The Duncan City Council members worked their way through a rather long agenda on Tuesday night that ultimately saw them say goodbye to two former city employees and clear certain structures to be taken down.

In opening the meeting, Duncan City Council and City Manager Kim Meek first said their goodbyes to Randy and Sheila Norman, both of whom retired. Meek showed her appreciation and recognition to them and presented them both with tokens of appreciation.

During regular business, the council first ratified the action of City Manager Meek in repairing the sanitary sewer main aerial crossing on Claridy Creek for a total price of $18,500.

Meek said the aerial creek crossing, located in the Pearl passive area north of Elk Avenue between 13th Street and Pearl Drive, had a sanitary sewer main damaged due to high water and erosion of Claridy Creek and the area needed immediate repair. Council ratified the repair with a 5-0 vote.

From there, Council turned their attention to the storm drain repair project with the Simmons Center.

Meek asked the Council to consider awarding the bid to Blackburn Construction for $43,338, which ultimately passed. The project will include excavation, removal and replacement of nearly 135 feet of damaged 48 inch corrugated metal pipe and concrete paving at the Simmons Center.

The Plato Bridge topic resurfaced next when Council considered issuing the first payment to Jung Engineering in the total amount of $7,776 for the project and bridge replacement. The bridge has been closed due to extremely unsafe conditions and there are hopes of a completion date in October, weather permitting. Council approved the request.

Taking down old structures came up next. Council looked at properties at 512 W. Elder, 514 W. Elder and 1108 N. 6th, all of which were approved to be taken down. The first went for a cost of $5,800 to Gill Demolition while the second also went to Gill Demolition for a price of $6,900 and the third went to Miller Construction for $3,250.

In the last items of the regular Duncan Council meeting, leaders voted to relax the alcoholic beverage code for the Main Street Duncan Car Show set to take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 12.

Finally, the board approved an application filed on behalf of Verizon Wireless requesting a use permitted on review to allow construction of a wireless communication tower on a property known as 645 W. Maple Ave.

In other news, the board:

• Approved a lease agreement with Survival Flight, EMS, Inc., for the lease of office space at the Community Intervention Center building.

• Reappointed Reavis Hammond to the Lakes Commission and appointed Rudy Sanders to fill a vacant position on the Lakes Commission.

• Entered into two separate contracts for housing of city inmates, one with Stephens County and one with Jefferson County. A more in depth story will publish in future editions of The Duncan Banner.

During the Duncan Economic Development Trust Authority meeting, trustees heard a quarterly update from Lyle Roggow, President of Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation. More information on this will publish in a future edition of The Duncan Banner. The board also heard about a company called PGM or Platinum Group Metals and more information on that will also publish in future editions of The Duncan Banner.  

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