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February 18, 2014

Salina honors former mayor, talks fire department issues

PRYOR, OK — The Town of Salina Board of Trustees took a moment at the February meeting to honor former mayor Darrell Blaylock for more than 25 years of service to the community.

Town Attorney Bill Gaddis presented Blaylock with the Honor Roll of Service Award and State Citation of Recognition.

The board heard from resident David Dale regarding property he owns that is adjacent to the cemetery. Dale told board members that excess dirt from digging graves is being dumped on his property and he would like it cleaned up.

Trustees approved a motion to stop dumping in that area and clean up what has accumulated on Dale’s property.

Salina Fire Department delivered its monthly report. The fire department responded to 57 calls in January. According to the report, there were 35 medical calls, nine vegetation fires, five accidents, three structure fires, one vehicle fire and one hazmat / hazardous condition call. Three fell under the catagory of “other.”

Mayor Mike O’Rourke informed the fire department that the town cannot resume payments of $850 per month.

“The budget meeting went well, but the financial part wasn’t what we wanted. The town has lost $73,000 in revenue in the past two years. We’re still in a holding pattern,” O’Rourke said. “I’m sorry the news isn’t better. We will revisit it periodically to see where we are, but right now, it’s just not there.”

In August, trustees voted to suspend the fire department’s monthly support payment in an effort to battle a budget deficit. The fire department receives money from a county sales tax as well as money generated by fire dues, donations and grants.

Trustee Dennis Westin addressed the board regarding the fire department.

“I watched them in action,” Westin said, at a recent structure fire. “When it’s life and death, they do not quit.”

Trustees approved a Hazard Mitigation Grant application with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the purchase and installation of storm sirens at a cost of $43,150 with a local share of $10,787.50.

Currently, the town has two sirens. One is described as “ancient” and the other has been refurbished but is still outdated.

Following the approval by the board, the Salina Municipal Court will be publishing a list of active outstanding warrants in local newspapers offering a 60-day period in which $100 will be waived from the owed amount.

Trustees voted to accept the resignation of Salina Police Officer Todd Davis. No reason was given and Davis was not in attendance.

Trustees reviewed the job performance of Nichole Davis upon her completion of the first 90 days of employment. Davis works at the library. She was given a 25-cent per hour raise, bringing her to $9.25 per hour.

Library Director Lou Ella Martin reported that the first and third Tuesday of the month will be a geneology class from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The second and fifth Tuesday of the month will be movie night from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The fourth Tuesday will be game night from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information on the library and its services, call 918-434-8001.

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