The highly anticipated Senior Wellness Center advances to City Hall as staff submit construction contracts for council approval.
Part of several projects funded by the Norman Forward Sales Tax Fund, the center will provide fitness, recreation and health services to people 50 years of age and older.
It will be located on North Findlay Avenue in the Porter Campus of the Norman Regional Health System.
A contract on city council’s agenda tonight shows a $ 2 million construction deal with Crossland Construction Co., it says.
The contract includes steel fabrication, contingency fees for construction, and other bonding and insurance costs. The total cost of the project is $ 12.4 million.
Staff estimated that the center will be open in February 2023.
In other cases, city council will consider removing cell phone and car reimbursement payments from City Manager Darrel Pyle.
Since being hired by the board in 2019, Pyle has received $ 1,200 a year for a cell phone allowance and $ 6,000, the staff report says.
If the council approves it, it will receive a city-issued cell phone and use a “fleet vehicle,” the draft ordinance says.
Pyle received a raise in June 2020, the staff report says. His salary went from $ 170,000 to $ 195,000.
An analysis of staff at the time showed their pay was 23% lower than in cities of similar size.
A further salary increase was not on the agenda.
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