The Pryor Times

March 7, 2014

Water line a cold fix

Managing Editor
Kathy Parker

PRYOR, OK — High water loss in the town of Adair was the result of a vehicle backing over a fire hydrant.

Water Superintendent Scott Martin told the trustees at Monday’s meeting that a motorist backed over the hydrant in the 69 Surplus parking lot on Feb. 5.

“So we dumped a load of water,” Martin said. “It was six below when we went out to fix it.”

The hydrant and valve were ruined and a portion of the line must be replaced.

The problem with faulty water meters continues. The new meters were purchased from a company which has 90,000 units being recalled.

Martin has been sending meters which do not work back to the company and receiving new design meters to replace them at no charge, but in the meantime, revenue is lost because the customer’s bill is estimated.

“It’s same-same,” Martin said. “I changed out 45 (last month). As soon as I get another list I’ll change them out. If they’re not reading, we’re changing them, but we’re losing revenue.”

Crossbow Construction still has some work to do before the waterline project in town on William Penn Street is complete.

“Don’t pay them off,” Martin told the trustees. “It’s not done. They won’t return my calls.”

Martin said there is still a four-inch main and a hydrant to be tied up.

Mayor Steve Hall said the town can withhold payment until the job is complete.

Adair Police Department wrote 90 citations in February. Reports made included two county assists, one motorist assist, 10 Adair Fire Department assists, one motor vehicle accident, one Oklahoma Highway Patrol assist, two driving under suspension arrests, three alarm calls, one oversize load assist, one public intoxication arrest, one funeral escort, one breaking and entering at Adair Self Storage, one petit larceny at Dollar General, two public disturbances, one sex offender complaint. Three arrests were made.

Animal control picked up one dog in February.

The fire department made 27 runs.

As far as the street and alley report, employee David Bauer said “just another beautiful day in the neighborhood.”