The Pryor Times

February 21, 2013

Pryor discusses budget, library, and rec center

Cydney Baron
Staff Reporter

PRYOR, OK — Pryor City Council’s meeting began with a prayer led by Council member Leonard Barnes Tuesday.

Mayor Jimmy Tramel invited Ron Kolker to present his mid-year budget review. He outlined the city’s budget as he did for the budget and personnel committee.  Kolker concluded that the city will likely end the year with a $6,000 debit, which he considered is a reasonable loss.

“I went to another city council last night, and they have a new city manager. The city doesn’t have many ways of raising money, so they are promoting local shopping with their  ‘shop the city’ promotion,” said Kolker.

Tramel asked Chris Ball to provide an update on the city hall building project.

Ball said the first floor is finished, as well as most of the masonry work. Work on the stairwells is scheduled to begin pending good weather.

“Things are progressing real well, we’re pleased at the progress,” said Ball.

The building is scheduled for completion in August.

Library Director Susan Newberry, gave her report.

“We’re doing a lot of stuff,” said Newberry. “We started our English as a second language course and tutoring for low levels.

“We’re writing a grant for that. There is a real need for it in Pryor. We also started our early childhood literacy center,” said Newberry.

Mary Honea, director of the Pryor Creek Recreation Center, brought an e-mail from a Rec Center member to the council’s attention.

“There is a member that has written to you. I wanted to say that all of the topics mentioned are things we’ve already addressed,” said Honea.

One of the complaints voiced by the member concerned the entrances and exits to tbe building, which Honea says was a design flaw.

The member stated in her e-mail that people can get into the classes without paying.

“When people have the ability to sneak around and not pay for things, they’re going to do it,” said Honea. “The way the buliding is laid out, it is possible to go from a group class to the weight room without paying.”

One proposed solution was to move the reception desk closer to the front doors, near the Boys & Girls Club doors. Honea and the rec center board discussed locking turnstyles that would eliminate people getting by without paying. Installing these would require the assistance of Pryor Fire Chief Tim Thompson.

“Claremore has the ideal system, we would love to mirror them,” said Honea.

She reported membership is up due to the popularity of group classes such as Zumba and that several employees are doing a two-day pool certification course.

Honea discussed that the Freewheelin’ Bike Tour is returning to Pryor in June.

“We’re asking businesses to volunteer, we’ll need help with everything from unloading luggage to helping check in bikes,” said Honea.

With all the department heads present having weighed in, the council moved to the consent agenda.

The majority of the consent agenda involved reimbursements to the Pryor Area Chamber of Commerce, from paid receipts and cancelled checks.

• $300 for Cowboy Trade Days (2011-2013)

• $211.71 for promotion (2011-2012)

• $2,500 for Christmas Parade (2012-2013)

• $4,392.87 for promotion (2012-2013)

Council member Barnes asked why the items containing 2011 dates were just now turned in, to which Tramel said he did not know.

When it came to a vote, Barnes was the only no vote, and the motion passed.

The consent agenda contained an expenditure of $4,050 to Walter P. Moore for Professional Services rednered through Jan. 27.

The council approved hiring Amanda Welch to fill the vacant Rec Center Administrative Assistant position, without discussion. The starting salary was set at $22,716.