The Ardmore City Commission approved a motion Monday to give the Ardmore Santa Fe Train Depot back to its rightful owners, the Ardmore Main Street Authority. 

In a unanimous decision, commissioners gave Mayor Martin Dyer the go ahead to execute the documents on behalf of the commission to transfer the depot to the Main Street Authority. 

“We at Main Street are appreciative of the city helping with the renovation and you know, their willingness to let Main Street take it back again,” Ardmore Main Street Authority Director Jeff DiMiceli said. “That is a huge source of our income so we are anxious to get it up and running again and get that community room rented out. We are so appreciative of this commission and their support of Main Street.”

The Ardmore Main Street Authority purchased the building in 1999, but the City of Ardmore was listed on the deed as the new owner. Consequently, the city has paid to maintain the building since then.  

“The condition of the building deteriorated over the years and many repairs were needed,” said Kevin Boatright, assistant city manager. 

Last year, the city determined that it would be best to repair the major defects of the building and then let the property’s rightful owner take over. 

“This has been a long time coming,” said Doug Pfau, commissioner at-large. 

The city commissioners met at 7 p.m. in the commission chambers, on the third floor of city hall.  

The commission also approved for Ardmore Fire Department chief Cary Williamson, to begin taking bids on the new  Fire Station No. 3 to replace the existing Fire Station No. 3. The new station will be located at 125 Veterans Blvd., and was designed by Bill Lumpkin, of Lumpkin and Associates Architects, of Ardmore. 

The commission accepted a grant from ProLiteracy for Elizabeth Gaylor, of the Ardmore Public Library, to attend the ProLiteracy Conference on Adult Literacy in Minnesota. The grant for $1,504.65 will pay for Gaylor’s admission fees to present her program “A Novel Idea” at the conference, travel expenses and some food expenses. 

But it wasn’t all happy endings. The council approved the motion for Parks and Recreation Department to reject all bids for the construction of the new splashpad set to go into Southwest Park. 

“This bid was advertised publicly…(and) we mailed or emailed 13 companies and one plan room,” said Teresa Ervin, parks and recreation director. “We received two bids, one which was incomplete and the other being over the budgeted amount of $100,000.” 

The only companies that submitted a bid for the splashpad were RJR Enterprises, of Arkansas, with a partial bid estimated at $85,671 and ACS Playground Adventures, from Oklahoma City, with a full contract bid of $136,700. 

Ervin, and the commission, are hopeful that in reopening the splashpad project for contractors to bid on, the city will be able to get the splashpad built within the budget.