Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Meeting Recap: Aug. 25, 2014

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(STILLWATER, OKLA. / Aug. 27, 2014) — The Stillwater City Council met for its regular meeting Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. (View agenda here.)



a.       Wellness presentation – Christy Luper

a.       Approval of minutes                      Special meeting                        Aug. 11, 2014
Executive meeting       Aug. 11, 2014

Council approved 4-0.

a.       Public hearing No. 2 for proposed Stillwater North Perkins Project Plan and Establishment of Increment Financing District No. 1, City of Stillwater: the City Council will hear public comments in support and opposition to said plan and district

Dan Batchelor, chairman for law for the Center for Economic Development Law, presented details about the development and aspects of the TIF district.

Chris Norris, founder of Chris’ University Spirit, and Chad Watkins, owner and operator of Dupree Sports, expressed concern over an unfair competitive advantage.

Roger Gose spoke for the TIF districts and spoke of how successful the Bricktown TIF district has been for Oklahoma City.

Batchelor, answering the concerns presented by Norris and Watkins, said a TIF district is an incentive for development of a particular area, not a case of favoritism toward the business.

First reading

NONE

Second reading
a.       Ordinance No. 3276: Ordinance closing streets and unoccupied utility easements within an area bounded generally on the north by 12th Avenue, the east by eastern platted boundary of Lynn’s Addition to Stillwater, Okla. and West Street, the south by the southern platted boundary of the Lynn’s Addition to Stillwater, Okla., and on the west by Washington Street, including those portions of Ramsey Street, Hester Street, Knoblock Street, 13th Avenue, 14th Avenue, 15th Avenue and any alleys and easements located within said boundary and farther including blocks 1-16, Lynn’s Addition to Stillwater, Okla., blocks 10-12 of Duncan’s Addition to Stillwater, Okla., blocks 12-13 of Sunnyside Addition to Stillwater, Okla. as shown on the recorded plats thereof.
Council approved 4-0.

b.      Ordinance No. 3277: Ordinance approving and adopting the Stillwater North Perkins Project Plan; designating and adopting project area and increment district boundaries; establishing a date for the creation of increment district No. 1, City of Stillwater; adopting certain findings; authorizing the City of Stillwater to carry out and administer the project plan; establishing a tax apportionment fund; declaring apportioned funds to be special funds of the City of Stillwater or alternative authorized entity; authorizing the use of sales tax increment revenues for the payment or financing of certain project costs; authorizing the use of other resources to pay for or finance project costs; authorizing the Stillwater Economic Development Authority or alternative authorized entity to issue apportionment notes and carry out certain provision of the project plan; ratifying and confirming the actions, recommendations and findings of the review committee and the planning commission; directing continuing apportionment; providing for severability

Councilor Gina Noble said she was concerned about improvements to the intersection near the area. City Manager John Dorman said the City of Stillwater would not be responsible for the impact of traffic, but that the developer would have to pay the cost of improving the intersection.

Noble said she was in favor of the business coming to Stillwater, but should not be incentivized to do so.

Vice Mayor Joe Weaver said there are people behind this, and since the council has already supported it previously, it should follow through with it.

Mayor John Bartley said it’s not possible for one development to hit all of the City’s economic goals, but that this development does hit several of them. The return on investment for the project would be tremendous and prevent Stillwater residents from spending their dollars in other communities while getting residents of other communities to come to Stillwater.  

Council approved 3-1.
Noble opposed the measure.

c.       Ordinance No. 3278: Ordinance amending the Stillwater city code, motor vehicles and traffic, requiring pedestrians soliciting rides or business to be issued a permit and providing a penalty for violation; and declaring an emergency

Council approved 4-0.
Council approved emergency 4-0.

a.       Miscellaneous items from the City Attorney
b.      Miscellaneous items from the City Manager
c.       Miscellaneous items from the City Council

City Council adjourned

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Written by Zach Kinder, Marketing and Public Relations

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Meeting Recap: August 18, 2014

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(STILLWATER, OKLA. / August 19, 2014) — The Stillwater City Council met for its regular meeting Monday, August 18, 2014. (View agenda here.)


a.       Approval of minutes                      Regular meeting                       August 4, 2014

Council approved 5-0.

a.       Receive public comment regarding the closing of right-of-way of 5th Avenue between Walnut and Pine Streets

Sorority located on the corner of Walnut and 4th looking to expand to the south over 5th Avenue. Requires the purchase of southern properties and the construction of an alley so that a route connecting Walnut and Pine will remain. The street has to be vacated by a district court before the title would revert to the property owners.

