The Norman Transcript


January 15, 2014

University, Norman City Council come together to create new visioning committee



A steering committee made up of council members, university representatives and Norman residents will make recommendations to the city council. The steering committee will not be a decision-making body, and all of its meetings will be open to the public.

An executive subcommittee including the mayor, committee co-chair Richard McKown and university representative Daniel Pullin will administer the project, setting meeting dates, times and places. Those meetings will not be open to the public.

In other city business Tuesday night, a ballot provision to move forward with an April election on the Public Safety Sales Tax renewal drew brief debate.

Norman City Council member Robert Castleberry tried to amend the item for an August vote but was called on a point of order by Council member Greg Jungman.

The council voted 6 to 3 to move forward with the item. Castleberry and Council members Tom Kovach and Chad Williams voted against.

The resolution will not be formally adopted until approved on second reading at the next council meeting in two weeks. In the meantime, the date for the election, as well as other elements of the PSST renewal, is still up for discussion.

A public meeting at 6:30 p.m Jan. 21 at the City Council Chambers will allow for further discussion and public input.

“We still have all the options on the table,” Council member Lynne Miller said.

Miller said that stalling the item Tuesday night on first reading would have eliminated the possibility of keeping the vote on April 1. She and other council members are willing to consider an August election but, for now, want to keep options open.

The city council also adopted odd/even watering conservation as a permanent yearround strategy for the city. This measure follows suit with Oklahoma City and other municipalities that have recognized a growing water concern in the state.

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