The long-awaited QuikTrip project is expected to start moving forward at a rapid pace.
That was the announcement at the January Henryetta city council meeting Tuesday.
Mayor Jennifer Munholland said the Tulsa-based national company will be formally taking possession of the final motel property at Trudgeon and US 75 Monday. At the same time, ONEOK is expected to start moving a high-pressure gas line that runs under the parking area.
She said company representatives are expected to be at the February city council meeting and provide more information.
“We are still working on the west side property,” she said. "The developers are working on getting us more information.” That project calls for a travel center and eventually a motel to be constructed on part of the nearly 35 acres owned by the city at the I-40 237 mile marker exit.
Council members expressed their frustration over lack of progress on home repairs at 105 East Smith.
The council has given several extensions for the project to be completed but say no appreciable work has been done. “I looked at it today,” Munholland said and I can’t see anything done. You have been before us for the past four months and said the council would see significant difference.”
Councilor Janna Dugan told Toni Null that she needs to see if the work, “is worth your money. I’m done with excuses.”
The council approved another 30 days but if nothing is accomplished, the abatement would start.
Council members approved use of Nichols Park Feb. 6, April 24 and 25 and May 8 and 9 for disc golf tournaments. Organized by Joshua Craig, the tournaments are expected to bring in a number of participants. “He doesn’t want the park closed,” Munholland said. “They want spectators out there.” Craig also asked that camping would be permitted on those dates. “They (participants) like to camp and stay there and have group fun.”
A recent tournament brought over 300 tournament participants as well as family and friends to the park.
In other business the council approved spending $3,374.25 for an ad in an area tourism magazine. The council has placed similar ads for the past three years.
Also approved was $$18,364.98 to repair a street department truck. That would replace an engine in the diesel-powered vehicle.
The city is working with the Oklahoma Water Resources Board on repairs to dams at Nichols and Jim Hall lakes. Cost estimates are expected to be brought to the council in February.