January 4, 2019 - In This Issue:
WORKING TOGETHER
TO DELIVER EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE
January 4, 2019 Weekly report to the Mayor and City Council 

MONDAY
January 7
TUESDAY
January 8
WEDNESDAY
January 9
THURSDAY
January 10
FRIDAY
January 11



6:30 p.m. 
Historic District
Committee


5 p.m. 
City Council Conference

6:30 p.m. 
City Council Meeting





No 
Meeting

4 p.m.
Citizen's Public Safety Oversight Committee

5 p.m.
City Council Oversight Committee




No 
Meeting


CITY MANAGER 
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
Stormwater survey goes live 
A survey soliciting pubic input on a proposed stormwater bond and utility fee, as requested by council at the Dec. 18 Council Conference, was sent out to the public on Tuesday. As of Friday morning 920 responses have been collected. The survey will remain active  at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/normanstromwater through Sunday, Jan. 6. Results will be presented to Council at the Jan. 8 Council Conference. 
Police Department Lieutenant Promotion 
Norman Police Department's Sergeant Marcus Savage was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant at a ceremony on Friday, Jan. 4. 


Senior Soiree Valentines Dance tickets on sale
Tickets are now available for the annual Senior Soiree Valentines Dance. The dance will be Feb. 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Mercury Center, located at 426 E. Main St. in Norman. This will be the first time the dance will be held outside of the Senior Center. Tickets are $12 per person and include music, dancing, and hors d'oeuvres. Tickets can be purchased at www.cityofnorman.thundertix.com or the Senior Center located at 429 S. Peters Ave. 


BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
Resignations, Vacancies, Expired Terms (Members Still Serving), Upcoming Appointments and Reappointments   See Chart
FIRE
Incident Summary  (12/27/18-1/2/19)T

Fire Related
5
Overpressure rupture, explosion
0
Emergency Medical
168
Hazardous Condition
4
Service Call
19
Good Intent
34
False Alarm
18
Special Incident
0
Severe Weather
0
**Unknown
11
Total 335
 














**T echnical difficulties caused an issue with certain reports populating. This issue is being resolved. 

MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS  

Map and Updates for the City of Norman's Major Infrastructure  Projects
ARTICLES
News Coverage, Documents and Articles That May Be of Interest to City Council
  • "City seeks input with stormwater survey" Norman Transcript 1/3/19 see article 
  • "Council members share New Year's resolutions" Norman Transcript 1/3/19 see article
  •  "A silly season for elections" Norman Transcript 1/3/19 see article
  • "Revisiting some of the top city council stories of 2018" Norman Transcript 1/2/19 see article
  • "LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Downtown needs a boost" Norman Transcript 1/2/19 see article
  • "Norman neighborhood upset after fox found shot to death" KFOR 12/31/18 see article 
  • "Norman Mayor reflects on 2018" Norman Transcript 12/31/18 see article
  • "McNellie's to close its location in Norman, citing city's development focus" 12/31/18 see article

PARKS
NORMAN FORWARD Westwood Tennis Indoor Facility
The building components for the indoor tennis facility were delivered to the site this week. Flintco will begin placing the structural steel pieces next week. Framing for the building is expected to take about three weeks. The project is on schedule to be completed in March. 

PLANNING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Residential and Commercial Activity 12/19/18-1/2/19      Detailed Report

 
Type
Number
Combined Value
Average Value
New single family residence permits
8
$1,791,380
$223,923
Residential addition or alteration permits
18
(10 storm shelter)
$240,925

Demo permit
0


New single family residence applications
12
$3,755,872
$312,989
Residential addition or alternations applications
4
(3 storm shelter)
$194,200

Demo application
0




PUBLIC WORKS
STORMWATER
Burlington Drive Drainage Improvements
In response to multiple citizen complaints regarding inadequate drainage and safety concerns along Burlington Drive over several years, the City's FYE 2019 Capital Fund includes a project to address the problem. In 2017, Public Works Stormwater Division began working with Cardinal Engineering to design improvements to the stormwater system along this street to prevent stormwater from ponding along the gutter or surfacing through cracks and joints in the street. Based on Cardinal's analysis, it was determined that the installation of a perforated pipe beneath the curb and gutter along both sides of Burlington Drive from 3621/3620 Burlington Drive to 1501 Pembrooke Drive connected to the stormwater pipe near 36th Ave NW on Burlington Drive was the most cost effective way to address the drainage and safety concerns reported by the citizens. Construction began on this project on October 29, 2018. This is a $82,464 construction project awarded to MTZ Construction, Inc., of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The project involves the following items:
  • Remove and replace curb and gutter, driveway, and paving
  • Install 838 linear feet of 4" perforated pipe along the north and south sides of Burlington Drive
The contractor completed installation of the perforated pipe on the north side of Burlington Drive on November 9,2018. During the week of November 19, 2018, the contractor completed work on installing perforated pipe on the south side of Burlington Drive. ADA-compliant sidewalks have been completed on the north and south sides of Burlington Drive within the project boundaries, and final site stabilization and clean-up occurred during the week of December 3, 2018.


