April 5, 2019 - In This Issue:9
April 5, 2019 Weekly report to the Mayor and City Council 

April 8
April 9
April 10
April 11
April 12

4:00 p.m. Public Arts Board

6:00 p.m. Animal Oversight

6:15 p.m. Bicycle Advisory 

6:30 p.m. Historic District

8:15 a.m. 
City Council Special Session

6:30 p.m. 
City Council Meeting

2:00 p.m. 
Center City Administrative Delay Ad Hoc Committee

4:00 p.m. Oversight Committee

4:00 p.m. Public Safety Oversight

6:00 p.m. Norman Citizen's Advisory Board

6:30 p.m. Planning Commission


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
Major Kevin Foster appointed Interim Chief of Police
Norman Police Department's Major Kevin Foster was appointed as the Interim Chief of Police by Interim City Manager Mary Rupp effective Saturday, April 6 following the resignation of Chief Keith Humphrey.

Major Foster has served the citizens of Norman as a law enforcement officer for nearly 30 years. He began his career with the City as a police officer in September 1989 and has served in numerous areas of the Norman Police Department including Patrol, Criminal Investigations, the Community Policing Office, and Professional Standards. In November 2011, he was promoted to the rank of Major, and he has been in charge of every bureau at some time during his tenure.

"I am grateful to the City Manager Mary Rupp for the opportunity to lead the officers of our great City, and I look forward to continuing the work of the Norman Police Department as a community policing organization," said Major Foster. "I wish the best to Chief Humphrey as he continues his law enforcement career with Little Rock, Arkansas."

Major Foster holds a bachelor's degree in law enforcement from Northwestern Oklahoma State University and a master's degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in criminal justice management and administration. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the International Association of Chiefs of Police Leadership in Police Organizations course, a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police and a graduate of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Associations Command Leadership Institute.

Spring Cleaning Trash Pick up Schedule
The City of Norman's residential spring cleanup kicks off on Saturday, April 6 with curbside pickup of household items for customers who have regular polycart service on Mondays. Residents should have all items out by 7:30 a.m. on the day of their collection. 

Items that can be collected include household items such as couches, chairs, mattresses and box springs, boxes or bags of clothing, planters and pots, washers and dryers, lawn mowers with no oil or gas, small sections of fencing that have been cut in half, grills, outdoor furniture and carpet remnants. Rolls of carpet cannot be collected.  Items should not be placed in trash carts, wagons or wheelbarrows.

Resignations, Vacancies, Expired Terms (Members Still Serving), Upcoming Appointments and Reappointments   See Chart
Incident Summary  (3/28/19-4/3/19)

*Fire Related
Overpressure rupture, explosion
Emergency Medical
Hazardous Condition
Service Call
Good Intent
False Alarm
Special Incident
Severe Weather
Total 264


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
  • "City needs to restore public trust," "Acts of hate are not who we are" Norman Transcript 4/5/19  see article
  • "'City leaders: failure of stormwater bond not end of discussions" Norman Transcript 4/5/19  see article
  • "Vandalism suspect arrested" Norman Transcript 4/5/19  see article
  • "Norman's rejection of stormwater improvements criticized" Journal Record 4/3/19  see article
  • "Norman unites to fight racism" Norman Transcript 4/4/19  see article
  • "Encouraging a transparent process" Norman Transcript 4/1/19   see article
  • "'Down the drain: Norman stormwater proposals fail" NonDoc 4/3/19  see article
Legacy Park Parking Lot
Cardinal Engineering has revised the final construction plans for the new parking lot at Legacy Park. They are under final review by City Staff. We plan to advertise for construction bids this month and bring a construction contract for consideration by City Council in May.

