The Ardmore City Commission welcomed its newest member Monday night during its first meeting of the month.
In front of a packed room, Doug Pfau was sworn in by Special District Judge Thomas Baldwin as at-large commissioner, taking the place of Keith King who did not run for reelection.
“This is something I have really wanted to do for a long time,” Pfau said. “I have a real passion for this community and a real heart for this town.” In addition, Martin Dyer filled the seat of mayor and John Moore vice-mayor for the upcoming fiscal year. This is Dyer’s seventh time to serve as mayor. Both King and former mayor Sheryl Ellis were recognized for their service.
The highlight of the meeting agenda was approval of a request from the Ardmore Main Street Authority for funding support in the amount of $45,000 for Cultural Facilities Study for the Ardmore community. The study will be performed by AMS Consultants and represents a partnership between the Ardmore Main Street Authority and the Ardmore Tourism Authority.
The commission also approved a bid of $198,115 from Steve Bean Construction, Inc. for a water line relocation project between Mt. Washington and North Washington Street. The bid came in under a $224,000 estimate was one the lowest of three received.
In an effort to better provide information to its citizens, the commission approved a request of $15,584 to improve its online presence. The agreement is with CivicPlus and will include design, setup and programming of the city's agenda, scheduling and informational websites.
In terms of appointments, Lauren Battles, Linda Johnson and Sally Noble were appointed to serve their first three-year terms on the Ardmore Animal Care Trust Authority. Brett Matherly was appointed to serve his first three-year term on the Ardmore Public Library Board and Wayne Laske was named to a first three-year term on the Board of Adjustment. Tim Longest was appointed to serve a first three-year term on the Planning Commission and Claire Stubblefield was named to a second three-year term on the board.
Because city code dictates the new commission member be sworn in at 7:30 p.m., the commission met at 7 p.m. with two agreements on the agenda. The first was for approval of the sales tax rebate payment for renovations at Mountain View Mall in the amount of $162,097. The payment was based on the calculations of sales tax received from 2013 and a 50 percent increase of sales tax from 2010. The commission also approved a payment of $27,040 for the continuance of ConnectCTY for services from April 21, 2014 to April 20, 2015.
During the public works meeting, trustees approved the receipt of water line construction permits from the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality. The project will include 97 feet of two inch PVC, 5,745 linear feet of six-inch PVC, 48 linear feet of eight-inch PVC and 1,343 feet of 12inch PVC. The purchase of chemicals in the amounts of $150,000 and $49,450 for the water treatment plants and the wastewater treatment plants were also approved.
Other purchases approved for the public works authority included a Fairbanks Morse Pump for the wastewater treatment plant lift station A in the amount of $16,243. The trustees also signed off on the purchase of a one-ton truck from Bill Knight Ford in Tulsa in the amount of $30,130. The truck will be used for Operation Pride and will replace an existing unit.