The Guthrie City Council will hold their regularly scheduled meeting tonight starting at 7 p.m. in the city council chambers in city hall.

The first major issue on the agenda looks to be a discussion on a rezoning request out by Guthrie Lake area to rezone 12 acres of land from residential to a planned unit development. The rezoning application was discussed and recommended for denial by Planning Commission on September 12. The proposal is for a 12-unit bed and breakfast and group reception area not to exceed 60 people on the property.

The City Council has three options tonight, the first being to take the Planning Commission’s recommendation and deny the application; the second would be to determine that the application would be a benefit to the city and approve the application by adopting the ordinance or finally refer the matter back to the Planning Commission for further review.

The council will have to do without James Long and Jeff Taylor for the discussion as they are both involved in the project and city charter states, they cannot argue a position in front of the council that they are involved with.

The second major item of the evening will follow and that is to allow city staff to solicit bids for the Harrison Avenue Bridge, Stormwater and Roadway Construction Project.

There are four options on the table for the council. The first is a base bid of $917,646 to remove the bridge, build a retaining wall to stabilize stadium rock wall, do stormwater improvements, fill the cavity created by the removal of the bridge and repave the street. The first alternate will cost $933,366 and will include the base project plus additional stormwater improvements to the east with inlets on the north and south side of Harrison by Bob Powell’s building on the corner and repair the street. The third option on the agenda totals 1,139361 and includes even more stormwater improvements that will tie into the future Streetscape Project on Division. The final alternative includes everything in addition to new pavement, sidewalks and street lighting toi match the Division Street lighting plans in Streetscape. 

If approved the bid packets will go out by October 8, with bid opening being October 29 and bids presented to the council on November 5. Depending on the scope of the project, it is estimated that everything will be complete between April and July of 2020.

There is a consent agenda and some discussion on citizen appointments to the Citizens Rate and Fee Advisory Committee to close out the meeting. 

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