The Pryor Times

January 10, 2014

A few bugs in electronic meters

Managing Editor
Kathy Parker

PRYOR, OK — The town of Adair has new electronic water meters. For the most part, they are working well.

Water Superintendent Scott Martin told trustees at the regular town meeting Monday he has put in 320 meters. There are 24 which are not working correctly. Martin said some meters show numbers that do not move, some have a blank reading and some went dead.

“These meters are accounts that use really small amounts (of water),” Martin said. He said the company will not replace the meters until they are returned.

“We can pull these and they test them,” Martin said.

“We’ve paid for a product and it’s not working,” Trustee Heath Green said. “If they are not working here, they won’t work there. We shouldn’t have to buy anything.”

“Here’s a message to the guy you deal with from me,” Trustee Craig Cooper said. “If he doesn’t send the replacement meters, we will be sending him a bill for all these meters,” Cooper said, holding up the list of malfunctioning meters.

While the meters are not reading properly, those accounts are receiving estimated bills.

The water projects are wrapping up. Martin said he used 130,000 gallons of water to flush the system tying up the west side of town. “It’s done,” Martin said.

Oklahoma Department of Transportation is making the final payments on moving the water line which connects the town to Rural Water District 6. The move was complete last month. Martin said the school’s new water lines are also complete.

Trustees accepted Glenn Parman’s application to become a volunteer firefighter. Cooper, who is the fire chief, said this application will make 21 volunteers on his crew. The town can have up to 25 volunteer firefighters.

Jamie Daniels will be reimbursed $100 rent for the community center. The tea party she had was actually a canned food drive. Attendees brought canned food for admission to the party. Then the food was donated to the school.

In executive session, Kody Rowley’s resignation from the police force was accepted. Wesley Reed will be paid compensatory time for covering another officer’s shift. Jan Wells was approved as a reserve officer.

In December, Adair Police wrote 61 citations and issued two warnings.

The police department makeover, financed by a Jock Mayor grant, is complete.

Reports written by the police department included four county assists, one motorist assist, two Adair Fire Department assists, one stolen motor vehicle involving 28 apartments, one overdose involving 28 apartments, one helicopter loading zone, two accidents, one petit larceny, two computer crimes, three driving under suspension arrests, and one driving while intoxicated.