Former city manager Marianne Elfert was seeking financial damages as part of her failed lawsuit against the city. But as things have turned out, she will be digging into her own pocket.
The District Court of Carter County awarded the city $1,593.25 for court costs on Dec. 11. The amount represents $1,428.50 for the Elfert's deposition transcript, $114.75 for preparing the transcript for appeal and $50 for costs for filing the motion for summary judgment together with judgment interest thereon at the statutory rate until paid.
City officials had no comment on the matter.
Elfert filed suit after she lost her job in June 2010. Her lawsuit claimed that city failed to follow the open meeting act when she was suspended with pay during a meeting in May 2010.
Elfert's new financial obligation was one of several items discussed during the monthly meeting Monday night. The council approved a rezoning resolution, which will transform 21.29 acres located on the east side of north Newport and south of Lindale Road to a residential zone. The resolution was approved for development of a residential subdivision. The council will also host a public hearing Jan. 22, on a rezoning request to develop a residential subdivision on 15 acres on the east side of North Evergreen beginning at Oak Street and running north 993 feet.
The council also approved the awarding of two grants. The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office has awarded $4,000 to the police department. The Southern Oklahoma Development Association also awarded the city a $50,000 grant with a $15,000 match by the city. The grant will be used for patching and resurfacing road materials.
City Manager Ian O'Neal said a list of roads in need of repair would be developed for the project.
The city also accepted a bid of $10.031 from Worth Hydrochem of Norman for a telemetry system for both city water towers. The bid includes all equipment, installation, programming and setup. O'Neal said a grant of $5,000 would go toward the purchase of the system. The system will allow the city to monitor how much water is in the towers.
"We lose a lot of water because the towers overflow when we fill them up," he said. "This will save the city from losing water."