Missing ceiling panels and spots in the council’s chamber tell the tale of water damage.
February’s inclement weather caused damage when frozen precipitation did not run off the roof as it thawed.
“The roof is designed where water will run off in one direction and when the ice started to melt, it went in the other direction, which caused standing water, and it started coming inside,” said Jason McPherson, city administrator.
A local construction company aided the city with a temporary fix.
“We didn’t have any problems with the rain we had over the weekend,” McPherson said.
While the new building will need a new roof, plans for the Public Safety Building (old city hall), housing police and fire departments, have been put on hold.
“We just didn’t have the money we needed,” McPherson said. “We had $300,000 designated. Every way we tried to make it work, we just couldn’t do it.”
McPherson said he met with police chief Jimmy Williams and fire chief Ryan Hall about the matter. He told them money would be available in a few years, and they agreed to hold off on major work at the facility.
“I really didn’t want to do $300,000 of patchwork,” McPherson said. “I’m very grateful for everything they do. We only have three paid firemen and about 15 or 16 volunteers, and they come for training every two weeks. The police department guys work around the clock to keep us safe. I want to give them a building they can be proud of, like this one here. Every day someone walks in and compliments the building. We want that to happen over there, too.”
“We get complimented on this building every day,” McPherson said of city hall. “We want them to have a place like that, too. They deserve it, but it will take time.”
In the meantime, minor project will be undertaken including moving dispatchers within the building.
A new generator is an unexpected expense. Chief Williams found a discounted, military surplus model several months ago. The generator was unworkable with the facility and was returned.
SidewalksWith street milling and repaving complete, two things remain – striping, and the punch list (a final inspection to correct deficiencies).
McPherson said business closings were unfortunate and the project left the city with few options.
“It’s not like we had multiple choices and we can look back and say we wish we had done it another way,” McPherson said.
McPherson expected to meet with a striping contractor Tuesday to re-mark Main Street parking spaces. Something new will be the addition of handicap parking spaces along Main Street.
LibraryFurniture is being moved into the new library, as the city gets closer to completing the project.
McPherson would not give a firm date when the library will be open, but the current library will be shut down for a few days to transport books the new location.
“There’s a lot of organization involved,” McPherson said. “We will allow books to be checked out at the library up until the time it closes and we will suspend any late fees during that time.”
One curious twist was the discovery of an inscription on a library table. “Roy Zachary, Marlow, Okla, 1917,” is etched on the under side.
“I originally discovered it when I first started working there when I was looking for spider webs,” Lois Bannister, head librarian, said.
When the table was turned over recently, it came to light again.
“No one on the library board knows who the person was,” Bannister said. “We are wondering if he still has some relatives living in town.”