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Alva City Council to meet only once a month


December 23, 2016

The Alva City Council decided Monday that they’ll move toward only one meeting per month. The change won’t be official until City Attorney Rick Cunningham draws up the new ordinance and the council votes to pass it. After that the council will meet on the third Monday of the month at the usual time of 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers.

The council discussed the idea earlier, but at that time two meetings were necessary to approve all the purchase orders and payroll. Alva Business Manager Joe Don Dunham now has the authority, granted by the council, to approve purchases up to a certain amount without prior approval. So payroll checks and routine purchases are already paid out before the council receives a report to approve.

Besides the advantage of one less meeting to attend each month, Dunham said the staff in the city office would have to prepare and assemble the large amount of meeting paperwork only once a month.

Steve Valencia was the only council member absent from the Dec. 19 meeting.

Freedom West Renovation

Freedom West Community Development Corporation asked the city for a waiver of permits and fees related to the renovation of 422 Flynn St. in Alva. The former furniture store on the north side of the square has been vacant for several years. Freedom West expects the renovation to bring additional retail and office space to Alva.

Dunham said the estimated loss of fee and permit revenue to the city would be $1,613. Freedom West intends to use local contractors for the project, and materials will be purchased locally as available. The total cost of renovations is estimated at $1.2 million.

Councilmember Chris Eckhardt made the motion to approve the waiver of fees, seconded by Bryce Benson, and the council voted unanimous approval.


Mayor Kelly Parker said with the resignation of Wes Miller from the council, there was a vacancy on the Alva Airport Commission. He announced his appointment to that commission was Kelly Parker. He said he talked to Parker, who agreed to serve. The council voted unanimous approval of the mayor taking that position.

Mayor Parker announced his appointment of Councilmember Brandon Sherman to the Alva Recreation Complex Board, replacing Chad Fisher who resigned from the council. Sherman was also unanimously approved for that position.

Other Business

The council approved minutes of the last meeting, claims of $109,029.62 and payroll expenses of $108,984.85.

The Alva Utility Authority met next, approving minutes of the Dec. 5 meeting, claims of $54,139.22 and payroll expenses of $24,513.49.

The Alva Economic Development Authority met last, approving minutes of the last meeting, claims of $21,100.76 and payroll expenses of $6,389.69.


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