The Norman Transcript

Government

June 26, 2013

Year in the city coming to close

It was a quiet — and relatively short — last meeting for Norman City Council members who will be rotating off the council at the end of June.

Next week, Norman will formally thank and bid adieu to outgoing council members Roger Gallagher, Dave Spaulding and Linda Lockett. The reception will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday, with comments by the mayor at 5:30.

Three newly elected council members — Ward 1 Greg Heiple, Ward 5 Lynne Miller, and Ward 7 Stephen Tyler Holman — will be sworn in at 6 p.m.

With a controversial high-density project proposed for Asp Avenue in Campus Corner withdrawn from the city agenda, this week’s council meeting proceeded smoothly.

Norman updated its water well permitting with requirements to protect wells from contamination, protect the aquifer and monitor the amount of water withdrawn to make sure those amounts comply with the limits imposed by the state. The issue of private water wells came to a head as Oklahoma moved into its third season of drought earlier this year. At that time, home owners associations and private individuals were looking toward private wells as a possible solution to limited water supply.

While state laws do not allow municipalities to prevent landowners from digging private wells, towns and cities may regulate and permit those wells. The cost of a permit in Norman is $50.

In other city business, the council approved the Norman Convention and Visitor’s Bureau budget. Approval had been withheld at an earlier meeting because council members wanted a more detailed budget than had previously been submitted.

An increase in the hotel/motel tax recently approved by voters means an increase in funding to the NCVB.

Council member Tom Kovach said he expected to see the payoff from this investment in the tourism agency through an increase in room stays, generating even more hotel tax income.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Government
  • 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

  • County hears presentation on employment opportunities

    The Cleveland County Board of Commissioners listened to a presentation Monday to consider partnering with a nonprofit that provides employment opportunities for prison inmates re-entering the community. Patrick Viklund, Center for ...

    April 15, 2014

  • Drilling operation shows policy gap

    While Norman residents are being encouraged to use rain barrels, a Texas oil and gas company is pumping thousands of gallons of treated drinking water into the ground. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission controls permits for drilling, ...

    April 12, 2014