“Now we can get started on getting things done,” Edwards said.
Council members voting against the amendment were Mayor Gene Brown and Councilman Carl Bowers. Both addressed the situation saying that they didn’t think it was the right time nor circumstances to feel comfortable on voting for the issue.
“I think in the long run, it’s too expensive for the city to handle,” Bowers said. “If we start making exceptions, we’ll have to open it up to everybody.
“I think it will be something well and good if the city had the money to work with, but there are too many other pressing things to take care of and not enough money to do it with at this time.”
However, cost is not a factor for the lift station, as Edwards is paying to have it constructed, and upon completion will turn it over to the city. Edwards also said that this housing development will bring business and new tax money into the community, helping Duncan grow.
He estimated that the additional development of homes would bring an additional tax base of $37 million dollars in to the city of Duncan should the housing development be completed. It will also supply close to 1,200 construction jobs.
“It’s a win-win for everyone,” Edwards said.
The council was unanimous in declaring it an emergency for immediate execution.
The city also considered and approved a request from Main Street Duncan in relation to City Board appointments. Members selected by the city to the Main Street Board were Mike Stuckert, Pam Bruehl, Jason Foster, Shawn Lockstone and Bobby Richardson.
The consent agenda was unanimously approved minus an approval to purchase a frontend loader from OCT equipment for the price of $106,800. Council members saw it fit that in light of the recent winter weather, money should be conserved wherever possible. Public Works Director Scott Vaughn was asked what the purpose was for the equipment. Vaughn said that it was intended to “replace a piece of equipment that was on its last legs.” However, he did say that Public Works could still function without it, and it was not a necessary purchase.