ENID — Enid city commissioners will consider an increase in the capital improvement budget of $76,010 to pay for Convergence Design’s services on Enid Renaissance Project parking at 6:30 tonight at the city administration building.
The commission approved a contract for professional services with Convergence Design in February 2011 totaling $1,315,750. In June 2011, an amendment was approved that added services for audio-visual design, security system design, telecommunications system design, acoustical design, food service, graphics, wayfinding and landscape architecture for $217,000.
The item Tuesday in-volves design of available parking within walking distance to the event center by opening day, April 1, 2013. Services include architecture, landscaping and lighting for about 1,100 off-street parking spaces.
The amendment also includes the design for new parking areas; a retaining wall along the east side of parking area No. 2; reconfiguration of existing parking area No. 6; improvements to existing areas, including re-striping, accessibility, and lighting upgrades; landscaping and drip irrigation in specific areas; and a flood plain encroachment study for all new lots.
City staff said funding is available for the contract. They indicated funding will be insufficient without the additional work, resulting in unavailable parking spaces and services that are necessary on opening day.
Enid developer Bob Berry has used the parking issue as one of his reasons for his numerous lawsuits against the city since the Renaissance program started. City officials have said they will have sufficient parking for the event center.
Enid Municipal Authority is the funding mechanism for transferring the funds.
A change order on the taxiway construction project at Enid Woodring Regional Airport will add repair of deteriorated areas to the taxiway project. The original project is to extend the taxiway, which staff said would be an advantage for both the city of Enid and Vance Air Force Base.
Commissioners also will consider a new flood control ordinance to replace the city’s current flood damage prevention ordinance to comply with Federal Emergency Management Agency requirements. Changes to the existing ordinance include removing unnecessary coastal regulations, establishing new base data elevations and clarifying wording.
In a 5 p.m. study session, held in the basement conference room in the city administration building, commissioners will hear a presentation from Grand Energy Inc.; discussion of the dilapidated building ordinance and the flood damage prevention ordinance; discussion on the composition of advisory board; and a presentation on curbside recycling. No votes are taken during study session meetings.