Carter keeping
review under
wraps until board's

The Ardmore Development Authority monthly Board of Trustees meeting will be highlighted with consideration and possible action to accept the Crawford & Associates succession review.

The review is expected to address the $600,000 loan from the City of Ardmore to the ADA as well as other issues.

The meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce.

Interim President & CEO Brian Carter inferred there was nothing of significant concern in the review but denied a request from The Ardmoreite for an advance copy of the review. Carter, who said another entity had also requested the review, said he wanted to present it to the board first. Carter also said the review was received last week and he was not certain that the City of Ardmore had been notified it is complete.

"On Monday, July 15, our board will review the succession review by Crawford & Associates," Carter said. "I'm accountable to the people through the ADA. Out of respect to their position of authority, I think the information should be presented to them first."

Carter said he has discussed the results of the review with one trustee, who will not be at the meeting Monday. He also said, "If I talked about it (with others) it was just general conversation."

When asked whether the taxpayers should have a right to look at the results of the review as quickly as possible, Carter said, "Absolutely, but as soon as my board members see it."

Carter said the review would be available to the media and public following Monday's meeting.

Among the other items on the agenda is a line item to consider and take possible action to approve a sales tax campaign approach as well as strategic priorities for 2014-2024. The ADA will also consider and take possible action on a development strategy for the Ardmore Airpark. The new fiscal year budget is on the agenda, as well as two executive sessions to discuss real estate.