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February 7, 2014

Adair town clerk/treasurer resigns

PRYOR, OK — Adair’s town clerk has resigned.

Kim Conseen offered her resignation to the trustees at the town meeting Monday night. Her last day is March 14.

Jeannie Gingrich has been hired to take up the duties of town clerk/treasurer. The position is an elected one and there are approximately three more years on Conseen’s term. Gingrich is retiring from the Craig County District Attorney’s office. Town attorney Cherie Meislahn said the Oklahoma statute allows trustees to appoint a replacement until the next municipal election, which is in 2015. If Gingrich runs and is elected, she will complete Conseen’s term which lasts until 2017.

Water Superintendent Scott Martin is still trying to get all the new electronic water meters online.

“The cord on the top is a bad design,” Martin said. “They’re getting water in them and shorting the meters out.”

Martin said the replacement meters have the cord inside the meter housing. He said HD, the company who sold the meters to the town, told him to send back defective meters which would be replaced with new ones free of charge and “no paper work or nothing.”

“There’s a problem and they know there’s a problem,” Water Clerk Melissa Heflin said.

“We spent $100,000 and they don’t work. That’s a lot for a town this size.”

Martin replaced 23 meters which were exchanged, but Heflin said she is not sure if they are working. “I’m going to give that one more month,” Heflin said, “but I’ve got 16 more (that are not working).” Heflin said there has not been a recall, but meters in other towns made by the Ester company are not working.

Trustee Craig Cooper asked Heflin to call the company which made the meters and see what she can find out.

The police department report showed 56 tickets were written in January. Three warnings were issued. Reserve officers worked 322 hours.

Police reports included four county assists, two motorist assists, one Adair Fire Department assist, one Disney Police assist, three motor vehicle accidents, one Oklahoma Highway Patrol assist on a petit larceny, two possible drunk drivers, two driving under suspension arrests, one bondsman assist, two alarm calls, three burlaries, two school assists, two assault and battery, one stray dog call, one dirt bike complaint, one unruly child, one threat and one noise complaint.

Two bids were opened for the boat and trailer from the old water plant. One bid was for $175 and the other was $270. Both bids were rejected. The bid opportunity will be offered again.

Trustees approved Industrial Maintenance company dumping porta potty waste at the sewer plant at a rate of $10 for the 450-gallon tank and $20 for the 750-gallon tank. The company has a Department of Environmental Quality permit. Martin must be present each time the waste is dumped to sign off on it. A simple one year contract will be prepared. Owner Eddie Peters said the waste will be dumped two to three times a week.

After an executive session, reserve police officers Roy Fincel and Brian Clere were terminated for the good of the service. No action was taken on paying compensatory time to Officer Wesley Reed for working extra hours.

Mayor Steve Hall said the town is looking to add a second tornado siren. He has found a refurbished one for $8,000. He said the same siren is $20,000 new.

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