The Pryor Times

January 9, 2014

Pryor Council member steps down

Staff Writer
Cydney Baron

PRYOR, OK — In with the new was the theme at Pryor's

City Council meeting Tuesday.

The council recognized the resignation of council member Carolyn Wise from Ward 4.

“It has been a hard decision to leave but with my recent health issues I feel that I cannot represent Ward 4 to the best of my ability,” Wise stated in her resignation.

“Thank you for the support and the opportunities that you have provided me during the last several years. I have enjoyed time being a part of the Pryor City Council and the progress we have made for the citizens of Pryor.”

Wise continued in praising the city's leadership: “I truly believe that the leadership displayed by our mayor shows his love for the city of Pryor and with the council’s continued support, Pryor will continue to accomplish great things.”

Ryan Rains was then sworn in and took his place on the council. "I am excited about the opportunity, I look forward to bringing some new perspective to the council," said Rains. "I welcome feedback from my ward. Leadership roles count on feedback to make Pryor thebest place it can be."

Mayor Jimmy Tramel presented the council with a proposal to replace a welcome sign on the south end of town.

Tramel explained a wreck destroyed the existing sign and he would like to replace it with a new design. Rather than reading “Welcome to Pryor, a town for all seasons,” the new sign would read “Welcome to Pryor Creek, pathways to success.”

The sign, listed as 51.5 inches by 168 inches, will cost $17,000.

Council member Drew Stott said he would “hate to see the signs not match.”

Tramel said if the design is approved, the council can replace the remaining signs as needed.

Tramel explained his desire to relabel the town as Pryor Creek for consistency and added the town is the only Pryor Creek in the United States. The emblem and wording on the proposed sign mirrors the emblem used on the new city hall building.

Council members Leonard Barnes and Drew Stott voted no, the motion to approve the design and seek quotes for replacing the sign was approved.