The Pryor Times

January 21, 2014

Salina works to reinstate funds

Staff Writer
Susan Wagoner

PRYOR, OK — The Board of Trustees for Salina is currently reviewing their financial status with their accountant to determine if the town can reinstate the money once given to the Salina Fire Department.

Trustees were forced to suspend the monthly payment of $850 to the volunteer fire department as part of a larger effort to battle a budget deficit. The money assisted the department with operating costs.

The town also pays for building and equipment insurance as well as pension benefits for the firefighters.

The fire department also receives money from a county sales tax as well as fire dues, donations and grants.

Trustees hope to be able to reinstate the money to the department and will address the issue in a later meeting.

In other business, trustees approved accepting forfeited funds in the amount of $254 as decreed by the Mayes County District Court. The funds, along with other items, were seized following the arrest of Casey Proctor.

Proctor was charged last year with possession of marijuana within 2,000 feet of a park or school, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of paraphernalia.

The court ruling awarded the money to the Town of Salina.

In the Public Works Authority meeting, trustees discussed the nearly completed water line project.

A new deadline for completion was set for Feb. 14. The extension accomodates several delays in the actual hook-up to Oklahoma Ordinance Water Authority. Once everything is functional, only the clean-up will remain.

Board members, an inspector and county commissioners will survey the project and inspect clean-up efforts.

In regard to the project, trustees approved payments of $67,528.01 to the contractor and $5,130 to the engineer.

Trustees discussed the six-inch water tap necessary for the school fire protection system.

In the December meeting, trustees approved an ordinance setting the price for the installation of the tap and meter at $6,200.

Because the water line will only be used for fire protection and for no other reason, trustees discussed and then approved that the tap be installed without a meter. The move significantly reduces the amount needed to install the required six-inch tap, bringing the cost down to $1,800 to $2,000.

In the event of a fire, water usage will be estimated.