The map for city operations was set Monday night during the bi-monthly Ardmore City Commission meeting with the passage of the 2013-14 fiscal year budget. Appropriations in the amount of $60,398,126 were approved, with $51,613,816 in expenditures and $8,784,310 in transfers.
A collective bargaining agreement between the city and the International Association of Firefighters, Local No. 1881, was approved, and a memorandum of understanding with the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #108 was reached. The city has yet to reach an agreement with the police department. The existing agreement will be extended until one for the new fiscal year can be reached.
City and area bargain seekers will also have an opportunity to find hidden treasures as the city commission approved a resolution authorizing the sale of surplus equipment at an auction. The list of items ranges from clothing, furniture, gaming equipment to a guitar. Other items such as police radios and computer equipment were listed, as surplus which will be disposed of at the landfill.
The auction will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Public Utilities building. Participants will be required to register for a lot number. City Clerk Ken Campbell said a mower designated for the auction was taken off the list because a local municipality expressed interest in it.
Public hearings were held for conditional use permits for a church, tavern and rental residence. Following the hearings, resolutions were approved for the permits. The residential permit was for a rental property above Ten Star Pizza, located above 109 East Main Street, owned by Ryan and Amber Matlack. The permit was approved pending installation of a sprinkler system. The residence had previously been approved as a temporary living quarters.
The second permit was approved for Calvary United Pentecostal Church to build a church building at 905 N. Rockford Road. The property size is listed at 18.36 acres, and the land is currently vacant.
The final permit was for Paradox, located at 326 East Main. The business is listed as having operated without a conditional use permit because of a misunderstanding. The property is owned by Sharlene Avery, and operated by Russell Hodrick. Nick Diaz, director of utility services, said the business recently changed ownership and was unaware it was without a permit. Diaz referred to the matter as housekeeping.
A Certificate of Approval and a Non-Disturbance and Attornment Agreement with King Aerospace was approved for the construction of a 25,000-square-foot warehouse facility at the Ardmore Industrial Park. The property is sub-leased between King Aerospace and the Ardmore Development Authority.
Attorney Margaret Love said the agreement was outside the normal method of operation for the ADA, as it usually builds a structure and leases it. In this particular situation, King Aerospace will build the structure using a $1.2 million loan from First National Bank and Trust. Love outlined the basis of the agreement, pointing out the protections for the city should a default occur.
The commission approved the line item in a 4-0 vote, with Commissioner Keith King abstaining because he is an employee and stockholder in the bank.