Bart Conner Drive Channel Repair Project
In response to multiple citizen complaints regarding flooding of the street at the intersection of Bart Conner Drive and Bart Conner Court along with the associated safety concerns over several years, the City's FYE 2019 Capital Fund includes a project to address the problem. In 2017, the Public Works Stormwater Division began working with Cardinal Engineering to design improvements to the grass-lined drainage ditch just south of the intersection of Bart Conner Drive and the detention area that runs parallel to Bart Conner Drive from the drainage ditch to 36th Ave NW. Based on Cardinal's analysis, it was determined that widening the curb opening to the drainage ditch, creating a 17-ft wide concrete channel from Bart Conner to the detention area to the south, and installing a 6-ft wide concrete flume at the bottom of the detention area was the most cost effective way to address the drainage and safety concerns reported by the citizens. This is a $156,384 construction project awarded to EMC Services, LLC, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The project involves the following items:
  • Remove and replace curb and gutter and paving 
  • Install approximately 390 linear feet of 17' wide concrete channel south of Bart Conner Drive
  • Install approximately 470 linear feet of 6' wide concrete flume in the detention area south of Bart Conner Drive
  • Install 7 removable bollards at entrance to concrete channel at Bart Conner Drive
Construction began on this project during the week of November 12, 2018. The contractor has completed installation of the 6' wide concrete flume and began work on the 17' wide concrete channel south of Bart Conner Drive during the week of December 3, 2018.


PUBLIC WORKS
MAJOR TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS
Main Street Bridge over Brookhaven Creek
Construction on the Main Street Bridge over Brookhaven Creek project began on Monday, August 13, 2018. This is a $4.9 million construction project awarded to Silver Star Construction Company of Moore, Oklahoma. This project has an expected completion date of June 2019. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) is administering the construction of this project because federal transportation funds are being used. The project includes replacement of the bridge structure and associated roadway and 2300 feet or stream restoration along Brookhaven Creek .  On Tuesday, August 14, 2018, a severe rain event caused the Main Street Bridge over Brookhaven Creek to collapse. It was agreed to keep the bridge structure closed to traffic and replace the entire structure at one time to save money and time on the project. 
 
The project involves the following items:
  • Stabilize the banks along Brookhaven Creek.
  • Construct a new box culvert bridge on Main Street and over Brookhaven Creek 
  • Concrete pavement on Main Street
  • Install an access road along Brookhaven Creek
  • Tree plantings    
   
Next week the contractor's activities are as follows:   
  • Continue grading and soil stabilization in preparation of the roadway pavement on the outside westbound lane on West Main Street 

State Highway 9 East Bridge over Little River
Construction began on September 10, 2018. This is a $5.3 million dollar construction project awarded to  Haskell Lemon Construction Company of Oklahoma City, and administered by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. The project includes full replacement and widening of the State Highway-9 East Bridge over Little River, from two lanes to four lanes. The project will also reconstruct the east and west approaches to the bridge. The planned sequence of construction is to construct the south half of the bridge while keeping traffic on the north half. Traffic will be shifted to the south half of the bridge once it is completed, while the north half is under construction. The project is expected to be completed in March of 2019.     
 
The project involves the following items:
  • Widening the Little River Bridge over State Highway-9 East from two lanes to four lanes
  • Reconstructing the pavement on the approaches to the bridge.
Next week the contractor's activities are as follows:
  • Continue side slope grading operations on Phase 1, in preparation for the shifting of traffic to the new bridge section. 

Crews placing concrete on the approach slabs
(South Highway-9 Bridge over Little River. December 20, 2018)


James Garner Avenue - Phase I
Construction began on April 9, 2018. This is a $1.8 million dollar construction project awarded to Silver Star Construction Company of Moore, OK. The project 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. 

The project involves the following items:
  • Constructing a new roadway and intersection on James Garner Avenue and Acres Street along with a new Legacy Trail
  • Installing a new improved drainage system
Next week the contractor's activities are as follows:
  • Place the final 2-inch asphalt surface course on Acres Street, James Garner Avenue, and Jones Avenue
  • Complete installing the permanent signage
 
Placing the asphalt base course at the intersection of Jones Avenue and Acres Street    
(Hours before reopening Acres Street, December 20, 2018)


PUBLIC WORKS
STREETS
Lahoma Ave. from Gray St. to Hughbert St. 
The 2016 Norman Street Maintenance Bond Program includes Urban Roads Reconstruction Projects.  The current two street projects are the FYE 2017 Lahoma Street from Gray Street to Nebraska Street and FYE 2018 Lahoma Street from Nebraska Street to Hughbert. These projects were awarded on March 13, 2018.  The projects were bid together to allow continuity of construction and better unit costs for construction items.  The projects were awarded to A-Tech Paving in the amount of $561,799.25 and $376,872.00 respectively. This work consists of reconstruction to widen the road to 26 feet and install curb and gutter to improve drainage.  Existing sidewalks and ramps will be replaced to provide ADA accessibility.  Driveways will be replaced within the public street right-of-way, and are designed to accommodate future sidewalks meeting ADA requirements. Construction began on March 19, 2018 and is expected to be completed in March 2019.
 
