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Government

January 9, 2013

Council approves sewer contract

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NORMAN —

Starting the dialogue with ODEQ will get the bureaucratic process started.

“The reuse conversation is an important one,” Mayor Cindy Rosenthal said. “What I’m concerned about is that we heard right before Christmas that the COMCD is looking at two phases with the Moore plant. Moore wants to know who would pay for modifications to that city’s infrastructure.”

Council member Roger Gallagher made a motion to postpone for two years.

“You voted ‘yes’ for it six months ago,” Council member Robert Castleberry said. “I want to know what has changed.”

Council member Dave Spaulding said Norman voters have said the plant should be built.

“I don’t know why we continue to thumb our nose at the voters,” Spaulding said. “I’m not in favor of postponing this at all.”

Council member Chad Williams asked about the shelf life of the study.

“The parts that don’t change would definitely have a good shelf life,” Komiske said

“The price tag on that plant is about $100 million,” Council member Greg Jungman said.

Jungman said he wants to settle the land use process and see if there is a future service area in that basin first.

“I’d be for putting the whole thing on the ballot as soon as possible,” Jungman said.

Gallagher changed his motion to postpone the matter until the second meeting in April after the water study is completed.

“One of you has expressed tonight the classic strategy of study and stall,” Heiple said. “That is typical of what has happened to north plant. People are trying to get it postponed until the election. Please vote on this contract.”

“Those of us who have had small businesses live in a very fluid world, but decisions must be made,” Council member Linda Lockett said. “I think it’s important that we make this decision.”

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