block 15, Airport Addition, also known as 302 SW Lee Boulevard. The existing structure,
which is a vacant commercial building, encroaches 2.5 feet into the alley. The applicant desires
to sell the building and therefore needs to resolve the encroachment situation. Notice of public
hearing was mailed on May 11, 2007 and published in
The Lawton Constitution on May 27,
2007. No calls or letters against the request have been received. All utilities have responded
with no objection to the closing. If the Council approves the ordinance closing the north 2.5 feet
of the alley, the applicant intends to petition district court to vacate this portion of the alley.
Shanklin stated he went out there and measured from the line of the telephone poles
and west. He stated ARKLA Gas pipelines were over 22 feet, so some of those utilities were not
in the 20 foot width of that alley. He stated one of them is wrong.
Rogalski stated the title company has said that this building is not on the property
it is in the
alley. This was done by a registered surveyor and he stated he would have to rely on that survey.
We did not tell them they were in the alley, they told us they were in the alley.
Shanklin questioned if it made any sense at all that they would be further than 20
They are on someone s private property.
Rogalski stated this area was developed a very long time ago and he cannot make a
about that. It is the applicant that is coming to us saying he is in the alley.
Shanklin questioned if what he said was true, would that have any bearing on this
Rogalski stated that if this alley was not located properly on this survey, it would
have a bearing
because we would not need to vacate or we may need to vacate more. If the issue is that the
utilities are located incorrectly, by now they have a right and would have no bearing on this
request. On paper, that building is 2 ½ feet into our alley and this needs to be released
in order for that title to clear.
Shanklin questioned if anyone from the City went out and measured.
Rogalski stated he did not measure. It was done by a surveyor. Just going
out and looking you
cannot see the property line.
PUBLIC HEARING OPENED.
Monty Hightower, Attorney for the applicant, stated the applicant is relying on the
by Landmark Engineering. He stated this building has been there 38 years. He stated he went
out with an ARKLA employee and was shown the location of the line.
Shanklin stated the gas line and power line is further than 20 feet apart.
Mr. Hightower stated the task at hand was to look at where the utilities were from the
Haywood questioned if the utilities were to the west.
Mr. Hightower stated they are actually to the south.
Hanna questioned why the property was not surveyed when it was first plotted.
Mr. Hightower stated they are 38 years down the road.
Hanna stated someone is supposed to check the work. He questioned if it was
Mitchell stated the builder is responsible. The inspectors would just have
a general idea of
where the easements and property lines are located, but the developer is responsible for knowing
where those easements are.
Warren stated one of two things has to happen, you either have to tear the building
down or you
have to vacate the easement. The bank is not going to loan money on a building that is built in
Shanklin questioned why they were closing the alley.
Vincent stated they are closing a small portion of the alley to get it around the
building so that
there is a clear title. We are not obstructing the alley so that it becomes unavigable.
Ron Miller, 307 and 309 Washington, stated his property backs up against the property
question. He stated he was under the impression that the alley was going to be totally closed
which would cut his property off completely. He would be opposed to the alley closing.
Drewry stated the alley will only be closed 2 ½ feet around the building.
PUBLIC HEARING CLOSED.
MOVED by Warren, SECOND by Haywood, to adopt Ordinance 07-36, waive the reading of
the ordinance, read the title only. AYE: Warren, Shoemate, Hanna, Drewry, Jackson, Shanklin,
Patton, Haywood. NAY: None. MOTION CARRIED.
(Title read by City Attorney) Ordinance
An ordinance closing a portion of an alley adjacent to Lot 6, Block 15, Airport Addition,
addressed as 302 SW Lee Boulevard, more particularly described in section one of the ordinance.
35. Hold a public hearing and consider an ordinance closing
a portion of a public utility
easement on the north side of Lot 2, Block 32, Wyatt Acres Addition, Part 14, also known as 612
NW Micklegate Boulevard. Exhibits: Ordinance No. 07-__, Application, Location Map, Survey.
