Billie Floyd, former state senator and local historian, asked Ada City Council Monday to look into what needed to be done to hang banners across Main Street to advertise upcoming events.

“Not everyone is on the Internet, and not everyone reads the newspaper,” Floyd said.

Ada Parks Director Randy McFarlin told councilors the city already has an ordinance in place to display banners and has poles in place to do so.

McFarlin said there were originally two sets of poles. On one set, a banner was too large and caused the poles to bend. The other set threw sparks while a banner was hanging on it. McFarlin said OG&E asked the city not to hang banners on it until the wiring issue was resolved.

A representative from OG&E said the pole belonged to the city, but OG&E had one wire attached to it.

Vice Mayor Shane Sweeney said poles would be available to hang banners on as part of restructuring Main Street’s streetlights, part of which would place electricity underground.

That, however, is dependent on a one-cent sales tax extension to be presented to voters Aug. 24 and could be a couple years away, if the tax passes.

Until then, council asked McFarlin and OG&E representatives to figure out how the banner project could work.

City Manager David Hathcoat said a Town Hall meeting about the one-cent sales tax proposition will be held 7 p.m. at Pontotoc Technology Center July 26.

Mayor Darrell Nemecek said he hopes a lot of people will be there to learn about the various aspects of the tax.

In other business, speed limits on Monte Vista by Homer Elementary may be changed to a higher speed when school is not in session. However, the item was tabled to further discuss details with Byng Schools Superintendent Todd Crabtree.

Councilors entered into executive session for one hour and 20 minutes to discuss the purchase of real property. Once councilors entered open session, no action was taken.

Councilor Matt Layton said the property was for sale under public auction and it may or may not have what the city needs. Layton, Nemecek and Sweeney voted to take no action. Councilmen Roger Cupps and Dick Scalf were not present.

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