March 10, 2017 - In This Issue:
March 10, 2017  Weekly report to the Mayor and City Council 

March 13
March 14
March 8
March 9
March 10


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


5 p.m.
City Council
Oversight  Committee

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 citizens
  • Construction updates
  • Updates on governmental relations, and
  • Special Recognitions for outstanding achievements

FY 17 Now 4.47% below prior year

The general purpose sales tax remittance for the month of March (reflecting sales during January) was $4,101,932. This is a decrease of $267,527 (-6.61%). Fiscal year 2016-17 sales tax collections are now 4.47% below prior year levels.


Social Media Posts Help Educate Residents

The City of Norman continues to educate residents about the critical role of sales tax and the importance of shopping locally. The most recent post of Facebook and Twitter emphasizes the unique situation for cities in Oklahoma. 

City and Library Partner to Host Educational Event

The City of Norman and the Norman Public Library are hosting an event for adults and children Saturday (tomorrow) at the Library, 225 N. Webster, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The event will feature story time for children and brief presentations on the three E's of rail safety: engineering, enforcement and education. Mayor Miller will welcome attendees. Presenters include Transportation Engineer Angelo Lombardo, Norman Police Captain Shawn Hawkins, and Charles Ellison with Operation Safety. 

New Waterline Replaces Aged Line on Main

The project to install new waterlines on Main Street between James Garner Avenue and Park Drive begins Monday. The new waterline replaces an aged line that has experienced ruptures and leakages. The northernmost eastbound lane of Main Street, as well as the adjacent parking to the north, will be closed while the work is underway through May.

The photo below shows the new 16" diameter water mains, new fire hydrants and fittings for the waterline installation on Main Street.

From Oklahoma Municipal League, Issue No. 06-17, March 9, 2017
News Coverage, Documents and Articles That May Be of Interest to City Council
  • Komiske, Ken. "Providing a return on wastewater investment." Municipal Water Leader. Volume 3 Issue 2. February 2017.  See article
  • Troxtell, Adam. "Brush fire forces evacuations in northeast Norman, burns 100-plus acres." Norman Transcript. 4 March 2017.  See article
  • Burke, Mack. "More road work coming to Main St." 4 March 2017.  See article
  • Burke, Mack. "Norman animal shelter makes emergency funding request." Norman Transcript. 7 March 2017.  See article
  • Troxell, Adam. "Council hears Center City Vision concerns." 8 March 2017. Norman Transcript. 8 March 2017. See article
Resignations, Vacancies, Expired Terms (Members Still Serving), Upcoming Appointments and Reappointments     See Chart
Change Order No. 1 with W.L. McNatt and Co., K-1617-56, for Westwood Family Aquatic Center, in the amount of $8,729 for door hardware and bath house health department and ADA changes (sink and changing station requirements identified by the County Health Department). The change order will be submitted with the City Manager's Report on March 28, 2017.
Requiring Detours or Alternate Routes

Road Closures for the Coming Week 
Incident Summary 

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

The Norman Train Depot Reconstruction Project continues. Masonry work is wrapping up on the south parapet wall including the chimney. Masonry work on the west side of the building continues. Work has begun on the interior ceiling of the center portion of the building preparing for the new mini-split HVAC registers. 

Residential and Commercial Activity 3/217-3/7/17        Detailed Report

Type Number  Combined Value Average Value
New single family residence permits
Residential addition or alteration permits
(19 storm shelters)

New single family residence applications
Residential addition or alternations applications
Demo applications 


SH-9E and Lindsey Interchanges on Interstate 35
Construction on the I-35/ SH-9E and Lindsey Street Interchanges Reconstruction Project began on Monday, March 2, 2015. This is a $72 million construction project awarded to Sherwood Construction Company of Tulsa, Oklahoma. ODOT is administering the construction of this project. 

