Noble, OK 73068
News From Noble City Hall January, 2016
News from Noble City Hall
From City Manager Bob Wade
LESHER SELECTED AS POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR
Noble Police Officer, Josh Lesher (K-9 Patrol Officer), was selected by the Noble Police Department as the Police Officer of the Year. This was a selection by his peers. Josh was honored at the Dec. 19th City Council Meeting which was attended by most of the Noble Police Officers. The Noble Police Chief, Keith Springstead made the presentation. This was the first selection of this annual award.
CITY REVIEWING AUTOMATED WATER METER SYSTEM
The City is crafting a request for proposals for a digital water meter reading system. We are hoping to advertise this for bid in the next couple of months. This system would replace all the water meters in Noble with meters that transmit a signal to City Hall indicating the water use---much like what the gas and electric companies have adopted. The main benefit is that excess water use could be detected immediately and users could be notified. This would head off many of the problems we face with water leaks. We are planning to include software that would allow users to access and monitor their water use. It also reduces the need for a full time meter reader and will reduce water loss.
The City is also negotiating to purchase the water rights for five city wells located just south of Noble. This well field which the city has used for more than 35 years, supplies 23% of the city’s current use, so it is very important that we secure this resource. The City Council has authorized the use of reserves to make this purchase.
PICNIC PAVILION GRANT AND RECREATIIONAL TRAILS GRANT PLANNED FOR DANE PARK
The City staff completed a Tobacco Endowment Fund grant application last week and is hopeful that we will be awarded $25,000 toward the purchase and installation of a picnic pavilion to be placed at Dane Park. We will receive notice sometime in January. We are also planning to submit a grant application for a Reactional Trail Grant to the Oklahoma Department of Tourism for a trail at Dane Park. This would connect King Park to Dane Park and the Safe Routes to School Sidewalk, making Noble much more walkable. The new residential subdivision south of King Park also has common areas which will contain walking trails that will connect to the south side of King Park. So, someday you would be able to walk from near the Noble Cemetery all the way to the Noble Middle School on lighted walking trails or sidewalks. Just a part of what is being planned.
The Safe Routes to School Grant through the Okla. Dept. of Transportation was not available this year, but we will pursue another round in the coming year