Duncan Mayor Ritchie Dennington used the first city council meeting of September to declare the month as Chiari Malformation Awareness Month.
According to Dennington, Chiari Malformation is a “chronic and disabling disease of the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls balance and coordination, that creates pressure on the cerebellum and brain stem, restricting the normal flow of cerebral spinal fluid to and from the brain, a disease that can for an affected person cause a daily struggle with pain, halt a career and unravel the fabric of families.” After the prayer and the flag salute, Dennington issued the proclamation.
During the reading of the proclamation, Dennington said Chiari Malformation affects one in every 1,000 people and over 300,000 people in the United States.
“Symptoms usually appear during adolescence or early adulthood and can include severe head and neck pain, vertigo, muscle weakness, balance problems, blurred or double vision, difficulty swallowing and sleep apnea,” Dennington said. “The citizens of Duncan have friends and family members affected by this disease and which to increase awareness.”
Dennington said up to now, research on Chiari Malformation “leaves fundamental questions regarding its underlying cause, diagnosis and treatment unanswered.”
Dennington said Chiari Malformation Awareness month is an “opportunity to increase awareness about the signs and symptoms of this disorder and support research efforts to find additional treatments for Chiari Malformation.”
The month of September, at the end of the proclamation reading, was declared as Chiari Malformation Awareness Month.
In other council news, the board approved a pay request to Blackburn Concrete Construction Co. LLC for $38,215 for services rendered on various street repairs.
The big ticket item of council, however, came in a vote to approve awarding a bid for the Clear Creek Lake Spillway replacement project. The bid went to SEMA Construction, Inc., for a total price tag of $9,099,970.
City Manager Kim Meek said because of the numerous repairs to the Clear Creek Lake Spillway, council directed staff to proceed with design and construction of the spillway. The construction, Meek said, will be paid through a low interest loan from Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB), which was previously presented to council and not to exceed a total of $11,325,000.
Meek said when bids were opened Aug. 20, 2020, Freeze Nichols, Inc. and city staff reviewed the bids and determined SEMA Construction, Inc. as the lowest and best bid.
City Council will meet again on Tuesday, Sept. 22. The meeting starts at 5:15 p.m. in Duncan City Council chambers, located inside Duncan Police Department.