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April 22, 2014

City Council to consider airport runway rehabilitation

DUNCAN — A rehabilitation project could be coming to the runway at the Duncan Municipal Airport.

The Duncan City Council will consider submitting a letter of interest to the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission to rehabilitate the airport’s runway. The council will discuss the letter during tonight’s regular meeting.

“Recently, the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission (OAC) contacted city staff to propose that Duncan Municipal Airport be included in a grant program for rehabilitation of the runway. If funding is available, repairs would also be made to the parallel taxiway and main apron,” City Manager Jim Freida wrote in a memo regarding the possible project.

The project would be funded by the OAC grant and a 5 percent local match. The project is estimated to cost about $450,000, bringing the City of Duncan’s total cost to $22,500. OAC would serve as the agent to contract all necessary services for the project.

The letter, if approved by council, would be signed by Mayor Gene Brown. The latter would outline many of the same items included in the memo, including the 5 percent local match and the use of any additional funds to focus on repairs to specific areas.

In the letter, the City requests the project or projects be included in the commission’s 2014-16 fiscal year Capital Improvements Program.

“The city has the capacity and is committed to make available its funding share,” according to the letter. “Unless we learn otherwise, we will include this expenditure in our fiscal year 2015 budget.”

The Duncan City Council will meet at 5:15 p.m. today at the Duncan Council Chambers.

Other items:

 The City of Duncan may withdraw from its membership to the National League of Cities Program.

Membership into the program has an enrollment fee of $1,800 each year. The organization represents “a large number of cities across the nation,” according to a memo by Frieda.

“The organization hosts several events throughout the year available only to its member cities; however, these programs are typically across the country and are prohibitive to attend because of expensive costs,” Frieda elaborated in the memo. “It has been approximately seven years since city representatives attended an NLC function.”

If the city chooses to withdraw from the program, its annual contribution of $1,800 would be refundable to the city.

 The City Council may choose amending city ordinances pertaining to specific penalties relating to fines associated with Duncan Municipal Court.

If approved, the city could increase fine and bond amounts at Municipal Court, bringing fines for all crimes (with the exception of seat belt violations, speeding and parking tickets) to $700. Crimes relating to driving under the influence and possession of marijuana could be fined up to $800.

The amended ordinance would be consistent with Oklahoma State Statute.

“Under the current code section, the maximum fine allowed on non-specific matters is $200. It also sets forth fine limits on other crimes of $500 and up to 60 days in jail for certain crimes. State law has changed and allows the city to impose higher fines and bond amounts for the Municipal Court,” Frieda wrote in a related memo.

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