Council may vote on City Manager position again Tuesday

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After sending out a Altus City Council agenda late Friday, City Clerk Debbie Davis sent out a revised edition on Monday that added an executive session to discuss the employment of City Manager Janice Cain and whether to declare a vacancy in her position.

A group of newly elected council members tried to oust Cain in a June 4 meeting but gave no reason. The council voted 5-4 to keep her.

Council members who support her say she has made the city work more professionally. They say she has brought in quality department heads and helped the city balance its books. Cain has been city manager for three years. Following the June 4 meeting, city council member Dwayne Martin said the move to oust her was not reflective of the executive session they had prior to the vote.

Council members John Womack, Perry Shelton, Jon Kidwell, Doyle Jencks and Martin voted to retain her. Mayor Jack Smiley, Vice Mayor Robert Garrison, Roberta Brady-Lee and Patricia Blackman voted to oust her.

The other item listed in the executive session includes discussing police union negotiations.

Other items listed in the regular session are:

  • to discuss and vote on Ordinance No. 2019-14 about the use of certain motorized vehicles in city parks and on roadways. The revised edition removes cycle and bicycle from the list of banned vehicles; and
  • to discuss and vote on whether to purchase voter receiver sites to improve the Altus Police Department Radio System and to purchase and install the supporting voter-receiver tower for better radio coverage.

The regular meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. The Altus Municipal Authority, which consists of the same people as the city council, meets following the City Council meeting.

In another agenda change late Monday to the Altus Municipal Authority agenda, an item to declare a state of emergency with regard to the Water Treatment Pump Station, there is an item to vote on whether to use Authority funds of as much as $300,000 to protect and safeguard the health, safety and welfare of the community.

Commentary for the agenda item states that four pumps recently quit working leaving only two pumps operational. The pumps are vital to keep the water pressure high. If the water pressure gets too low, the city would have to issue a boil water notice. The staff wants to speed the process to prevent that from happening.

City Council meets at 4:45 p.m. in the Frisco Room in what is being called a “work session” to discuss a city ethics policy and to review a Wildan Financial Rate Analysis for Sanitation, Landfill and Sanitary Sewer service.

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