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April 9, 2014

Schools officials ask council members to protect students from overzealous protesters

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NORMAN —

McCaleb agreed to all of the requests, and Council member Greg Jungman proposed amendments to include trail access. The property also was zoned downward from medium and high density to low density. A small portion of the commercial section also was zoned to low density.

Montoro Ridge will include 67 single-family lots. City staff and the planning commission recommended approval.

The church zoning was open and shut with no protests and few questions by the council.

Attorney Sean Rieger represented the applicant, Norman New Life Bible Church. He said the church will have twice the number of parking spaces required by city code and that there had been no protests from the community. City staff and the planning commission recommended approval.

Public questions were limited Tuesday night with a card system enacted for the first time for council consent agenda items.

Because the consent agenda is designed to move quickly without excessive comment, the pubic had to fill out a form with questions ahead of time and only questions that were deemed germane to the agenda items were addressed.

Some members of the public said they did not like the cards, which are meant to be a time saver. It is not uncommon for council meetings to run several hours long.

Public questions and comments still were allowed during the regular agenda and at the end of the meeting. Several members of the public expressed concern that the city is selling water to a company that is using it for hydrofracturing.

Margaret Walker said using potable water for fracking takes that water out of the water supply because it becomes so contaminated, it is too costly to clean it. The process mixes sand and chemicals and is injected at high pressure to create fractures to recover natural gas or petroleum.

City staff does not have the authority to deny the water purchase under current city guidelines.

Joy Hampton

366-3544

jhampton@

normantranscript.com

 

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