The Pryor Times

August 27, 2013

‘Ahead of schedule and under budget’ to ‘just a little longer’

Staff Writer
Cydney Baron

— The bond-funded Pryor City Hall was scheduled to be open Aug. 1, but with September looming the official opening date is being pushed back a little at a time.

“We're looking at Sept. 16,” said Mayor Jimmy Tramel, which would mean the Sept. 17 council meting would be called to order in the new council chambers.

Tramel has requested council approval on numerous expenditures over and above construction costs.

In a recent update, Chris Ball of Ball Constuction said having furnishings made, rather than using pre-fab office furniture has saved $97,000

Tramel originally requested permission to seek bids for furnishings.

After the request for proposal was released, Tramel began researching prices himself.

“This furniture is eating my lunch,” he said. “It blew my mind when I heard how expensive some of this stuff is. The cubicles are $7,500 per section.”

Ball said the building is still making progress, and only lacks some cosmetic finishing before it is opened.

There was debate between the council and Tramel on expenditures for the facility, or the “Taj Mahal” as one council member called it.

Tramel was routinely asked why he failed to budget for these necessities when drawing up plans for the building. Members of the council questioned every expense, down to the chairs they would sit in.

In the end the council spent $46,820.73 for a telephone system and $8,600 for an analog camera system. For an air conditioning unit, the council approved $4,076.50.

Payment to CMS Willowbrook was divided into several payment applications and ranged from $131,300 to $566,382 each. Regular payments were also made to Graber and Associates for constricution. These payments ranged from $2,500 to $6,700 each. Graber and Associates also received design and development payments of $57,600 and $39,600. The council ultimately approved the expenditure of nearly $46,000 for an electric lateral filing system as well.

The bond was nearly $9 million and was split between the city hall and street projects.

The new city hall is approximately nine times the size of the existing city hall.

The building includes a secured Emergency Management Response room on the first floor, built to Federal Emergency Management Agency standards. There is also a natural gas back-up generator to run the building in case of a power outage.

The new hall includes security systems throughout the building including cameras and secured doors. The second floor of the building includes two conference rooms and a judge’s chambers to use during city court. The council chambers and lobby will both be significantly larger. The building has  more storage.

The new hall sets on Rowe Street, just east of the Mayes County Courthouse, on the site of the old Moots Hospital. The facade of the building boasts a new city logo.

Tramel explained the new city logo. “From sunrise to sunset, Pryor is a pathway of opportunity partnered with education and industry,” said Tramel.