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Minco Council votes to start Dunn’s negotiations
Tuesday, 12.15.2009, 04:27pm (GMT-5)

By Jennifer Duncan

City council members approved a letter of resolution to start contract negotiations for a Dunn’s grocery store at the December 14 meeting.

 The council hopes that this will expedite the process of bringing in a grocery store to the city of Minco and generate tax revenue.

“It is a letter of intent which will open up negotiations and contract options.” said Mayor McMullen.

There was concern regarding the percentage of tax revenue rebate will go to Dunn’s. As of now it stands at 1 cent on the dollar.

“I think it is in our best interest to make sure that they succeed. Because if they don’t succeed we are back to 0%.” said Keith Horn.

Horn also went on to say that though it seems like it might be a high price to pay now, the city of Minco is looking at a possibility of bankruptcy and some tax revenue is better than no tax revenue.

The projected weekly sales for the grocery store is at $75,000 a week compared to approximately $45-50,000 a week with Williams grocery, an expectation the council believes will balance out any concerns regarding the tax revenue.

No location for a grocery store has been negotiated or purchased at this time.

Chief Blevins met with the council to discuss several issues concerning the police department. The Sheriff’s Department may be switching frequency channels which will in effect lead to the Minco Police Department doing the same.

The council approved the cost of approximately $600-700 that it will cost to change the police radios to their new frequency.

Chief Blevins said that though they are still looking at the possibility of going through Tuttle, this is a step that will have to be taken until that happens. He also went on to stress the point that until that does happen it is vital to the city of Minco to have a good working relationship with the Sheriff’s Department, and switching to the new radio frequency would allow both departments the support they need. The change is expected to take place by January 2010.

The council approved the police department to pay a $750 down payment for a K-9 that is being trained. The money was raised by the police department through donations and commitment letters from members of the community. Chief Blevins believes that the new K-9 unit will make an impact on the drug problems along Highway 81.

Chief Blevins also received the approval to apply for a JAG (Justice Assistance Grant) of $10,000 that will enable the police department to purchase new radios, shotguns, and rifles for the officers.

The use of a Fuel Man card was approved for use by the police department and possibly other city vehicles. This will allow the city to get rid of the fuel tanks by the water tower.

Mayor McMullen voiced concern that the fuel tanks have become fiscally inefficient, with little to no accountability, and pose a safety and environmental hazard. The Fuel Man cards will allow city vehicles to fuel at the mini station pumps in the city.

Pat Whalen met with the council to discuss progress at the standpipe tower. Whalen explained that the standpipe’s plumbing has been fixed and they are in the process of disinfecting the tower.

Whalen is working with DEQ on meeting requirements in the hopes that the city will be able to utilize the water in the tower versus draining it into the field.

No decision has been made on whether or not the water will be introduced into the city’s system at this time. Further investigation of the matter is needed.

The city hired Jim Long as a full time general city worker at minimum wage. Long is being hired through a work release program for a period of 11 months. He is expected to start next Monday.

The city auction held last November yielded a total of $3,635.50. After payments are made to those who brought personal items to the auction are made the city will have made $2,759. The money will be put into the city’s municipal and general funds after an audit.

The book of ordinances for the city is being sent to David Perryman of Chickasha in order to be re-codified at a cost of no more than $5,000. Mayor McMullen says that it is a requirement that must take place and that it will allow the council the ability to make changes and references electronically in the future.

The Fire Department was granted $700 for their annual fireman’s dinner. The dinner is to take place on January 3rd, 2010 at Ken’s Steakhouse.

 January 6th is the date of the next Roll-Off trash day. The city will have two dumpsters available at Johnson Park with 2 more on standby.


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