Next week, weather permitting the contractor's activities will be as follows:
  • Continue to place concrete pavement on Lindsey Street between I-35 and Ed Noble Parkway
  • Continue to place pavement on Lindsey Street between 24th Avenue SW and I-35 northbound ramps
  • Continue to place pavement on the I-35 northbound to Lindsey Street off ramp
  • Continue to place pavement on the I-35 southbound off ramp
  • Continue to place pavement on the SH-9 to I-35 northbound on ramp
Lindsey Street Bond Project
Construction on the Lindsey Street Bond Project began on Tuesday, July 5, 2016. This is a $28.4 million construction project under construction by Sherwood Construction of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The contract time is set at 500 days with a $5,000 per day incentive and a maximum of 100 days. Completion of this project is estimated to be October 2017. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) is administering the construction of this project. Lindsey Street between 24 Avenue and Berry Road will remain open during construction. 

Next week, weather permitting the contractor's activities will be as follows:
  • Continue to install the Imhoff Creek channel liner
  • Continue to install the concrete pavement for the inside lanes of the new roadway west of Berry Road
  • Continue to relocate the water line in eight different locations on McGee Drive and north to Camden Way in preparation for installing the new storm water drainage box that will relieve flooding in the area
  • Continue to construct the stormwater drainage system junction box at the intersection of Lindsey and McGee
  • Continue to reconstruct the northeast corner of the 24th Avenue SW and Lindsey Street intersection
  • Continue to install the stormwater drainage system on the north side of Lindsey Street from the west end of Bethel Baptist Church to the McGee Drive intersection
On Monday, January 30 the contractor closed the north and south legs of the intersection of Lindsey Street and McGee Drive to install a new sewer line under Lindsey Street. The south leg of the McGee and Lindsey Intersection was reopened to traffic on Tuesday, February 21.The north leg will remain closed until June 2017 to install the sanitary sewer line and construct a stormwater drainage system junction box.
Traffic was shifted at the 24 Avenue SW and Lindsey Street intersection. The traffic on 24 Avenue SW will remain in the current location on the west side of 24 Avenue SW through the intersection. The traffic on Lindsey Street was shifted from the north side of Lindsey Street to the south side. This traffic shift allows the contractor to construct the northeast quarter of the intersection. This is the last portion of the intersection to be reconstructed. The intersection will be completed by the end of April

Franklin Road Bridge over the Little River
Construction on the Franklin Road Bridge Project began on January 16, 2017. This is a $3.7 million project under construction by Frontier Bridge of Okarche, Oklahoma. This project is a part of the 2012 Bond Program. Contract time is set at 180 days with an estimated completion date of July 15, 2017. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) is administering the construction of this project. The contractor closed Franklin Road between 24th Avenue NW and 12th Avenue NW to through traffic on January 16 for the duration of the project, in order to remove and reconstruct the bridge over the Little River. The detour during the construction of the project is Tecumseh Road. 

Next week, weather permitting the contractor's activities will be as follows:
  • Continue to construct the footings for the bridge
2013 CDBG-DR Project Groups 1 and 2
Construction on the CDBG-DR Groups 1 and 2 began on June 16th, 2016. Project Group 1 includes:
  • 84th Avenue NE from Tecumseh Road to Franklin Road
  • Tecumseh Road from 84th Avenue NE to 120th Avenue NE
  • 96th Avenue NE from south of Rock Creek Road to Tecumseh Road 
Project Group 2 includes:
  • 108th Avenue SE, both from Etowah Road to State Highway 9
  • 120th Avenue SE, both from Etowah Road to State Highway 9
The major focus of work now is wrapping up construction on 108  Avenue SE and shifting more effort to 120   Avenue SE, both between Etowah Road and SH-9.
Next week the contractor's activities are as follows:
  • Continue AT&T utility relocations at various locations
  • Continue asphalt surface paving on 120 Avenue SE between Etowah Road and Cedar Lane
  • Continue sod installation, cross drain installations, and entrance culvert installations on 120 Avenue SE between Post Oak Road and SH-9
  • Finish sod installation on 108 Avenue SE
Sod rolls delivered in preparation for installation


