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May 28, 2014

Empty spec building paid off

DUNCAN — The Duncan City Council on Tuesday approved the fourth and final payment on   the spec building that was built by the Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation to entice investment.

   The council, in their capacity as trustees of the Duncan Economic Development Trust Authority,  approved paying $133,832 in sales tax collections as the final payment for the $526,83 structure in the city’s North Industrial Park.

    The 22,000-square-foot building remains without a tenant or buyer, but  DAEDF President Lyle Roggow told the council he showed it to a prospective client last week.

     The spec building because a point of debate in April when voters had to decide whether to extend the half-cent sales tax for another five years.

     Opponents of the tax called the spec building a waste of money while supporters said it’s a necessary expense to draw investors into the Duncan area.

     Voters overwhelming approved extending the half-cent sales tax that is used to promote economic development.

     In another DAEDF-related expense, the council approved a payment of $2,809.20 in sales taxes monies to complete a project that was started two years ago to improve access to the Halliburton plant on 2nd Street. It was the fifth and final payment for the $34,000 project.

     Councilman Ricky Mayes cast the only dissenting vote. Mayes has consistently voted against the Halliburton project, he said after the council meeting.

    “They’re a multi-million dollar company. They don’t need to be using our sales tax money,” he said.

     In other business, the council:

 Approved a resolution pledging $19,000 in infrastructure support for a 40-unit affordable housing development on the the city’s far south side. The resolution will be used by Carland Group, LLC to apply for a tax credit award from the Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency. The $6.5 million project is for residents 62 and older who live on fixed incomes.

 Approved an $85,529.20 to Miller Construction and Sons Inc. to replace an old asbestos pipeline to transport sewage from the east side of Henderson Harris Cemetery to the west side of the lagoons.

 Approved paying $4,265 to Construction Services to repair vandalism damage to the exterior of the Senior Citizens Building at 1110 N. 7th.

 Approved spending $4,500 for CEC Infrastructure  Solutions to design a runway lighting project at Duncan Municipal Airport. The Federal Aviation Admistration will pay 90 percent of the total $45,800 design costs.

 Approved a $6,450 contract with Flanigan Constructio and Roofing to repair hail damage at the modular house at the water treatment plant.

 

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