Roger Gose said the sorority has bought the two southern houses, and requested a delay in closing the road until more details were worked through.

Phi Mu Vice President of Committees Christine Evans spoke about the space availability in the current house.

Sue Sumpter was curious about how the sorority’s expansion would affect the value of her property on Pine Street, and would like to see another street built instead of an alleyway. Paul Minasian also had questions regarding the alleyway and the parking situation.

Development Services Director Paula Dennison presented the specifications for an alleyway, and verified it would be paved. While the existing street allows parking, the new alley would not. The staff recommended approval of the request with specific conditions.

Council approved 4-1.
Councilor Gina Noble opposed the closing.

a.       City Council standing committee reports (No action will be taken on this item)
b.      Quarterly financial reports

A financial report was presented over 4th quarter of the fiscal year.

First reading

a.       Ordinance No. 3276: Ordinance closing streets and unoccupied utility easements within an area bounded generally on the north by 12th Avenue, the east by the eastern platted boundary of Lynn’s addition to Stillwater, Okla. And West Street, the south by the southern platted boundary of the Lynn’s addition to Stillwater, Okla. And on the west by Washington Street, including those portions of Ramsey Street, Hester Street, Knoblock Street, 13th Avenue, 14th Avenue, 15th Avenue and any alleys and easements located within said boundary and further including blocks 1-16, Lynn’s addition to Stillwater, Okla., blocks 10-12 of Duncan’s addition to Stillwater, Okla., and blocks 12-13 of Sunnyside addition to Stillwater, Okla. as shown on the recorded plats thereof

Council approved 5-0.

b.      Ordinance No. 3278: Ordinance amending  the Stillwater city code, by amending chapter 29, motor vehicles and traffic addressing pedestrians soliciting rides or business, adding subsections providing requirements for issuance of a permit and a penalty for violation; and declaring an emergency

Council approved 5-0.

Second reading

NONE

a.       Miscellaneous items from the City Attorney
b.      Miscellaneous items from the City Manager
c.       Miscellaneous items from the City Council

City Council is adjourned; Stillwater Utilities Authority called to order

a.       Approval of minutes                      Regular meeting                       August 4, 2014
b.      Bid recommendation for the purchase of a digger derrick truck for the electric utility

Trustees approved 5-0.

a.       Bid recommendation for the purchase of the new reciprocating engine/generator units for the new power generation station (SUA Bid #02-14/15)

Trustee approved 4-1.
Vice Chairman Joe Weaver voting against the bid recommendation.

Reports from Officers and Boards

SUA is adjourned

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Written by Zach Kinder, Marketing and Public Relations

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Meeting Recap: August 11, 2014

Note: Items of discussion in this recap include links indexed to that portion of the City Council meeting replay. Click on the bold headers that are linked to view that portion of the video.

(STILLWATER, OKLA. / August 11, 2014) — The Stillwater City Council met for its regular meeting Monday, August 11, 2014 (View the agenda here.)


Public Hearing
a.       Proposed Stillwater North Perkins Project Plan public hearing No. 1: Public hearing and presentation of the proposed Stillwater North Perkins Project Plan for the purpose of providing the public an opportunity for questions and answers regarding the proposed project plan.

There were no requests to speak.

a.       Consideration, approval and announcement of August 25, 2014 as the date of the second public hearing and presentation of the proposed Stillwater North Perkins Project Plan at which any interested persons shall have the opportunity to be heard in support of or opposition to the proposed project plan prior to any Council action with regard to adoption of the proposed project plan.

Council approved 3-0.

a.       Resolution No. 2014-10: Declaring the public necessity for acquiring ownership to real property and permanent and temporary easements on certain tracts of real property located in Payne County, hereinafter described for the purpose of constructing a water line adjacent to South Range Road between State Highway 51 and 19th Avenue.

Council approved 3-0.

