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Council approves water tower coop agreement
Tuesday, 07.15.2014, 12:19pm (GMT-5)

By Brent Wilcox

Last week’s July Minco City Council meeting produced a fair amount of progress, the most exciting of which was the council’s approval of an agreement between the City of Minco and Minco Schools which will lead to the City building a new water tower. 

City Attorney Gene Christian explained that he had prepared a cooperative agreement between the Minco Municipal Authority and Minco Public Schools. Christian said, “In effect it says it is their desire to build a new school and we do not have sufficient infrastructure in our water and sewer system currently to handle the capacity the new school will create; therefore, we need to improve our infrastructure.”

After explaining the agreement to the council and reminding the council that they had previously voted to pay up to $300,000 on the building of a new water tower, Christian passed the agreement to be signed. After the agreement was approved and signed, it was presented to Minco Schools Superintendent Kevin Sims, who will present it to the Minco School Board for their approval.

Sims said, “This serves several purposes: it meets our school’s needs, the fire suppression needs, it is a great opportunity for our community and will also help both (School and City) to save money.”

On another agenda item, Sims explained that he had visited with the Mayor and the school board, and the school was willing to help pay for the construction of new bathrooms at the Armory.

“It would be a trade-off,” said Sims. “If we could use it on bad weather days for the kids to practice hitting for baseball and softball, I just wanted you to know that if you agree with this, the school is willing to help.” The council voted to table that item until the city had received estimates from professionals on the costs to construct new bathrooms.

The council voted to offer the position of part-time code enforcement officer to Caleb Schrock, who is a part-time Minco Police officer. The position will be for 24 hours per week at $10 per hour.

Another item on the agenda that produced long-awaited action concerned the Branum building on Main Street. Six different people (Nancy Malcomb, Deana Walje, Barbara Blevins, Eileen McMullen, Donna Woodworth and C.B. Woodworth) had filed a complaint with the City recently concerning the building. Attorney Gene Christian brought out a stack of papers relating to Branum and he explained that in 2010 the Council had declared the Branum building a nuisance.

“This is well beyond Code Enforcement,” said Christian. He explained that the council will need to set up another hearing, but that the only option since it had been declared a nuisance was to tear the building down and place a lien on the property for the cost of demolition.

The council once again tabled numerous items carried over from previous meetings. These include adopting a drug/alcohol testing policy for City employees, amending the Employee handbook, and action on building permits for Jerry Sanford who built a fence out of compliance and Robert Russell who wants to build a fence which would not meet city ordinance standards. Both are taller than city ordinances allow in front of houses.

On the discussion concerning the Sanford fence, Councilman Jimmy Rice said, “We basically have two options. The fence is out of compliance with the ordinance, so we either need to move the fence or change the ordinance.” He explained that members of the Council swore to uphold and enforce the ordinances of the city and if they ignored this one, then they were violating their oath of office. 

Council member Calvin Woodworth wanted to remind citizens the importance of obtaining a building permit from City Hall before doing any work on their property. Woodworth explained that it doesn’t matter if someone is building new or repairing old, any changes have to abide by the ordinances of the city.

The council did approve a building permit for Peter and Tammy Lefebvre to build a carport and storage.

The council voted to raise the rates on reject water to $10 per 1,000 gallons and treated water outside of City Hall to $20 per 1,000 gallons and to give William Braunig a raise to $16 per hour for his 90 day evaluation.

In other business, the council approved renewing an Interlocal Governmental Cooperation Agreement with the City of El Reno for dog euthanization and they approved the Minco Chamber of Commerce using the Council Room and the Police Department garage for the 2014 Honey Festival on Saturday, December 6.

As was covered in the Minco Millennium last week, the Council accepted the resignation of William Ellis as Police Chief and Watch Commander and moved him to patrolman and appointed Brian Hau as the acting Watch Commander.

Brent Wilcox

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