Commission votes to improve downtown parking

May 02, 2012

Summary: The Enid City Commission, in a 6-0 vote, approved additional funds to design new parking to support the Enid Renaissance project, which includes a new event center designed by Convergence Design.

May 2, 2012

Commissioners OK funds to improve downtown parking

ENID — Enid city commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a $76,010 increase in the capital improvement budget to pay for Convergence Design’s services on Enid Renaissance Project parking.

The commission last year approved a contract for professional services with Convergence Design for $1,315,750. In June, 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.

Tuesday’s item, which passed with a 6-0 vote, concerns the design of available parking within walking distance to the event center, which is being built as part of the $24.5 million Enid Renaissance Project, by opening day, April 1, 2013. Services include architecture, landscaping and lighting for about 1,100 off-street parking spaces.

The amendment also included 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.

The commissioners approved the item, minus a vote from Mayor Bill Shewey, who was absent for the meeting.

Commissioners also approved a change order for a project at Enid Woodring Regional Airport. The change order is for a project that will replace deteriorated concrete aprons and areas on the north/south taxiway.

Airport Director Dan Ohnesorge said the changes add a “bit of work” to the ongoing project. He said it would be more cost effective to do the work sooner than later. The change order for $9,103 was unanimously approved by the commission.

Consideration of a flood control ordinance was struck from the agenda. Commissioners heard a presentation during the study session concerning the item and will vote on it later.

Commissioners also unanimously approved a bid to replace the roof of the main building of the Service Center.

Commissioners opted to award a contract to Heritage Roofing Systems in the amount of $185,500 to install an 80 mil membrane with a contract time of 90 days. The project had the longest warranty period and the lowest annualized cost, $4,740. The project will be funded through the Capital Improvement Fund.

Commissioners approved all remaining items, including consent items.

Among the items approved was $39,563 of purchasing card receipts. Among those is a receipt submitted by Enid Police Department for reimbursement for $30.97 at a Hooters in Atlanta.

Chief Brian O’Rourke said the expense was for dinner for two members of the department in Atlanta for Internet Crimes Against Children training.

“It’s legitimate restaurant,” he said. “There is no alcohol on the tab, obviously. End of story.”

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