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Duncan to pay less in Halliburton building buy

DUNCAN - The Duncan City Council approved the purchase of the former Halliburton Finance Center during its regular meeting Tuesday.

After meeting in executive session, Ward 4 Councilman Ricky Mayes moved to approve the purchase and amend the purchase price to $693,750 from $700,000. The motion was approved by a unanimous vote. The city plans to move city hall offices from downtown to the former finance center at 1700 S. U.S. 81.

Drug possessioncourt decision tabled

The council also voted to table an item that would have sent simple drug possession cases to municipal court. Until this year, possession of any illegal drug (with the exception of marijuana) was a felony and was prosecuted in district court. Oklahoma voters approved approved State Question 780 last November, which made simple possession of drugs a misdemeanor that could be filed in city court.

On Tuesday, Ward 2 Councilwoman Patty Wininger moved to table the item so the council could gather more information. The council agreed unanimously.

Public Works Director Alex Henry made a presentation about the street assessment project. Henry said the city hired EST from Oklahoma City to provide an unbiased analysis of Duncan streets. He provided a slide show on the Pavement Surface Evaluation Rating System that graded streets from PAVER 2, for failed roadway condition, to PAVER 8, for good streets that need little or no maintenance.

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