City discusses parking study, welcomes scouts

Eleven members of Claremore Boy Scout Troop 828 attended Monday night's City Council meeting as they work to learn more about citizenship. The boys led the Pledge of Allegiance and were then presented with Claremore city lapel pins presented by Mayor Bill Flanagan (center). Also pictured are City Manager Jim Thomas and City Attorney Bryan Drummond.

In addition to an update about the parking study findings, Claremore City Manager Jim Thomas announced that the City of Claremore agreed that the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) should not be sold off as part of House Bill 1852, as discussed at the recent meeting of the Claremore City Council.

The city voted unanimously to approve the police department’s request to apply for a 2017/2018 Justice Assistance Grant.

Chief Stan Brown spoke to the city and stated that he would ideally like for the department to have body cameras for officers that are tied to a system, which contains cataloging and retrieval software.

“We wouldn’t have the struggles and troubles we have had with past systems where we didn’t buy enough on the front end and had issues keeping up with data storage and retrieval,” stated Brown.

City Manager Jim Thomas also announced that the water plant facility is still on schedule to be completed in August.

The meeting was also attended by eleven members of Claremore Boy Scout Troop 828 as part of learning more about their community and citizenship. The boys led the Pledge of Allegiance and were recognized by City Manager Jim Thomas and Mayor Bill Flanagan.

Also at Monday’s meeting, Claremore Main Street Executive Director Jessica Jackson and Main Street Treasurer and Economic Vitality Board Member Dr. Ray Brown explained the parking study proved there was more of a pinch at certain times versus true problems at this point in time.

Dr. Brown did explain to the council that the ultimate outcome for economic success of downtown would depend on the construction of a parking facility, which will likely depend upon a private/public partnership.

The initial study was done in conjunction with the city and economic development board as a starting point to future downtown parking discussions in the future.

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