The trustees voted to: 1) award Bid #96070 Landfill Farm (crop and grazing), to the highest and best bidder, Eddie Bush of Olustee, Oklahoma, in the amount of $9,007.53 per year for a total of $36,030.12 for a four year agricultural lease; and 2) vote to approve and authorize execution by the AMA of the Lease Agreement.
They also voted in two separate motions to: 1) Accept recommendations from the Water/Environmental Committee regarding refurbishment and modification of the water treatment plants to improve quality and quantity; and 2) Authorize the Chairman to sign a Contract with SBC Consulting Engineers for necessary engineering assistance to include an approvable report to ODEQ (Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality) and required plans and specifications.
They approved to authorize the Chairman to sign a Contract with Fox and Drechsler, Inc. Of Altus for the necessary engineering to relocate the City’s “Round Timber” water line in support of an ODOT (Oklahoma Department of Transportation) project for Hwy 283 from approximately 2 miles south of Altus to near the intersection with Hwy 5.
In new business, Bob Stephenson said that OMPA will be inspecting the progress on the Tamarack substation.
The meeting adjourned at 7:22 p.m., and was immediately followed by the City Council meeting. All but Jack Smiley were present.
Items were excluded by Perry, Rick Henry and Chad Osbourne. The Council Consent Agenda was approved without them. It included: approval of minutes for the Special City Council Meeting on April 2; approval of minutes for the Regular City Council Meeting on April 3; approval of purchase order for FY 2011-2012 for the General Fund totaling $130,442.69, the Workers Comp Fund totaling $3,495.47, the Airport Fund totaling $34,490.14; the Hotel/Motel Tax Fund totaling $14,429.80, and the Emergency 911 Fund totaling $487.97; the estimated payroll for April 26, 2012 as follows: Salaries - $351,364.00, Part Time Wages - $ 15,939.00, Overtime - $ 6,125.46, Contractual Overtime - $ 12,923.08, Incentive, License Pay- $ 7,875.00, Taxes $ 30,310.00, Benefits - $125,653.00, Workers Comp - $15,086.00, for a total estimated amount of: $565,275.54; Payroll figures for March 29 (prior estimate compared to actual): Salaries - $348,075.00 to $345,680.34, Part Time Wages - $ 15,303.00 to $8,854.90, Overtime - $ 4,718.85 to $9,030.88, Mandated - $ 0.00 to $ 0.00, Contractual Overtime - $ 4,766.15 to $10,628.21, Taxes - $ 29,788.00 to $24,669.95, Benefits - $124,558.00 to $49,872.27, Workers Comp - $ 14,867.00 to $0.00, for a total amount of: $542,076.00 to $448,736.55, Percentage of Difference 17.2% lower than prior estimate. The difference between the figures for Benefits and Workers Comp was due to the third payroll of the month; this was not considered when estimate was made. Acknowledging monthly reports and minutes as follows: CableOne, City and School Swimming Pool Report, and the Fleet Maintenance Fuel Report. The excluded items were regarding a Southwest Youth Services pass-through, Hotel/Motel Tax and the Fraternal Order of Police negotiation. They were also approved.
Almost before Chief J.R. Wheeler could say anything, the council motioned and voted to approve the Altus Firefighter - Team Dr. Pepper Combat Challenge Team to conduct the “Burnout” competition during the Main Street Altus Rock ‘n’ Rumble Car Show & Cruise, May 5, at the same location as last year at Grady and Commerce Streets downtown.
They also showed their enthusiasm by voting to approve the Altus Firefighter - Team Dr. Pepper Combat Challenge Team to compete in 2012, including Regional competitions, along with National and World Championships, this fall, and the use of either Unit #30 (Fire Chief’s vehicle) or Unit #35 (Fire Marshall’s vehicle) as needed for transportation.
The council members voted to approve recommendations from the Altus Recreation Advisory Committee to the City Council concerning concessions at all City Recreation events that: 1) at Missile Park only, the City supply the product and let organizations work and receive 20% of gross profits (current practice); and 2) at Kiwanis Park, the City approve contracting concessions by sealed bid and a fee be paid to the City for the use of the Kiwanis Park facilities, with the fee to be set by the City Council.
They voted to table, based on the need for more information, on the recommendation from the Altus Recreation Advisory Committee to the City Council that the City does the hiring and payroll for officials at the minimum cost of $8.27 per hour per person, which is minimum wage plus FICA, Medicare, Workers’ Comp, which does not include $80 per person for one-time initial hiring expenses.
In a companion item to the AMA, the Council members voted to authorize the Mayor to sign a Contract with Fox and Drechsler, Inc. Of Altus for the necessary engineering to relocate the City’s “Round Timer” water line in support of an ODOT (Oklahoma Department of Transportation) project for Hwy 283 from approximately two miles south of Altus to near the intersection with Hwy 5.
Sean Garrison presented information on the concept of a business incubator. The council voted to approve the concept of partnering with the Altus/Southwest Area Economic Development Corporation (“EDC”) to create a Business Incubator Project in Altus.
Members voted to approve Resolution No. 2012-05 to accept the Altus City Planning Commission (ACPC) recommendation concerning the Final Plat for the Hunter Pointe Addition Part X. No more houses will be added to this development until a second way of exit (egress) will be made. This will be a small bridge with sidewalk. Funding will come from proceeds that needed to be spent near Altus AFB. The money is set aside for this. It will cost $110,000, with the cost being shared.
Resolution No. 2012-06 was approved to accept the Altus City Planning Commission (ACPC) recommendation concerning the Final Plat for the Heritage Homes VI Addition. Arnold Reader lives right behind the property to be developed. He had a concern regarding drainage and whether two-story homes would be built there. The drainage issues have been taken care of and Candace Willingham said most people are opting for more energy-efficient single-story homes.
In executive session council and administration heard a negotiation update between the City of Altus and the IAFF, Lodge #120. It was an update only.
In new business, Bob Stephenson reported Lake Tom Steed received a foot of water from the recent rains.
There were no Mayor’s appointments, or City Administrator’s comments.
City Council member’s comments and reports:
Scot Simco said that Council member Jack Smiley wished to relate that the information on payroll at the last meeting was revised. Instead of payroll being up by eight percent, it was actually down a little over seven percent. Scot said he appreciates everyone’s hard work. The lights on Park Avenue and Broadway are a little bit closer to operation. God bless and great work.
Rick Henry said, “Congratulations to the seventh grade Quiz Bowl Team.” His son, Reece was on the team. They made it to State and then were beaten by a three -time champ. Henry added, “The budget is coming up. Everybody roll up your sleeves.”
Rick Steen said he didn’t know if anyone had seen the storm drain on Quail Run North. The sides had fallen in. Yes, people are on it.
Mike Patterson said that’s the first time he’d heard about the roof leaking at Wilson School (the current senior center site).
Perry Shelton said that three years ago he spoke in council on that subject. He thought it’s probably another leaky area on a faulty roof.
Mayor Webb’s comments and reports included that it was a great meeting. He enjoyed having the group here. He said he thought they all understand what they need to do (regarding the senior center when funding is available).
The meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.