Tahlequah Daily Press

December 4, 2012

City moves to restore local rights on tobacco

By BOB GIBBINS
Special Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Tahlequah city councilors voted unanimously Monday to adopt a resolution restoring local rights when governing tobacco-related laws.

City Attorney Park Medearis said the resolution is non-binding. He and Mayor Jason Nichols said the document has no enforcement powers, but will let the Oklahoma Legislature know the city council supports local rights on tobacco issues.

Val Dobbins, a local advocate, said local rights were lost by cities on this issue in the 1980s. The resolution is standardized, and cities across Oklahoma are being asked to adopt the document.

Councilors also approved a lease-purchase agreement with BancFirst for $225,000. The money will be used to purchase the green building and property at 120 E. Morgan (Morgan and Water). Nichols said the three-year agreement will need to be renewed annually. The funding is coming from an anonymous donor in $75,000 increments. Nichols said he has the first installment, but was waiting for council approval before depositing the check. The building will remain on the property, and a parking lot for those using Norris Park will be constructed at the site.

Councilors rejected bids on concrete deck truck scales at Solid Waste Services. Bid specifications were sent out for 270,000 -pound scales, and one of three bidders submitted a proposal for 270,000-pound scales. Lambert-Brown Scales Inc. was the only one meeting the specifications and was the high bidder.

Each bid came with a base bid and an alternate bid for construction of the platform for the scales. Assistant City Administrator Kevin Smith said city staff would recommend either acceptance of the base bid from Lambert-Brown or rejecting all bids.

Medearis said the council could not accept one of the other bids, from Sooner Scale Inc. or System Scale Corp., because their bids didn’t meet specifications.

Both companies submitted bids for 200,000-pound scales. Representatives from both companies were at the meeting and said the 200,000-pound scale is a standard size.

No action was taken on resolutions on a loan agreement between Arvest Bank and Tahlequah Hospital Authority, or bridge inspections, due to problems with the wording of the agenda items.

Medearis advised the council against taking action. Both items are expected to be on the Dec. 10 special meeting.

After an executive session, the council took no action on the purchase or appraisal of real property.