Several agenda items involving Taxiway Alpha at the Ardmore Airpark were approved by the city commission Monday night to help keep the ball rolling with the reconstruction project. 

An amended bid for the project was approved in the amount of $5,739,575. The lowest bid was received from Duit Construction Co. and TTK Construction, Co., Inc., as a joint venture.

The city had to solicit bids prior to applying for grants, which is kind of backwards, Finance Director Ken Campbell said, but is required through the Federal Aviation Administration. It was initially bid at more than $6 million. 

“Due to budgetary constraints, the FAA requested that the scope of work be reduced,” he said. 

The city’s engineer, the Ardmore Development Authority, the FAA, the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission, H.W. Lochner, and Duit/TTK all collaborated and agreed to reduce the scope of work, narrowing connecting taxiways A1 and A2 to 35 feet, rather than 50 feet. 

“This resulted in a $314,478.91 reduced amount,” Campbell said. 

ADA CEO and President Mita Bates, who was in attendance Monday, said as far as she knows, the company is prepared to begin work on the taxiway as soon as possible. 

A memorandum of understanding between the city and the ADA was also approved Monday night. City Attorney Jen O’Steen said the MOU was just a formality. 

The agreement shows the ADA will provide the local match for the nearly $6 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration for the project. The ADA’s match is not to exceed $605,054. 

“The ADA does have oil and gas revenues for capital improvements,” O’Steen said, which is where the funding for the match will come from. 

Commissioners also accepted a $297,033 grant for the Taxiway Alpha project from the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission. 

“We’ve been lucky over the past few years with other cities not being able to use the money set aside for them,” O’Steen said. “So we’ve been lucky to accept some extra funding.” 

The funding will be used for H.W. Lochner, Inc. engineering services and Duit Construction Co., Inc., specifically for the reconstruction of Taxiway A and connecting taxiways and relocating homer circuits, installing LED airport guidance signs and installing LED medium intensity taxiway lights for the Ardmore Municipal Airport, Campbell said. 

The reconstruction of the taxiway will be done in phases so the taxiway will remain open at all times. 

Rezoning: City commissioners approved a request to rezone 0.85 acres located at 710 L St. NW from Office to Commercial Corridor after a public hearing Monday night. While several people spoke for and against the rezoning during a Planning Commission meeting, no one spoke during Monday’s public hearing. 

Development Director Jessica Scott said she believes no one showed up because after talking things out, residents realized their drainage issues from the creek in the area would go away if the land was developed. As is, she said they can’t do a lot with a vacant lot. 

“It’s beneficial for them to have the development done,” she said. “If development occurs, drainage would be addressed.” 

The area would be developed for a retail building for the purpose of storing and reselling clothes. The building would also have a rental space. 

GIS software: Commissioners also approved a small government term enterprise license agreement with ESRI, a company that manufactures software for the city’s geographic information system in order to visualize, manage, create and analyze geographic data. 

IT Director Robert Newell said the city has been purchasing items “a la cart” through the company and they believed it would be wise to turn it into a license agreement. The license agreement is for $25,000 a year for up to three years. 

Library agreement: The city renewed an $18,154.21 maintenance agreement for the Ardmore Public Library with Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Newell said the companies software, Polaris, essentially runs the library, including storage of library card numbers and what books are checked in or out.