The Norman Metropolis Council met Tuesday evening to debate committee appointment, response to Greek life occasion considerations and sport day preparation.
The particular session, live-streamed on town’s YouTube channel, featured OU leaders like Dean of College students David Surratt and Affiliate Dean of College students Kristen Partridge.
Surratt demonstrated OU’s new COVID-19 dashboard and addressed considerations about how optimistic instances are reported.
Mayor Breea Clark questioned if some college students could also be utilizing their everlasting deal with or their mother and father’ dwelling deal with as an alternative of their native Norman addresses, which might skew case numbers reported on campus, in Norman and in Cleveland County.
Ward three councilmember Alison Petrone requested clarification relating to the college’s response to outbreaks in scholar housing and in Greek housing.
Surratt mentioned whereas the college can not immediately implement any insurance policies in Greek housing, they’ve supplied options for a way a possible outbreak may very well be prevented and addressed.
“We’ve … given them suggestions to do the identical factor we’re doing in housing, however I emphasize it’s a suggestion,” Surratt mentioned. “Some homes are positively higher than others in terms of that, however they’ve the identical expectation to isolate people who’ve signs or check optimistic.”
Relating to events occurring at Greek homes, the Metropolis of Norman’s metropolis legal professional Kathryn Walker mentioned town adopted an ordinance in 2004 to deal with “nuisance events.”
Walker mentioned a celebration will be labeled a nuisance occasion as soon as the police witness at the least three violations. These embrace consuming spirits in a public place, furnishing of alcohol and/or narcotics and disturbing the peace.
As soon as there have been three convictions for violating this ordinance inside a yr, that property will likely be labeled a public nuisance.
Clark mentioned this regulation is being thought-about to fight Greek home events.
“I’d love so that you can talk to our Greek group that we are actually ready to begin utilizing this regulation to crack down on these massive social gatherings,” Clark mentioned to Surratt.
Surratt additionally clarified a number of college students are selecting off-campus testing facilities as an alternative of using the free exams supplied at Goddard Well being Middle.
“A few of our college students are actually nervous,” Surratt mentioned. “There is a component of disgrace related to testing optimistic.”
Clark mentioned she appreciated the collaboration that has occurred between town and the college in an try and fight the unfold of the virus.
“We are going to do a greater job managing this if we do it collectively,” Clark mentioned.
Deputy Police Chief Ricky Jackson mentioned a bunch of plainclothes officers noticed a number of bars round Norman over the weekend in response to experiences of metropolis ordinance violations.
Jackson mentioned the group visited bars on Campus Nook and different elements of town and witnessed profitable capability limiting that complied with mandates, in addition to prohibiting standing-room-only sections and compliance with the city-wide masks ordinance.
As for areas outdoors of those companies, Jackson mentioned officers noticed lengthy strains and teams not social distancing or carrying masks however had been not sure if these teams arrived collectively. This occurred at three particular bars on Campus Nook: Logie’s, The Porch and Nompton Social.
“It seems that persons are attempting to conform…” Jackson mentioned. “(The officers) did observe that there was an try and adjust to the mandate.”
Jackson really helpful town type a working group tasked with monitoring and implementing the mandates. This group would come with metropolis code enforcers together with hearth inspectors and hearth marshal Fred Henderson.
In the course of the assembly, councilmembers additionally mentioned preparedness and safety for the upcoming soccer season.
“I’m wanting ahead to soccer season,” Clark mentioned “Nevertheless, we’ve got had eating places share considerations… they’re realizing that they’re about to be massively overwhelmed by very massive crowds.”
Clark mentioned Campus Nook is planning to supply extra out of doors seating on sport days and mentioned there was a suggestion posed from somebody outdoors the sport day planning committee that there be a 50 % capability restrict all day in eating places and bars.
“Everyone knows sport day will not be a standard day,” Clark mentioned.
Ward 1 councilmember Kate Bierman mentioned she has talked with enterprise homeowners and mentioned all of them appear to be okay with the proposal so long as extra out of doors seating turns into accessible.
The council voted to approve the appointments of 5 individuals to a search committee for a Ward 2 interim councilmember after the demise of councilor David Perry. These people are Gabriel Chicken, Melissa Houston, Ellen Kanak, Julie Knudsen and Jermaine Peterson
The council agreed to not take motion on COVID-19 response protocols at this assembly and can as an alternative take motion on the metropolis council convention scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. eight at 5:30 p.m.