The Guthrie City Council and the Guthrie Public Works Authority (GPWA) held their regularly scheduled meetings Tuesday night with all members of the council present.
The council workshop started the evening with a report from Vice Mayor John Wood on the Water Summit he attended last month. The council had scheduled a discussion on vacant buildings in Guthrie but postponed the discussion awaiting the outcome of legislation trying to be passed through the Oklahoma Legislature this week.
Mayor Mark Spradlin then asked for an explanation on the computer lease-purchase agreement that was on the consent agenda for the regular council meeting. City Manager Sereniah Breland told the council if they bought the computers outright they would have been only able to replace approximately ten computers based on the budget allocations. With the lease-purchase the city can replace approximately 30 outdated computers. Spradlin asked why with the extra tax revenues the city has been accruing the computers are just not a capital expenditure versus the lease –purchase. Breland told the council the lease-purchase was the Guthrie’s best option.
The GPWA meeting consisted of a recognition ceremony for the winter 2014 Citizens Government Academy that was completed last week. There were six of the fourteen graduates present for the meeting.
The council meeting approved the consent agenda which included the computer lease purchase agreement for 30 new computers that will cost the city $29,352.21 for the three year agreement.
Rene Spineto then made a presentation to the council asking to solicit requests for proposals for the Downtown Improvement Project that a committee has been working on. The estimated cost is $171,000. The committee has been working on multiple ideas Spineto told the council and it was time to get an architectural design firm involved to put the ideas on paper with costs attached. The funding will come from the tax revenues the city gained from the Mumford and Sons Gentleman of the Road event last fall.
The motion passed 7-0 with little discussion.
The council then approved unanimously new rate fees for the lakes, camping, boating, Mineral Wells Park and Highland Hall. The council also approved new fees for airport hangar structure permit fees that were actually lowered to make Guthrie more in line with other area airport fees.
The council ended their night with an executive session covering four items. The first item was appointing a new contractor, Lexon Construction, to get the overdue airport runway project completed after Total Investment was found to be unable to complete the contract. The second item was also in regards to the airport and ongoing litigation with Leon Spitz. The council reported in open session that no action was taken. The third item was in regards to issues the city has with Larry Ladd on negotiated contracts on some buildings in Guthrie that were before the council a couple of years ago. The council gave Ladd until the March 18 meeting before taking any further action. Ladd was present at the council meeting but was not allowed into the executive session.
The final item was in regards to the ongoing litigation with Logan County Rural Water District #1 and Spradlin announced no action was taken. The council adjourned for the evening at 8:20 p.m.