The Norman Transcript


January 23, 2013

Council calls vote on tax increase



Earlier council members, meeting in study session, discussed curbside recycling and the current contract with Waste Management Inc. Council members seemed to lean toward city crews taking over the services for the 29,500 residential customers.

Officials asked for more information and plan to bring the matter up at a future study session. Several council members indicated that they wanted the recycling expanded to apartments.

In other action Tuesday, council members:

· Amended the city’s land use plan to allow construction of a 9,100-square-foot Dollar General store on the northeast corner of Porter Avenue and Woodcrest Drive. Council members and citizens quizzed the applicant about lighting, fencing, landscaping and truck delivery traffic.

· Approved contracts for homeless prevention and housing relocation services through the Oklahoma Department of Commerce with Food and Shelter, $50,000; East Main Place, $100,000; Women’s Resource Center, $100,000; Salvation Army Inc., $100,000 and Thunderbird Clubhouse, $100,000.

· Proclaimed Feb. 9 as Mardi Gras Day in Norman. The 19th annual parade will be at 7 p.m. in downtown Norman on Main Street. An estimated 4,000 persons attended last year’s parade. The event, which includes a canned food drive, benefits Food and Shelter.

· Appointed 45 residents to four comprehensive transportation plan subcommittees. They include Charles Hollingsworth, Joe Sparks, Jim Adair, Robin Allen, Stephen Koranda, Suzanne McAuley, Bill Nations, Charlie Nicholson, Rainey Powell, Chuck Thompson, Chris Applegate, Brad Worster, Roger Brown, Evan Dunn, John High, David Huddleston, Marguerite Larson, Gary Miller, Mark Nanny, Jennifer Newell, Renee O’Leary, Larry Walker, Doug Myers, Tom Sherman, Mary Albert, Rachel Butler, Teresa Capps, Marion Hutchison, Richard McKown, Chris Nanny, Cody Ponder, Linda Shannon, Karleen Smith, Evan Stair, Walt Strong, Nick Hathaway, Jim Bailey, Harold Brooks, Chris Davis, Dr. John Dyer, Harold Heiple, Rick Nagel, Joe Lester, Eddie Sims and Joe Lester.

· Approved the purchase of seven Hewlett-Packard laptop computers for $7,327 for the city’s Department of Planning and Community Development.

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