The bi-monthly Ardmore City Commission meeting offered a respite from normal conduct of city business, as three citizens were honored for their actions in helping bring a child to safety.
Certificates of appreciation were awarded to Cynthia Boulware, Harvey Boulware and Larodree Dawkins for their assistance in helping lead authorities to a kidnapper and the victim in September.
Interim Police Chief Kevin Norris recalled the incident, which took place Sept. 2. He said the department had received a call a child had been kidnapped. The child had been missing for two to three hours. The Boulwares and Dawkins provided information that allowed authorities to find the building where the suspect was located. The child was subsequently located in the suspect's residence. Cynthia Boulware was present at the meeting to accept the certificate.
Ellis also presented a proclamation to Nelda Keck, chairman of the American Indian Committee of the Ardmore Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter, declaring November as National American Indian Heritage Month.
Amber Wilson, director of emergency management, received a proclamation declaring Nov. 4 as Winter Weather Preparedness Day.
In actions taken on behalf of city business, the commissioners followed Ardmore Parks and Recreation director Kevin Boatright's recommendation to reject bids to repair the roof at Heritage Hall. The lowest bid was $77,355, which exceeded $45,635 received in an insurance claim. City staff members will see what needs to be done to reduce costs and will also look at additional funding. The commission approved the purchase of four camera video detection systems for the traffic signals in the amount of $46,249. The item was budgeted for $52,000.
A lease agreement was renewed with Big Five Community Services for a year with five one-year options. Big Five pays the city $1,600 per month on the lease.
Approval was given to issue a check for a worker's compensation settlement. The case dates back to Feb. 1, 2005, when a city employee was injured. He was found to be totally and permanently disabled. The man was awarded weekly benefits for life as well as medical treatment for life.
The city had an excess worker's compensation policy with Midwest Employers, which provided excess coverage for claims of more than $350,000, and the city pays on claims of more than $350,000 and requests reimbursement from the carrier.
The case was settled for $250,000, plus the cost of future medical expenses, funded with seed money and an annuity with a total cost of $137,775.
The commission was requested to make a check for $250,000, of which it would receive a reimbursement for the settlement less than $64,722.63 which was subtracted from the excess coverage amount and payments already made by the city.
The commissioners filled a vacancy on the HFV Wilson Community Center Advisory Board by naming Nathan Thomas to serve a three-year term. Thomas' term will expire in June 2016. With Thomas on the board, the center has one existing vacancy yet to be filled.
During the public works authority meeting, the city approved bids for dumpsters and polycarts, as well as for a submersible pump for the wastewater plant. An agreement with Frontline Utility Services, LLC was approved for the services of a full-time resident inspector for $5,000 per month. The purchase of a ½-ton truck, Ditch Witch vacuum excavation system and a grapple loader truck was also approved.