September 28, 2018 - In This Issue:
September 28, 2018  Weekly report to the Mayor and City Council 

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5:30 p.m. 
National Night Out
(No 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
The City of Norman received a letter this week from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) regarding the consideration of a proposal to construct a 4-lane highway with a center turn lane and 10-foot wide shoulders on SH-9 from 108th Avenue East to 156th Avenue East. The project is scheduled for 2025 in the current 8 Year Construction Program and ODOT is currently in the early project development process. The specific scope of the project will be clarified through the planning, environmental review, and design process. 

At this time, ODOT is interested in obtaining input from the City of Norman regarding local priorities for the Department to consider, the construction timing, the local social, economic, and environmental implications of the project and other specific community concerns. 
Utilities staff members were invited to present information regarding the Indirect Potable Reuse (IPR) Pilot Project to the City Councils of Midwest City and Del City. The presentation was given to Midwest City this past Tuesday, and will be given to Del City on Monday, October 1.  The intent is to encourage both cities to appoint two or three community representatives to join an advisory committee to help track the project and provide communications between the three cities. 
The City of Norman's residential fall clean-up kicks off on the first Saturday of October and runs through November 3, according to the following schedule.
  • October 6 - Residents with Monday service
  • October 13 - Residents with Tuesday service
  • October 20 - Residents with Wednesday service
  • 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: 
Norman's annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. October 20, 2018 in the southwest parking lot of the Lloyd Noble Center.   Citizens coming to the event need to enter from Jenkins or Chautauqua.  There is no charge to residents of Norman. 

The collection provides an opportunity for Norman residents to dispose of dangerous items that cannot be put in the waste stream or taken to the landfill.  Many items will be accepted as part of the event. These include: oil, paint, kerosene, cleaners, pool chemicals, pesticides, computers and computer accessories, automobile and small truck tires (without rims).  

Some of the items that cannot be accepted include: radioactive waste, explosives, medical waste, business-generated waste, household trash, and compressed gas or containers.  Products should be kept in their original containers and chemicals should not be mixed.  Re-usable household chemicals can be dropped off for redistribution to citizens.  Five-gallon buckets of recycled latex paint will be given away while supplies last.

Approximately 1,500 households disposed of waste material at last year's event, that included 46,000 pounds of chemicals, 1,100 gallons of used motor oil, 200 gallons of antifreeze, 17,000 pounds of latex paint, and 31,000 pounds of oil-based paint were brought to the event.  In addition, approximately 36,000 pounds of electronics (computers, TVs, etc.), 300 tires, and a number of old appliances (refrigerators, washers, dryers, etc.) were collected.  

Organizers are seeking volunteers to help with the event.  Some of the work assignments will include setting up the event, surveying participants, traffic control, unloading materials, and bulking paint and oil.   Those interested in volunteering for the event, can contact City of Norman's Environmental Services Division at 292-9731.
Resignations, Vacancies, Expired Terms (Members Still Serving), Upcoming Appointments and Reappointments   See Chart
Incident Summary  (9/20/18-9/26/18)

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
  • Bauman, Anna.  "Norman Police Department creates community advisory board to increase transparency."  OU Daily.  20 September 2018. See article
  • Burke, Mack.  "Interim city manager Rupp likely to be confirmed Tuesday."  Norman Transcript.  19 September 2018.  See article
  • Burke, Mack.  "Miller expresses optimism, concern in first official State of the City Address."  Norman Transcript.  27 September 2018.  See article
  • Burke, Mack.  "OU seeks land appraisals."  Norman Transcript.  25 September 2018.  See article
  • Jones, Perris.  "Local firefighters back after helping areas affected by Hurricane Florence." KOCO News 5.  21 September 2018.  See article 
  • Troxtell, Adam.  "Beloved Community panelists discuss Norman's past, steps for future."  Norman Transcript. 23 September 2018.  See article

Crews started demolition of the old outdoor courts (#5 & 6) where the new indoor building will be constructed this winter.  As part of this construction, we are also using Little River Trees to move the large Leyland cypress trees that were on the north side of the old courts to the north side of the new outdoor courts along Robinson Street built last year as part of the improvement project.  Work will proceed after demolition to prepare the site for the new building slab and be ready for the new structure when that package arrives later this year.


