City Council will revisit municipal building sidewalk tonight

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The Altus City Council will revisit a proposal to add a sidewalk and possible parking area on the north side of the city’s municipal building during its regularly scheduled meeting today at 6 p.m.

A sidewalk that was originally designed to complete the municipal building layout would have eliminated a parking area on Martin Luther King Avenue where people often park to visit Cooter’s Garage and Towing as well as city hall. The council voted on July 16 to begin that construction. The original cost estimate for the project was $13,100.

The original drawings had the sidewalk maneuvering around underground access to utility lines. At the same time, Mayor Jack Smiley discussed how a fire hydrant was placed in the middle of a handicapped access to the sidewalk. In a split vote, the council decided to get more information on the feasibility of making corrections to the handicapped ramp, retaining the parking areas and moving the sidewalk just south of the parking spots with one zig zag instead of two to get around the utilities.

On July 24, during a special meeting, the city council voted to halt that project that had been passed until more information was available about redesigning the area including a new cost estimate. The city council directed Street Commissioner Chad Osborne and City Engineer John Barron to revisit the sidewalk construction to determine the cost of a revised construction plan that would retain the parking spots and move the sidewalk just south of the parking spots.

In other action, the city council will discuss and possibly vote on:

  • whether to accept an engagement letter for the city’s audit with the firm of FSW&B CPAs of Stillwater;
  • whether to appoint a person on the board of directors to the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority;
  • whether to rezone property at 200 W. Tamarack from Auto-Urban to Suburban Commercial;
  • whether to reduce the city’s customer charges for renewable energy sources beginning in October. Acting City Manager Gary Jones said customers who provide solar power are charged more for basic service than other customers and a council member has requested making it the same as other customers;
  • whether to approve a revision to the city’s Animal and Fowls code to add a clause entitled “Procedures if animal is vicious.” Jones said current policy says that vicious animals will be euthanized. A council member has requested that policy be altered to be able to use discretion on whether an animal should be euthanized; and
  • whether to extend for six months the city police department’s 12-hour work days for police officers.

The Altus Municipal Authority, the same group of council members, will meet either before or after the city council meeting. It is expected to also vote on a possible auditor and vote on whether to approve a bid of $34,500 to Traffic Engineering Consultants

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