As the school year begins, the City of Durant settled its annual agreements with the Durant Independent School District.
A reduced fee was approved during Tuesday evening’s city council meeting for the school’s use of the ball fields at the Durant Multi-Sports Complex.
Durant Schools will be using the two main ball fields this year instead of renting four fields as in previous years.
This will reduce the payment from $10,000 to $5,000 for the year. Mayor Jerry Tomlinson and City Manager Jim Dunegan addressed questions regarding why the school pays for the use of the complex.
Tomlinson and Dunegan said the school previously used the field without pay and was responsible for the maintenance and cleaning of the fields and facilities it used.
In more recent years, the school has opted to pay for use of the field and leave maintenance and upkeep to the complex.
The city also approved the Durant Police Department assigning an officer as the school district’s school recourse officer.
Officer Rick Ford was chosen for this duty. Ford will be a stationed at the Durant High School and can move to other Durant ISD campuses as needed.
He will work at the school every day school in in session and return to normal duty on days school is not in session.
The Durant Police Department will be reimbursed for his time by the Durant ISD monthly, according to Durant Police Chief Durward Cook.
In other city business, the council approved a request from the city’s IT Department for new computers for various city entities.
These will replace outdated or malfunctioning computers. Approximately four laptops and 10 desktops will be replaced.
The IT Department’s Marie Goolsby told council that the department would like to be able to replace all of the city computers every three years, but understands that this is financially impossible, so computers are replaced only as needed.
The council also approved reassigning current members of various city boards to the spots they hold.
They also appointed freshman Council Member Bill Orr to sit as their representative on the Durant Main Street Board of Directors.
Mayor Tomlinson said that his current downtown presence at the tag office contributed to this decision.
The city will also be applying for a community development grant to build an infrastructure for the Tile Shop located on Arkansas Street.
The building will be leased to the Tile Shop for 20 years. During that time, the city will be able to draw revenue from Tile Shop payment for the lease.
After 20 years, the building will be property of the Tile Shop.
- Jessica Breger can be reached at (580) 634-2162 or on Twitter @jbreger_news