Ada officials will ask the state to help finance a $2.30 million water storage tank.

Ada City Council voted 5-0 Monday to seek a $97,360 grant from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce for the project. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will contribute an additional $1.03 million, and the city will chip in $1.17 million.

In a related development, council adopted a residential displacement and relocation plan for the project as required by the state.

The city has adopted relocation plans for other projects that were funded by community development block grants, said municipal grant consultant Millie Vance.

“We know that as a result of construction of this tower, the city doesn’t intend to, does not plan to relocate any persons out of their homes,” she said. “But if for some reason that should happen, then we have the plan on file that will provide for replacement of those homes.”

Council also approved a contract with Vance’s firm, Millie Vance Inc. of Ardmore, to prepare the grant application and administer the grant if it is awarded. The firm will receive 8 percent of the grant funds only, not the matching dollars.

The city is planning to build a 2 million-gallon water storage tank on the south side of town, which will alleviate water-pressure problems and provide a backup water supply for that area, Mayor Greg McCortney said Tuesday. He noted that the tank will accommodate future growth in the area.

In other business, the council:

• Postponed a decision on whether to retain the Oklahoma-based law firm Lester, Loving and Davies in a civil lawsuit against Horizon Engineering Inc. and Cummins Construction Co. The council will take up the matter again on Aug. 6.

The city sued Horizon Engineering Inc. and Cummins Construction Co. in 2009 because they did not use the right asphalt for the main runaway at the Ada airport, McCortney said. The Federal Aviation Administration and the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission had provided funding for the project but stipulated that the city should use a certain type of asphalt, which was specified in the city’s contract with Horizon and Cummins.

Because the correct asphalt was not used, FAA and the aeronautics commission required the city to repay approximately $1 million in grant money, McCortney said. The city has since repaid the grant.

The council discussed the status of the lawsuit during a short closed-door session Monday but did not take any action, other than delaying the decision on hiring Lester, Loving and Davies.

• Canceled the July 2 meeting because the council will meet at 10 a.m. June 29.

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