Rogalski stated an application to close a public utility easement located at 612
Boulevard has been submitted by Wyatt Development Inc. The company owns Lot 2, Block 32,
Wyatt Acres Addition, Part 14. There is a 12.5-foot public utility easement located on the north
side of Lot 2. A home was constructed on approximately 3.5 feet of this utility easement. The
applicants are requesting the portion of the easement under the house be closed to clear the title
so the property can be sold. Notice of public hearing was mailed on May 11, 2007, and
The Lawton Constitution on May 27, 2007. No objections to the closure have been
received. If the Council approves an ordinance closing the requested area, the applicants will
petition District Court to have 3.5 feet of the existing 12.5-foot easement vacated. There is
additional encroachment of the heating/air conditioning equipment into this easement. The City
Attorney has recommended that a revocable permit be issued for the heating/air conditioning
equipment. A separate agenda item has been prepared for the revocable permit.
PUBLIC HEARING OPENED. No one appeared to speak and the public hearing
MOVED by Patton, SECOND by Haywood, to adopt Ordinance 07-37, waive the reading of the
ordinance, read the title only. AYE: Shoemate, Hanna, Drewry, Jackson, Shanklin, Patton,
Haywood, Warren. NAY: None. MOTION CARRIED.
(Title read by City Attorney) Ordinance
An ordinance closing a portion of a utility easement located on lot 2, block 32,
Addition, Part 14 and addressed as 612 NW Micklegate Boulevard, more particularly described
in section one of the ordinance.
36. Consider issuing a revocable permit for the placement
of heating/air conditioning
equipment in the utility easement located on the north side of Lot 2, Block 32, Wyatt Acres
Addition, Part 14, also known as 612 NW Micklegate Boulevard. Exhibits: Revocable Permit
with Map of Permitted Area.
Rogalski stated this permit is to grant a revocable permit for the heating and air
on that very same building. He stated as these projects are being built, the ground is all torn
and it is really hard to determine where the lot lines are and the easements. The reliance is
the surveyor. He stated to help this issue, staff could require the developer to stake the
easements and put flags up so that there is some indication of where the easement is.
Jackson stated they could also make these people purchase the property that they encroached
upon. He stated the City has had to pay a lot with taxpayer money when we have had to
purchase right of way or easement.
Rogalski stated the real issue is to build them in the right spot. It would be
helpful if they did
flag those easements because the utility companies are also trying to get out there.
Hanna suggested Rogalski place an item on the next agenda. He would like to see
be responsible for the job he is getting paid to do.
MOVED by Patton, SECOND by Warren, to approve the issuance of a revocable permit for the
placement of heating/air conditioning equipment in the utility easement located on the north side
of Lot 2, Block 32, Wyatt Acres Addition, Part 14, also known as 612 NW Micklegate
Boulevard. AYE: Hanna, Drewry, Jackson, Shanklin, Patton, Haywood, Warren, Shoemate.
NAY: None. MOTION CARRIED.
37. Consider adopting a resolution declaring that Ninety Percent
(90%) of the budgeted and
appropriated revenues for fiscal year 2006-2007 have been collected for the General Fund.
Exhibits: Resolution 07-__ and Revenue reports dated May 31, 2007.
Rick Endicott, Finance Director, stated by Oklahoma statute we must declare, by resolution,
we have collected 90% of our revenues. He stated we have collected 93.95%.
MOVED by Drewry SECOND by Shoemate, to approve Resolution 07-82 declaring that Ninety
Percent (90%) of the budgeted and appropriated revenues for fiscal year 2006-2007 have been
collected for the General Fund.
Jackson stated he had a retail business in town tell him that they have already changed
tax rate. He thought that the rate changed on June 30
Endicott stated the rate changed on June 1
Warren stated there are a lot of people still charging the old tax rate.
Endicott stated they received some calls and they contacted the Oklahoma Tax Commission
confirmed that June 1
st was the effective date.
Jackson questioned how to get notice out. Is it the City s responsibility?
Endicott stated it is the responsibility of the Oklahoma Tax Commission and Comanche
VOTE ON MOTION: AYE: Drewry, Jackson, Shanklin, Patton, Haywood, Warren, Shoemate,
Hanna. NAY: None. MOTION CARRIED.