First reading

a.       Ordinance No. 3277: Approving and adopting the Stillwater North Perkins Project Plan; designating and adopting project area and increment district boundaries; establishing a date for the creation of increment district No. 1, City of Stillwater; Adopting certain findings; authorizing the City of Stillwater to carry out and administer the project plan; establishing a tax apportionment fund; declaring apportioned funds to be special funds of the City of Stillwater or alternative authorized entity; authorizing the use of sales tax increment revenues for the payment or financing of certain project costs; authorizing the use of other resources to pay for or finance project costs; authorizing the Stillwater Economic Development Authority or alternative authorized entity to issue apportionment notes and carry out certain provisions of the project plan; ratifying and confirming the actions, recommendations and findings of the review committee and the planning commission directing continuing apportionment; providing for severability.

Council approved 3-0.

Second reading

a.       Ordinance No. 3272: Rezoning a tract of land located at 214 W. Elm Ave. from RMI (residential multi-family – intermediate) to HR (high rise).

Council approved 3-0.

b.      Ordinance No. 3273: Rezoning a tract of land located at 498 and 519 S. Jardot Rd. from RTM (residential two-family and multi-family) to RMI

Council approved 3-0.

c.       Ordinance No. 3274: Rezoning a tract of land located at 406 S. Hester St. from RMI to HR

Council approved 3-0.

d.      Ordinance No. 3275: Closing utility easements at property addressed as 2399 N. Perkins Rd. and 798 E. Lakeview Rd. and declaring an emergency

Council approved 3-0.
Council approved emergency 3-0.

Executive Session
a.       Request for an executive session for the purpose of discussing labor negotiations with Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 102
b.      Confidential communication regarding labor negotiations with Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 102

No action taken.

c.       Return from executive session; reconvene special meeting

City Council is adjourned.

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Written by Zach Kinder, Marketing and Public Relations

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Meeting Recap: August 4, 2014

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(STILLWATER, OKLA. / August 5, 2014) — The Stillwater City Council met for its regular meeting Monday, August 4, 2014. (View agenda here.)



Pledge of Allegiance
a.       Led by Stillwater Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Ann Caine

a.       Judith Karman Hospice Too Hot to Cook Week

Mayor John Bartley proclaimed the week of August 4-8th as Too Hot to Cook Week.

b.      Retiring Fire Department Officers
                                    i.      Lieutenant Robert D. Charles   1984-2014

*Battalion Chief Jay Willis (1984-2014) and Captain Kelly Williams (1984-2014) are also retiring but were unable to attend

a.       Approval of minutes                       Regular meeting           July 7, 2014
Executive session        July 7, 2014
Regular meeting           July 21, 2014
Study session               July 28, 2014
b.      Sheerar Museum quarterly report
c.       Sheerar Museum annual contract for services
d.      Payne County Youth Shelter annual contract for services
e.       Oklahoma Municipal Retirement Fund Board candidate endorsement

Council approved 4-0.

a.       Receive public comment regarding a request from Robert L. Moore for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to operate Green Machine Taxi Company.

There were no requests to speak.
Council approved 4-0.

a.       Consider Convention & Visitors Bureau Advisory Board recommendation to amend FY 2015 CVB budget by adding $140,000 for the purchase of a web-based destination system

Council approved 4-0.

First reading

a.       Ordinance No. 3272: Rezoning a tract of land located at 214 W. Elm Ave. from RMI (Residential Multi-Family – Intermediate) to HR (High Rise District)

Council approved 4-0.

b.      Ordinance No. 3273: Rezoning a tract of land located at 498 and 519 S. Jardot Rd. from RTM(Residential Two-Family and Multi-Family District) to RMI (Residential Multi-Family – Intermediate)

Council approved 4-0.

c.       Ordinance No. 3274: Rezoning a tract of land located at 406 S. Hester St. from RMI (Residential Multi-Family – Intermediate) to HR (High Rise)

Bartley abstained from the vote.
Council approved 3-0.

d.      Ordinance No. 3275: Closing utility easements at property addressed as 2399 N. Perkins Rd. and 798 E. Lakeview Rd.

Council approved 4-0.

