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June 4, 2013

Moore city budget likely to change

NORMAN — The Moore City Council approved an $89.7 million budget with no fund balance used and no public comments, but most of the discussion at Monday night’s city council meeting focused on tornado response and recovery.

“When we have a tornado in Moore, everyone becomes a first responder,” Mayor Glenn Lewis said.

Council members were appreciative of residents, first responders, city staff, FEMA crews, volunteers and churches. The local response at Moore was particularly strong, council members said.

“We’re incredibly grateful to FEMA, but we didn’t wait for them to came take care of us,” council member Mark Hamm said. “We’re taking care of ourselves. We’re independent.”

Despite unanimous and uncontested approval of the city budget for FY 2013, which begins July 1, City Manger Stephen Eddy acknowledged that changes are inevitable because of the tornado.

“There will be significant changes to the budget,” Eddy said. “We will be watching our revenue stream.”

The May 20 tornado hit a large portion of Moore’s economic core, but affected businesses are reopening daily. Still, those closures are likely to impact sales tax revenue.

 A $2.6 million general obligation bond project for the reconstruction of Broadway Avenue form Northeast Fifth Street to Northeast 18th Street was awarded to Silver Star Construction. Lewis asked if the project would be too much for Silver Star, the Moore-based company that also is doing the city’s tornado debris removal.

Eddy said the road improvement work order will be postponed until truck traffic associated with the tornado is out of town and most of the debris removal has been completed.

City council members also awarded a bid for disaster debris monitoring services to Executive Recovery Group. While competitive bidding was waived because of the disaster emergency, the city took six proposals by phone.

“We looked at all six of the proposals,” Eddy said. “Any of those six would do a good job of this. ”

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