Consider reviewing and approving the City of Lawton Fiscal Year 2007-2008 budget and
approving a resolution adopting the FY 2007-2008 City of Lawton budget. Exhibits: List
adjustments and changes and Resolution No. 07 ___.
Mitchell stated the preliminary budget was presented to the City Council on May 8
th and a series
of workshops have been held. The total operating expenditures are just over $75,000,000. He
stated there is a difference between the resolution that was published in the packet and the wish
list that was distributed. The wish list is basically a general fund list and there
is a projected
carryover of $334,582. The resolution that adopts the budget is for all funds, the enterprise
general fund, and all the dedicated funds. In Section 1 of the resolution it states a total resource
available in the amount of $120,644,926 and total appropriations of $120,242,807. The
difference between those two numbers is just over $400,000. The difference is that they are
looking at all funds in the resolution versus the handouts which is just general fund.
MOVED by Warren SECOND by Drewry, to approve Resolution 07-83 approving the City of
Lawton Fiscal Year 2007-2008 budget.
Shanklin stated he would like to make a substitute motion. He stated that Tommy
Harrell is a
police officer, who in his benevolency, allows us to use ten retired police officers for 24 hours a
week. These police officers really do a lot of good for our citizens. He stated he did not
the police department in the letter to the editor that he wrote. What turned him off is that we
hired six new fire officers and they all had to have training and they all lived outside the city
limits. He stated we had one training officer in 2003 and the budget was $66,000. Five years
later we have two training officers and the budget is $166,000. He does not understand. He
stated there was a water revenue shortage in 1990, COL McAffry came in sometime in December
and we were $600,000 down and we put a $4 surcharge on the water bill for five months to
recoup that $600,000. We are carrying over $330,000 and the increase in gas, catastrophic
medical, any of those things can put us back where we were in 1990. He would bet our June
revenues are down for water. He stated we need to live with what we got. The city
has 93,000 people and we generate a total of $27 million or roughly $18 or $19 million on the
two cent sales tax. Norman generates $42.6 million. Ardmore has 24,000 people and generates
$13.5 million and these figures are from 2004. He stated with all that extra money we could
clean up our city. Edmond generates $31 million and they are 68,000. He questioned when it
will stop and what will we do about 63,000 people trying to fund a city of 90,000. He stated he
has talked with a couple of colonels and they understand the problem and they had some ideas of
things that could be done. He would like to make the motion that we not give any pay raises for
six months and after the six months we see if the sales tax is up. He is not against the raises,
when will it stop. He stated our water is as high as anyone in the state of Oklahoma.
SUBSTITUTE MOTION by Shanklin , to approve the budget but leave the payroll as it is for
Hanna questioned if this can be done legally without getting us into trouble.
Vincent stated there is one year left on the contract with fire unless the City Council
there is insufficient funds in the budget in which case we will have to notify the fire department
that we will reopen negotiations on all funded items. The Council can direct the negotiating
teams not to negotiate pay raises.
Drewry questioned if we would be breaking the contract with fire.
Vincent stated right now the fire item is not on the agenda, the only thing on the
agenda is the
budget and Councilmember Shanklin s motion is appropriate. There would have to be an item
brought back to Council to authorize notification to the fire union that the pay raise that has
already been negotiated and signed off on is being rescinded and they will have to go back into
Shanklin stated we are not trying to break these people, all he wants to do is survive
$330,000 which is not enough money.
Drewry stated she understands where Councilmember Shanklin is coming from with regards
the carryover, but from what she understands Councilmember Shanklin and former
Councilmember Bass negotiated the contract.
Shanklin stated it is contingent on having the funds.
Drewry questioned if the contract said that.
Mitchell stated there is a provision in the contract that if the City Council feels
there are not
adequate funds, they can reopen negotiations. If the City Council votes for this motion, they
essentially breaking the contract, because there is no way to do anything otherwise. If they vote
on the motion then they are essentially saying that when the item comes back at the next council
meeting they will vote to reopen.
Shanklin stated this is not popular but when six months goes by, they can get their
raise. Does the
Council want to wait and in three and four months have to raise a $10 surcharge on the water bill.
How popular will they be then.
