Monday evening, the mayor and board of commissioners met in the newly renovated Commission Chambers for the final meeting of 2018. 

Two of the major topics addressed dealt with the second phase of the ongoing East Main Streetscape project. Both items were approved. 

The fist topic involved an agreement between the City of Ardmore and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Kevin Boatright, assistant city manager, described the agreement. 

“This agreement lists the estimated total construction costs and inspection for the project to be $776,122,” Boatright said. He then pointed out that TAP Grant funds will be used to pay for $620,898 of the total estimated costs. 

The city will pay ODOT the difference between the estimated project cost and the TAP grant along with an additional $38,158 in non-participating construction items, bringing the city’s total cost to $193,382. 

Boatright also pointed out that the city will be reimbursed approximately $60,000 by the Ardmore Main Street Authority because some of the expenses are part of the Depot Park Project, and that the expense is already in the budget.

The second topic discussed involved an agreement between the city and BNSF Railroad. In it, the city agrees to reimburse the railroad $35,056 for the cost of relocating the power service to the crossing signals on Main Street. Thomas Mansur, city engineer, described the agreement.

“This reimburses the railroad for installing a new meter pedestal and for making the electric connection to the OG&E circuits,” Mansur said. “We could have included it in the project and theoretically done it ourselves. The difficulty of that is, of course, the safety coordination and the liability associated with us doing the work on the railroad property. The preference is for the railroad to do the work and put it in to their satisfaction with their timing and inspectors.”

This item was also already budgeted within the project.

The final item discussed was an amendment to the Trust Indenture of the Ardmore Development Authority. City Manager J.D. Spohn gave details of the amendment.

“It allows the City Commission, at your discretion, to allow one member of the ADA board to reside outside the city limits of Ardmore but within Carter County,” Spohn said. “It has been discussed over the course of several years and after recent discussions with the ADA board and our attorney, we have arrived at this agreement.” 

The commission voted to approve the agreement, and commissioner Doug Pfau made a comment.

“I think with the way we service South Central Oklahoma, people are going to live outside of Ardmore and work in Ardmore,” Pfau said.