Amanda Duke

Wednesday morning, June 10, Amanda Duke became the new at-large trustee and at-large council member for Comanche City Council.

Comanche City Council met to appoint a trustee and council member at their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, June 9.

The council appointed a new at-large trustee and council member during their meeting. The swearing in of new member Amanda Duke occurred Wednesday morning when Duke was made a new trustee and council member for Comanche City Council.

“This community welcomed me with open arms five years ago,” Duke said. “Now I feel called to serve and give back to my community.”

The council also decided to enter into a contract with Angel, Johnston & Blasingame, P.C. to perform the audit for fiscal year 2020-2021 for the Public Works Authority and City of Comanche.

Additionally, members of the board examined adopting an ordinance related to distributed generation. The distributed generation ordinance clarified a resolution passed in 2016. 

City Manager Chuck Ralls brought in Jennifer Rogers from the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) to share about where the industry is heading and why there is a need for the ordinance. 

Rogers said the need for “permits and ordinances is to keep your workers safe.” 

Ralls said, “the ordinance was never passed, so we are just concluding what we started back then.”

The city needs to know what is on the houses and what is on top on the roof. 

“We urge our cities to have these permits, ordinances, rates in place to protect yourself,” Rogers said.

The council members adopted the ordinance.

Tn other news, the council:

• Approved replacing the HVAC system at the water plant and funds for the payment. The quote for $6,300 would be for a three-ton unit with complete install to be funded by public works.

• Heard about building permit #1183 for Tommy Gordon, which was previously denied by the Planning and Zoning Commission. Ralls clarified the reasoning the Planning and Zoning Commission denied the carport.

“In accordance with ordinance 18-30-6 which stipulates coverage, it says that a residence can not have greater than 25% coverage on interior lots or 30% coverage on corner lots,” Ralls said. “This particular permit is for an interior lot. The lot in question is 5,086 square feet and there is currently 2,302 square feet of coverage. The new carport being requested under this is 252 square feet bringing the new total to 2,554 square feet which would exceed 50% of the lot.”

The council agreed with the Planning & Zoning Commission and denied the building permit.

The next City of Comanche Council meeting will take place in early July.


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