Drewry stated she does not want to do that but she also wants them to be very careful
going back on a contract that is signed when they have other situations coming up that they have
to look at.
Warren stated there are a lot of issues here. One is that they entered into
a contract with the fire
department in good faith. He understands what Councilmember Shanklin is concerned about, but
at the end of six months everything will not necessarily be all rosy. In eight months there could
be a catastrophic illness or some other problem. They could be in the same shape in six months
and are they going to say they can t give raises for another six months? If they froze step
increases and cost of living increases it will still cost more every year. He does not think that
giving raises is the solution. Everyone wants everything they have right now, but they want it
the same price they paid last year and that is not going to happen. He has an issue with making
contract and then breaking it when they have sat here with the Finance Director and basically
said that the money was there. Now they are going to try and tell an arbitrator that it is not. That
will not fly. He does not have a problem with addressing raises on future contracts and future
budgets but it is too late now.
Shanklin stated he would caution the Council members on their fiduciary responsibility.
stated October is not that far off and they are not going to pass that sales tax. He hears that
too many people. If they show some responsibility, maybe in six months they can do it.
Somewhere down the line they have to call a halt to spending all of their money.
Warren stated a CIP election and the city budget are two completely different entities. If the
citizens decide they do not want to approve another CIP, that is their right, but he hopes that they
do that with the full knowledge that it doesn t change the city budget.
Shanklin stated he just made the motion, he feels good about it and he knows he tried.
given raises to everybody for years. There comes a time when they say they have to tread water
and see what happens.
Mayor Purcell questioned if they notify the fire department that we don t have
the money and
therefore they want to reopen negotiations. He stated the City Attorney has negotiated many
contracts around the state. He stated once they get through with negotiations, it will not be
it will be more. He asked the City Attorney if this was a true statement.
Vincent stated historically that is proven to be true.
Mayor Purcell questioned why they would go through all of that this year. They
will have an
opportunity next year if they want to freeze wages when they are not violating contracts. He
stated the City Council needs to think about what that means. Things are said that are absolutely
not true and they scare people. He feels that is wrong and if they can t be honest with
and prove your argument with true facts, making ridiculous comments just adds to the confusion
and causes problems.
Haywood stated he believes in raises. He has a problem with raising the water
questioned how much it will go up.
Mayor Purcell stated it will go from $1.60 to $2.08, depending on the number of gallons
that will be used.
Mitchell stated it would be approximately a 3.6% raise in the utility bill.
Haywood stated his constituents have problems with raises in the water bill. It
is not about the
raises. They definitely want the streets fixed. He does not know if the people in his ward
handle an increase in the water bill.
Endicott stated the base rate went up 3.5% plus 50 cents. The per thousand
rate went up 3.5%
across the board. When you look at the base rate, it might be 6.5% or somewhere in that
neighborhood. When they get into all the different rates like commercial, they will all go up
3.5%. They did not just decide the 3.5%, it came from several years ago when the City Council
made a decision that it was prudent to increase the water rate at some cost of living rate each year
unless there was justification not to do so. Basically they have gone two out of three years doing
Mitchell stated the one year they did not raise rates, they captured some one time
renegotiating contracts with Fort Sill and others. They have about $650,000 in one time
revenues so they did not recommend an adjustment that year.
SUBSTITUTE MOTION BY COUNCILMEMBER SHANKLIN FAILED DUE TO A
LACK OF A SECOND.
Mayor Purcell stated they are back on the original motion which is to approve the resolution.
Jackson stated that he has been up here preaching over and over that joe taxpayer
out there is
sick and tired of constantly being asked to dip into their pockets. A lot of citizens in this
not get pay increases every year. This budget that they have worked on for the past two months
includes the pay increases for employees and he believes if they reopen negotiations on contracts
that they would be entering a hornets nest. He feels they owe it to the employees
of the City of
Lawton to continue with this contract and give these raises. They are in the budget and they have
shown that they have found the money. He stated the carryover is low and that is not a good
thing, but he feels they need to discuss that situation with negotiations with next years
contracts. For right now they will lose in arbitration if they go in that direction with
negotiations with the unions. There are good employees in the City of Lawton and they owe them
that raise whether they like it or not.
