By CRAIG HALL
After a long discussion, the Heavener City Council approved Ordinance #720-16 for
Heavener tobacco/vapor free act to make city buildings tobacco free.
The ordinance was primarily passed to enable the Heavener Soccer Association to possibly obtain a $4,000 grant from the TSET.
The measure passed with Joey Clubb and Troy Dyer voting in favor of the measure while council person Gail Nichols voted against it.
“You are wanting us to pass an ordinance that will not be enforced,” Nichols said.
The discussion took up most of the meeting. Council members Melinda Ballantine and Jim Roll were absent.
At one point, the measure appeared to be tabled until the next meeting.
Barbara Tyson with the Heavener Soccer Association was present at the meeting and asked if the city is 100 percent compliant on all city codes.
“No,” said Clubb. Originally, Clubb made a motion to pass the ordinance, but failed to get a second. Dyer made a motion to have it tabled until the next meeting. Clubb made the second, but then withdrew the motion.
A grant of up to $20,000 is available to cities the size of Heavener from the TSET, but has not been approved. Representatives from the Healthy Living Coalition, a part of TSET, said signs would be put up saying tobacco is not allowed, but they were not in favor of penalizing anybody.
“If we’re going to do it, we’re going to enforce it,” Nichols said.
The Council also discussed using Stripe-a-Line to paint parking lines at the Heavener Runestone.
The bid was $600 with Heavener FFA members agreeing to help. The proposal was tabled at the last council meeting to get another bid.
The City reached out to another business, which declined to bid and said the bid from Stripe-a-Line was a good one and that the city should take that bid.
“This is all cosmetic,” said Clubb. “It’s not necessary. We need to fix the holes in our streets first.”
One person mentioned the Friends of the Runestone group which is in charge of the Park was not in favor of having the work done.
“I’m for doing it if they don’t have the money to do it,” Dyer said.
Clubb made a motion to reject the bid and it failed by a vote of 3-0.
They also approved a code violation for Glenna Gaglias on property at 103 Lori Lane for rank weeds and grass.
The HUA met prior to the council meeting. Present were HUA members Billy Adrean, Jim Carr, Nathan Tuck and Allen Rockwell. Council members Clubb, Nichols and Dyer were in attendance while Ballantine and Roll were absent.
HUA members approved the purchase of a used DR890 portable colorimeter and a used portable chlorine meter at a cost of $600.
Under the city manager’s report, Cody Smith said the city engineer was coming up with plans to fix the water problems and the old pipes. The amount to replace the old water pipes will be substantial, along with the necessary work to get enough pressure to the Splash Pad.
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