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City office expected to be displaced until February


December 23, 2018

Work is going well on the HVAC replacement at Alva’s City Hall. The police department has completely relocated back to the north end of the building. Alva Business Manager Joe Don Dunham told the city council that Fair Plumbing is 95 percent finished with that portion of the installation.

Duct work is currently being installed in the customer service office area at the south end of the building. The plan is to move the offices back into the building by Feb. 1. The office staff is currently housed in the Professional Building on the east side of Fourth Street.

There was a slight delay in the finish date, 14 days, due to the remediation of asbestos in the basement.

Work Order System

Dunham said the city is now in the second phase of testing the SeeClickFix work order system. This citizen reporting system will allow communication directly with the department handling the problem. Anyone who has the app can take a picture of a problem and send it directly to the correct department. Once addressed, a notice is sent back to the citizen’s provided email address explaining what has been done.

Swimming Pool

Larkin Aquatics is preparing a plan to address minimum requirements as well as completely upgrade the municipal swimming pool. Dunham said as soon as these documents are available, the city will start holding some public meetings to discuss the issues faced.

Water Well Field Rehabilitation

After E. coli contamination was found Oct. 1 in two Alva water wells, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) recently examined the wells. While only two wells were contaminated, ODEQ says the remainder of the system needs to be evaluated. They made recommendations for rehabilitation of all the water wells.

The engineer’s estimate of probable cost is $23,938 per well to rehab the water wells in accordance with the standards. This cost estimate is with the city water-wastewater crews doing the labor.

Dunham said the contaminated wells, 64 and 66, need to be repaired by May 30, 2019. More time will be allowed to rehab the other wells.

Grant Applications

The economic development committee is about to complete an application for the building façade grant program. When finalized, it will be brought to the city council for approval, probably at the January meeting.

The Safe Routes to Schools grant application has been submitted, and the city is awaiting notifications.

Human Resources

Since the last council meeting, one EMS employee has been terminated, one street department employee gave his two weeks’ notice and one sanitation employee has been added. Dunham said in addition, on Monday morning the city hired a sanitation worker and a street department employee.

The city is currently searching for part-time and full-time EMS employees and a part-time police officer.

Dunham reported that Kaleb Keplinger graduated from CLEET this month and will be back to work in the police department.

Oklahoma Municipal League

Dunham reported the Oklahoma Municipal League legislative committee met Dec. 12 to discuss upcoming legislation. The main topics were medical marijuana legislation and the issue of county home rule.

Dunham explained county home rule could allow citizens of a county to decide how government activities in their county are organized and how the citizens are taxed to pay for that government. He said OML is not supporting this legislation which is considered harmful to cities.


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