NORMAN FORWARD New Neighborhood Parks
Griffis Tree Farm was hired to install 49 trees of various species at the new park in the Cedar Lane/Monterey neighborhoods. Irrigation will be extended to the new trees before contractors mobilize on the site to begin installing the walking trails, basketball court, soccer goals, a gazebo, playground and all assorted site furnishings in the new park this spring and summer. The park was designed based on extensive input gathered from surveys distributed last year to the surrounding neighborhoods. We will start a similar process for the new park site in the Southlake/St. James neighborhoods this year to develop that site once we enter the 2020 Fiscal Year this July.

NORMAN FORWARD Westwood Tennis Indoor Facility
Crews have continued to work on the new indoor court facility. OG&E and ONG completed their installation of utilities for the building, which allowed Flintco to train city staff on the operation of the HVAC system, overhead door and lights on Wednesday. Also, the sports surfacing contractor is now able to work on finishing the interior of the facility. Crews will also be working to complete the exterior hardscape and dirt work. Park Planning staff is coordinating the final work on the exterior sign and landscaping as the project heads towards a grand opening in late April/early May.

NORMAN FORWARD Senior Center Ad Hoc Group
The Senior Center Ad Hoc Group met this week to review possible site locations for a new senior center. The group reviewed the various options that have been discussed by City Council in the past and voted to recommend to the City Council that the Reaves Park site be considered as the preferred location. The group included caveats with the recommendation that the Medieval Fair is not negatively impacted and that the City pursue relocating the Constitution Ave. intersection south toward Imhoff Rd. A report on the group's discussion will be presented at the City Council Study Session on April 30, 2019.

Northeast Lions Park
B & B Sod Farms installed Bermuda grass sod around the new restroom building at the park this week, after the contractor finished grading the site. Final punch list items are being addressed on the building; and the new picnic tables will be installed next week, as we prepare to open the building for use later this month. The project has dramatically increased the accessibility and usability of the park, which hosts hundreds of people each week to fish, play disc golf and use the playground and picnicking facilities located there. Additional funding is scheduled to be used to make improvements to the lake-side shelter and increase the overflow parking area added a few years ago along the park entry drive. Playground replacement will occur later in the NORMAN FORWARD program for Neighborhood Park Improvements.

Westwood Family Aquatic Center
Westwood Family Aquatic Center is now open Monday through Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., to sell season passes, to pick up season pass wristbands and enroll in classes or book parties or rentals. To date, season pass sales are going well with nearly 900 total passes already purchased by the public.

Senior Center
The AARP Tax Aide at the Senior Center will finish 2019 tax preparations on April 11, 2019. This is a free program for seniors, and to date, AARP has prepared taxes for over 500 people.

Irving Recreation Center
Beginning in April, Brick 4 Kidz will be hosting another six-week class at the Irving Recreation Center. The theme will be "Land, Air & Sea," therefore, all robotic creations will feature those components. This class is a part of an initiative to implement more STEM activities for youth via Parks & Recreation. 

Whittier Recreation Center
The Whittier Recreation Center is joining the 12th Avenue and Irving Rec Centers in providing childcare this summer and registration for the Whittier Discovery Camp is now open. Camp will meet from May 28 - August 9 from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. There will be indoor/outdoor activities, arts and crafts, sports and recreation as well as water activities and field trips. Enrollment is open for campers ages 5-11. All campers must bring a non-microwavable lunch and drink.

Youth and Adult Sports
The 2019 Summer Sports Camps are open for enrollment. Five camps are being offered through June to include Junior Jammer Basketball, Sooner Jr. Football, Volleyball, Sooner Jr. Basketball and Shooting Camp. More information can be found at www.juniorjammer.com

Residential and Commercial Activity 3/28/19 - 4/3/19      Detailed Report

Combined Value
Average Value
New single family residence permits
New duplex permits 0
Residential addition or alteration permits
(14 storm shelter)

Demo permit

New single family residence applications
New duplex applications 0

Residential addition or alterations applications
(0 storm shelter)

Bart Conner Drive Channel Repair Project West Main Street Bridge over 10 Mile Flat Creek
On December 6, 1994, a Cleveland County District Court Order required installation by the private property owner of ten 72" corrugated metal pipes (CMPs) and construction of a low water crossing immediately east of the CMPs to relieve the impoundment of water during flooding events caused by a privately constructed roadway at Ten Mile Flat Creek west of 48th Ave NW. The roadway was constructed to allow access to the private properties west of Ten Mile Flat Creek from West Main Street. In August 2007, a major flooding event washed out the CMPs and private roadway at this location, which negatively impacted vehicular access via Main Street to the private properties to the west.

