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Commissioners to consider contract with retail consultant

A drop in base compensation for a retail consultant, and an incentive related to Lahoma Courts are included in a contract set to be considered during an Enid City Commission meeting tonight.

Enid Economic Development Authority — made up of Enid City Commission — will consider renewing the contract with Retail Attractions LLC for an additional two years. For several years, Retail Attractions LLC, founded by Rickey Hayes, has represented the city of Enid in efforts to retain and recruit businesses, according to information provided to the commission.

Through the contract, the base monthly pay for Hayes will go down, from $6,000 to $4,000. He also will receive a per diem — $500 per trip — for trips to Enid.

New to the contract is a procurement incentive for the Lahoma Courts development site.

The incentive is broken into three tiers, City Manager Jerald Gilbert noted.

"It gives us flexibility," he said.

For sites sold or leased with a value less than $500,000, Hayes will receive a $5,000 incentive. The incentives for sites sold or leased with a value between $500,000 to $1 million will be $10,000, and for a value greater than $1 million will be $15,000.

Hayes is the sole paid marketer, but other entities — including the city, Enid Regional Development Alliance or private entities — could market the property as well, Gilbert said. If Hayes is involved in the sale or lease of any of the property, he will be paid the incentive.

The incentive is capped at $15,000 a year, so the most Hayes could earn in incentive funds is $30,000 over the two-year contract, Gilbert said.

"I believe it's a good deal for the city, for a lot of reasons. Rickey's agreeable to it," he said, referring to the proposed contract and explaining it's a good deal because Enid gets Hayes' services.

Other items on the agenda include:

• The recognition and world premier of "Smash Hit!" a music video by Girl Scout Troop 727 for the Maine Street bridge.

• An update on Vance Air Force Base and Kaw Lake infrastructure efforts, and the Washington D.C. trip.

• A review of a request to determine if an existing billboard, currently located at 5230 W. Garriott, the future Jiffy Trip location, may be relocated 57 feet to the west and converted to a digital billboard.

• Possible award of an $86,000 professional service contract with RSM US LLP for financial statement preparation and auditing services.

The public meeting, at 6:30 p.m., will be held in commission chambers at the city administration building, 401 W. Garriott.

It will follow a 5 p.m. public study session in the lower-level conference room at the city administration building.

Items on the study session agenda include discussions on the Stormwater Master Plan and FEMA regulations, the Central National Bank Center Fiscal Year 2017 annual report, the 2018-19 budget schedule, the Sound Amplification Violation Ordinance, Emergency Management Interference Ordinance and Theft of Cable Ordinance.
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