Adair trustees approved buying a new police vehicle at Monday’s meeting.
“We’ve got one (payment) going off and we owe $8,000 on that other one,” Mayor Steve Hall said, “but I’d rather get them one at a time than to need them all at once. That’s happened to us before.”
Trustee Heath Green asked if there was no vehicle to trade in on the new one.
“That’s the reason we’re doing this,” Hall said, “so they can all have one of their own.”
The department has three Dodge Chargers and one Chevrolet Tahoe.
Three bids were submitted to the council from Green Country Ford in Vinita and Pryor along with the state contract bid from Advance County Ford in Miami.
The bids are for a Ford Interceptor, which is designed as a police sport utility vehicle. It is all-wheel drive with a V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission.
The state bid was for a 2013 model. Two are available. The other two bids were on 2014 models, which would take four to six weeks for delivery. The bids did not include lights, sirens, radios and cages.
Trustees voted to accept the state bid at $26,858 for the vehicle and explore all possible options for outfitting the SUV.
Adair’s police dispatch contract with the county expires June 30. The town has been paying $750 a month for the service. The new contract will raise the price to $1,500 a month.
Hall said the alternative is to dispatch through the 911 system at Mayes Emergency Services Trust Authority for $1,000 per month.
“We can go through the 911 system a lot cheaper,” Hall said. “There’s only one dispatcher at Mayes County and there are two and sometimes three at 911.”
Police officers discussed Mobile Cops computers in their cars which will interlink with the 911 system.
“Do you have anything to say about doing this?” Trustee Craig Cooper asked the officers.
“I’d like to think somebody knows where we are,” Officer Glenn Parman said.
Trustees approved asking for a contract to review with 911. If the contract is in fact for $1,000 a month with no extra charges, the town will use 911 for dispatch.
City attorney Cherie Meislahn will draft an ordinance for the town to retain a Fire Protection Consultant. This is a fire inspector who reviews plans for construction at no cost to the town to adhere to state fire requirements.
Water Superintendent Scott Martin presented his report, which showed a water loss of 21 percent.
“That number might be a little high,” Martin said. “We had a bad busted water line, so we lost a lot of water. That was on North Third and Will Penn. Then we fixed a couple of smaller leaks.”
Martin said all new water meters have been installed in town with the exception of six, which are on back order.
Water Clerk Melissa Heflin said with the new software, it is possible to print daily water usage for up to 40 days. If a customer has a problem with their bill, they can see exactly when the extra water was used, which may help detect leaks or plumbing problems in the house.
Trustees discussed a nuisance property at 101 Deadwood Dr. Trustee Monte Hipp said the property has been mowed, but there is a problem with raw sewage leaking in the backyard.
Martin will call his contact at the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality to lodge a complaint.
After an executive session, trustees approved paying town attorney/judge Cherie Meislahn $125 per hour for legal services.