It was during the month of November that a kidnapping occurred that shook Ardmore to its core. The victim, a seven-year-old girl, was rescued a day after she was taken and Fount Duston, a 34-year-old resident of Marietta, was taken into custody.
Monday night, witnesses to the event were honored for coming forward and helping police with descriptions. Mayor Martin Dyer presented certificates of recognition to Michael Compton, Dafezeyeon Holmon, Sharne McSwain, Jacob Norris, Kenneth Russell and Amanda Weitjes.
Dyer said their involvement aided police and played a big role in authorities ability to bring the young girl home.
The certificates highlighted the first Ardmore City Commission meeting for the month of December. One item was listed on the consent agenda, a request to make a water tap on a 16-inch line for the Mountain View Mall, which was approved. A resolution of support was approved for a planned development near 4th Ave. NW and P Street NW and the rehabilitation of Townhome units at 101 and 103 West Main.
In terms of encouraging activity at the Ardmore Airpark, the commission approved a sublease between the Ardmore Development Authority and Tactical Electronics and Military Supply. The sublease involves an aircraft parking pad where Tactical would place airplanes for the purpose of aviation security testing. The sublease is for three months with nine one-month options for $2,000 a month.
The commission approved an agreement with Eagle Med, which explains the two entities relationship in regard to fuel purchases. The city ensures self-service fueling will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and staff will be available to assist with fueling Monday through Saturday in normal business hours. The city also promised to use its best efforts to provide assistance in emergencies. Eagle Med will purchase fuel at advertised prices.
In other significant actions, Cheryl Smith was appointed the new Human Resources Director. City Manager J.D. Spohn said Smith has 18 years of progressive work in the field and served as a supervisor for the State of Wyoming. She will start in the middle of January and will earn a base salary of $80,000.