CATOOSA — In the regular meeting of the Catoosa City Council, two ward vacancies were declared including that of now former Vice Mayor Austin Farley. Lon Godwin’s resignation from the council was accepted and Ward 5 declared vacant as was the Ward 2 seat previously held by Farley.

Godwin submitted a letter of resignation stating a potential conflict of interest due to current and upcoming development in the Catoosa area. He owns Godwin Real Estate.

Farley was removed from the council and his position as vice mayor in accordance with state statutes because he had missed at least half of the council meetings, both regular and special, held during the last four months. The position of vice mayor is elected from among the council body. An election to select a new vice mayor will be held once the two vacant seats are filled.

Statutes allow the council 120 days to fill the positions without an election. Because the next election falls within those guidelines, the city can wait until that time if no acceptable candidates apply before then. Those interested in the positions should call the Catoosa City Hall to make sure they live in one of the two vacant wards. Qualifying applicants can then submit a letter of interest.

Approval was granted to close Cherokee Street from Muskogee Street to Antry Drive on October 14 and 15 for the 16th Annual Fall Festival. The festival will feature running antique gas engines, scale model engines, working displays and a blacksmith demonstration among other things. Put on by the Catoosa City Council at the Gazebo on Historic Route 66, the festival is free to the public.

In other action the request for a sign permit to Lamar Central Outdoor, LLC was approved following a close vote of 3-2 by the council. Currently, the city has imposed a moratorium on billboards along Historic Route 66. Debate centered around the request date for the sign.

A sub-lease agreement between the City of Catoosa and Tulsa University for Rogers Point Park was approved. The university women’s rowing team uses the area.

The ground lease agreement with the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority was approved. Ordinance No. 352-C vacating an easement in Lot 1, Block 1, Catoosa Shopping Center was approved. Approval was granted for traffic studies for Cherokee Street and Denbow and Cherokee and Antry Drive in the amount of $1,200.

A request will be made by the city to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation for a traffic signal at Highway 167 and Rollins Street.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the council will be Oct. 16 at 7 p.m.

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