Water bailout boosts deficit
|By Joy Hampton, The Moore American, Norman, Okla.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The budget adjustment will allow the
Approximately 1,200 water meters serving homes and businesses were lost when the tornado wiped out a core section of the city. Water, sewer and sanitation revenues are affected. Until that area rebuilds and those customers are back online, utility revenue is taking a major hit.
Previously, the public works authority had been used to plump up the general revenue fund. Now, a healthy general fund can boost the public works trust.
"The general fund is in the best condition it has been in years due to the sales tax growth and the half-cent designated sales tax," Corbett said.
The half-cent tax covers residential street improvements and public safety equipment. Previously, the general fund had to pay for those items.
The year-to-date deficit in the MPWA trust is
The budget adjustment was unanimously approved.
In other city business, the city council postponed three items dealing with zoning change request that would allow a multi-family senior residential development in
Residents have expressed concerns about the increase in density near a residential development and increased traffic that the proposed
"We did receive with the protest petition with approximately 250 signatures,"
Of those signatures, city staff checked addresses, and protests represent 18 percent of the area surrounding the proposed development.
The site will have numerous trees and shrubs, a gazebo and a playground. Thirty units are proposed for three acres, but because part of the land is in the flood plain, the density is approximately 15 units per acre.
The property is currently zoned commercial, and Nguyen asked for a Moore Vision 20/20 Comprehensive Land Change and zoning change from C-1 office to R-3 high residential. Nguyen currently owns a similar development in
The planning commission recommended denial in April, but the applicant withdrew and refined plans before reapplying. Amenities were added to meet planning commission concerns, including gardens, more open space and a storm shelter.
A nearby resident,
"With all the drainage of this property -- the drainage of the roofs, the drainage of the cement -- something is going to flood," Jarema said.
He said there is already flooding in the area, and a nearby creek often can't handle heavy rains.
Jarema also expressed concerns about mud running into his yard during the construction phase, as well as an overtaxed aging sewer system once the senior apartments are filled.
"The sewers in the area right now are old," he said. "We've had the city come out several times to unplug the drains. I know they would have to tap into the sewer system to feed that."
Jarema said many seniors may still work and drive, and traffic will be affected.
"There is going to be an impact," Jarema said of traffic concerns. "This does not fit the area. It's all single-family housing."
"What if they put in a 7-Eleven in there?" Mayor
Lewis said several convenience chains are looking for more sites in that area.
Jarema said ambulance calls that are accompanied by a fire truck also would be a factor.
"This is probably the lowest-impact development that we could approve," council member
"There is a need for housing for senior adults," council member
Hamm asked about drainage concerns.
"Is there any guarantee you can give us that this will be a senior community?" Jarema said.
Jarema expressed concern that it could become multi-family housing in the future.
"As a PUD, we do maintain some control over that," Roberts said.
Because of the number of households signing the petition and concerns expressed, council members voted to postpone the three proposed items related to the senior residential development until they could study the matter more fully. Some said they would visit the
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