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January 7, 2014

Jail sewer still under construction

PRYOR, OK — Mayes County Commissioners braved the wintery weather to discuss progress on the jail sewer at the regular meeting Monday.

Mayes County Courthouse Maintenance Superintendent Wayne Richardson was on hand to provide an outline of what comes next.

“My plan of attack is to dig up the B-Pod first which means shutting off water to  the A-Pod for a day, meaning we have to get that portion done in one day. Then I'll do the tie-in,” said Richardson. “I'll tie in the C-Pod, which means shutting off the water to A and B.”

Richardson said they will then work from the detox cells through to the largest D-Pod at which point they will have to move many inmates.

“I do have issues with that electrical room with all the conduits in it,” said Richardson.

“You could get someone killed if you jack hammer through a conduit,” Commissioner Alva Martin said.

After the commissioners and Richardson discussed the technical aspects of replacing the sewer line the entire length of the jail, Sheriff Mike Reed commented on the logistics of housing inmates through the course of the project.

He said law enforcement may not have the ability to simply move the prisoners around within the jail, clearing sections as needed.

“It can cost up to $30 a day to house these inmates elsewhere, so it get's expensive fast. Murray did some figuring and thinks we could have to move about 30 of them for however long it takes to finish that one pod,” said Reed of Mayes County Jail Administrator Kyle Murray. “We will just have to work closely together so crews know which parts they can take their time on and which they need to hurry and finish since it could cost us up to $1,000 a day.”

“I hate that about the way this jail is built, nothing is where it seems like it oughta be,” said Martin. “It sure isn't going to be an easy project any way we look at it.”

The commissioners also used the meeting to appoint Commissioner Darrell Yoder as the new board chairman and Commissioner Ryan Ball as Vice-Chairman. Yoder made a motion to appoint Martin and Ball to the Grand Gateway Board of Directors, which was approved.

The group discussed the receipt of a tort claim. In the claim, a Locust Grove resident said he drove over a Mayes County bridge which caused damage to his vehicle.

“The bridge I went over broke the two right rims and tires on my car. One of the boards was broke and it was what did the damage to the car,” the individual states in the claim. The cost of repairs was $200, which the commissioners approved.

Yoder said the bridge in question is going out for bids for repair in February.

Before the meeting was adjourned, the commissioners discussed the recently adopted resolution for the Fair Board Election.

The resolution states the filing period is Jan. 20-24 and elections are Feb. 8.

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