Second reading

a.       Ordinance No. 3271: Authorizing the sale of a certain parcel of property located at 4220 N. Perkins Rd.; providing for citizen initiated referendum of said sale in accordance with section 4-2 of the City Charter

Council approved 4-0.

a.       Miscellaneous items from the City Attorney
b.      Miscellaneous items from the City Manager
c.       Miscellaneous items from the City Council

City Council is adjourned; Stillwater Utilities Authority is called to order

a.       Approval of minutes                       Regular meeting           July 7, 2014
Regular meeting           July 21, 2014
Special meeting            July 29, 2014

Trustees approved 4-0.

a.       Authorize staff to execute Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality Consent Order 14-011 regarding construction without a permit violations (SUA-14-38)

Council approved 4-0.

b.      Authorize Amendment No. 2 to the Professional Services Agreement with Guernsey for the Western Water Line Connection Project (SUA-14-37)

Council approved 4-0.

SUA is adjourned

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Written by Zach Kinder, Marketing and Public Relations

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Meeting Recap: July 29, 2014

(STILLWATER, OKLA. / July 31, 2014) — The Stillwater Utilities Authority met for a special meeting Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (View agenda here.)


Resolutions
a.       A resolution authorizing execution of a bond purchase agreement and other documents pertaining to the sale and issuance of Stillwater Utilities Authority bonds, series 2014A in the principal amount of $______ for the purpose of financing the construction, furnishing and equipping of a new public power plant within the City of Stillwater

John Wolfe presented summary of staff activities in New York. The finance amount approved at a previous meeting was $70 million, not to exceed; the financing amount ended up at $61,830,000.

Trustees approved 4-0.

SUA adjourned

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Written by Zach Kinder, Marketing and Public Relations

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Meeting Recap: July 28, 2014

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(STILLWATER, OKLA. / July 29, 2014) — The Stillwater City Council met for its regular meeting Monday, July 28, 2014. (View agenda here.)


Council discussion of City of Stillwater economic development guidelines (The Mayor will facilitate discussions of Council regarding establishment of economic development guidelines, but no action will be taken.)


Mayor John Bartley asked what areas the councilors felt Stillwater should be focusing on.
Councilor Miguel Najera said he would like to see development on the west side of town and sort of outdoor community meeting venue.
Councilor Pat Darlington suggested looking into a sports and/or aquatic center
Councilor Gina Nobles said she would like to look into adding entertainment, recreation and high-end shopping.
Bartley suggested a leakage study to see what money is leaving Stillwater to determine what to add, and a convention/conference center.
Noble reiterated the need for more restaurants.
Darlington wanted to see development east of town.


Darlington said age structure, number of jobs and corporate citizenship were important factors.
Vice Mayor Joe Weaver suggested results-based constraints on incentives.
Noble said respect for businesses here and helping them expand is important (internal growth).
Bartley said uniqueness of the business to Stillwater and location are important elements of possible incentives.
Weaver said to ask what the college students want in town.
Darlington suggested possible incentives for businesses filling empty or historic buildings instead of building a new one.


Weaver suggested selling city owned land at a discounted price or a fast track process.
Bartley said utilities rate structure is an option to consider.
Weaver suggested tying the rate structure to job creation, and a way to measure return on investment (ROI). Weaver also suggested the idea of long-term leases for security. Also sales/auctions.
Bartley asked how to make sure the city offers enough jobs for people at all skill levels.
Weaver asked about possibility of the City of Stillwater acquiring dilapidated housing and offering incentives for businesses or housing to redevelop the areas.
Darlington discussed public communication options to get the public to buy in and neighborhood grants.
Noble also suggested highlighting neighborhoods when talking with businesses considering coming to Stillwater.


Darlington said accountability was important.
Weaver said the deal needs to be simple and easily understood.
Noble highlighted fairness.
Bartley said there needs to be a determinant of return on investment, and business plans need to be critically reviewed.
Noble said a short-term limit span was also important in cases when it was feasible for a business to do so.
Bartley suggested a rebate over time instead of all up front.


Najera said negative company history would be an important factor.
Darlington said we don’t want bad corporate citizens or lack of a commitment to the community.
Noble and Darlington also said predatory companies would be negatives, and Weaver added not to provide these companies with incentives.


Darlington said to look at cities who have done this before to determine how the City of Stillwater should develop its guidelines.
Weaver highlighted Stillwater’s low unemployment rate, but wanted to focus on how to get workers and get them trained.

