The Altus City Council gave full approval this week for a resolution authorizing the city to make an application to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce’s Strategic Military Planning Commission for a total of $181,747 to be used for the widening and improvement project to the street entering and exiting the Jasmine Gate at Altus Air Force Base — authorizing and providing 10 percent in matching funds.
The Oklahoma Legislature reacted to the federal government’s 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission or BRAC process by forming the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission with a representative from each community and allocating $250,000 per base for an assessment to help keep all Oklahoma bases open.
Dr. Joe Leverett is the Altus representative and was present at this week’s council meeting. He thanked the council, the community and everyone involved for continuing to support and maintain the positive relationship with the base. He also said Altus plays a major and very important role in the lives of our military service members and their families.
Jasmine Gate is the north exit from Altus Air Force Base housing. There is a two-lane road without shoulders, leading to Veterans Drive which is a four-lane bypass east and north of Altus, for a distance of about three-eighth’s of a mile. Altus Air Force Base leaders have asked for this to improve access through Jasmine Gate.
The cost estimate is $225,000.00, the grant request is $181,746.87 and the grant matching fund is $43,253.13.
Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221, ext. 2077