Ada officials will team up with local veterans organizations to honor service men and women who are returning from Afghanistan and Kuwait.
On Monday, the Ada City Council asked City Manager Cody Holcomb to work with veterans groups on an event for members of the Ada Army National Guard. The date of the event has not been announced, but it may take place at the Agri-Plex during a weekend drill of the National Guard.
Several veterans groups in and around Ada came up with the idea of hosting an event to honor area soldiers, said Dennis Heath, commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 11194. He said the groups can put the event together within 30 to 45 days, and they have enough money to pay for it.
“We have a commitment from all these leaders of these organizations that money is not an issue,” he said. “We have the funds to support it. It’s simply a matter of organizing it and making it happen.”
Heath also asked the council to issue a proclamation for the day of the event, urging all Ada businesses to support for area soldiers.
Council member Darrell Nemecek said he liked the idea of recognizing local soldiers for their service.
“I think it’s a great, great honor and well fitting our people in service,” he said.
In other business, the council:
• Approved a request to rezone 104 E. Sixth St. from a light industrial district to a general commercial district.
• Approved a use permit for mini-storage units at 104 E. Sixth.
• Approved a right-of-way permit for Chickasaw Telecommunications Services, which wanted to install fiberoptic cable in an easement. The easement starts at the southeast corner of South Craddock Road and East Pine Street and ends at the city limits at the center of Blakeway Street and 32nd.
• Nominated Donna Doolen to another five-year term on the board of trustees for the Oklahoma Municipal Retirement Board, representing District 3.
Doolen’s new term would begin Oct. 1, 2012, and run through Oct. 1, 2017.