By Joy Hampton
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — The Norman City Council formally accepted the proposed Norman Regional Health System budget at Tuesday’s city council meeting. The budget was delayed because of tornado damage resulting in the loss of the Moore Medical Center.
The health system had $26.2 million in excess of revenue over expenses in Fiscal Year 2013, which ended June 30.
The loss of Moore Medical, however, is indicating a leaner margin for next year, and the FY 2014 budget is predicting $10.1 million in revenue over expenses for next year.
Mayor Cindy Rosenthal also made two proclamations Tuesday, one to recognize Crop Hunger Walk Day on Oct. 6 and one to recognize Sept. 23 as Family Day.
Church World Service-sponsored CROP Walks are a part of community life for more than 2,000 towns and cities in the United States, bringing together people of different faiths and diverse cultures.
The local walk provides support for Norman’s Food and Shelter Inc. The annual Cleveland County CROP Walk has been part of the Norman community for more than 30 years. The Cleveland County CROP Walk has raised more than $150,000 in the past 10 years to fight hunger locally and globally.
Family Day declaration: Sharing family meals might be more important than many people realize. The use of illegal and prescription drugs and the abuse of alcohol and nicotine constitute the greatest threats to the well-being of America’s children, but 17 years of surveys conducted by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University have consistently found that the more often children and teenagers eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to engage in those undesirable activities.
In recognition that family dinners have long constituted a substantial pillar of family life in America, the mayor proclaimed Sept. 23 as Family Day — a day to eat dinner with residents’ children in the city of Norman.
In other city business: The mayor appointed Randy Laffoon to the Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau’s governing board. Because NCVB primary funding is provided through the collection of hotel/motel taxes on rooms rented in Norman, the city is allowed to make appointments to the board. Laffoon has served previously.
The city council also accepted a $1,355 grant from the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality for reimbursement for the purchase of recycling containers for special events.
To promote recycling at special events, the Utilities Department purchased 75 portable recycling containers and two transporters from Recycle Clear.
These containers can be checked out by the public through the Environmental Services Division for use at special events. The grant covered 25 percent of the cost of the containers.