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August 18, 2012

Claremore council to discuss sign ordinance

CLAREMORE — The Claremore City Council will be discussing various items during the upcoming meeting 6 p.m. on Aug. 20 at City Hall including modifications to the sign ordinance, swearing in ceremony for new police officers and a proposal for Claremore Plaza.

New officers, Amanda Batt, Donald Thirion, Mark Isaac, Shaun Holmes, Jordan Keesler, Casab E. Vang, Kendal Bradshaw, and  Richard Propst for the Claremore Police Department will be recognized in an official swearing in ceremony.

The meeting will also include a discussion concerning the city’s sign ordinance. One of the proposed items could amend the ordinance to allow for banners to be hung across Will Rogers Blvd.

The agenda item includes the city’s ability to collect a $200 permit fee if the council approves a change to the ordinance.

Additionally the changes could allow for off-remise advertising within the central business district of the city.

The council will also be discussing a proposal from Jim Tapp, the developer of the Oklahoma Plaza site.

Tapp has requested that the city amend the infrastructure improvement agreement for the property.

The city previously approved approximately $3 million in incentives for the developer. Tapp’s new proposal would decrease the incentive to approximately $2 million in exchange for greater flexibility in the use of the incentives for roadways and infrastructure development. The proposal is expected to increase the city’s cost for improvements by approximately $750,000.

Essentially Tapp is requesting that the city front the cost for roadways and other infrastructure instead of incentives after completion of the project. The proposal is not finalized as submitted unless the council votes to approve the request.


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