Trustees for the Town of Locust Grove approved police dispatching rates at the regular meeting Monday night.
The item was addressed after Salina and Sportsman Acres Police Departments inquired about dispatching services. Previously, both agencies used the Mayes County Sheriff’s Office, but were informed that at the end of the fiscal year in June, the rates will double.
Trustees approved rates of $750 per month for Salina and $250 per month for Sportsman Acres.
The board approved raises for several employees.
Police dispatcher Timothy Ross was given a 50-cent raise to $9.50 per hour following his 90-day review. He is now a non-probationary employee.
Dispatcher Tabitha Smith completed OLETS (Oklahoma Law Enforcement Telecommunications System) training and received a raise of 50 cents an hour bringing her pay rate to $10 per hour.
Officer Brian Hurry received CLEET (Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training) certification and was given a raise of $1 per hour bringing his pay rate to $14 per hour.
Part-time Officer Don Freeman completed reserve CLEET certification and was given a $1 per hour raise, bringing him to $11 per hour.
Police Officer Chris Buck was promoted to Assistant Chief of Police.
In other business, trustees approved a motion to make Travis Hinshaw a permanent volunteer firefighter after he completed a one-year probation.
The board took action regarding the cleanup of two condemned properties, located at 308 Harrison St. and 415 S. McNair St. Trustees approved hiring Clint Pursley to demolish the properties and haul off the debris at a cost of $2,500 each.