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City of Norman to Host Second Public Meeting re: Proposed Storm Water Utility

The City of Norman will host a second public meeting to address concerns about flooding from the last citizen’s satisfaction survey, as well as initiatives to protect Norman’s drinking water. The meeting is Monday at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at city hall, 201 W. Gray. City staff will repeat a presentation from last Wednesday evening in which they shared funding options for dealing water and storm water issues that impact the community.

In the last citizens’ survey, the City received direction to address flooding. Last spring during heavy rains, several areas of the City experienced flooding, road closures, and some neighborhoods were evacuated.

The City of Norman, like other cities, must also meet state and federal requirements to protect Lake Thunderbird, which is the source of 70% percent of Norman’s drinking water. The safeguards protect against pollution and help to ensure clean drinking water for residents in the future.

After years of study about the best way to fund the needs of the community, the City is proposing new funding options for improved storm water and flood control programs. In addition, establishing a Storm Water Utility, the funding mechanism utilized by approximately 25 cities in Oklahoma as well as many cities around the nation, will provide a stable source of revenue to begin to meet the needs of the community that have been identified in the Storm Water Master Plan.

Those who aren’t able to attend Monday’s meeting can provide input on a questionnaire available at http://bit.ly/myinput.