Next week activities include:
  • Continue installation of drainage structure at the north leg of the Lahoma Avenue and Acres Street Intersection
  • Continue clean up between Tonhawa Street and Nebraska Street    
  
FYE 2019 Urban Concrete Streets
The FYE 2019 Urban Concrete Streets portion of the 2016 Street Maintenance Bond Program was awarded to Central Contracting Inc. in the amount of $1,778,400. This work consists of select concrete panel replacement on 17 streets located within 7 urban Norman additions. Work began October 8, 2018.  Current construction is underway on Beaumont Dr. through Brandy Wine Ln./Biloxi Dr. 

FYE 2019 Urban Asphalt Streets
The FYE 2019 Urban Asphalt Streets portion on the 2016 Street Maintenance Bond Program was awarded to Silver Star Construction Inc. in the amount of $1,651,700. This work consists of select asphalt maintenance on 22 streets located within 7 urban Norman additions. Work began on October 8, 2018. Current construction is underway in Ross's Addition at Chautauqua Ave. to Comanche St./Symmes St.  
 
PUBLIC WORKS
DEVELOPMENT

Chick-fil-A   Restaurant
A new Chick-fil-A restaurant will be located on the west side of 12th Ave. NE just north of the Del Taco restaurant in Lot 1 Block 1 of East Park Crossing Section 3.
 
Public improvements consist of water line and sidewalks. Sanitary sewer and streets are existing. A temporary detention pond will be constructed to handle stormwater runoff. A permanent detention pond will be constructed when the remainder of the platted property is developed. The utility contractor has installed the new public water line and the general contractor is finishing the new building construction.
 
The Shops at Tecumseh Crossing Section 2
The Shops at Tecumseh Crossing Section 2 development is generally located 300 ft. south of West Tecumseh Rd. on the west side of 24th Ave. NW. This commercial property consists of 5.7 acres split into 3 lots with a bank, professional offices, and retail shops planned. Public improvements consist of water line, sanitary sewer, and storm sewer. An existing privately maintained detention pond will be utilized to serve the property.
 
All public utility improvements have been installed and accepted by the City. The contractor is finishing the sidewalk along the west side of 24th Ave. NW.


Shops at Tecumseh Crossing Section 2 Bank Building and Sidewalk

PUBLIC WORKS
SIDEWALK PROGRAMS
FYE 2019 Sidewalk Program bid was awarded on July 24th, 2018 by City Council to Central Contracting Services in the amount of $441,750.00 for five projects to be completed throughout the fiscal year 2019.
  • Citywide Sidewalk ReconstructionDuring the week of January 2nd, 2019; sidewalk is scheduled to be repaired at 1613 Northcrest Drive
  • Sidewalk Accessibility ProgramThis program provides sidewalk ramps where none exist and rebuilds existing ramps that do not comply with the current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.  The location in this year's program will include intersections along Cherry Creek Drive from Main Street to Knob Hill Court. The construction of ADA compliant ramps will begin in January, 2019.
PUBLIC WORKS
TRAFFIC
Traffic Calming Program
Staff received no new traffic calming program inquiries this week.
 
During the week of January 7, 2019, the radar speed feedback trailers will be deployed to the following locations:
  • Willow Branch Road between Main Street and Northwich Drive (Ward 3)
  • Symmes Street between Chautauqua Avenue and University Boulevard (Ward 4)
  • Mimosa Drive between Stubbeman Avenue and Peters Avenue (Ward 8)
UTILITIES
Water Treatment
Lake Thunderbird water level is 20 inches above the conservation pool; into the flood pool.  The Corps of Engineers started releasing water on December 28th and continue releasing water from the dam as a rate of almost 350 MGD (Million Gallons per Day); This is over a month's worth of water released each day.  The average daily water demand for the week was 9.5 MGD. 

Line  Maintenance
Water Line Maintenance reported two water line breaks this past week.

Sanitation
Because of the New Year Holiday on Tuesday, Sanitation services (trash collections, recycling, yard waste)  for the week were delayed one day, ending with Friday's collection on Saturday. 

CITY OF NORMAN | 201 W Gray | Norman OK 73069
Mary Rupp, Interim City Manager
(405) 366-5402

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