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January 31, 2010

City to get new aerial photos

The Norman City Council approved a contract during its regular meeting Tuesday at City Hall that will secure new aerial photographs of the city, which staff frequently use to conduct day-to-day business.

The city, part of a large group that includes Oklahoma City, Edmond and Moore, will pay about $110,000 for the new images, which haven't been updated since 2005.

Joyce Green, manager of the city's Geographic Information System division, said the work was originally expected to cost more than $200,000.

According to documents provided by the city, the new images can be used to reflect new construction or other changes to the terrain caused by ice and flooding. The data also can be used to dispute findings of the U.S. Bureau of Commerce -- which affect how much federal funding the city receives -- following this year's census.

City documents show the aerial images can be used to calculate the amount of impervious area present on an individual piece of property, which could factor into the Storm Water Master Plan if an impervious surface fee is put in place.

Council approved two appointments made by Mayor Cindy Rosenthal, one to the city's Library Board and one to the Enforcement Authority.

Rosenthal appointed Steven McKinzey to the Library Board, where he'll serve from Jan. 26 to May 1, 2012. McKinzey replaces Darin Savage, who is no longer eligible to serve.

The mayor appointed Nina Flannery to the Enforcement Authority, where she'll serve from Jan. 26 to Sept. 1, 2011. Flannery fills the unexpired term of Dee Crockett.

The council honored City of Norman employees with 25 years of service, including Rick Bacon, K.C. Day, Brent Hopkins, Tim McDermott, Kim Mitchell and Joe Smith of the Norman Fire Department; Lisa Krieg of Planning and Community Development; Tom Easley, Carolyn Glover, Mike Isaac, Jim Maisano, George Mauldin and Rick Sellars of the Norman Police Department.

Others honored for 25 years of service include Vondale Salem of the Finance Department; Thomas Grady, James Jones, Preston White and Richard Rodgers of the Street Division; Steven Hardeman of the Wastewater Treatment Plant; and Ralph Cagigal of the Westwood Golf Course.

Andrew Knittle 366-3540 aknittle@normantranscript.com

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