June 18, 2014

City council approved sale of oil and gas leases, budget

By Rachel Snyder
The Express-Star

CHICKASHA — The Chickasha City Council voted to approve the sale of oil and gas mining leases, the 2014-2015 budget and the rezoning of some residential properties to commercial or industrial properties Monday night.

The council held a public auction of three-year oil and gas leases on 240 acres at the Airport Industrial Park, and awarded the leases to Striker Land Services for $2,200 per acre with 3/16th royalty for three years.

The council also approved the future conducting of a public auction for three-year oil and gas leases on an additional 80 acres of the Airport Industrial Park.

Jackfork Land, who leases for Continental Land Resources, offered $2,200 per acre with 3/16th royalty.

City Manager Stewart Fairburn said the auction will take place at the July 21 meeting.

The council officially approved a resolution to adopt the 2014-2015 budget with the hiring of a human resources manager for approximately $90,000 and reduction of a proposed pay raise for city employees from 3 percent to 1.5 percent.

Mayor Hank Ross said the hiring of a human resources manager is necessary to help reduce the cost of workers' compensation claims for the city.

The council approved an ordinance that would rezone vacant land at the intersection of 9th Street and Utah Ave. from multi-family residential to local commercial.

Ordinances to rezone property in the 700 block of W. Utah Ave. from single-family residential to residential office district to make way for a medical office, and property on the north side of Pikes Peak Road from single-family residential to light industrial to allow for industrial development were also approved.

The council approved the establishment of an interlocal agreement with Grady County to allow the Chickasha Police Department and Grady County Sheriff's Office to provide mutual aid when necessary.

"I'm happy to see us moving in this direction to allow for more cooperation," Councilman Mike Sutterfield said.

Violet Loler addressed the council about the lack of adequate storm drainage drainage and need for improvement on streets in the east part of town.

Ross said the city will conduct a street inventory to see which streets need improvement first.