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10/9/2013 8:47:00 PM
Bond issue explained in detail
By Van Mitchell

Stillwater voters will head to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 12 to help decide what direction they want the city's future to look like with a $27.5 million bond issue to consider.

And, Payne County Commissioners Monday were given a more in-depth look at what that future could look like.

Voters will consider three measures including Proposition 1 which will spend $15 million on a youth sports complex and $5 million building an outdoor amphitheater, boardwalk, parking area and lake front development site at the southwest corner of the lake park.

John McClenny, Stillwater director of External Services briefed the Commissioners about Proposition 1.

"At the corner of Sangre and Range Road we are talking about a complex of 16-18 youth softball and baseball fields and space for 16 soccer fields," McClenny said. "It will also include space to concessions, restrooms, lights and parking."

McClenny said having the youth facilities in one location will help cut down on costs but also the city opportunities to host larger youth sporting events it currently can't. "What that is going to allow us to do that we currently can't do is hold bigger and better tournaments, and improve the efficiency of our tournament's outreach," McClenny said. "Right now we are not able to hold the type of tournaments we want."

Proposition 2 is a $7.5 million, 10-year general obligation bond for public safety initiatives, which include replacing Fire Station No. 2 and providing additional patrol vehicles for the police department. The proposition would also allow the city to install upgrades to the citywide emergency services voice and data communications system.

Stillwater Fire Chief Tom Bradley said if approved it would allow the City to build a new fi re station in the area of Western Road and Hall of Fame Avenue.

The new station would replace the 1938 Station No. 2 located at the corner of University Avenue and Knoblock Street. The measure also calls for spending $500,000 for a new fi re engine. Bradley said the City looked at renovating the old fi re station but it was too cost prohibitive.

"That fire station was built in about 1938 and we have occupied that building for the last 75 years, Bradley said. "This is the fi rst step in a longterm plan."

Stillwater Police Chief Ryan McCaghren said the SPD would also double its fleet size to 50 units at an estimated cost of $3.2 million.

Proposition 3 would ask voters to approve a full one cent dedicated transportation sales tax to replace the existing temporary half-cent transportation sales tax.

If approved it would allow the City to address city mobility issues by funding for planning, designing, construction for projects that improve mobility, such as streets, traffic control systems, sidewalks, bridges and bikeways.

The proposition would provide a dedicated funding source for transportation projects, including funding for maintenance activities such as the pavement management program.

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