City council holds special meeting

New plant coming to Durant discussed

By Dan Pennington -

A special meeting was held recently for the Durant City Council and Durant City Utilities Authority.

The council approved a resolution authorizing the Durant Industrial Authority to fund property acquisition and street overlay on behalf of the city for the new Durant Commercial Metals Company Micro-Mill Steel Facility.

They also authorized the submission of an application to acquire a grant from the Economic development Administration, for the new CMC steel mill.

The Commercial Metals Company will be one of only two state of the art steel micro mills in the world, according to company officials.

The Irving, Texas-based company will bring nearly 300 jobs to the area with the new mill

Steel rebar, which is used in concrete reinforcement and many other construction applications, will be manufactured at the Durant facility.

CMC officials said they chose Durant because of the strategic location and proximity to four railroad lines that can be accessed from the city.

The city council approved a final draft of the job description and advertisement wording relating to the city manager position that will be vacant after the retirement of James Dunegan in mid September.

The council extended an invitation to the City Manager Association of Oklahoma representative to provide a presentation outlining best management practices for recruitment and selection of the city manager position.

The presentation gives citizens more insight into how the system works.

Sarah Sherrer, assistant city manager, said, “The more people know, the more they can help.”

A resolution to cancel curbside pick up of solid waste and to additionally extend the operating hours of the landfill was tabled until the next regular meeting of the city council scheduled for Tuesday Aug. 11.

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New plant coming to Durant discussed

By Dan Pennington

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