Since the flooding event in 2007, there have been numerous discussions between the City of Norman and the three adjacent property owners regarding the best way to provide access to the properties to the west and how project costs should be shared. On June 27, 2017, City Council approved Contract No. K-1617-138 between the City of Norman and Arbuckle Properties, Inc., BellaRose, LLC, and Steven Rich, the property owners west of Ten Mile Flat Creek, for the funding and construction of the West Main Street drainage structure and single span bridge.

To improve access and stream flow at this location, the City of Norman, Arbuckle Properties, Inc., BellaRose, LLC, and Steven Rich are proposing to construct a new single span bridge structure over Ten Mile Flat Creek. The project will also involve stabilization of the stream banks with sheet piles and rip rap.

The bridge and channel project was designed by two licensed Professional Civil Engineers, Mr. Lester Sieger, P.E., and Mr. David Hendricks, P.E., under the direction of the private property owners. City staff has reviewed and accepted the engineering plans for the project using the same process as is used for all City capital projects.

The bid opening was conducted on August 16, 2018, and four contractors submitted bids. The Engineer's Estimate is $334,484.00. The lowest bid in the amount of $325,000.00, submitted by Construction Unlimited is $9,484.00 (3% percent) below the estimate. On September 25, 2018, Council approved Contract No. K-1819-43 with Construction Unlimited, LLC. Work on the project began in January 2019 with the installation of the temporary construction drive and is expected to be completed by August 2019. Pilings, bridge beams, side pans and bridge decking and guard rails have been installed, and concrete bridge paving has been poured. During the week of April 8, 2019, dirt work on the bridge approaches and drainage ditches will continue.

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:  
  • Weather permitting, continue installing roadway pavement and sidewalks on West Main Street
  • Continue Installing sidewalk retaining wall on the south side of West Main Street
  • Continue removing debris and vegetation along the west bank south of West Main Street
  • Begin grading the Brookhaven Creek banks south of West Main Street 

tate 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:
  • Begin removing the south half of Highway 9 over Little River Bridge (Phase 3)  

Facing north on East Highway 9, April 3, 2019

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:
  • Weather permitting the contractor plans to complete the sidewalk ramps and sidewalk on the north side of Acres Street and east of James Garner Avenue
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.   Construction is underway on Boyd Street between 12th Avenue SE and Shiloh Drive. 

FYE 2019 Urban Asphalt Streets
The FYE 2019 Urban Asphalt Streets portion of the 2016 Street Maintenance Bond Program was awarded to Silver Star Construction Co. in the amount of $1,651,700.This work consists of select asphalt rehabilitation on 20 streets located within 7 urban Norman additions. Work began April 04, 2019. Current construction is underway on Mayfair Drive

FYE 2017 & 2018 Urban Road Reconstruction
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 of Phase 1 began on March 19, 2018, and is substantially complete. Phase 2 is expected to be completed by the end of June 2019.

Next week activities include:
  • Continue with grading and sodding bare areas behind the curb Acres Street to Nebraska Street.
  • Continue with installation of drainage structures at Nebraska Street and Lahoma Avenue intersection
  • Begin paving of base course between Nebraska Street and Iowa Street
  • Begin paving of surface course from Acres Street to Nebraska Street

Shops at Tecumseh Crossing Section 2
The Shops at Tecumseh Crossing Section 2 development is generally located 300 ft. south of West Tecumseh Road on the west side of 24th Avenue 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.  A new 2 story office building is currently under construction.

