July 6, 2018 - In This Issue:
July 6, 2018  Weekly report to the Mayor and City Council 

July 9
July 10
July 11
July 12
July 13


5:00 p.m.
City Council
Special Session
6:30 p.m.
City Council Meeting



City Manager's Weekly Report Update

This Weekly Report is sent every Friday and serves as the City Manager's "update" to City Council on items that are useful for scheduling purposes and/or communicating with constituents on matters of interest. It also  provides details on special events, and  City-wide accomplishments. Some examples include:
  • Project kick-offs and completions
  • Initiatives that will affect service valued by our residents
  • Construction updates
  • Updates on inter-governmental relations, and
  • Special Recognitions for outstanding achievements
Council Meets at 6:30 p.m., July 10 
The City Council will conduct a work session on Tuesday at 5:00 pm to discuss "Short Term Rentals" (STRs).  STRs are day-to-day rentals of individual rooms in homes.  These types of rentals have become more popular throughout the nation, including Norman.

Similar to many communities, previous ordinances did not factor in day-to-day home room rentals.  In order to manage these new types of rentals, communities have been creating ordinances to address the STRs effect on neighborhood compatibility, tax collection, safety concerns as well as enforcement.

Following the Conference, the Council meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers.  For more information about the meeting, please view the
agenda .  
Resignations, Vacancies, Expired Terms (Members Still Serving), Upcoming Appointments and Reappointments   See Chart
Incident Summary  (6/28/18-7/4/18)

Fire Related
Overpressure rupture, explosion
Emergency Medical
Hazardous Condition
Service Call
Good Intent
False Alarm
Special Incident
Severe Weather

Map and Updates for the City of Norman's Major Infrastructure  Projects
News Coverage, Documents and Articles That May Be of Interest to City Council
  • Hampton, Joy.  "Metro benefits from summer rains."  Norman Transcript.  2 July 2018.  See article
  • Office of the State Treasurer.  "Gross receipts to Oklahoma Treasury reach all-time high."  Norman Transcript.  3 July 2018.  See article
  • Hampton, Joy.  "Norman fields to be larger with better drainage and lighting."  Norman Transcript.  6 July 2018.  See article

Special Events
The Outdoor Movie series continues tonight at the Westwood Family Aquatic Center with the showing of "Star Wars:  The Last Jedi."  Season pass holders get in free; admission for non-pass holders is $5. There will be a Star Wars costume contest for any that wish to participate.  The winner will get a free day pass for the pool and a $5 voucher to use at the aquatic facility.

Independence Day Celebration
The 43rd Norman Day Celebration took place on the 4th of July at Reaves Park.  Activities included a kid-friendly carnival, pony rides, cornhole tournament, helicopter rides, inflatables, money count jar, toddler trot/baby crawl, extreme games presented by Allison's Fun Inc., face painting, food vendors and much more.  Stone's Throw began the live music at 5 p.m., Jack Waters and the Unemployed played at 6:30 p.m., and Maggie McClure and Shane Henry were on stage at 8 p.m.  The highlight of the event was the fireworks display which was set to music and broadcast over KGOU Radio.

Westwood Golf 
The 43rd Annual Westwood Invitational Golf Tournament started today at Westwood Park Golf Course.  The 54-hole stroke play tournament is sponsored by OklahomaTickets.com and will be played Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  The Westwood Maintenance Staff and Pro Shop Staff have done an excellent job getting the course ready and preparing for the event.  There are 162 players entered into the tournament, making it one of the largest holiday golf events in Oklahoma.  Players are divided into six flights based on their skill level and will compete for a variety of prizes.

Residential and Commercial Activity 6/28/18-7/4/18       Detailed Report

Combined Value
Average Value
New single family residence permits
(1 HERS application)
Residential addition or alteration permits
(3 storm shelters)

Demo permit

New single family residence applications
Residential addition or alternations applications
(0 storm shelter)

Demo application

12th Avenue SE Bond Project
Construction on the 12th Avenue SE Bond Project began on March 5, 2018. This is a $2.8 million construction project awarded to Allen Contracting, Inc. of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The project will be completed by September 2018. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) is administering the construction of this project because federal transportation funds are being used. The project boundaries are 12th Avenue SE from north of Cedar Lane Road to Oak Tree Avenue. Two lanes of traffic will remain open during construction.

