October 26, 2018 - In This Issue:
October 26, 2018  Weekly report to the Mayor and City Council 

October 29
October 30
October 31
November 1
November 2


5:30 p.m. 
City Council Study Session

Meeting -

5:30 p.m. 
City Council Conference


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 Division Hosts Lake Thunderbird Watershed Blitz Park Clean-ups
The Second Annual Lake Thunderbird Watershed Clean-up Blitz is being held throughout the month of October in parks across the watershed as part of the Stormwater Division's ongoing public education and outreach efforts. On Sunday, October 28, the Stormwater Division will be hosting a park clean-up  at the Little Axe Community Center Disc Golf and Park from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Participants will be provided with trash bags, trash grabbers and gloves as well as water and snacks
The blitz will culminate in the Third Annual Lake Thunderbird Watershed Workshop and Clean-up Event at Lake Thunderbird State Park on November 3, 2018, which will be held at the Lake Thunderbird  Boat House from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Representatives with Keep Oklahoma Beautiful, Oklahoma Conservation Commission, Blue Thumb, and the Oklahoma Water Survey will be on hand to discuss water quality and Lake Thunderbird. Following a short presentation, participants will pick up trash throughout the park to have a hands-on, immediate impact on stormwater quality in the watershed.  Supplies and refreshments will be provided and prizes will be awarded. The Sailing Club will offer pontoon rides, weather depending. 
Over 280 tons of material has been collected during the first two weekends of the Fall Clean-Up. The event runs through November 3, according to the following schedule: 
  • October 27 - Residents with Thursday service
  • November 3 - Residents with Friday service
Residents should have all items out by 7:30 a.m. on their designated Saturday, and may place items at the curb up to a week before their scheduled collection day.  Rural customers (east of 48th NE/SE) may call the Sanitation Division at (405) 329-1023 prior to October 6 to place their address on the pick-up list. 

Additional details may be found here: 
For the month of October 2018, the Stormwater Division will conduct routine street sweeping activities on all arterial streets from 48th Ave W to 12th Ave E and Indian Hills Rd to Post Oak Rd. Residential curbed streets within the following areas will also be swept this month depending on weather and other work requirements:
  • 12th Ave NE to 36th Ave NE between Alameda Street and Post Oak Road
  • Berry Road to 24th Ave SW between Lindsey Street and State Highway 9
Additional questions on street sweeping can be directed to the Stormwater Division, 329-2524 or pwstormwater@normanok.gov .

Resignations, Vacancies, Expired Terms (Members Still Serving), Upcoming Appointments and Reappointments   See Chart
Incident Summary  (10/18/18-10/24/18)

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


Cheers and Beers
The Inaugural @Legacy Beers and Cheers: Wine and Beer Festival will be Oct. 26 at Legacy Park from noon to 5 p.m. Live music will begin at 12:30 p.m. with a performance by the Sugar Free Allstars followed by Jabee with special guests and Kyle Reid and the Low Swingin' Chariots. Food and spirits from local food trucks, wineries and breweries will be available. All ages are welcome but only participants 21 and older may take part in the alcohol. Guests can purchase 15 tastes and a commemorative beer mug for $20. 

Moonlight Masquerade Family Dance
The first ever Moonlight Masquerade Family Dance will be Oct. 26 at the 12th Avenue Recreation Center. This is the first dance sp onsored by the City that includes the whole family or any dynamic in the f amily. There will be a DJ and music, haunted house, pumpkin patch and a flashlight candy hunt. This dance replaces the Mumm y Son Masquerade Ball that  turned into the Mo ther and Son Spring Dance last year.

The Irving Recreation Center and J.D. McCarty Center will partner together to host a Trunk-or-Treat event on Monday, October 29th from 6-8 p.m. This FREE event is open to all families and kids of all ages. The event, which will be located in the J.D. McCarty Center parking lot, will feature candy, crafts and more! Children are encouraged to wear their costumes. Food will be available for purchase courtesy of the Flavor Train food truck. 