Patton stated he does agree with Councilmember Shanklin that at some point they need
something, but timing is everything. They have always tried to treat everybody equal and if they
were going to do something for one group they would make sure they would do it for everybody.
He feels that should hold true in this situation. The unions need to be aware that expenditures
cannot raise by 7% with revenues only rising by 4%. At some point something has to give and
they need to bear in mind that when they begin these negotiations.
Shoemate stated he knows that their constituents feel that they should not approve
this, but the
police and fire work long hard hours and place their lives on the line every day. He knows for a
fact that they have saved his life twice. When that contract comes back up it will be hard for
those sitting here to approve any substantial pay raise for those on the next contract and they
need to understand that.
Jackson stated before the budget hearings even started there was a heavy emphasis
safety and the citizens of Lawton. Gang violence is a problem and every one of them asked the
City Manager to include four additional police officers in the budget and the City Council
approved the addition of the three captains in the fire department. The City Council addressed
lot of public safety issues in this budget and he feels the public asked for help with a lot of this
gang violence problem and they have answered that call. This is a good budget that is public
Hanna reminded the City Council of who put them there and who can take them out. He does
understand that they do need these things but his constituents have talked with him and they are
the ones who put him here. They need to remember what they would want.
Jackson stated he does not think they want them to start laying off employees.
Mayor Purcell stated he would like to address the issue of general employees. When
out there working for a civilian contractor and digging a hole and it is cold or rainy, they stop and
go home. Our general employees are out in the rain, snow and water digging that hole. There
a big difference and they all have to understand that.
Shanklin stated that was not smoke and mirrors or a threat when they had to raise
fees in 1990.
That was not a scare tactic.
VOTE ON ORIGINAL MOTION: AYE: Patton, Warren, Shoemate, Drewry, Jackson. NAY:
Shanklin, Haywood, Hanna. MOTION CARRIED.
39. Consider approving a resolution amending Appendix A, Schedule
of Fees and Charges,
Lawton City Code, 2005, to increase the fee for City provided utilities and establishing an
effective date. Exhibits: Resolution No. 07___.
Endicott stated he needs to make one amendment. On page 3 of the fees and charges
22-114 they need to strike the work negotiated.
MOVED by Warren, SECOND by Patton, to adopt Resolution 07-84 as amended. AYE: Patton,
Haywood, Warren, Shoemate, Hanna, Drewry, Jackson, Shanklin. NAY: None. MOTION
Mayor Purcell stated they need to strike #40.
Vincent stated item #40 was requested by Councilmember Shanklin but there is a glitch
will be on the agenda for the next meeting.
40. Consider an ordinance amending Section 15-5-503, Article
15-5, Chapter 15, Lawton City
Code, 2005, by removing the exceptions related to lots zoned R1 or R2, providing for
severability, and declaring an emergency. Exhibits: Ordinance 2007-___.
41. Consider adopting an ordinance amending Section 22-2-3-232,
Division 22-2-3, Article 22-2, Chapter 22, Lawton City Code, 2005 by clarifying the guidelines for purchasing
City limits, providing for severability, and declaring an emergency and consider approving a
resolution amending Appendix A, Schedule of Fees and Charges, Lawton City Code, 2005, to
include a $75.00 application fee for the sale of water outside of City limits, and establish an
effective date. Exhibits: Ordinance No. 07-___; Resolution 2007-___.
Vincent stated since the moratorium has automatically lifted staff has found a few
problems with who was responsible to bring their property up to city code, when they are
responsible if they got an outside water contract or had the contract amended. This ordinance
clarifies those issues. As to the resolution, the old fee for the outside water sales was $50,
dropped somehow last year through a technical error. At the same time staff has started filing the
water contracts with the County Clerk at a cost of $31. Staff wants to raise the fee up to $75
which will cover the cost of filing plus the old fee. He stated his department will eat the
Shanklin questioned what we were doing different.
Vincent stated if an individual or developer gets a brand new outside water sales
City of Lawton water, they have to meet city code requirements. For example, the developer has
to build the streets, put in his sewer lines or underground storm drainage, and do all of this to city
code. If they are building an individual house, they have to come in and get a building permit
and our inspectors are going out and doing inspections.
