Purcell City Council members got their first look at plans for more walking trails at Purcell Lake during Monday’s meeting.

Danny Powell, an engineer with Guernsey Engineers, Architects and Consultants, said Phase II of the Lake Trails Project will consist of a 10-foot-wide asphalt path that will cross a pre-fabricated bridge over the  spillway and continue across the dam.

Total length will be 0.7 mile.

In addition to the pre-fabricated bridge, the project will include benches, litter receptacles, signage and concrete block retaining walls.

Total estimate to complete the phase is $522,333, which is within the Oklahoma Department of Tourism grant budget.

Purcell’s in-kind cost share is $139,100.

The council approved Guernsey’s $59,954 fee for work that will include plans, geotechnical investigation, preparation of bid documents and bid solicitation, construction bid recommendations/oversight and grant administration.

City manager Dale Bunn gave the council an update on the hospital construction and shared some good news regarding the hospital’s Payroll Protection Program loan.

That loan for $991,500 has been forgiven by the federal government.

Bunn said his office has started paperwork for a second round of PPP funds.

At the hospital construction site, crews have finished storm sewer work, rough grading and the up-sizing of sewer lines.

Water lines are 30 percent complete and building piers have been poured.

There’s also improved erosion control with the clearing of the “jungle.”

Personnel changes at the Oklahoma Department of Transportation have slowed progress on Main StreetScape, making it doubtful that project will be completed this year.

Purcell’s Giving Time program is now a certified trademark, along with the city’s War Horse Crest and Heart of Oklahoma signage.

Bunn said work  has started on the Red Hill water tower. The rehabilitation will take 90 days. The Purcell Public Works Authority approved Elite Towers’ $46,175 quote to replace an altitude valve, check valve and valve vault lift lid for the water tower.

William Boyle aired his concerns that the city isn’t in compliance with ADA requirements on recent basketball court construction projects at the Multi-Purpose Center and McCurdy Park.

Boyle said he’s contacted an ADA attorney, but hasn’t filed a lawsuit.

He asked the city to furnish a written report by the end of the month on the city’s transitional plan on accepting complaints for ADA non-compliance. In addition, Boyle said the city is required to have an employee charged with ADA compliance.

The council instructed Bunn to check into possible solutions to eliminate flooding problems on land owned by Les Hudson.

Hudson said runoff from several streets floods his pasture and is causing damage to buildings.

In the past, that runoff was carried away in ditches. However, those ditches have filled in and years ago the city removed all the tinhorns.

In other business, the council and PWA:

  • approved a new contract with Ted Haxel, Greg Dixon and Chris Lind for legal services; 
  • acknowledged receipt of a Heart of Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce policy to not endorse anyone for public office;
  • declared as surplus an 18-foot trailer belonging to the police department;
  • wrote off $70,832.84 in unpaid utility bills, and
  • voted to solicit bids for the annual city audit.
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