The Guthrie city council met on Tuesday and along with selecting a new city manager, appointed the Chamber of Commerce’s president as the new member to the Guthrie Convention and Visitor Board (CVB).
Five of the six council members were present along with Mayor Steve Gentling inside City Hall’s chambers. Councilman Brian Bothroyd was absent.
Following the executive session, council announced the hiring of Bruce Johnson as the city’s new city manager. Related story: Guthrie hires Bruce Johnson as new city manager
Gregory “Heady” Coleman was selected to the CVB board with a unanimous vote (6-0). Related story: Chamber of Commerce announces “Heady” as new CEO
“I think he’s (Coleman) is an excellent choice. He’s a really strong Guthrie,” Councilwoman Sharyl Padgett said.
The council unanimously approved the following agenda items:
– Meetings from council meetings, special meetings and workshops.
– Lease agreements with Ron and Toni Jewell for lease hangar space to build hangars at the Guthrie Edmond Regional Airport.
– Amended a lease for hangar space No. 13 to add an additional 2,000 square feet at 17 cents per square foot.
– Right-of-way agreement with Cox Cable for a permanent easement and right of way to lay, maintain, operate, relay and remove electric line at the airport.
Before the start of the council meeting, the Guthrie Public Works Authority (GPWA), with the recommendation of the Finance Committee, adjusted the utility accounts for 322 W. Oklahoma in the amount of $354.08 and at 1208 W. Noble Ave. in the amount of $145.26.
Councilman Gaylord Z. Thomas casted the lone no votes (5-1) in each agenda item stating he believes this will start a precedent.
The GPWA denied a utility adjustment request for 315 E. College Ave.