The Norman Transcript

Government

March 19, 2013

Commissioners donate senior center to town of Lexington

NORMAN — Cleveland County Commissioners voted Monday to gift the Lexington Senior Citizen Center to the town of Lexington. County Commissioner Rusty Sullivan, the District 3 county crew and county maintenance worked with citizen volunteers last year to renovate the county owned building after it was damaged by accidental flooding.

Now, Lexington can take pride of ownership.

“It’s been a real positive thing,” said Lexington City Manager Charles McCown. “It’s a very noble gift from the Board of County Commissioners.”

The county will also be able to save money by allowing Lexington to be responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the building. Following the flooding incident in December 2011, the community rallied to help rehab the building.

Lexington resident Ken Slate spearheaded volunteer community involvement on the clean up and remodel. Slate will also coordinate a committee to manage the events for senior citizens in Lexington.

The county made full use of resources during the renovation.

“We have a team of men that have helped out on the remodel,” said McCown. “They were inmates from the correction center.”

On Friday, Sullivan will officially turn over the keys to Lexington.

McCown said Lexington seniors are very excited.

“That’s all they want to talk about,” he said.

In other county business, County Commission chair Rod Cleveland said he received word recently that Oklahoma City will work in cooperation with the county on a $1 million road project for SE 149th Street from Post Oak to Choctaw. Even though a portion of the roadway enters Norman city limits, Cleveland said Oklahoma City officials said they will pay for the asphalt because of cooperation from Norman in the past.

“That’s much-needed road work for northeast Cleveland County,” he said. “That’s nice news we got last week.”

In Monday’s meeting, commissioners also awarded a bid for social marketing to build a web site for the Cleveland County Health Department to Smirk New Media for the low bid of $6,000. Also bidding were McMahon Marketing at $20,000 and Trifecta Communications at $8,000.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Government
  • Earth Day activities continue this week

    Oklahoma is no stranger to extreme weather, but many say those extremes are even greater than before. Norman resident and biologist Kathy Rand is convinced those climate irregularities are a result of climate change caused by pollution, ...

    April 24, 2014

  • Dorman wants bipartisan appeal

    Rep. Joe Dorman said he’s proud to be a Democrat running for governor, but he hopes to garner bipartisan support. In a visit Wednesday to the Transcript, Dorman said, if elected, he wants to work across party lines like former Gove. Henry ...

    April 24, 2014

  • Council OKs $48.8M contract for wastewater plant upgrades

    The Norman City Council awarded a $48.8 million project for wastewater treatment plant upgrades Tuesday. The council accepted a $50.3 million low-interest loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund....

    April 23, 2014

  • Craft breweries new category of Okla. made

    Norman will now recognize Oklahoma brewers to allow craft breweries to operate under special licensing. On Tuesday, the city council approved the creation of an additional category of Oklahoma Brewer to the city’s fee schedule for ...

    April 23, 2014

  • City home first to include gray water system

    Neighbors are likely to be green with envy when Allen and Sallie Ahlert have a beautiful lawn and garden without paying extra for city water in the future. That’s because the Ahlerts are including a gray water system in the new home they ...

    April 22, 2014

  • Anti-abortion picketers target Moore schools

    MOORE — Moore City Council member Robert Krows said problems with picketers at schools have gravitated from Norman to Moore and parents are concerned....

    April 22, 2014

  • Oklahoma receives $77.18M tobacco settlement payment

    Oklahoma recieved $77.18 million in annual payments from the tobacco industry under the national Master Settlement Agreement. With the latest receipts, Oklahoma has received $1.16 billion since payments began in 1999. State Treasurer Ken ...

    April 22, 2014

  • Congressman Cole reflects on recovery

    Congressman Tom Cole’s home in Moore was not hit by the May 20 tornado but it came pretty close. His wife has made it clear she wants a saferoom, he said. In a visit to the Transcript on Friday afternoon, Cole talked about tornado ...

    April 19, 2014

  • Oklahoma Water Resources Board grants Norman low-interest loan for facility upgrade

    Norman has been authorized for a $50.3 million loan from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board to fund Phase 2 of the Norman Water Reclamation Facility upgrade. “It’s the single largest loan OWRB has made,” Norman Mayor Cindy Rosenthal said. ...

    April 17, 2014

  • General fund continues to decline as expenses exceed anticipated revenues

    Norman’s expenses will again outstrip projected revenue in the current budget before the city council. The budget for the fiscal year that starts in July and ends June 30, 2015, projects $210,982,020 in total revenues and $213,436,778 in ...

    April 16, 2014