Council to discuss progress on Central Fire Station

By Katrina Goforth -

Though they meet as separate bodies, the Altus Municipal Authority and Altus City Council are comprised of the same members and meet consecutively on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Altus Municipal Complex at 509 S. Main St. The next meeting is scheduled for this evening.

The council plans to discuss progress on the Altus Fire and Rescue Central Station, placement of school-day speed zones and the 2018 City Council meeting schedule.

The Altus Fire and Rescue Central Station project began Nov. 3, 2015, when the Altus City Council awarded a contract to Boynton Williams and Associates Architects of Norman to design the new Central Fire Station. A contract with Joe D. Hall of Elk City was approved by the council Dec. 15, 2015, for both the Altus Senior Activity Center and Central Fire Station.

Since then, final designs plans and specifications were issued, the council authorized Joe D. Hall to advertise construction bids based on an estimated construction cost of $6.9 million and bids were received by the City of Altus.

In response to 25 separate bid packages, 99 bids were received and reviewed by Joe D. Hall. On Nov. 29, Joe D. Hall requested that 25 bid packages be awarded for a guaranteed maximum construction cost of $6,613,997. The City of Altus is seeking to amend the existing contract with Joe D. Hall to reflect these changes.

Chief Tim Murphy, acting in his capacity as the traffic engineer for the city, is asking that 20 mph school zone signs that were put in place in late October for temporary purposes become permanent on school days only. The signs located north and south of the 99 block of Carver Road are for the safety and welfare of the children, parents, staff and visitors at Headstart Lincoln Center, according to Chief Murphy.

The council also plans to consider the 2018 City Council meeting schedule which includes changes to the number of times the council meets monthly and the time of the meetings.

According to the proposed 2018 schedule, meetings would be held once a month on the first Tuesday instead of twice a month and begin at 6 p.m. at the Altus Municipal Complex at 509 S, Main St. in the Council Chambers.

The new schedule includes meetings on Jan. 2, Feb. 6, March 6, April 3, May 1, June 5, July 3, Aug. 7, Sept. 4, Oct. 2, Nov. 6 and Dec. 4, 2018.

Following the City Council meeting, the Altus Municipal Authority meeting is scheduled with discussion to authorize city staff to issue bid solicitations for maintenance at the Altus Water Treatment Plant.

The bids would be for the replacement of reverse osmosis membrane canisters. The Reverse Osmosis Plant has been in daily operation since April 2016. The membranes are beginning to show signs of wear, according to Public Works Director Johnny Barron, but are not yet in critical stages of wear.

The estimated budget is $600,000 to replace all three membranes including material cost, installation and contingency funds. Proposed funding of the replacement membranes would come from Water Settlement Funds.

For more information, contact City Clerk Debbie Davis at 580-481-2202.

By Katrina Goforth

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