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April 10, 2013

Council approves hospital bond refinance

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Some developers say high-density projects may not be financially feasible with those height limitations. The Risser project on Asp has gone through many changes and has been postponed several times, both at the Planning Commission level and the city council level.

Currently that property is occupied by the Norman Economic Development Coalition and others in NEDC’s business accelerator, eTec. The eTec provides 10,000 square feet of business space to assist new technology companies.

One option is for NEDC to stay in that location, but even if the offices relocate, Executive Director Don Wood said NEDC is not taking a position on the project. NEDC has a second business accelerator on Flood Avenue.

Another controversial zoning issue postponed at Tuesday’s meeting was a request to allow a former single-family residence at 1515 W. Main St. to be converted to a private school.

The home was purchased so a Waldorf-based educational system school, Rose Rock School, could be established on the site. The current zoning for the site is R-1, single-family residential, and a special use must be granted to allow for the school on the property, according to city staff notes.

Opposition to the school from neighbors has focused on traffic issues when children are dropped off and picked up.

Following the regular meeting, the city council went into executive session to discuss two items: pending litigation, Chavez vs. the city of Norman, and the city manager’s evaluation.

Court records indicate Jose Chavez is a former Norman police officer. He resigned and believed he would be paid a percentage for unused sick leave but was not. He filed suit and the court found in his favor on Sept. 19, 2012. District Judge Tom Landrith noted that the Collective Bargaining Agreement police have with the city is “silent on the issue of the payment of sick leave to city employees who resign.”

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