NORMAN — The Moore City Council returned to normal business at Monday night’s meeting, dealing with zoning change requests and appointments to the parks board. The majority of city business, however, continues to deal with tornado recovery and cleanup — a fact of life this Cleveland County city won’t escape any time soon.
Mayor Glenn Lewis said he still wants to require safe rooms in new construction, especially in multi-housing dwellings such as apartments and senior living centers. He asked for the item to be on the next agenda.
Lewis said if he could, he would require new school construction to have safe rooms.
Economic Development Director Diedre Ebrey told the city council that Moore is open for business, including businesses in a heavily damaged strip center. The restaurant Hummus has reopened.
Ebrey said it’s important for Moore residents to remember to shop local and support local businesses.
“We have not slowed down,” Ebrey said. “We are taking calls constantly from developers interested in the area.”
New businesses coming soon include Oliveto Bistro, which will be a locally owned and operated franchise, and Old School Bagel Cafe. Ebrey also said the Warren Theatre was busy this weekend and reports it has had amazing attendance.
Council member Mark Hamm said he went to the Warren and actually found out that some movies had been sold out.
Recovery continues. A land lease with the U.S. Postal Service at 1600 S. Broadway for a temporary postal service location was approved by the council. When the May 20 tornado hit, 23 people were inside the Moore Post Office. The facility and 11 of its vehicles were destroyed; no one inside the Moore Branch Office was injured.
A temporary new construction moratorium was approved at the request of city staff for the tornado affected area bounded by south 21st Street on the south, south Santa Fe Avenue on the west, south Fourth Street on the north, and Sunnylane on the east. City staff reported that 19 neighborhoods were affected by the tornado, including some older neighborhoods where some of the current city codes do not apply.