ALTUS — The rock anthem “I Can’t Drive Fifty-Five” could take on new meaning soon for motorists who put the pedal to the metal on North Main between Tamarack Road and Heritage Park 7 Theatres.
The Altus City Council on Tuesday night gave the go-ahead for Altus Police Chief Mike Patterson to take steps to reduce the speed limit in that rapidly developing commercial area.
The issue was brought up by Councilman Bobby Richardson during the regular meeting of the council Dec. 6, and since that time Patterson has followed up on it.
Given that Main Street is a U.S. highway — 283 — the Oklahoma Department of Transportation must first conduct a traffic survey of the span of road and agree to the change.
In other action, the Municipal Trust Authority and City Council tabled action to fund participation in the “Waterwise” program and to add to it an electric conservation measure. The program, which together with the electric conservation component would cost some $10,000, works with local schools and students to promote water conservation and, according to Altus Middle School Principal Robert Bowers meets math and science objectives at the 6th grade level.
Altus Public Works Director Robert Stephenson suggested that consideration of the funding be tabled and included as a line item for the next year. “Due to the cost and due to the scheduling difficulty, although it is workable,” Stephenson said, “I would recommend that we put this off and try and include it in the next academic year.”
Mayor T.L. Gramling made several presentations to retiring and outstanding employees. They are Street Department Supervisor Ramiro Martinez, employee of the year; Personnel Assistant Marsha Sanders, employee of the quarter for October, November and December; Personnel Director Candy Richardson, department head of the year; Utilities Manager Sally Doughty, who is retiring after 33 years; and Terry Cary, of the Sanitation Department, who is retiring after 28 years.