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Wild ride for park

Board wants updated site plan

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Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2012 9:00 am

If a proposed skateboard park in Purcell is built with as many ups, downs, curves and roundabouts as supporters have encountered in the planning stages, area youth patronizing it are going to be in for one wild ride.

McClain County commissioners at Monday’s meeting sent CYAP officials back to the drawing board with a request for an updated site plan.

CYAP is hoping to lease a portion of county-owned property at North 2nd Avenue and Van Buren Street for a multi-phased youth activities area that would include a skate park.

Some residents have raised concerns about vandalism and the loss of parking spaces for Purcell High School football games.

At one point, District 1 Commissioner Benny McGowen said the county “probably doesn’t need to be in the recreation business.”

“Why not lease this to the city and let the city lease it to CYAP?” he offered.

That led briefly to a discussion whether CYAP could buy the property from the county instead of leasing it.

Purcell City Manager Dale Bunn said the city and CYAP share an aim of keeping as much parking as the existing spaces.

He added that, by working with the county, the city “hopes to improve” parking in the area.

Charlotte Rentfro of CYAP told the commissioners that the problem is residents “don’t want ‘those’ kids in the neighborhood.”

But all of the kids are part of Purcell’s future, she said.

“I want everybody to understand, it’s the little guys we’re trying to take care of,” she continued.

“And we’d have had a bunch of kids here today if they hadn’t had school.”

The commissioners approved the McClain County District Court’s request to use the Farm & Home Community Center on Sept. 28 to question about 350 prospective jurors summoned for the first-degree murder trial of Shaun M. Bosse.

Commissioners were also told that there has been discussion of moving the trial to the center.

The board also voted to approve a $32,000 engineering bill on a project to resurface four miles of 180th Street between May and High Avenues.

The road project - estimated at more than $1 million - is being paid for through ACOG.

“Anytime you get a $1 million project for $32,000 is a bargain for the county,” McGowen said.

The project is in District 2.

In other business, the commissioners:

  • tabled action on bids for janitorial services at the McClain County Health Department;
  • approved a District 3 request to apply for a $60,000 REAP grant to pay for one mile of asphalt overlay on 150th Street west of State Highway 76;
  • approved spending sales tax emergency management funds to buy an emergency fuel trailer and tabled action to set up an emergency fund to pay for fuel used by fire departments;
  • approved an inter local agreement to sell I-beams to Payne County; and
  • heard a proposal to add an 80-foot extension to the west side of the McClain County Expo Center, to be used for storage and a workshop.

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