Budget Considered, Bingman Appointed and Zoning Approved

By Sheri Waldrop

During Monday’s Study Session, City Manager Joan Riley reviewed the proposed 2023-24 general budget for the City of Sapulpa. She estimated $29 million in expenditures and $27 million in revenue, with the largest contribution, $21 million, coming in from sales tax. This would leave an 8.9% general fund balance.

On Wednesday, June 14, a public hearing will be held on the budget at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.

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During the 7 p.m. Council Meeting, Sapulpa Mayor Craig Henderson nominated Brad Bingman to replace Hunter Edwards as Ward 4 appointee to the Sapulpa Planning Commission. The council approved the appointment to expire June 1, 2026.

There were two items on the agenda for Public Hearings and Zoning Ordinances.

Victoria and Chase Hughes purchased the Auto Salvage business located at 6471 State Highway 66, Tulsa County, in February and plan to turn it into a you-pull-it auto parts business. 

During the Public Hearing portion, there was considerable discussion between the City Council, staff and the new business owner as to the clearing of the property, installation of a new 8-foot fence, bringing the area into code compliance and the amount of time needed to do so. 

The council approved the rezoning from AG (Agriculture) to IM (Industrial Moderate) per SAZ=991 and declared it an emergency. The council stipulated that Hughes have one year to bring the area into compliance, and if it is not completed within that year their Certificate of Occupancy and SUP permits can be revoked by the city staff. Making the property safe for the public. 

Following the meeting, Hughes told the Herald the 150 cars originating on the property have been reset and reorganized, and the property cleared of brush and debris. They will be installing new 8-foot fencing, probably wrought iron, masonry, or wood as required by the city codes.

Chase N Cars Auto Parts hopes to be open within the month.

A proposed housing edition near 71st Street and 33rd West Ave was opened for public comment and discussion. There were no opposing comments. The council unanimously approved the zoning request from OL to RS-2/PUD per SAZ=992/PUD and declared it an emergency.

Gail Saravilla told those present Oakwood Estates would be a gated community with a total of 27 homes ranging from 2,800 to 3,800 square feet and estimated in value between $550,000 to $750,000. 

The council then went into executive session to discuss matters of economic development and potential development plans of property, and or financing opportunities, and/or the creation of incentive guidelines and proposals to entice businesses to remain or locate with the City. In addition, discussing the status of negotiations with IAFF Local No. 194 and FOP Lodge No. 94.

No action was taken.

During the Sapulpa Development Authority Special Meeting, members voted to approve to enter into a Joint Venture Agreement between Sapulpa Development Authority and Adaptable Land Management. LLC, for the development of a 90-acre industrial park at the intersection of 91st Street and Frankhoma Road. 

Sapulpa City Council meetings take place on the first and third Monday of each month and are open to the public. Visit sapulpaok.gov for more information.

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