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October 10, 2013

Comanche City Council discusses issues of power

COMANCHE — Comanche City Council members breathed a sigh of relief after learning the city would not have to rent a mobile transformer.

This news results in a savings of at least $55,000, said Wilt Brown, Comanche city manager. These updates were given during the Comanche Public Works Authority regular meeting Tuesday.

Investigations into what exactly caused the Comanche substation to short out last week are still ongoing and the old transformer is still keeping the town running for the time being.

“There were plans to go back to the new transformer today or tomorrow but that is on hold until we find out everything,” Brown said.

After some discussion, the council members turned down an offer from Unison Site Management for managing the cellular antennas attached to the water towers owned by the authority. Brown said it was a 55-year deal, which was much longer than the members felt comfortable agreeing to.

During the city council meeting the members discussed possible action regarding getting generators for city hall, north second lift station, south second sewer lift station and the water plant in case of an emergency situation. However, the council did not approve the item.

“We only got one bid and it was too high,” said Brown. “We tried to do it all at the same time and it was too much, so we’re going to try to revisit it one item at a time.”

It was approved for Brown to accept sealed bids from contractors to place sealant on the parking lot at Comanche City Hall. He said he hopes to have that information back by the next council meeting.

Council members convened into executive session to discuss Brown’s position as city manager, as per his annual performance review. The council approved Brown for another year of employment with the city of Comanche.

“I got a good review,” he said. “I appreciate the opportunity for another year to serve the city.”

Comanche’s annual Christmas Parade was also discussed and approved by council members to be moved to 7 p.m. Dec. 14, while the area parades are generally held on the first Saturday of December.

This approval follows Duncan Main Street’s decision to move the Duncan Christmas Parade to 3 p.m. Dec. 14 to avoid any conflict with the Bedlam Game between the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University. Marlow has decided to keep its parade scheduled for 10 a.m. Dec. 7.

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