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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • City joins ADA legal action for water tower

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  • While some people in town may refer to Team Ardmore as those supporting a sales tax, IMTEC Real Estate LLC appears to be facing a different version by the same name.
    Monday night, the Ardmore Public Works Authority approved a resolution to pursue legal action against IMTEC in the question of real property where a water tower is located. In approving the action, the APWA will join the Ardmore Development Authority, which passed a similar resolution earlier Monday. ADA interim president and CEO Brian Carter termed the action as a joint filing of a breach of action lawsuit.
    The resolution reads, "Authorize the Ardmore Public Works Authority to join with the Ardmore Development Authority in any legal action or proceeding, including filing of a civil suit, deemed appropriate by legal counsel to resolve any claim of IMTEC Real Estate LLC and any other affiliated or successor entity to an interest in the real property acquired by the authority from the Ardmore Development Authority for the location of the water tower provided each party (APWA & ADA) reserve the rights of any claims against each other."
    Mayor Sheryl Ellis said there is no timetable for legal action.
    "This is just the beginning of finding the solution to an issue," she said.
    The ADA approved its resolution following a presentation by David A. Cheek of the law firm Cheek & Falcone. Cheek performed research and analysis on the subject.
    During the commission meeting, the city approved a purchase that will enrich the city's history. The commission gave its approval for the purchase of Polaris Library Systems to manage the McGalliard Historical Collection. The expenditure of $12,917 will include training and the installation of the software. The collection was digitized and catalogued in 2010, and is housed by a third party for an annual fee. The new software will reduce costs to the city.
    The city also continued its effort to replace siren heads with approval given to purchase six in the amount of $69,810. Following approval, the city will replace six more siren heads during the 2014-15 fiscal year, which will complete the project.
    The commission approved a resolution to release $10,000 from Insurance Recovery Funds. There is an overage of $59,000, and city staff highlighted a number of safety and equipment needs that could be met with the release of the funds.
    During the bid portion of the meeting, commissioners rejected bids to purchase golf carts for Lakeview Golf Course on the recommendation of Parks and Recreation director Kevin Boatright. Boatright said there was an avenue to purchase golf carts that met city specifications through a cooperative agreement at a lower price. A bid of $11,843 for the purchase of Christmas decorations for Main Street was also approved.
    Page 2 of 2 - Two technology maintenance agreements were approved. The commission also approved the recommendation of Robert Newell, director of information and technology, to declare obsolete items ranging from keyboards to cell phones surplus, which will be destroyed.
    In other city actions:
    • Under the consent agenda, the commissioners approved appointments to both the Historic Preservation Board and the Board of Adjustment. Kirk Rodden was tabbed to fulfill the unexpired term of Todd Hicks, which will expire in May 2014. Both Carey Baldwin and David Plesher were approved for a third three-year term, which will expire in May 2016. Regina Turrentine was approved to serve a second three-year term on the Board of Adjustment.
    • ADA interim president and CEO Brian Carter delivered an update on the authority's initiatives and priorities. During the presentation, Carter announced the awarding of a $20,000 grant to PureCoat Industries, which is opening a powder coating factory at the New Horizons Industrial Park. The business is expected to bring 70 new jobs to Ardmore.

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