City Council approves all items unanimously in latest meeting

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The Guthrie City Council and Public Works Authority regular scheduled meeting Tuesday evening moved along very smoothly by approving all consent agendas and resolutions unanimously.

All council members were present excluding councilwoman Ellen Gomes and Vice Mayor Trey Ayers. Guthrie Mayor Chuck Burtcher announced Gomes was ill and Ayers was on vacation.

The meetings started with public comments and Kathy Saunders thanking everyone who was involved with the skate park and encouraged citizens to help with the Guthrie Animal Shelter.

Burtcher followed Saunders by thanking and recognizing Madison Greer, a Watonga girl, who raised and donated $102 for the Guthrie Animal Shelter that was damaged in the May 24th tornado. Greer raised the proceeds through her lemonade stand in front of a hardware store. Guthrie News Page shares the video and story of Greer from KOCO Channel 5 in Oklahoma City.

Following the public comments, the GPWA approved the minutes from the June 21st meeting as well as the claims to quickly move into the city council meeting.

The council approved the minutes of both the special city council workshop and regular city council meeting along with the claims, appointing Sheri Mueller as the City’s Special Judge and approved the Disaster Emergency Proclamation.

Mueller, who is no relation of City Manager Matt Mueller, is a former Alternative Judge in the past for the City. The appointment of a Mueller allows a third option (along with the Presiding and Alternate Judges) for any potential conflicts of interests.

The Declaration of a Disaster Emergency Proclamation will begin the process of reimbursements for costs of the May 24th tornado, that FEMA declared as a disaster for public assistance.

The final agenda item the council acted on was  increasing the contract work with Atlas Paving by $25,000 to repair the base work on the three areas of Lakewood Dr. and declaring an emergency because of the hazardous condition of the road.

Matt Mueller told the council that City crews have been pushed back on projects due to the tornado and unable to get to the job in sufficient manner. Mueller went on to say despite the additional $25,000 expense, the 2011 Street CIP budget still remains under budget ($7,000) for the year.

In the resolution portion of the meeting, the council adopted The Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan as required by FEMA. The Plan provides guidance for the City and participating jurisdictions’ hazard mitigation activities for the next five years and ensures that the City of Guthrie and participating jurisdictions implement activities that are most effective for mitigating natural hazard events.

In the final act of the evening, the council adjourn for a quick executive session and returned to authorize the mayor to execute building improvement extension agreement regarding to the old fire station and park barn contracts.

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