The Norman Transcript


April 9, 2014

Schools officials ask council members to protect students from overzealous protesters



“I’ve looked at the boundaries and it seems that the picketers are making themselves known on public access,” Council member Jim Griffith said.

He suggested that picketing be confined to across the street, rather than using a set distance.

“I’m in support of this, but I think we need to be as precise as we can,” Mayor Cindy Rosenthal said.

City attorneys took notes of suggestions by council members and will bring the matter back for further discussion at an upcoming study session.

Williams asked for public input before the city council moves forward, and Heiple agreed that the topic warrants public discussion before the council approves a resolution.

In other city business, the council unanimously approved condemnation of a deteriorated building at 104 W. Symmes St., a zoning change and preliminary plat at Tecumseh Road and 12th Avenue Northeast, and special use for a church at 3308 Broce Court.

Revitalization Manager Linda Price said the building on Symmes Street had been owned by Cleveland County. The county disposed of it sometime between 2005 and 2007 and the current owner has yet to put it on a foundation. The building has continued to deteriorate over the course of the years.

“There has been no effort to obtain a building permit to get it on a permanent foundation,” Rice said.

She does not know if it can be brought back to safe standards. Neighbors have complained about the structure for years. Price said there have been multiple contacts over several years with the owner being indecisive on what to do with the building.

“We really think it presents a hazard to kids in the neighborhood,” Price said.

In the zoning and preliminary site plan issue, city council members questioned the applicant Landmark Land LLC’s representative Tom McCaleb extensively about including trails for connectivity to a park, a future school site and a commercial corner. They also asked that an oil well on the site be secured for safety.

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