Warren stated if he went out and bought all of this land outside of town to develop,
have to build the streets, sewers, etc. to city specs. When someone comes in to build a house
his development, would he have to follow the city code.
Vincent stated the person building the home would have to come in and get a permit. It applies
to any structure that is built under a new contract or an amended old contract. He stated they
have been doing this for about three years, it is just there has been confusion on when it applies
and when it does not apply.
Patton stated he is not crazy about eating the $6.
Warren suggested they raise the fee to $100.
Jackson questioned if this ordinance will cause any problem with the recently negotiated
agreements with outside water sales.
Vincent stated this does not apply to wholesale customers, which are the rural water
Warren stated he did not arbitrarily pick $100 as the fee. He chose that amount
because our cost
is going to be in the vicinity of $80 and if that is what we would normally charge a citizen of
Lawton and not make a profit, then the extra $20 would be because we are providing that
service for someone that lives outside the city limits.
MOVED by Warren, SECOND by Patton, to adopt Ordinance 07-38, waive the reading of the
ordinance, read the title only and declaring an emergency and approve Resolution 07-85
amending the contract application fee to be set at $100. AYE: Warren, Shoemate, Drewry,
Jackson, Shanklin, Patton, Haywood. NAY: None. ABSENT: Hanna. MOTION CARRIED.
(Title read by City Attorney) Ordinance
An ordinance pertaining to utilities amending Section 22-2-3-232, Division 22-2-3,
Chapter 22, Lawton City Code, 2005, by clarifying the guidelines for purchasing water outside
city limits, providing for severability, and declaring an emergency.
42. Discuss Council Policy No. 8-2, regarding additional access
requirements for section line
roads and arterial streets which have limited access rights and take appropriate action as
necessary. Exhibits: Draft Policy and Exhibit A.
Vincent stated the City has been approached by several developers and land owners
Quanah Parker Trailway and Lee Boulevard regarding when the state built those roads and
obtained limits of no access and those limits were paid for by the City of Lawton as part of the
contract. Those properties have been turned back to the City by the state and the limits of no
access now belong to the City. Certain individuals have approached staff about releasing those
limits of no access. Staff has been working with one or two of those individuals and they are
asking for unlimited rights, they are asking for specific locations as delineated in the attachment
that would accomplish 99.9%o f the request. He stated they took the number of dollars paid both
on Quanah Parker Trailway and Lee Boulevard and to some extent 82
nd Street and 67th Street and
it divides out to about $10,000 per access point for the City to get its money back for what we
paid. He stated this is a proposal and if the City Council has any comments, staff can go back
and bring it back at a later date.
Warren questioned if they were talking about median cuts.
Vincent stated we have a median cut policy and that will not change. This policy
Jackson stated he feels they really need to take a closer look at this before it
is approved. They
were excited about the idea of limited access roads on Rogers Lane, Quanah Parker and Lee
Boulevard when they approved this. He stated traffic flows so well on Rogers Lane, Quanah
Parker and Lee Boulevard and it is because they have a limited access agreement.
Warren stated he agrees, but if they do provide those things such as no median cuts,
lanes and that helps take care of part of those problems. He stated he hoped that someday there
would be a loop system around Lawton. They had hoped for that with Rogers Lane and Lee
Boulevard and that didn t happen because every person that comes before the City Council gets
their curb and median cut. He hopes if they ever build a crosstown that it is raised because that
the only way they can guarantee that there won t be any cuts made.
Vincent stated that they have mentioned Rogers Lane a couple of times and this does
not apply to
Rogers Lane from west of I-44 all the way out to the S curve where it goes back into HW62.
That is still state right of way, they did not give that back to us.
Warren stated his point was that Rogers Lane was hopefully going to be a loop and
there are stop
lights on it now.
Vincent stated they have been approached by three businesses on Quanah Parker Trailway
the Council did approve zoning for a business at 82
nd and Lee which this would also affect.