Next week the contractor's activities are as follows:        
  • Begin sidewalk installation on east side of 12th Avenue SE
  • Finish concrete pavement installation on east side of 12th Avenue SE
  • Begin traffic signal footing installations at State Highway 9

  • Photos below shows concrete pavement installation on the east side of 12th Avenue SE

James Garner Avenue - Phase I
The project was awarded on March 13, 2018 to Silver Star Construction.  The cost of the project is $1,867,880.  It includes reconstruction of the Acres Street intersection to improve safety and to meet Railroad Quiet Zone requirements.  The project will create the extension of James Garner Avenue between the railroad and the new Central Library.  
Next week the contractor's activities are as follows:
  • The contractor will complete the removal of the south-leg of James Garner Avenue
  • Begin grading and soil stabilization on James Garner Avenue in preparation for the final pavement.    

Main Street Streetscape Enhancement Project
Construction on the Main Street Streetscape Enhancement Project began on Monday, October 2, 2017. This is a $3.2 million construction project awarded to Rudy Construction of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The contract time is set at 260 days or completion by June 2018. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) is administering the construction of this project because federal transportation funds are being utilized for construction of the project. The project boundaries are Main Street from Park Drive to James Garner Avenue.  Two lanes of traffic will remain open during construction.

The project involves the following items:
  • Landscaping
  • Sidewalks and ADA Ramps
  • Decorative Lighting
  • Street Furniture
  • Cobblestone Paving Band
  • New Water Line
  • Asphalt Pavement Rehabilitation 
New concrete sidewalks in Phase 8.

By the end of this week, Phase 8 (University Boulevard to Park Street) is anticipated to be substantially complete.   Next week the contractor's activities are as follows:
  • Continue irrigation installations and plant bed preparations
  • Incidental concrete work between Jones Avenue and Porter Avenue at electrical pull boxes
  • Install electrical outlets at tree wells
  • Underground power installation at University Boulevard in coordination with OG&E
Traffic Calming Program
Staff received one new traffic calming program inquiry this week:
  • Wheatland Drive, between 24th Avenue SE and Cloverdale Lane (Ward 1)
  During the week of July 9, 2018, speed trailers will be deployed at the following locations:
  • McGee Drive, between State Highway 9 and Lindsey Street (Ward 2)
  • 24th Avenue SE, between Stoneridge Drive and State Highway 9 (Ward 5)
  • George Avenue, between Stinson Street and Lindsey Street (Ward 7)

Alameda Street and Ridge Lake Boulevard Intersection Improvements (East Side Library)
The re-striping of the intersection and the installation of a new crosswalk across Alameda Street (to serve the East Side Library pedestrians) is underway. Private contractors began removing the old stripe configuration on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 and anticipate completing the installation of the new markings this week. City crews will begin work on the installation of the advance warning signs during the week of July 9, 2018. All safety devices, including flashing lights and speed limit reduction signs will be in place before the library is opened to the general public on Friday, July 20, 2018.

Stormwater Citizen Committee Hosts Second in Series of Open Houses
On Saturday, June 30th, the Stormwater Citizen Committee hosted the second of four Open Houses scheduled in June and July to discuss their recommendations to Council and gather feedback from the community. Over thirty people were in attendance to learn about the Committee's proposal, ask questions, and discuss options for addressing Norman's water quality and flooding issues. For those who were unable to attend either of the first two events, two (2) more Open Houses are scheduled in the upcoming weeks:
  • Monday, July 9
    • 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    • Norman Central Library, Lowry Room. 225 N Webster Ave.
  • Thursday, July 25th
    • 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    • Norman Library East Branch, Community Room. 3051 E Alameda St. 
Residents and business owners who are interested in learning more about the community's flooding and water quality needs as well as the various funding options proposed can visit www.normanstormwater.com.

Lake Thunderbird water level is three inches above the conservation pool, into the flood pool.  On Monday, July 2 the Corps of Engineers reduced the reservoir release from 138 MGD (Million Gallons per Day) to 35 MGD, and the release is still flowing.  The average daily water demand for the week was 15.2 MGD. 

The new elevated water storage tank (across from the Water Treatment Plant) was taken out of service starting Thursday, July 5, on its one year anniversary The tank has a 2-year maintenance bond that covers paint defects that appear over that period.  Crews are scheduled to inspect the tank inside and outside and make any needed paint repairs.  In order to complete the inspection, the water tower must be emptied and taken out of service. The paint manufacturer will be onsite Monday July 9 to inspect and approve any paint repairs.  City staff will isolate valves and rearrange the water system so customers will receive equal pressure while the work is being completed.    Any repairs to the coating are under warranty. The water tower should return to service on Wednesday July 11.

Photo above shows the new oxygen tank and evaporators that are part of the ozone treatment.

CITY OF NORMAN | 201 W Gray | Norman OK 73069
Steve Lewis, City Manager
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