The regular meeting of the mayor and the Board of Commissioners of the city of Ardmore saw one individual be recognized for his work on the city budget.
Ken Campbell, city of Ardmore director of finance, was presented the Certificate of Recognition for Budget Preparation and the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award during the regular meeting on Monday night. The award is presented through the Government Finance Officers Association of Oklahoma.
“We submit that to the Government Finance Offices Association and there is a list of criteria that we have to meet in order to get this,” Campbell said. “We’re always very honored to get it.”
Campbell said Ardmore has received the award many times in the past. He was presented the award by Doug Pfau, mayor of Ardmore, who applauded his efforts in maintaining a strong, fiscally responsible budget that has allowed Ardmore to operate efficiently.
“It’s amazing the state of finance Oklahoma is in and Ardmore just really isn’t and it’s because of the job you do and the pro-activeness that you have when you see things,” Pfau said.
Campbell wasn’t the only citizen honored at the meeting, however. Kelsi Wood, asset protection manager at Wal-Mart, was awarded a Certificate of Recognition for her “instrumental efforts in some of the investigations the Ardmore Police Department.” Pfau said the police force benefits from the help of citizens. Evidence collected by Wood was used as evidence in a recent homicide case that is awaiting trial.
Wood was presented the certificate for her role in helping provide “protection for the citizens of Ardmore.”
Four separate public hearings were conducted for various zoning requests, with no public comments being made. The public hearings were conducted as required by the city after public hearings for the same zoning issues were conducted during the Ardmore Planning Commission meeting, according to Ardmore Director of Development Service Jessica Scott.
Following the public hearing, the rezoning requests were approved by the commissioners.
The following were also approved during the meeting:
• A bid from Arbuckle Materials for the crushing of concrete for 2017 in the amount of $88,360
• A change order for the 2015-2016 Concrete Labor Project contract for additional funds in the amount of $75,000. The motion was pending a decision on the change order from the city attorney or legal counsel.
• Approval of an amendment to the agreement for professional services for the city of Ardmore East Main Street Streetscape Project between the city and LandPlan Consultants, Inc., for the architect services. The amount is not to exceed $127,617.