The Duncan Banner

December 11, 2012

Large land developers could get bigger burn pits

City council to consider tabled ordinance, set resolution for filings

Megan Bristow
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — The amendment of Ordinance 13-231 is once again up for discussion at the Duncan City Council’s regularly scheduled meeting at 5:15 p.m. today.

The item has been on the agenda for the past two council meetings but has been tabled to allow for further research on amending this ordinance safely. If approved, the amendment would allow developers to be able to burn in a larger area, a 40-foot by 40-foot pit.

The ordinance currently only allows for permits to burn in a 10-foot by 10-foot pit. The amended ordinance would allow large land developers to burn in a larger space providing they have proper equipment and safety measures in place, which will be discussed with the ordinance amendment. The council will also vote on whether or not this item is an emergency, which would activate the proposed amendment immediately.

Also at today’s meeting, the council will consider approving a resolution establishing the filing period and establishing the date for the general election for offices of Councilman Wards Three and Four. Tommy Edwards currently serves in the seat for Ward three and Ricky Mayes currently serves in the seat for Ward four.

Although the filing period will not begin until Feb. 4 and will run until Feb. 6, City Manager James Freida said he wanted to give people plenty of notice to think about whether they wanted to file for election.

While Edwards does not know if he will be filing for reelection and will be thinking about it the next few months, Councilman Ricky Mayes said that he probably will file for reelection.

 The council will also be looking at approving the purchase of eight dormitory chairs for Duncan Fire Station No. 1 for $5,698. The chairs would be purchased from Hamilton Bryan at $700 per chair with an added $98 for delivery. This bid has been compared to three other bids that were not selected due to either a lack of product or a higher price.

Other business:

The council will consider the repair of rescue engine no. 1.

The council will consider the purchase of energy efficient windows at Fire Station No. 2 and 3.

The council will consider the purchase of a wired/wireless intercom communication system for fire engine no. 1.

The council will consider the purchase of a hot water pressure washer for the Parks Department.

The council will consider awarding bid for demolition of seven dilapidated residential structures.

The council will consider approving the replacement of the vacancy in seat one on the Duncan Airport Commission Board with the mayor’s appointment of Jimmy Tilley.

The regular meeting of the Duncan Public Utilities Authority and Duncan Economic  Development Trust Authority will follow the council’s meeting.