There was little in the way of attention-grabbing items considered in the bi-monthly Ardmore City Commission meeting Monday night, but there are going to be some residents in the southwest part of the city who can be excited following the Public Works Authority portion of the evening.
The trustees approved a bid from Steve Bean Construction for the installation of a 12” water line extension. The extension will service Southwest Park, and will cost $193, 947. T he extension is the first of three scheduled in the upcoming fiscal years. Shawn Geurin, director of utilities, said the current extension is expected to benefit residents, but the primar y foc us is the park. The second extension, slated for the next fiscal year, would be to Myall Road, and the third would be south of Charleston Drive.
The trustees also approved a bid received from Evans Enterprises, Inc., for the installation of a soft stat drive for the wastewater treatment plant in the amount of $4,447.
The commission meeting began with a public hearing over the proposed 2013-14 fiscal year budget. No public concern was voiced, but city clerk Ken Campbell went over some of the highlights.
The proposed budget for 2013-14 is $60,860,281. There is $9,284,310 in interfund transfers. Campbell said if the trend continues, sales tax revenue would be up 3.5 percent this year. The new budget reflects a 2.5 percent increase in sales revenue. There will also not be a health cost increase this year.
Following a public hearing on the proposed budget, the commissioners appointed Rick Baggett, Colin Chapman, Sally Reser and Lisa Colston Wallace to serve their first three-year terms, which will expire in June 2016. Judi Elmore and Todd Yeager were appointed to their second three-year terms, which will also expire June 2016.
The commission approved the reauthorization of a one-year concrete labor contract with Woodford Construction, Inc. It also declared two transport cages surplus. The cages will be donated to the Love County Sheriff ’s Department.