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Government

February 19, 2014

After hearing concerns, Moore City Council unanimously denies zoning change request

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Moore —

Amenities in the proposed PUD included a clubhouse with a pool, on-site garages and three acres of open space with 95 trees and 100 shrubs. A transitional buffer of two-story garage units would have protected single-family homes from view.

In other city business, the city council heard a presentation by Dr. Chris Ramseyer, associate professor and director of the Fears lab at the University of Oklahoma. The lab conducted a study on high wind resistance, which Moore plans to use to improve building code regulations.

“The state of Oklahoma will have an EF-3, 4 or 5 every two years,” Ramseyer said.

He said recommendations, if implemented in the building code, would increase home construction costs by about $1 per square foot and that the goal is to keep homes affordable as well as safe.

The city council also approved an award for a $199,289 contract to ACS Playground Adventures Inc. for a Veterans Memorial Park playground. The playground was destroyed by the May 20 tornado. Parks Director Todd Jenson said the playground has a military theme that includes a jet fighter and a jeep.

The new playground will be paid for out of insurance proceeds and a $100,000 grant from Coca-Cola. Weather permitting, the park will be completed by May 17, prior to the one-year anniversary of the tornado.

A contract also was awarded for the replacement of the playground at Madison Place Park. That $45,000 bid went to RJR Enterprises Inc.

Jenson said that park has an animal theme and should be completed by May 20.

Joy Hampton

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