Norman Community Dog Park
B&B Sod Farms installed new grass in the large dog areas of the park last Thursday, ahead of the rains that hit Norman last Friday and again this week.  Those areas will be closed to patrons through the coming weekend, as we keep the new sod irrigated with the new sprinkler system and allow it to establish before we allow people and dogs to be on it.  The small dog area has remained open to allow all dogs to temporarily use that part of the park; but we will close that side later this season and work to establish a better stand of shade-tolerant grass in that area.  We will also plant more shade trees in the large dog areas this fall and will begin working with the dog park volunteers on more improvement projects and grant opportunities.

Special Events
The final concert of the 2018 @Legacy concert series was held on Thursday, with Chelsey Cope performing at Legacy Park. The @Legacy concert series consisted of 12 concerts and began back in May with Norman native Maggie McClure. There will be an additional special event on October 20 with the Norman Philharmonic as they perform with the Boyd Street Brass for a sunset concert at Legacy Park.

Westwood Family Aquatic Center
The Westwood Family Aquatic Center will host it's final event for the season, the Pool Pooch Party on Sunday from 1-4pm. This is the first time this event will be hosted at the new Westwood complex. Dogs that participate must be at least 4 months of age and the cost is $5 per dog, with all the proceeds going to the Norman Community Dog Park Association. 

Residential and Commercial Activity 9/20/18-9/2618      Detailed Report

Combined Value
Average Value
New single family residence permits

Residential addition or alteration permits
(4 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 Monday, 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. 

By the end of this week, the project will be substantially complete.  The contractor will continue to work on various punch list items and final clean up over the next few weeks.

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.  T

Next week the contractor's activities are as follows:
  • Continue soil stabilization on Acres Street in preparation for the asphalt pavement
  • Continue placement of aggregate material in preparation for the asphalt pavement on Acres Street
  • Continue waterline installation at the intersection of Jones Avenue and Acres Street
Soil stabilization on Acre Street (September 17, 2018)

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 forming and tying steel for the triple-cell box culvert walls
  • Continue removing vegetation along Brookhaven Creek in order to begin channel construction-operations.
    Steel and concrete forms on the box culvert (September 26, 2018)
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.  
Next week the contractor's activities are as follows:
  • Finish the stamped colored asphalt intersections on the project

  • Punch list items and cleanup

Sidewalk Horizontal Saw Cutting Project bid was awarded on September 25th, 2018 by City Council to Precision Concrete Cutting of Oklahoma, LLC in the amount of $38,850 to repair tripping hazards up to 2 inches high without removing and replacing the existing sidewalk. The project this year is along the arterial roads West Main Street from Park Drive to West 24th Ave. and on 24th Ave. N.W. from West Main Street to West Robinson Street. Work is scheduled to begin October 1, 2018 and be complete in early November.
Traffic Calming Program
During the week of October 1, 2018, speed trailers will be deployed at the following locations:
  • Rock Creek Road, between Flood Avenue and Stubbeman Avenue (Wards 6 and 8)
  • Trailwood Drive, between Lerkim Lane (South) and Barbaroot Drive (Ward 6)
New Parking On-Street Parking Restriction
On Tuesday, October 2, 2018, City of Norman Traffic Control crews will install "no parking" signs along the north side of Parkway Drive, between Interstate Drive and 26th Avenue NW.
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.

State Highway 9 Multimodal Path (Phase 1) Project - 24th Avenue SE to 36th Avenue SE
The project will provide the first segment of the State Highway 9 Multimodal Path along the north side of the highway.  The 10-foot wide concrete path will ultimately connect the urban part of Norman with Lake Thunderbird State Park.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation opened bids on October 19, 2017 and awarded the contract to the low bidder (A-Tech Paving of Oklahoma City) on November 6, 2017. Construction began on March 5, 2018. The $649,899.85 project is being funded with 80% federal funds and 20% capital funds. 

The contractor has completed the construction of the multimodal path along State Highway 9 and along the west side of 24th Avenue SE, between State Highway 9 and Imhoff Road and began the installation of sod and final clean-up of the project area. Construction activities for this coming week will include:  
  • Continue final grading of the project area along State Highway 9
  • Continue installation of sod
  • Continue final clean-up of project area
New sod along SH-9 multi-modal path west of 36th Avenue SE
Lake Thunderbird water level is 12 inches above the conservation pool, into the flood pool.  The Corps of Engineers are releasing water from the dam at a rate of over 240 MGD (Million Gallons per Day).  They stopped releasing water for four days earlier this week, but other than these four days have been releasing water for over two weeks.  The average daily water demand for the week was 12.3 MGD.  With the rains and cooler weather, the water demands have been reduced to average winter time levels.

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Steve Lewis, City Manager
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