Little Axe Community Center
The Little Axe Recreation Center is hosting a book discussion in cooperation with the Pioneer Library System Oct. 26. The title for the discussion is the Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and Birth of the FBI by David Grann.  
Irving Recreation Center
The Bricks 4 Kidz (Lego Robotics) at Irving Recreation Center will host its last class for the "Amazing Animals" module Oct. 26. This class incorporates science, technology, engineering and mathematics (S.T.E.M.) through the use of Legos. Bricks 4 Kidz will host another 6 week class that will begin on November 5th, with participants doing the "Interesting Inventions" module. 

Residential and Commercial Activity 10/18/18-10/24/18      Detailed Report

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

Demo permit

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

Demo application

New two family residence applications 0

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 driving piles for the bridge abutments on the south half of the bridge (Phase 1)
  • Continue grading the banks along each side of the channel  

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. 

Next week the contractor's activities are as follows:
  • Weather permitting, the contractor plans to complete the asphalt pavement on James Garner and Acres Street west of the railroad tracks.   

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 south limits of the project covers an area along Brookhaven Creek that spans approximately two-thousand feet south of Main Street, with a north limit that spans three hundred-feet north of Main Street. The west project boundary is just west of Lamp Post Road and the east boundary is three hundred feet east of Willoway Drive.    
On Tuesday, August 14, 2018, a severe rain event caused the Main Street Bridge over Brookhaven Creek to collapse. On August 28, 2018, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation submitted Change Order No.1 which provided the funding to incentivize the contractor to expedite the Main Street Bridge construction by 15 days. Should the contractor achieve maximum incentive, the bridge will be open to traffic on November 26, 2018.  
Next week the contractor's activities are as follows:   
  • Continue back filling and grading the banks along the reinforced concrete box culvert
  • Continue clearing channel along the west bank
  • Begin rough grading on Main Street  
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 by the end of November 2018.
Next week activities include:
  • Begin paving surface course between Daws Street and Kansas Street
  • Mill and repave surface course between Kansas Street and Nebraska Street
  • Complete sodding bare areas throughout the project area.
  • Begin clean up between Tonhawa and Nebraska    
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.  
Repairs of sidewalk in 8 locations through the City Sidewalk Reconstruction Program are underway throughout Norman. Work began Oct. 1 and is expected to be complete by Nov. 8. The Citywide Sidewalk Reconstruction Program , 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. 

Traffic Calming Program
Staff received one new traffic calming program inquiry this week:
  • Tecumseh Meadows Drive, between Tecumseh Meadows Way and Porter Avenue (Ward 6)
During the week of Oct. 29, speed trailers will be deployed at the following locations:
  • Boyd Street, between Oklahoma Avenue and 12th Avenue SE (Ward 4)
  • Tecumseh Meadows Drive, between Tecumseh Meadows Way and Porter Avenue (Ward 6)
  • Shadowlake Road, between Pinecrest Court and 12th Avenue NE (Ward 6)
Lake Thunderbird water level is three inches above the conservation pool; into the flood pool.  The Corps of Engineers are releasing water from the flood pool at just over 270 MGD (Million Gallons per Day).  The average daily water demand for the week was 10.6 MGD. The cooler, wet weather reduced water demand to average winter levels.

Chromium Removal Project
Representatives from the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) (Denver, Austin and OKC) were in Norman this week to review the pilot project for chromium removal from our well water. The research, treatment, analysis and testing is provided by the BOR. Norman provides the well location, well water, manpower for set up, sample testing, and reporting. The results have been better than expected and has been published in nationwide papers and journals. In fact, a $12 million water project in California under construction for chromium removal was put on hold based on the new treatment and excellent results from Norman's pilot project. The BOR will continue funding the pilot project as they make adjustments to improve the process.

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Mary Rupp, Interim City Manager
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