Warren stated they need to look at how they are going to allow this to happen because
to make it happen. There are only two ways to do it, give them limited access or make people
put in service roads. The problem is there is not enough room to put in access roads. They
to think about this when new roads are constructed and make sure there is enough room within
the boundaries to put in service roads.
Mayor Purcell suggested that the Council appoint two Councilmembers to serve on a
to meet with staff to come up with a workable solution and bring it back for Council approval.
Drewry questioned if they should talk with some of the businesses.
Jackson stated he does not believe they should.
Mayor Purcell stated he believes that would not accomplish anything.
Warren stated they need to look at recouping the cost. There will be issues
that would not
otherwise be there if those cuts weren t there and they need to keep that in mind.
Patton questioned if they were to pass this the way it is written, would that basically
gates or would each business have to come back for a separate approval.
Mitchell stated in Exhibits A, those are the only access points that they would grant
limited access highways. They would be looking at a controlled intersection at the ½
in between they would be looking at deceleration lanes, and not looking at any left hand turn
Jackson stated if they pass this, they cannot deny it to someone else. They
will ask for median
Patton stated they need to give them access to some point or they will not be able
to develop the
Jackson stated you give them what they are entitled to with limited access.
Mayor Purcell stated they are not going to solve this tonight. He recommended
Councilmembers sit on a committee with staff. He asked for volunteers.
Patton and Haywood volunteered to sit on the committee.
MOVED by Warren, SECOND by Shoemate, to appoint Patton and Haywood to sit on a
committee with staff and bring back a recommendation to Council regarding a policy involving
arterials. AYE: Shoemate, Hanna, Drewry, Jackson, Shanklin, Patton, Haywood, Warren. NAY:
None. MOTION CARRIED.
43. Consider accepting the proposal for Life Insurance Provider.
Exhibits: Spreadsheet with
options, copy of proposal summary page.
Jim Scholes, Human Resources Director, stated as of June 30
th these three contracts expire and
staff went out for RFP s. Staff is recommending that we stay with the current life insurance
provider. There was one bid that was equal, but this vendor has a history with us and has
serviced us well.
MOVED by Drewry, SECOND by Haywood, to accept the proposal from Lincoln Life. AYE:
Hanna, Drewry, Jackson, Shanklin, Patton, Haywood, Warren, Shoemate. NAY: None.
44. Consider accepting the proposal for health and dental
care benefits third party
administrator, Blue Cross Blue Shield. Exhibits: Spreadsheet with options, copy of BCBS
proposal summary page.
Scholes stated this contract also had no extensions and was due to expire on June
th. He stated
with the RFP they also request full coverage with is covered in the attachment. He stated
is a correction in the attachment. He stated the amount of annual total cost of proposal for
Kempton should read $655,451. He stated that Blue Cross Blue Shield is the current third party
administrator and was the best bid. They will continue service with the same discounts we
receive through their network. He stated the stop loss category did improve. The cost did
a total of $50,727 versus this current year. Staff did meet with health committee members who
did agree with the recommendation.
Warren questioned on the Blue Cross Blue Shield fully funded, what does that come
out to per
Scholes stated the monthly premium would be $435 for a single employee. A single
with more than two dependents would be $1,100 per month.
Warren questioned in the self funded program we currently have, what is the cost
Scholes stated the cost is around $250.
Mitchell stated to go to a fully funded program, it would cost an additional $200
Scholes stated next year he will go out for RFP s early enough to allow providers
MOVED by Warren, SECOND by Hanna, to accept the proposal from Blue Cross Blue Shield.
AYE: Hanna, Drewry, Shanklin, Patton, Haywood, Warren. NAY: None. ABSENT: Shoemate,
Jackson. MOTION CARRIED.
45. Consider accepting the proposal for Employee Assistance
Provider. Exhibits: Spreadsheet
with options, copy of proposal summary page.
Scholes stated this is our current vendor and they also submitted the lowest bid.
MOVED by Warren, SECOND by Haywood, to accept the proposal from Deer Oaks. AYE:
Hanna, Drewry, Shanklin, Patton, Haywood, Warren. NAY: None. ABSENT: Jackson,
Shoemate. MOTION CARRIED.
