On the consent agenda Monday, commissioners are set to confirm and approve Interim City Manager Eric Benson's hiring of Rebecca Blaine as the city's new planning director; she replaces Justin DeBruin, who left the post in December. Jared Cooper, the city's chief building inspector, has been filling in as interim.
“I am confident Mrs. Blaine will serve the city exceedingly well in this position,” he said.
Benson's memo states Blaine has a Master of Science in Architectural Urban Studies from the University of Oklahoma, and was President of the Society of Urban Design Students. She was a intern/volunteer for the City of Tulsa and assisted in hosting the Small Area Plans workshops with reviewing and grading HUD grant applications. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Business Marketing from Northeastern State University. Her experience includes four years as City Planner and Community Development Director with local municipalities. She was co-author on the nomination application and received the national American Planning Association’s Great Place award presented in Washington D.C. in September 2018.
In other business, several rezone hearings are on the table Monday — all items rescheduled from the Jan. 22 meeting:
• 323 South Eden Street from R-1; Single Family Residential District to R-2; Medium Density Residential District
• 420 West Federal Street from R-1; Single Family Residential District to C-1; Neighborhood Commercial District
• 806 East Grant Street from C-1; Neighborhood Commercial District to C-1; Neighborhood Commercial District with Condition Use Permit
• 3 Burlison Road from A-1; Rural Agricultural to A-1; Rural Agricultural with Conditional Use Permit
Also, an ordinance may be in order to create a Parks and Recreation Committee, as well as appointing a city commissioner to the group.
Another proposed ordinance on the agenda may be approved to amend the employee retirement system, defined contribution plan; providing retirement benefits for eligible employees; pertaining to plan design; and pertaining to vesting.
Bids may be considered regarding a lease of city property at the northeast corner of Leo and Westech Road, for use as pasture land.
RDG SWB Inc. is set to provide an update to the city's Comprehensive Plan.
On the Airport Authority agenda, staff reportedly is seeking approval to amend a lease agreement with Red Cloud Aviation (RCA) in its expansion effort to secure 20,438- square feet of additional space at the airport, including 960 square feet of office space and 1,768 square feet of hangar space that became available the end of December when Scissortail Skydiving ended its pact with the airport.
“If their request is approved,” the agenda reads, “RCA will, in turn, release their current lease on a 5,320-square foot bulk hangar, two 1,000-square foot t-hangars, and 116-square feet of space in the airport terminal currently used to support a flight simulator.
Contingent on RCA releasing their current leases, the memo states Allied Asset Management (AAM) is seeking the opportunity to lease the 5,320-square foot box hangar RCA proposes to release.
The two t-hangars, also to be released by RCA, will be offered for lease to aircraft owners currently on the hangar space waiting list, the agenda reads.
The only item set for the Municipal Authority is to approve the minutes from its last meeting.
The 6 p.m. meeting will take place Monday in the Bertha Ann Young City Commission Chambers at City Hall, at 16 W. 9th St.