McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

September 7, 2013

Land annex, FAA dispute set on council agenda

By James Beaty
Senior Editor

McALESTER — McAlester city councilors will consider annexing additional territory into the McAlester city limits and will once again look at a proposed lease agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration when they meet in regular session this week.

City councilors are set to meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers at City Hall. Council meetings are open to the public.

In addition, city councilors are to decide Tuesday night whether to lease city property for the construction of a new 160 foot tower on the south side of McAlester.

The proposed annexation involves an ordinance to annex land that will bring the Steven Taylor Industrial Park and the new travel plaza on the Indian Nation Turnpike into the city’s corporate limits. Although the city owns the industrial park, it currently lies outside the McAlester city limits.

After the meeting begins, public hearings are set on three issues. Among them are the proposed ordinance adding to the city limits and a hearing regarding the request from New Cingular Wireless to lease city property at 1313 S. Strong Blvd. for the purpose of constructing a 160 foot monople antenna to serve as a communications facility. Another hearing is for a proposed budget ordinance to reflect recent financial activity.

The item regarding the city and the FAA is back on the agenda again after a majority of the council voted to table the matter two weeks ago. It involves a proposed agreement for the FAA to lease building space in a city-owned building at McAlester Regional Airport.

FAA negotiators have objected to paying utilities for the building while occupying only part of the space. The building also houses the McAlester office of District 2 U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin.

Another item on the relatively brief agenda calls for discussion of the possibility of leasing city-owned ball fields to the McAlester Boys and Girls Club for 25 years.

Also on the Tuesday night agenda is a closed executive session regarding the city’s contract with City Attorney Joe Ervin. The agenda calls for city councilors to vote on the city attorney’s contract when they return to regular session.

A separate item on the agenda calls for a discussion of Hutchison Park.

Items on the city’s council’s consent agenda include a request to concur with Mayor Steve Harrison’s appointment of Ginny Webb to serve on the McAlester Planning and Zoning Commission to fill an unexpired term extending to May 2015.

Another item on the consent agenda asks the council to authorize the mayor to sign a worker’s compensation administrative services agreement between Mutual Assurance Administrators Inc. and the city of McAlester.

Contact James Beaty at jbeaty@mcalesternews.com.