A popular event will return to Ada’s Main Street in July after Ada City Council approved the event Monday evening.

Ada Main Street Director Gina Stowers asked city council for temporary street closure and the city’s assistance for Cruising Main Friday, July 8.

Stowers said the event last year drew lots of people — and cars — to Ada’s downtown area.

“It brings a lot of attention to downtown,” Councilman Roger Cupps said. “It was like a Saturday night in the 80s.”

Stowers asked council to close Rennie Street between 10th Street and Main Street to park the classic cars in the area from 5 - 9 p.m. that night.

Council approved the request which also included the use of polycarts and a police presence while the event is in progress.

Dr. Christina Pappas' East Central University Political Science Research Methods students presented to council reasons to redistrict the city of Ada’s wards and only to vote by wards. Currently, the entire city’s population can vote in an election regardless which ward’s seat is involved.

Council discussed the topic and reasons for both ways to vote were given. One main reason is the current way of voting is in the city of Ada’s charter, and that would have to be changed. The item was only for discussion and no action was taken.

Kenny Howard, a spokesperson from OG&E, informed council that customers’ meters will be changed out in the near future as part of OG&E’s Smart Grid implementation. He said  as soon as Pauls Valley customers are changed, OG&E crews will be in Ada. Field representatives will be in the yard and will have marked vehicles and have identification.

Howard said the representatives will not need in customers’ houses. He said more information will be provided in customers’ bills and newspaper ads.

Councilmen discussed a proposed rate for the grapple truck to pick up large items. The proposed fee was $10 up to four cubic yards and $2.50 for each cubic yard after that.

Councilman Dick Scalf said some residents put out trash one day then put out more the next day and it will just sit on the curb.

“I don’t see how charging for something that was free would make it better,” Cupps said.

City Attorney Frank Stout said charging to prevent something would be considered penalizing residents rather than an actual fee.

Cupps said he would like the Beautification Committee to present the issue before council votes on it, although he would not be part of the vote as this is the last regularly scheduled meeting Cupps will be a councilman.

Council tabled the issue.

Just before the meeting was over, Cupps thanked the people who had elected him to serve on city council for the last seven years and who have trusted him for helping move the city forward.

“I feel we’ve accomplished a lot in the last seven years,” Cupps said. “It’s been a great experience.”

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