City Council is adjourned

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Written by Zach Kinder, Marketing and Public Relations

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Meeting Recap: July 21, 2014

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(STILLWATER, OKLA. / July 23, 2014) — The Stillwater City Council met for its regular meeting Monday, July 21, 2014. (View agenda here.)



a.       Traffic signal management system sole source purchase
b.      Amendment to lease agreement with Sprint for space on City water tower
c.       Amendment to Electric Utilities tree trimming agreement with Asplundh Tree Expert Co. to include additional tree maintenance services
d.      Authorize scheduling of public hearing for closing of a portion of East Fifth Avenue between Perkins Road and Dryden Street

Item D removed to address date.

Council approved 5-0.


City Attorney John Dorman asked the date be set for Sept. 24, 2014.

Council approved 5-0.

a.       Receive public comment regarding closing of portions of easements at 2399 N. Perkins Rd. and 798 E. Lakeview Rd.

Development Services Director Paula Dennison presented request, and reported staff’s recommendation to approve the closing.

Council approved 5-0.

b.      Receive public comment regarding closing of platted right-of-ways and easements for property on south side of 12th Avenue between Stillwater Medical Center property and including Washington School

Dennison and staff recommended approval of the request to close.

Council approved 5-0.

c.       Receive public comment regarding a request for a map amendment rezoning property addressed as 214 W. Elm Ave. from RMI (residential multi-family – intermediate) to HR (high rise)

Kelly Harris spoke representing the eventual owners and developers to answer questions. Councilor Miguel Najera asked about the developers keeping the roads clean. Planning Commission’s recommendation was to approve the request.

Council approved 5-0.

d.      Receive public comments regarding a request for a map amendment rezoning property addressed as 406 S. Hester St. from RMI (residential multi-family – intermediate) to HR (high rise)

Mayor John Bartley excused himself from the public hearing. Planning Commission’s recommendation was to approve the request.

Council approved 4-0.

e.       Receive public comments regarding a request for a map amendment rezoning property addressed as 498 and 519 S. Jardot Rd. from RTM (residential two-family and multi-family) to RMI (residential multi-family – intermediate)

Jimmy Hill, engineer for the applicant, gave background on the request. Planning Commission’s recommendation was to approve the request.

Council approved 5-0.

a.       Annual report from Friends of Lake McMurtry

Executive Director Dan Lowrance and Park Manager Jared Avilez presented the annual report.

b.      Annual report from Friends of Multi-Arts

President Valerie Bloodgood and Executive Director Bill Miller presented the annual report.

c.       Land exchange agreement between the City of Stillwater and Commissioners of Land Office; properties located at 4220 N. Perkins Rd. and the NW corner intersection of Jardot and Airport Roads for purpose of constructing power generation plant

Dan Blankenship, director of the Stillwater Utilities Authority, presented the land exchange agreement.

a.       Resolution No. 2014-9: Resolution declaring the necessity for acquiring permanent and temporary easements on certain tracts of real property, hereinafter described, for the purpose of the Western Road water line connection project for the city of Stillwater, Okla.

City Manager Dan Galloway said the resolution give the City the power to begin negotiations with property owners to acquire easements to build a connecting water line.

Council approved 5-0.

First reading

a.       Ordinance No. 3271: Ordinance authorizing the sale of certain parcel of property located at 4220 N. Perkins Rd.; providing for citizen initiated referendum of said sale

Council approved 4-0-1.
Najera abstained from voting.

Second reading

a.       Ordinance No. 3268: Ordinance amending Stillwater city code, land development, use categories and limitations, creating mobile food service establishment courts

Council approved 5-0.

b.      Ordinance No. 3269: Ordinance rezoning tract of land located at 1711 W. Lakeview Rd. from RSS (residential small lost, single family) to CS (commercial shopping)

Council approved 5-0.

c.       Ordinance No. 3270: Ordinance closing ten feet of the right of way of 12th Avenue adjacent to property addressed as 214 E. 12th Ave.

Council approved 5-0.

a.       Miscellaneous items from the City Attorney
b.      Miscellaneous items from the City Manager
c.       Miscellaneous items from the City Council

Najera discussed the options for researching outlawing smoking at public parks.

a.       Library Board

Bartley nominated Robin Cornwell to the Library Board.

Council approved 5-0.

City Council adjourned; Stillwater Utilities Authority called to order

a.       Bid recommendation for Kaw Pump Station improvements

Water Utilities Director Bill Millis discussed bid recommendations.

Trustees approved 5-0.

SUA adjourned

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Written by Zach Kinder, Marketing and Public Relations