The former mayor of Locust Grove and the vice mayor essentially swapped positions after the board of trustees approved the motion.
Former vice mayor Heath Holman will now serve as mayor. Former mayor Terry Cooper will serve as vice mayor. Cooper had resigned the position of mayor last month, but retained his seat on the board of trustees.
Trustees approved an expenditure of $550 for an annual software support contract with Jayhawk Software. The money will come from the jail account. The software is used by the court clerk.
Also approved was an expenditure of $467.60 to Certiflex Software for a maintenance subscription. The accounting software is used by both the town and the Public Works Authority and the cost is split between the two entities. The total amount for the subscription is $935.20.
Trustees approved payment to Roberts Auto Center for $704.13 for repairs to a police car. They approved the surplus of another police unit as well as the purchase of a new car for the police department.
Trustees approved the purchase of a 2011 Chevrolet Caprice from Danny Beck Chevrolet at a cost of $28,268. The money will come from the public safety account. Any money received for the surplus of Unit 4 will deposit into the same account.
Jail contracts were approved by the board to provide jail service for Salina, Chouteau, Adair, Disney and Sportsman Acres.
Police Chief Wade Henderson received an increase in pay of $1 per hour, bringing his pay to $16 per hour.
Trustees approved appointing Elizabeth Henson as a dispatch supervisor and increased her pay to $11 per hour. Part-time dispatcher Debbie Sellers was given a pay increase, bringing her pay to $10 per hour.
Following the approval by the board, two full-time dispatchers were hired. Kristen Hurley and Lori Northcutt were hired at $9 per hour. They will be reviewed after 30 days.
Brandon Gray was hired as a non-paid reserve police officer after the board approved the motion.
Trustees approved an expenditure of $42,702.29 to D & E Construction for bridge work completed on Broadway Street. The money will come from the Street and Alley Fund.
Former PWA employee Scotty Rogers was hired by the town to be the Street and Alley Supervisor at a beginning pay rate of $13 per hour. He will be reviewed in 60 days.
City Clerk Tamatha Ogilvie was given a pay increase of $1.50 per hour to be paid half by the town and half by PWA.
In other business, trustees approved changed to the town’s drug policy. It was amended to include non-paid reserve police officers as well as volunteer firefighters.