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Posted on: August 29, 2022

Updates & Status of Projects - August 29th, 2022

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UPDATE/STATUS OF PROJECTS

Roads: 320th widening and resurfacing and paint striping is complete.

4 miles of oil and chip surfaces have been applied. Loose gravel will be swept off and then seal coated at a later date. We still have .5 miles of oil and chip roads left to do. N.W. 12th asphalt and Bankers Ave. asphalt is to be scheduled in coordination with County.

Ronny Nelson, Public Works Director, coordinates and schedules the road projects with the County Commissioners and Contractors.

Water: The Booster station project near the intersection of 24th / Santa Fe Ave. & 320th / W. Lamar Rd. should be ready to go to bid soon. This project is to improve the overall distribution of water throughout our system. Some easement details are being worked. Town Engineer, Kenny Sullivan, is preparing an engineering proposal for the 1 + mile of water line from Burr oak and N.W. 24 to the west tower. (These two projects need to be completed by next summer if possible). 

The Center Road water line project including boring SH-74 between Old Town and Marcum’s will serve the commercial areas. Kenny Sullivan still has more engineering design work, surveying, and ODEQ Permits to acquire. We have been approved for a $1.2 million grant for this project. 

Kenny is working on requirements to place a second/back up pump at the water treatment plant for the west tower.

The 18” water line project from the treatment plant to the west tower will be reduced to at least temporarily – from the treatment plant to the west side of I-35. This is due to the possibility of a grant. (Continued under GRANTS)

Sewer: Contracts have been awarded for the Sewer Projects. This is being funded by a $2.8 million loan and a $1.6 million grant.

Airport: We have requested FAA to release 11.5 acres along the front of the airport for future commercial development. Plans are being considered to build more hangers since we have a 70-person waiting list and possibly a hanger that would be used to repair aircraft (commonly known as a FBO Hanger). There are two Flight Training Schools located at the airport. There is a huge demand for pilots.

Grants: Our Town Administrator, Adam Vossen, is and has been working on multiple grants to keep up with our growing list of projects.

OWRB REAP Grant. Very short deadline 9/1/22. All hands are on deck gathering information and data for this grant. Adam, Ronny, Kristi, Sandy and Kenny.

ARPA OWRB Grant: The Town will submit a grant application for this program to help fund the 18” water line project from the treatment plant to the west side of I-35 which will include boring I-35. The scope of this project was changed to end at after boring/crossing the I-35 point because the chances of getting funding all the way to the west tower are unlikely. The Town is in a much more competitive position to phase these improvements out.

Kenny will provide project summary.

Kristi will provide water production fee schedule and debt ratio per connection.

Adam will coordinate and compile all information and complete write up of application. 

As you are aware, we have received a $1.6 million grant for sewer, a $1.2 million grant for 2 miles of 12” water line to support the commercial area and a $20.000 grant for the Main Street Planning Project.

Adam worked in collaboration with the McClain County Sheriff’s Office, finding and writing their Safe OK grant application which was approved and awarded $62,350.88 to purchase much needed equipment to assess and respond to violent crime and missing persons / human trafficking. 

Other / Misc. Grants Adam is also working on;

·        Grants for the fire department.

·        Family & greenspace planning and safe sidewalks & crossings. (ADA Compliant)

·        Improvements to the parks

·        Road safety & construction projects.

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