Hotel to Break Ground in September

Dennis Patel, owner of the Super 8 Motel at 6616 E. Archer St., has announced plans to build a 72-room, $4.5 million La Quinta Inn at Admiral Place and 67th East Avenue.
The hotel, which is expected to be complete by next summer, will break ground in September and will sit adjacent to Patel’s existing property.
CNE, Siloam Springs
at Odds Over Utilities
Cherokee Nation Enterprises has notified the City of Siloam Springs, Ark. that it has elected to continue to contract with its current provider of electricity for its new 200,000-SF casino in West Siloam Springs, Okla.
In June 2007, CNE indicated through a letter of intent that it had selected Siloam Springs to provide their its water, sewer and electrical services to the new casino facility. Siloam Springs city officials were recently notified CNE was pulling out of the agreement and had elected to receive electricity from its current provider, North Eastern Oklahoma Electric Cooperative.
CNE gave no reason for opting to use its current provider. However, CNE’s current provider of electricity did challenge Siloam Springs in a lawsuit along with the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, questioning the legality of the city’s plan to provide service within Oklahoma.
CNE indicated it wanted to continue with the water and sewer utility service part of the agreement with the City of Siloam Springs, but the city declined the offer, expressing interest in only providing the casino with “the whole package.”
CNE will now be responsible for lining up another water and sewer provider.
The City of Siloam Springs’ current contract provides water and sewer service to West Siloam Springs, which in turn, provides for the current CNE facility in West Siloam Springs.
However, provisions limit the amount of water that West Siloam Springs may sell to any one provider.
West Siloam Springs is unable to install any additional water lines greater than 2 inches in diameter without the approval of the City of Siloam Springs Board of Directors.
The new casino will require 8-inch water lines.

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