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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Widening of Gordon Cooper Drive to begin in March

  • The Tecumseh city council moved swiftly through its agenda Tuesday evening, but learned construction of the Gordon Cooper widening project will likely begin in March.
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  • The Tecumseh city council moved swiftly through its agenda Tuesday evening, but learned construction of the Gordon Cooper widening project will likely begin in March.
    Tecumseh City Manager Jimmy Stokes said the timeline of the project at this point indicates the Oklahoma Department of Transportation should award bids in January or February, which would pave the way for actual construction to begin on that roadway by March.
    The project will widen the road to four lanes between Bob Crouch and Benson Park Roads.
    The council also heard from Casey Russell, CPA, and accepted the 2013 audit.
    He told the council that the city, overall, “had a good year,” with a net gain and positive cash flow. The city will be out of debt in 2034, he said, but added the public works authority is performing well.
    In other business:
    • The board passed the Tecumseh Police Department’s policies and procedure manual, a formality.
    • The council accepted a $10,000 grant, with $5,000 of that being a city-match, for the purchase of 18 bulletproof vests for police officers.
    • After about seven minutes in executive session to discuss matters involving employee negotiations with the Fraternal order of Police No. 224, the board returned to open meeting and voted to retain Attorney Margaret Love and her law firm to serve as the city’s negotiator for the FOP request.
     
     

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