The Sapulpa City Council met for the first time in 2020 to address several old and new items on a long agenda, on Monday night, January 6th, beginning at 7 p.m. All council members were present as was Joan Riley, City Manager, and David Widdoes, City Attorney, and other staff members. There was an hour-and-a-half “Study Session” prior to the meeting during which many of the questions and solutions were discussed.
The Sapulpa City Council (and the Municipal Authority) approved amending the FY 2019-2020 budget by increasing appropriation by $627,190.00 to “provide additional funding of the North Hickory Street and Canyon Road Projects.” Also approved was an amendment to the FY 2019-2020 annual budget by increasing revenue and appropriation in the Water and Sewer Improvements Sales Tax Fund in the amount of $8,610.00 to “recognize reimbursements for damage to manholes and fences.” Further, Cherokee Pride Construction, Inc., owned by Harlan Yocham of Sapulpa, was awarded two bids. First, in the amount of $1,739,809.50 for paving improvements to Canyon Road from Freedom Road to West 57th West Avenue. The second for $771,697.00, for paving improvements to Hickory Stree from Line AA new venue to West Muskogee Avenue.
(Editor’s Note: Canyon Road Improvements are part of a 2004 revenue bond—renewed in 2014—from a half-cent sales tax, which extends to 2025. In December 2019, Steve Hardt, Public Works Director, received bids for beginning the road work which will extend from where Canyon Road crosses Freedom Road to the city limits. The road work from State Highway 66—formerly New Sapulpa Road—to Freedom Road is a state-sponsored project.)
A change in zoning approved unanimously by the council at the corner of Hickory Hill Road and Stanfield Road will allow a Residential Estate/Planned Unit Development for a new subdivision to be established with 70 lots and 2 large reserved spaces for retention. They also requested and were approved to reduce the setbacks to accommodate “unusually-shaped lots,” according to Nikki Howard, Sapulpa’s Urban Development Director.
Another medical marijuana dispensary and grow facility was approved, with one dissenting vote from Vice Mayor Lou Martin, Jr., who attempted to persuade the other council members that grow facilities were “magnets for theft and crime.” The new facility, owned and operated by Justin and Felicia Moore, is housed in a former car sales site at 5380 West Skelly Drive, Tulsa, (although it falls within the Sapulpa City Limits in Town West.) Mr. Moore addressed Vice-Mayor Martin’s concerns saying that he plans to “reinforce the soft spots” (windows and garage doors) by placing pylons in front of the windows and replacing the garage door with a smaller door that locks from the inside. He said he will have electronic surveillance and security guards and will hire 24-hour armed security, if necessary. The property is fenced on all four sides with a privacy fence between his property and a motel. Martin said he would vote no because he preferred to “promote other kinds of businesses in Tulsa Town West.”
In other news, the council approved the “Sapulpa 2020 General Obligation Bond Oversight and Advisory Board,” which will be a 12-member board charged with keeping the new bonds moving along and advising the public of any snags along the way.
Suzanne Shirey, President of the Sapulpa Chamber of Commerce, addressed the council saying that Sapulpa native Joni Rogers-Kante, founder and CEO of SeneGence International, a California-based firm that has become a fixture at charitable events in Sapulpa, will be returning to town February 4th for a lunch at Freddie’s Restaurant. More details are on the Chamber’s webpage.
The next meeting will take place on Monday, January 13th, the day before the opportunity to vote on the new GO Bond