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Government

March 11, 2014

Candidates for council wards turn out for forum

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NORMAN —

Other topics under discussion at the forum were a potential budget shortfall, quality of life issues and water.

Following are a few highlights of candidate’s ideas and answers.

Ward 2: “I don’t feel like public safety jobs should be funded temporarily if the job is permanent,” Clint Williams said.

Leal agreed that public safety jobs should be supported and said as a soldier fighting overseas, he also understood the importance of having the right equipment.

Karjala said she has spoken to retired firefighters and police officers while out knocking doors and called the PSST proposal “a step in the right direction.”

“I’d hope we would have the best-equipped force in the state,” Caissie said, though he objects to monitoring with drones and believes in protecting the Fourth Amendment.

Caissie wants the city to negotiate with Indian tribes for a pipeline to Atoka. He also suggested drilling more water wells.

“There are places in the state of Oklahoma not far from us that have more quality issues than we have,” Karjala said.

She said water is not an infinite resource and the city should charge what quality water is worth.

“We can take a look at a treatment facility on the north side,” Leal said.

While a wastewater plant has been proposed for the north side of town, a water treatment plant has not come under discussion previously.

Leal said there is no single answer on quantity and that conservation education is important.

Williams said there are times in the summer that Norman water has taste and smell issues, and quality is important. He said “reuse is a big solution” for future quantity needs.

Ward 4: “This was one of the most challenging issues we had during the two years I was on (the) council,” Jungman said of the PSST ballot measure. “My focus was to put something good on the ballot.”

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