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Duncan City Council unanimously voted to retain the same engineering firm as the Stephens County Commissioners for bridge inspections set between 2020-2022.

City Manager Kim Meek told council members the National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS) mandates all public bridges are inspected every two years and that engineering firms must meet certain standards. She said CEC, the engineering firm on the agenda, met these standards.

“The bridge inspection program now is 100 percent federally funded as long as we use ODOT ‘prequalified consulting engineering firms,’” Meek said. 

When it comes to bridge inspections, the city has four different options: to select one of ODOT’s prequalified engineering firms; to elect to do bridge safety inspections with its own forces using inspection teams and an oversight engineer fully qualified as mandated by the NBIS; to use the same firm that the county selects; or to let ODOT select for them.

“CEC is prequalified by ODOT for the 2020-2022 inspection phase,” Meek said. “As Stephens County has and is continuing to use CEC for their bridge inspections, we can also continue to utilize CEC without having to go through an interview process. CEC is located in Oklahoma City and also has a local office that is completely familiar with the bridge inspection program.”

In other council news, the board approved:

• Declaring certain firearms, contained in the Duncan Police Department evidence locker as abandoned surplus and/or obsolete and authorize the chief of police to petition the Stephens County District Court for authorizing the sale or the destruction of such firearms. Any proceeds from the sale will be utilized for Duncan Police Department purposes.

• Repairs of the transmission hydraulic clutch on a Cemetery New Holland tractor, not to exceed $7,000. Meek noted that purchasing a new tractor would cost in excess of $75,000.

• The final payment to Hurley Creative Tile Co., LLC for work completed on the carpet in the new city hall’s renovation for a total of $15,000.

• A pay request to Williams Electric Co. for $110,975.20 for services rendered on the Airport Taxiway Rehabilitation Lighting System Project. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will reimburse the city for 90 percent of the total project costs.

• Change order No. 1 in the amount of $1,350 for Lake Humphreys and El Rancho water pump station generators.

• Awarding a bid for a line striper for the street department to Gen Seal for $6,286.

• Pay request No. 6 for Tetra Tech, Inc. for $84,794.90 for services rendered in the inflow and infiltration reduction plan.

• CEC Corporation pay request No. 3 in the total amount of $23,550 for additional services on the Airport Rehabilitation Taxiway Lighting System. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will reimburse the city for 90 percent of the total project costs.

• An ordinance which will rezone a property referred to as 1604 Larch from R-3 residential to C-2 commercial. The City of Duncan Plan Commission met Tuesday, Oct. 15 to hear a request made by Jessie Murphree to rezone the property from residential to commercial. Staff shared with the plan commission members that the property has been used for commercial purposes for several years and was just recently caught by the department of community development for not being in compliance with the zoning regulations. Staff also shared that the property has commercial zones to the north, east and south. No one from the public spoke for or against this request.

• The purchase of cable wire from Techline Inc. for $16,125 to be used for Westgate Subdivision Improvements, various projects and stock.

• Awarding a bid for a sanitary sewer line repair project to B&J Backhoe LLC for $13,470.

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