Carter County residents who live outside the Ardmore city limits and pay for fire protection from the Ardmore Fire Department will have to pay $25 more per year for the service.

 


Carter County residents who live outside the Ardmore city limits and pay for fire protection from the Ardmore Fire Department will have to pay $25 more per year for the service.

 

The commissioners approved raising the annual membership fee to $125 during their regularly scheduled meeting Monday. The change will take effect on Jan. 1.

 

The city now honors approximately 95 fire service agreements. Contracts are available to people who live outside of the city limits and whose property is located within a 5-mile radius of city hall. In addition, members must agree to pay the city $500 each time that city fire trucks show up to “prevent or extinguish” a fire. The city agrees to waive the 5-mile rule for those who are already under contract.

 

The last fee increase was in 1998 when the charge was raised from $25 to $100 per year.

 

The commissioners also approved a new 80-year lease with Big Five Community Services for the Big Five Apartments. With a new lease in hand, the community action agency will now begin a long-planned $3.5 million renovation of the apartment complex. A Big Five representative estimated the project will take seven to nine months to complete.

 

In other business, the commissioners:

 

* Approved reappointing Richard Geurin as an Arbuckle Master Conservancy District director

 

* Approved appointing Andy Harlow, Phil McAnally and Christi Daube to the Ardmore Regional Park Trust

 

* Approved rezoning 0.2 acres owned by the Metropolitan AME Church for a beauty shop

 

* Approved a final re-plat of 3.31 acres on Stone Creek Drive for multifamily housing

 

* Approved a final re-plat of Ardmore Commons shopping center so the developer can sell individuals lots on the property

 

* Approved a minor subdivision plat for 6.34 acres at the corner of East Springdale Loop and Springdale Road

 

Prior to the business portion of the meeting, Mayor John Moore presented certificates and lapel pins to David Blankenship and Darin Butler for 25 years of service to the city.

 

Steve Biehn, 221-6546