Fiscal year 2015-16 City budget approved

Tuesday, June 16, the Altus Municipal Authority and City Council held regular meetings in Council chambers. Both meetings opened with a public hearing of the proposed Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Budget. Resolution No. 2015-20, adopting the combined budgets of the City of Altus Municipal Authority for the Fiscal Year 2015-16, including but not limited to the Enterprise Fund and Internal Service Funds, was approved by Council.

The AMA consent agenda was approved, including the June 2, meeting minutes, receipt of claims list, invoice from Pope Contracting, Inc. in the amount of $65,360 for the Altus High School Renovation Project, Resolution No. 2015-21. authorizing and renewing a lease agreement with Southwest Ready-mix for property located in the Bar-S Industrial Park addition, and, Resolution No. 2015-22, authorizing and renewing and agreement for Economic Development Services between the Altus Municipal Authority and the Altus/Southwest Area Economic Development Corporation (EDC) for Fiscal Year 2015-2016, in the amount of $250,000.

Under Section 2-111 of the Altus Code, Council voted and granted approval to allow the City Manager or designee to negotiate the sale price of Nona Substations 69 kV S&C Circuit Switcher Series 2000 Model, serial number 88-10421 to OMPA for their Kingfisher Substation. Furthermore, approval was granted to declare surplus all equipment at Nona Substation, except the batteries, charger unit in the battery house, and to advertise for sale either by sealed bids, open market, or other methods.

Authorization was given for the purchase of a used sideloader trash truck not to exceed $70,000 from Southwestern Equipment of Justin, Texas, with funding from the AMA Capital Outlay Fund.

There was no new business for the AMA meeting.

During the City Council meeting, Resolution No. 2015-23, adopting the combined budgets of the City of Altus for the Fiscal Year 2015-2016, including but not limited to the General Fund, Special Revenue Funds, Capital Project Funds, Expendable Trust Funds and Debt Service Funds. was approved.

Diane Goodson stood before Council informing of her Juneteenth celebration to be held this coming Friday and Saturday at Willard and MLK. (See tomorrow’s edition for the Juneteenth story.)

The City Council consent agenda was approved.

The selection of Boynton Williams and Associates as the architectural firm to plan, design, and manage the remodeling of the old school library (the Dr. Morris Foster building), for hte purpose of serving as the new Senior Citizens Centers, to be funded from MAPS, was approved.

Council approved the Memorandum of Agreement between the City of Altus and the District 3 Task Force for a Multi-Jurisdiction Drug Task Force for the period of July 1, 2015 until June 30, 2016.

In the matter of amending Section 28-121 (c) State-1 Drought Watch, of the Altus Code of the Emergency Ordinance, to change the language related to Stage 1 being terminated by the Mayor by deleting “shall” and inserting alternate language, “may with City Council approval”, to be consistent with Termination of Stage 2 and 3 Water Conservation; as well as the Emergency Section, approval was granted.

The Mayor’s final comments of the night was to announce that there will be a prayer walk around Altus in September.

During the City Manager’s comments, recognition was given to Freddie Perez, Altus Parks and Rec, and Chad Osborne, Street Commissioner, for teaming up to clean up around the reservoir.

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