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Norman will have a new Emergency Operations Center after a close vote by the City Council approved the use of American Rescue Plan Act funds for the project.

After a 5-3 vote, the proposed facility will see $9.5 million of ARPA funds to cover a shortfall in the $15 million project that has been “kicked down the road,” some said Tuesday night. Ward 7 Stephen Holman was absent.

Ward 1 Brandi Studley, Ward 2 Lauren Schueler and Ward 4 Lee Hall voted no. All three said they supported the project, but raised concerns about timing and the use of ARPA funds for it…