2016 CIP changes head to Lawton voters

2016 CIP changes heads back to Lawton voters

LAWTON, OK (KSWO) - Lawton citizens will get a chance to vote on changing the 2016 Capital Improvement Projects at the start of next year. Tuesday night at the Lawton City Council meeting, members voted unanimously to send the CIP back to the voters. Council member Caleb Davis proposed the change to put an industrial park and upgrades to the city's IT system into the CIP. And take out the construction of a new water treatment facility.

The council decided to set the vote for the Special Election on January 8th of next year.

"We are still going to dig the wells, we are going to put the pipe in to the treatment plant," Davis said. "The only thing that we are proposing not to do is let's not build a facility. We have two facilities now."

Council member Dwight Tanner asked that a vote for a $53,000 price hike for the Public Safety Facility be postponed. A council committee was formed to look into what Tanner alleges were mistakes made by a former City of Lawton employee, and what believes may be flaws in the design of the project.

In other business, council members approved a $5 application for those who apply for the city-sponsored Elk Hunt. At the start of the meeting, Mayor Fred Fitch gave his last State of the City address were he recapped the highlights of last year.

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