ADA — Ada City Council held its regular meeting March 20.

Terry Hall, spokesman for the proposed 2006 Ada Air Expo/RayStout Memorial Warbird Fly-In, explained about the $30,000 budget for the event, and how the city could assist by allowing a no-tax day at the airport.

City contracts with Performance Aircraft for fuel which is just about the only income from the airport the city has to offset expenses.

Councilwoman Barbara Young pointed out that the city does not break even on airport operations. Hall told the council that volunteer pilots who put on the airshow for the crowds were willing to do this just for meals, fuel and motel expenses.

A parachute group that re-enacted the Normandy jump in full vintage gear and some of the pilots interacted with the crowds on the ground. Some of the vintage airplanes, valued at more than $1 million, burn up to 100 gallons of fuel an hour. They expect around 5,000 gallons to be used for the event. With fuel prices around 40 percent higher than last year, if the city waived tax charges it would mean the organizers would be able to bring in more aircraft. In order to comply with legalities of allowing tax relief for the event, the council suggested details be furnished at a later date and voted on then, and approved the request to hold the event at the Ada Municipal Airport June 16 and 17, with assistance from the city.

Discussion concerning the proposed name for the unnamed street located on the north side of J.A. Richardson Loop, west of Nichols Dollar Saver that runs north/south and connects Lonnie Abbott Industrial Boulevard and Armory Road, brought out the fact that even though there was 60 feet of easement and the street had been paved at some point, the city had never officially recognized ownership or maintenance of the street. They did, however, approve the name of Kendall Way, in tribute to the late Everett “E.G.” Kendall who owned the property in the past. Kendall built the building now housing Nichols Dollar Saver.

Council approved sale of a lot known as 1129 East 9th for $2,000 to J. J. Hisle. The site, near East Central University, was donated to the city along with 10 acres that the city retains.

The council approved a three-year deputation agreement with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Chickasaw Nation regarding law enforcement services.

City Engineer David Hendricks gave information to council concerning conventional and nonconventional pollutants that industries may discharge in waste water. Some of these pollutants require pretreatment and by code changes to the city ordinances the limitations and violations can be better regulated. Warnings and fines can be issued for violations that can cause problems at the plant.

Council approved a revised travel policy for city employees that complies with IRS policies.

David Hathcoat reported the burn ban was officially lifted.

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