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February 26, 2014

Blanchard City Council decision could lead to 130 new jobs

— The Blanchard Municipal Authority voted to amend their zoning ordinance to rezone 80 acres of land near 280th Street and Highway 76 from an agricultural to an industrial district for developing an industrial complex Tuesday night.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation offered $10,700 to buy part of the aforementioned 80 acres and implement improvements, such as fencing and gravel paving.

"[The development] will help us build better roads," City Engineer Kenny Sullivan said.

City Manager, Robert Floyd, said the industrial district will be beneficial for city development. The city also needs a uniform code for things like houses and placement of street lights.

Floyd said the council will hold a special meeting about code enforcement on March 11 at 5:30 p.m.

The council also voted to approve the proposed capital improvement projects for a total of $6,660,984.47 and to replace the city's existing water metering system with an automated meter reading system.

Floyd said the city currently has about 1,400 water meters.

"You pay for exactly the water you use [with an automated meter reading system]," Floyd said.

The next Blanchard City Council meeting will be March 25 at 6 p.m.

 

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