FYE 2017 Concrete Projects bid was awarded on August 9, 2016 by City Council to Central Contracting services in the amount of $246,025.00 for the four following projects to be completed throughout the fiscal year 2017:
  • Citywide Sidewalk Reconstruction Program which is intended to assist property owners in repairing existing sidewalks and constructing new sidewalks along an entire city block. Property owners who wish to participate in the Citywide Sidewalk Reconstruction Project will pay fifty percent (50%) of the estimated cost, with the City paying the remaining fifty- percent (50%) from funds allocated to this project. Construction is scheduled to repair eight residential sidewalk locations in Deerfield and Park Place additions in northeast Norman and is expected to be complete by March 31. 
  • The Downtown Area Sidewalks and Curbs Program will repair hazardous or deteriorated sidewalks, ramps and curbs in the downtown area. The location will be concentrated on the north/south corridors on the east side of downtown, along Crawford Avenue north and south of Main Street. Construction to upgrade ramps and repair sidewalk on Crawford Avenue from Main Street to Eufaula Street will begin in mid-April 2017.
  • The
    Sidewalk Program for Schools and Arterials is used to construct new sidewalks adjacent to elementary schools that have no sidewalks and along walking routes to the schools. The location in this year's program is the south side of Westlawn Drive from Berry Road to Wylie Road, with new ramps crossing Wylie at the east entrance of Jackson School. Construction will begin at the end of the school year in May 2017.

Food and Shelter Addition Section 1, a PUD
Food and Shelter Addition Section 1 is generally located on the east side of Reed Avenue approximately 480 ft. south of East Main Street.This property was previously owned by the State and contains no zoning but was used as institutional.
Public improvements consist of water mains, storm sewers, sidewalks, and improvements to Reed Avenue. Sanitary sewer is existing. A privately maintained detention facility will collect storm water runoff. All public improvements have been completed and accepted by the City.

Completed Reed Avenue paving improvements

2010 Street Maintenance Bond Program - Urban Road Reconstruction
The FYE 2010 Street Maintenance Bond Program, Urban Road Reconstruction 2016 location, on Iowa Street between Berry Road and Pickard Avenue, will start on Monday, March 6, 2017. The first phase of this project will be the replacement of the water line and the service connections to all homes in the project area. This portion of the work is being performed by City of Norman, Utilities Line Maintenance personnel. All work will be coordinated with effected residents to minimize any disruptions in service. Upon completion of the water line work, City of Norman, Public Works crews will construct the stormwater collection system and start the preparations for the new road.
2015 Street Maintenance Bond Program - Urban Concrete Arterial Streets
The FYE 2015 Urban Concrete Street portion of the 2010 Street Maintenance Bond Program was awarded to A-Tech Paving in the amount of $733,437 and approved by City Council on May 12, 2016. This work consists of select concrete panel replacement on Main Street between Berry Road and Park Drive. A-Tech is scheduled to resume work on Monday, March 6, 2017 on Main Street between Park Drive and Flood Avenue in the east and westbound inside lanes starting at Park Avenue and working to the west. 

2015-2016 CIP Urban Asphalt Rehabilitation
The FYE 2016 Urban Asphalt street portion was awarded to Silver Star Construction Co, Inc. in the amount of $1,679,995 and approved by City Council on May 26, 2016. This work consists of seven locations in the urban area. Three locations have been completed and work on the fourth location Robinson Street from 24  Ave NE to 60  Ave NE began on March 6. The project includes milling, deep patching and repaving the road to provide a smoother driving surface.  Traffic is reduced to one lane with flagmen and pilot cars to safely direct traffic. This location is expected to be complete by March 30, weather permitting. 
Traffic Calming Program
Staff received two new traffic calming program inquires this week:
  • Cruce Street, between Wylie Road and Berry Road (Ward 2)
  • City of Mustang, who is considering a traffic calming program for their community
During the week of March 13, 2017, speed trailers will be deployed at the following locations:
  • Cruce Street, between Wylie Road and Berry Road (Ward 2)
  • Brooks Street, between Classen Boulevard and Barkley Avenue (Ward 8)
  • 9th Avenue NE, between Rock Creek Road and Sequoyah Trail (Ward 6) 


Lake Thunderbird water level is 20 inches below the top of the conservation pool.The conservation pool is 90% full. The average daily water demand for the week was 10.9 MGD (Million Gallons per Day).

The drop-off recycling center located near Hobby Lobby on Main Street received a new layer of pavement this week. The pavement provides better access and reduces the risk to customers. Sanitation paid for materials and the Street Division accomplished the paving professionally and quickly. The drop off recycling has been in, or around, this particular area since 1994.

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