The Norman Transcript

Government

December 11, 2012

Hello, Legacy Park; good-bye, granary

NORMAN — The impending demolition of the old Rhodes granary at 602 N. Santa Fe and plans for the construction of Legacy Park are among the items of business coming before city leaders this week.

The Norman City Council will begin discussions about construction of Legacy Park at 5:30 tonight during the City Council Conference at city hall. Discussions also will continue regarding a possible increase in the hotel/motel room tax during the study session.

At the regular 6:30 meeting, city council members will likely approve a demolition contract for the granary. Funding is provided for the project in the FY 2013 Capital Improvement Program Budget, according to city staff reports. The site was purchased by the city in 2008 as a potential site for a new library.

“It’s been becoming costly to secure and police,” said Mayor Cindy Rosenthal. “It makes sense to take it down. We’re going to have to demolish is at some point. It will become an important piece of the city hall complex at some point.”

Staff reviewed bids and recommends the bid be awarded to the low bidder, M & M Wrecking, Inc. for $104,000. Also bidding were Midwest Wrecking, $107,270; RTS Shearing $138,260; and Precision Demolition $192,733.

The city council is also expected to approve the receipt of $68,160 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency as reimbursement for damages sustained during the severe weather outbreak on May 10-13, 2010, when tornados and strong winds hit Norman.

The city submitted claims totaling $547,253, 75 percent of which is eligible for FEMA reimbursement. Expected reimbursements total $410,440. So far, the city has received $408,963. The state also operates a public assistance program that provides for 12.5 percent of the remaining 25 percent cost share not covered by FEMA, according to city staff reports

In other city business, Switzer’s Locker Room, L.L.C., requested a rezoning at 3180 S. Classen Boulevard from A-2, Rural Agricultural District, to I-1, Light Industrial District to enlarge the storage facilities on the lot south of this tract. Approximately 1.76 acres would be affected. At the Nov. 8 meeting, the Planning Commission recommended that this ordinance and the companion preliminary plat be approved in an 8-0 vote.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Government
  • Earth Day activities continue this week

    Oklahoma is no stranger to extreme weather, but many say those extremes are even greater than before. Norman resident and biologist Kathy Rand is convinced those climate irregularities are a result of climate change caused by pollution, ...

    April 24, 2014

  • Dorman wants bipartisan appeal

    Rep. Joe Dorman said he’s proud to be a Democrat running for governor, but he hopes to garner bipartisan support. In a visit Wednesday to the Transcript, Dorman said, if elected, he wants to work across party lines like former Gove. Henry ...

    April 24, 2014

  • City and state briefs

    Election filing Oklahoma’s conservation districts will have an election for board members on the 87 local conservation district boards of directors across the state. The local conservation district board is made up of five individuals who ...

    April 24, 2014

  • 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