City council holds first in-person meeting

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City council holds first in-person meeting

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 07:02
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The Guthrie City council held its regularly scheduled meeting of the month on May 19 in the city council chambers. It was the first live meeting in a month due to various shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic ordinances.

The meeting lasted two hours until 9 p.m. which was after the News Leader had already gone to press for the May 20 edition.

The first meeting of the night was the Guthrie Economic Development Authority special meeting that went into executive session to discuss the purchase or appraisal of real property, that being the Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport. The members met for about 30 minutes in the executive session before coming out to announce no action was being taken at the current time.

The Guthrie Public Works Authority then gaveled their meeting to order at 7 p.m. The only item on the agenda was approving minutes from the May 5 meeting.

Mayor Steve Gentling then gaveled the city council to order. The consent agenda was approved with budget adjustments, prior meeting minutes among the items approved. The council then unanimously approved Valerie Duncan to a three-year term on the Guthrie Historic Preservation Commission.

The council then got into the heart of their meeting agenda with a presentation from Dan Kassik, the city planning director on an ordinance to amend multiple code ordinances. The items up for discussion included building, plumbing and electricity; building design standards, planning and zoning, specific district regulations, yard setback requirements for structures accessory to residential areas, general provisions applying to all or several districts, architectural design of accessory buildings and fences and repealing all conflicting ordinances. Kassik talked with the council for over 45-minutes on the various issues and then Guthrie City Manager Leroy Alsup took to the podium for another 30-minutes discussing the various issues with the council and answering all of their questions.

In the end the item was tabled and a committee of James Long, Brian Bothroyd, and Sharyl Padgett were appointed to work with Kassik to fine-tune the new ordinances. Kassik told the council that he anticipated 6-8 more meetings on other planning issues before everything was complete. Bothroyd wanted to workshop the items but the committee was appointed. “This is just one aspect, we need ordinances that are enforceable, and right now they are not,” said Kassik.

The council then tabled the item unanimously with no date as to when it would be discussed again. The council is seeking input and community members were encouraged to call their council member if there were zoning issues that needed to be dealt with.

The council then approved a $32,000 expenditure to Myers Engineering for the Guthrie Lake West spillway project. The cost was broken down into $7,600 for grant funding application costs and $24,400 for hydrologic and hydraulic analyses. The council also approved spending $135,136 with Myers Engineering for John R. Flasch Industrial Park Infrastructure Project.

Alsup wrapped up the busy evening with a handout to the council members on public work project updates instead of his report. The Harrison Street Bridge, the Wastewater Treatment plant, the Mineral wells project, and the traffic signal modification on Division were the key updates in the reports. There were also some preliminary updates on reworking the baseball and softball fields in Guthrie. The Industrial Park plans will be presented to the council in the June meetings.

The council adjourned for the evening at 9 p.m.