Numerous ordinances for the rezoning of property were approved at the Ardmore City Commission’s regular meeting Monday, including school property and potential areas for development. 

Charles Evans, Lincoln Elementary and Will Rogers Elementary schools were all rezoned to PFI, public facilities and institutions, after the city found corrections needed to be made, Development Services Director Jessica Scott said. 

The city rezoned 70 public properties in March 2000; however, while compiling the data for the rezoning, a scrivener’s error resulted in shortened legal descriptions for the three schools, according to city staff notes. 

“We checked all the schools and those were the only ones that needed corrections,” Scott said. 

The property where Fire Station No. 3 will be located was also rezoned PFI along with the schools. 

An individual who owns property at 1204 12th Avenue NW, near where the Market Street shopping center is expected to be developed, also had a request for rezoning approved Monday. The property was rezoned from Multifamily Medium Density to Commercial Corridor. 

Scott said an old brick house sits on approximately half an acre of property west of Walgreens and north of the Shops at Ardmore. The owners were looking to rezone it for further 

development, she said.

Boat and RV storage owners at 2001 E U.S. Highway 70 received approval to rezone approximately 23.79 acres from Neighborhood Commercial to Light Industrial. The owners plan to expand their business, adding more storage buildings. The land is near Lake Murray State Park and Byford Boat Storage. 

The last piece of property rezoned Monday was 4.6 acres at the northwest corner of West Broadway Street and I-35. It was rezoned from Heavy Industrial to Planned United Development. Scott said the applicant intends to construct a mixed-use building with commercial retail spaces on the bottom and residential apartments above. 

• Technology updates

While a majority of the commission’s meeting consisted of rezoning property, a few items approved will help improve the city’s technology. 

One of those items was for the purchase of new routers and switches, which is the second and final part to the city’s plan to update their servers and related equipment. Director of Information Technology Robert Newell said last year they moved the server room to City Hall and the location is the central core of the network. 

“This system is part of the backbone of the entire network,” Newell said.

The city purchased Cisco remote routers and switches from state contract with Presidio Networks. The equipment cost $116,420.80, which is less than the amount ($145,000) it was budgeted for, Newell said.

The equipment will replace 13 routers that will be 10 years old next year, he said. The remote sites will be outfitted with a system that will be modular and redundant and has the ability to grow by adding additional or upgraded modules. 

A second technology-related item approved Monday was the renewal of a state contract for city telephone service with AT&T. The contract is for three years with a monthly reoccurring charge of $4,425.20 for the life of the contract. 

Newell said it will convert the city’s service from a standard analog system to a SIP system, which will result in a decrease in cost. He estimated a savings of $550 per month and ultimately, a $19-20,000 savings the city will see due to the conversion. 

• Rejection of bids

Bids received last month for the Mountain Lake dam buttress repair project were rejected by commissioners Monday after city officials were informed that the low bidder failed to provide the requisite anti-collusion affidavit. 

“The remaining bids are so sufficiently different in individual lines and total that, in my opinion, it is in the best interests of the Authority to reject all bids and re-advertise at a later date,” City Engineer Thomas Mansur wrote in a letter to the commission.