Norman Pediatrics
A new pediatrics facility is being constructed on the east side of Healthplex Drive just south of the west side hospital on Lots 34A and 35 of N.R.H. Medical Park West Section 5.  This plat was filed of record on August 13, 2010.
Public improvements consist of new water line and sidewalks.  The sanitary sewer, storm sewer, and street paving are existing.  Runoff will be conveyed to a privately maintained detention facility northwest of the property.  The utility contractor is currently installing the steel framing for the building.

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.  
  • 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. This year's project has three (3) locations. First, the east side of North Berry Road from Iowa Street to Denison Drive in the Cleveland Elementary School District; second, the south side of West Boyd Street from 650 feet east of 24th Ave. S.W. to Nancy Lynn Terrace in the Alcott Middle School district; and third, the south side of West Imhoff Road from Walnut Road to Castlewood Drive serving the McKinley Elementary school and the University of Oklahoma. Construction on Berry Road is scheduled to begin on April 8, 2019.
Traffic Calming Program
Staff received no new traffic calming program inquiries this week.

During the week of April 8, 2019, speed feedback trailers will be deployed at the following locations:
  • McGee Drive, between Brooks Street and Boyd Street (Ward 2)
  • Morningside Drive, between Sherwood Drive and Alameda Street (Ward 4)
  • Kenwood Drive, between Robinson Street and Sebastiani Circle (Wards 6)

Timberidge Drive, between Tecumseh Road and Ridge Line Drive - New Parking Restriction
On Tuesday, April 9, 2019, City Traffic Control Division crews will be installing "No Parking Any Time" signs along both sides of Timberidge Drive, between Tecumseh Road and Ridge Line Drive. This action is being taken in response to a request from area residents.
As required by City policy, property owners in the affected area followed the process and submitted a valid support petition for the new parking restriction.
Hamden Avenue Traffic Calming
Silver Star Construction Company completed the installation of two of the four speed tables last week and is scheduled to complete the remaining two by the end of this week.
The project was requested by the residents of the Hawthorne Addition in accordance with the requirements and stipulations of the City's Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program, with 90.8% of eligible residents signing a support petition. The $15,200 construction cost was authorized by Council during the November 13, 2018 meeting.

Water Treatment
Lake Thunderbird's water surface elevation of 1039.03 is less than one inch above the conservation pool elevation of 1039.0; the Corps of Engineers has ceased releasing water. Water production averaged 10.9 million gallons per day (MGD) this week as compared to 10.5 MGD last week and 11.1 MGD at this same time last year. 28 of 32 wells are operational.

Water Treatment Plant Expansion 
Construction of the Phase 2 Water Treatment Plant Expansion is continuing; the WTP project is approximately 70% complete. Photo below is the discharge piping from the new high pressure plane pump station serving NW Norman.

Line  Maintenance
On Tuesday, a water line leak was discovered at 700 North Interstate Drive affecting four restaurants on Interstate Drive west of I-35. The water main was shut down after midnight to allow restaurant operations to continue until closing, and water service was restored around 4:00 a.m. After repair, the excavation site was filled with rock and was made accessible for vehicle parking; the permanent repair to the asphalt parking lot will be completed later. 80,000 gallons of water was lost during the repair process.

Robinson Water Line Phase II
The NUA has awarded the bid for the project which consists of about 4,700 LF of 30-inch, 24-inch, 12-inch, 8-inch and 6-inch waterlines. The waterline will replace an existing 24-inch waterline along Robinson between Crossroads Boulevard on the east and the existing 1.5 MG Brookhaven Elevated Water Storage Tank (EST) to the west. Work is expected to begin in early May east of Brookhaven Creek and continue to move west through November 2019.

Water Well Field Development
The Norman Utilities Authority continued work on the construction of up to ten test wells and six production wells at a cost of approximately $4.7 million. The contractor, Layne Western Christensen Company has begun test well drilling; two test wells are complete and we are awaiting water quality test results for the various sand zones encountered generally between 300 and 700 feet below the ground surface.

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