ADA —An offer of $60,000 from the Chickasaw Nation was accepted by city council to repair the base and drainage for a portion of Egypt Road located between Rosedale Road and the new State Highway 99. This project was one pending in the city’s overlay project list for this year. Request for bids have been published and be opened Nov. 28.
Additional engineering services were approved by council not to exceed $33,400 from Proposition 1 funds for the Hammond Heights subdivision drainage calculations. “Structures are inadequate for the needs of the subdivision,” said David Hendricks, city engineer. “The north end of the addition is struggling with capacity. Work hasn’t stopped on the project, but we need more extensive calculations than we planned to solve the problem.”
Property owned by the city of Ada was considered for sale to Hillbilly Hill, LLC. The offer of $3,000 was considered by council to be less than appraised value and a counter offer of $4,200 was determined appropriate. The property had previously been used by Joe Brown Co. Another property at 308 North Hillcrest was on the agenda for a lot split and deed approval. The council did not have a quorum at this meeting and the request was tabled for Dec. 4, as was a re-zoning request on property located at the northeast corner of North Broadway and Cottage. Cobblestone Addition, a residential subdivision on south Mississippi, was approved.
A dilapidated house at 404 East 16th Street was reported to be repairable. The owner has requested permission to make substantial repairs on the structure. Council members will determine whether action will be taken to have the house demolished or allow the owner to complete the repairs at the Dec. 18 meeting.
Council approved compliance with national bridge inspection standards , which requires inspections by local governments every two years. Approval was given for temporary street closures and assistance with traffic and crowd control during the Pat Taylor Memorial Parade of Lights on Thursday, Dec. 7. Barricades will be set up at 4:30 p.m. to block traffic at the intersections of Stockton and Main, 12th and Townsend, 12th and Stockton, 13th and Stockton, and at the 200 block of West 12th.
Sam Jewell and Cecil Higdon spoke to council members about their concerns over water meter access. Jewell requested the city change its code to allow landlords and homeowners a legal right to shut water services off at the meter, which is currently a violation.
“I and 80 percent of the people in this town are criminals when we shut the water off,” Jewell said. He said there are emergency situations and regular plumbing repairs that require water be shut off as there are no other cutoffs in most older homes. Issues were raised about the new meter boxes being locked to prevent damage to the meters.
“Can we change the law tonight? Can’t you rewrite it just a little bit? I am disgruntled at that particular law,” Jewell said.
“It would require three people sitting here that want to change it,” said Barbara Young, council member.
Jewel and Higdon were advised to meet with the city manager to discuss putting the request on the next agenda.
Ryan McMahan, an ECU student, spoke about a safety concern he had for children playing at Glenwood School, near the local park.
“When you look at other elementary schools, they have reduced speeds in their vicinity and the fences are further away from the streets,” McMahan said. “I think some sort of barrier, a guard rail or even a cable could be installed to give the kids more protection.”
Council agreed to consider the suggestion.