ADA — Many comments to the city council, according to Barbara Young, council member, have been received indicating residents are unhappy with the city for the lack of Christmas lighting at Wintersmith Park this year. Young said the independent, all volunteer committee for lighting decided to take the year off to recoup finances and freshen their exhibits. The Ada parks department provides assistance, she said. However, the city does not oversee the Christmas lighting. Anyone interested in donating time, money or ideas to the committee is encouraged to call committee members Tom Runnells or Tom Crabtree.
Two people asked questions of the council in regard to the one cent sales tax providing funding to pay for bonds issued for Valley View Regional Hospital. City Manager David Hathcoat said he receives an annual report on the status of the tax and will get an update published in the newspaper.
Charles Etier asked for clarification of a statement made by an attorney at a recent council meeting that Valley View Regional Hospital administration could decide to expand the hospital and the tax would continue past 2014. “The tax is scheduled to end in 2014 unless the public votes to extend it or a judge rules the tax should continue,” said Alvin Files, city attorney.
Council approved a request to assist the 2007 AdaAirExpo and Ray Stout Memorial War Bird Fly-In at Ada Municipal Airport scheduled for June 15-16. “Ours is one of three air shows still existing in the state,” said Don Childers, air expo coordinator. “There is more interest in our event because there are so few air shows now,” he said.
Childers said the early date for the fly-in was to take advantage of the Father’s Day weekend and possibly arrange with the Chickasaw Nation Space Academy organizers for mutual promotion.
Cummins Construction submitted the low bid for street overlay projects, according to Hathcoat. The $1,069,957.35 bid was approved to be paid from Proposition One funds. City Engineer David Hendricks told council once the contract was signed Cummins Construction would have 120 days to complete the project. Hathcoat agreed to have a list of streets with dates work was to be done on them put on the city’s website for public information.