The regular meeting of the Altus Municipal Authority, followed by the regular meeting of the Altus City Council, was held in Council Chambers at the City Municipal Complex Tuesday evening. The meeting began with the Altus Fire Department, along with the help of their families, being recognized with new promotions. A badge pinning ceremony signifying their hard work and efforts was held. Firemen honored were Gregg Cross, Joe Buchanan, Tim Sullivan, Shawn Parker, Benny Barnes, Greg Nettleton, Jacob Rose, Michael Grayson, Chase Duncan, Blake Hasty, Marcus Medlock and David Monroe. The Scott’s Firefighter Combat Challenge Team Dr. Pepper was also recognized for being great ambassadors for the City of Altus and the Altus Fire Department.
Agenda items included the approval to award a $36,615 bid to WESCO Distribution of Amarillo, Texas for mount transformers, as well as a $27,030 bid for stranded black and white copper, and aluminum triplex copper. Bridgewell Resources of Dierks, Ark., was awarded the $10,693 bid for wood utility poles.
Council then directed the Public Works Director to commence preparation of a Formal Water Conservation Plan for the City of Altus, along with the help of council members John Kidwell and Chris Riffle. Following the AMA meeting, the regular City Council meeting was held.
Approval was given on changing the zoning classification of the 0.64 acre tract located south of the 1900 block of Falcon Road and adjacent to the NE corner of the Mesquite Meadows Addition to Suburban Commercial to Auto-Urban residential. Approval was also given for Boynton Williams & Associates to be the architectural firm to plan and design the new Altus Fire Department building. A mutual aid agreement between Air Evac Life team and the City of Altus was then approved.
The Code of Ordinances, City of Altus Chapter 17, for motor vehicles and traffic creating a $100 motor vehicle impoundment fee was approved. The ordinance separates from any issued citation and resulting fines, costs, or fees; creating a “Police Vehicle Equipment Fund” a special account into which all impoundment fees will be deposited; and specifying possible uses for the expenditure of funds from this account.
Council then entered into executive session to discuss employment disciplining, resignation and or separation of the city manager. No action was taken. Appraisal of real property of the 2015 Round Timber Groundwater lease agreement between Leonard and Sherry K. Spears and the City of Altus was also discussed. No action was taken.
The Mayor had no appointments or reports and there were no comments from City Council members.
Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221.