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Council continues study of west side annexation

Roger Pugh

The Piedmont City Council again Monday looked at the possibility of annexing land in the area where N.W. 164th intersects with the Northwest Highway, west of Piedmont.

However, the council decided to carry over the discussion to next month. This came after councilman Vernon Woods said the area shown on a map prepared for council consideration was not exactly the area he had in mind for annexation.
“I want to go south of the highway, then east and west,” Woods said. He said the area had strong potential for future commercial development.

Woods told the council he would outline the specific area he’d like to see brought into the city and have the names of the landowners in time for next month’s council meeting.

City Attorney Mike Segler told the council that there are two ways a city can take land into its boundaries from outside its present limits.

He said the first was by petition from the landowner(s) wanting to be annexed into the city limits. The second was for the city to get permission from the property owners to annex their land into the city limits.

The council was told there are about five affected land owners in the area on the map the council had before it Monday.

In other city business Monday, the council again tabled the selection of a financial advisor for a proposed bond issue the city is considering to put before voters to finance some major local road repairs.

The council appeared to be prepared to act last month to select Municipal Finance Services (MFS) of Edmond. However,a bidding war of sorts erupted at that time.

That came when the council questioned the three-quarter of one percent fee MFS proposed in its proposed contract for services. Bill Strecker of BOSC, Inc, another financial advisor, suggested that rate was higher than the going rate.

He said his firm would do the work for three-eighths of a percent. The council then asked both firms to present their rates and proposed services to the council Monday.

MFS stuck to its original .75 percent rate, while Strecker told the council BOSC would do the work for .35 percent.

MFS President Rick Smith reminded the council his firm has done a lot of work in the past for the city, including the 1993 financing of the city hall building, and the financing of the city’s recent water and sewer connections on to Oklahoma City lines.

“With Rick’s firm and my firm, you have equal talent and equal experience,” Strecker told the council.

Councilman Charles Coffman suggested the council discuss the awarding of the contract in executive session, but both contenders agreed to leave the room to allow the council to continue its discussion out of their presence.

The council eventually tabled the matter until next month’s meeting.

Coffman later said he thought a discussion in executive session would be best because he felt there may be a difference in the experience levels of the two firms and he did not want to see something aired in public about one firm because he believed they were the “best two firms in Oklahoma.”

The council also Monday decided, at the suggestion of planning commissioner Mike Bell, to place a small plaque under the city hall photo of former Mayor Mike Fina to recognize his 2010 selection as Oklahoma Mayor of the year in cities under 5,000 in population.

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