1. Consider approving the construction plans and specifications
for a 10-inch waterline and an
8-inch waterline to be constructed along Cache Road, west of 40
th Street to serve Cache Road
Shopping Center. Exhibits: Location Map.
Rogalski stated the construction plans have been reviewed by staff and have found
to be in
compliance with the requirements we have. The connections to the 42-inch will have special
requirements and must be coordinated with the Public Works Department. The developer is
Rogers Commercial Properties and the consulting engineer is Landmark Engineering.
Warren questioned if this includes the hotel.
Rogalski stated this would provide water to the hotel. There is a 10-inch line
on the south side of
the center and an 8-inch line on the north side.
MOVED by Warren, SECOND by Hanna to approve the construction plans and specifications
for a 10-inch waterline and an 8-inch waterline to be constructed along Cache Road, west of 40th
Street to serve Cache Road Shopping Center. AYE: Drewry, Jackson, Shanklin, Patton,
Haywood, Warren, Shoemate, Hanna. NAY: None. MOTION CARRIED.
REPORTS: MAYOR/CITY COUNCIL/CITY MANAGER
Warren stated they need to look at teaming up with Cameron University or someone
together some type of program that they can run on cable to get the message out and clear up
misconceptions about what money is getting spent for what and how money gets co-mingled.
We really need to have some avenue to address some of those issues so that people understand
why some of these things are happening. Most people don t understand how CIP projects
paid. He suggested they team with the arts department at Cameron to put together a video so that
they can get that message.
Jackson stated they need to do this as soon as possible.
Hanna suggested they place full sheet ads in the paper telling people how money is
Mitchell stated there is a problem with spending public money.
Hanna stated there would be the same problem with giving money to Cameron.
Warren stated we could probably get it done for free at Cameron.
Haywood thanked all the donors who are supporting the Juneteenth Celebration which
on June 15
COL Uberti stated over the past few weeks there have been several young citizens
tragically killed in auto accidents. In almost every incident the deceased was not wearing a
safety belt. He stated everyone needs to remind each other to buckle up while in a car.
Warren stated the ticket for not wearing a seat belt is only $20. He suggested
they talk with their
state legislators. If they want to make an impact, they need to raise the fine and get people
Carl Dentler, Deputy Public Works Director, introduced the newly hired Traffic Engineer,
Mayor Purcell stated he and the City Manager received a letter from the Chamber of
requesting a workshop with the City Council. He suggested the evening of July 12
COL Uberti stated the Lawton-Fort Sill Coop has scheduled their summer social on July
Mayor Purcell suggested July 11
th at 6:00 p.m. He stated the Chamber would like to discuss
what the City Council expects to see in the reporting of the hotel/motel funds and the format of
their reports. He stated the City Manager has a copy of an old contract from when he and
Councilmember Shanklin sat on a committee in 1996. He stated he would have the City
Manager send everyone a copy. He asked everyone to think about the kinds of things they would
like to see in that contract.
EXECUTIVE SESSION ITEMS
Mayor Purcell stated the City Attorney has said that the next item does not need
to be done in
46. Pursuant to Section 307B.4, Title 25, Oklahoma Statutes,
consider convening in executive
session to discuss the pending workers compensation claims of Mark Pack, Case Nos., WC-2005-01214F
and WC-2005-01215J, and if necessary, take appropriate action in open session.
Vincent stated on May 29, 2007 the City Council authorized staff to enter into negotiations
possible joint petition settlement. Since the agenda was published, staff has reached a settlement
within the guidelines of the City Council direction.
MOVED by Jackson, SECOND by Hanna to approve the settlement of the Workers Comp case
styled Mark Pack vs. The City of Lawton, Case Nos., WC-2005-01214F and WC-2005-01215J
by joint petition in the amount of $50,000 and authorize the City Attorney to execute all
documents necessary to have the judgment transferred to Comanche County. AYE: Jackson,
Shanklin, Patton, Haywood, Warren, Shoemate, Hanna, Drewry. NAY: None. MOTION
There being no further business to consider, the meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m. upon
second and roll call vote.
P. PURCELL, JR., MAYOR
TRACI HUSHBECK, CITY CLERK