Water will be the most important topic this council faces, and quality is as important as quantity, he said.
“If we don’t get water right, it’s a game changer,” Heiple said.
Miller also thinks listening and talking to people on both sides of issues is key.
“I think the most important thing is to be as informed as possible,” she said.
Miller said she plans to read all of the materials presented to the council, though that can be voluminous. She said she also will talk to staff and other people to gather more information on important topics under consideration.
She believes it’s important to return phone calls from the public and hear what everyone has to say.
“It’s been so helpful to me,” she said. “People have called about the animal shelter.”
The animal shelter contract is one of the first major decisions Miller and her other new council members can expect to be faced with today.
Chamber Board Chair Andy Sherrer welcomed the council members and others in attendance, including state Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman, who is also a local business owner.
“I grew up here,” Sherrer said to the council members. “This is a place I hold near and dear. Thank you for being a part of that.”