Norman City Council heads to the chambers tonight

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A crowd fills the Norman City Council chambers during a University North Park study session in May. Five candidate forums have been confirmed for the upcoming mayoral and odd-numbered ward election on Feb. 12. Four of them will take place at city hall.

The Norman City Council will consider proposed changes to center city form-based code on the consent docket during a meeting at 6:30 p.m. today in the Municipal Building Council Chambers.

This will be a first reading for the council before the second reading and vote. The city council will vote on a consent docket for 27 items on the agenda.

The public will have a chance to see the amendments that are proposed, but the time for public comment is more directed toward July 23 during the second reading and vote.

These amendments have been presented to the council already during the previous study session. An ad hoc committee made up of a city council member and property owners have compiled the changes proposed and will present the final version to the council.

The administrative delay on the CCFBC will expire July 29, after the final vote by council.

Another item is the council’s approval or rejection of a contract between the Norman Municipal Authority and American Ramp Company, which will allow for the construction project to begin for Andrews Park Skate Park. The project amounts to $900,000.

Outside of the consent docket, the final item on the docket is a motion to adjourn into executive session to discuss the pending litigation with activist Matthew Casey Holcomb vs. Ward 4 council member Bill Hickman.

Holcomb filed the lawsuit early in February alleging that Hickman, who was acting as a moderator of the Ward 4 Facebook page, was violating Holcomb’s First Amendment rights by censoring his Facebook comments.

The lawsuit came about just before the mayoral election on Feb. 12. At the time, Hickman said it was just one of many personal attacks and nothing more than political theater intended to damage his mayoral campaign.

"This is a frivolous lawsuit and nothing more than last-minute theatrics to try to influence the outcome of an election," Hickman said in a written statement. "The ward pages in Norman were created by citizens and political activists and are not official pages of the city or any city officials. In fact, neither I nor any city official has access to the information requested in the lawsuit.”

Also outside of the consent docket, Mayor Breea Clark will proclaim July 2019 as Water’s Worth It Month in The City of Norman.

A city council conference will begin at 5 p.m. in the Municipal Building Conference Room prior to the meeting. During which, discussion for amending the accessible parking fines to comply with current state law and for renewing existing sales tax currently dedicated to Cleveland County will take place.

Agendas for the meeting can be found on the city’s online calendar, and The Transcript will have more on the items throughout the week.