Eric Swanson Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Ada moved forward with plans to upgrade its airport Monday when the Ada City Council hired a company to design a new terminal building for the facility.
The council tapped the Little Rock, Ark.-based company Delta Airport Consultants to draw up plans for a 4,500-square-foot building which will include a conference room, a pilot’s lounge, offices and space for a restaurant. The city will pay Delta $218,305 for its services.
City officials have worked for more than a year on the project, which may help boost Ada’s efforts to strengthen its economy, said City Manager Cody Holcomb.
“Our target industry analysis and our branding efforts have identified the air park as a real opportunity for commercial development, and this moves us in that direction,” he said.
Holcomb said the new building will cost about $1.2 million which will be financed by a combination of federal funds, a state grant and local matching dollars.
Councilman Bryan Morris said the project will help the airport realize its potential as Ada’s gateway to the rest of the world.
“This new terminal is long overdue,” he said. “I’m excited about the steps that we’re taking.”
In other business, the council:
• Approved an agreement with the Austin, Texas-based firm Intera Inc. to study the impact of existing and new water wells on nearby streams and springs.
As part of the study, Intera will examine data from existing wells to determine their impact on the aquifer. Among other tasks, the company will evaluate a proposal to install a new well and make site recommendations for any additional wells.
The city will pay $92,619 for the study, which may be completed within six months.
• Signed off on a $100,000 grant from the Oklahoma attorney general’s office which will help finance the Ada Police Department’s Safe Ada Project.
The project will put additional officers in neighborhoods with higher-than-normal crime rates in an effort to reduce crime in those areas, according to information from City Hall. The grant money will cover overtime costs for those officers, who will supplement the efforts of other patrol officers.
• Approved an agreement with Pontotoc County to share the city’s new forensic evidence collection computer with the sheriff’s office.
With the help of a $12,721 federal grant, the city is buying a new computer to gather, analyze and preserve forensic evidence. As part of the grant, the city is required to share the computer with the sheriff’s office and assist with investigations involving evidence recovery and analysis.
• Agreed to close Main Street and assist with traffic and crowd control during the Pat Taylor Memorial Parade of Lights, set for Dec. 5.
• Appointed Bill Lance Jr. to fill an unexpired term on the Valley View Hospital Authority board.
Lance’s term will expire in July 2018.