August 8, 2013

Town gets bill without contract

August 8, 2013 Managing Editor Kathy Parker

The town of Adair tabled a dispatch agreement with Mayes County Sheriff's Office for the second time at the meeting Monday.

"We've already got a bill for it," Mayor Steve Hall said.

"How can we get a bill if we haven't even signed it?" said trustee Heath Green.

"At first it was $1,500," Hall said. "Then is was $900. But when we got the contract, it was $950."

The new fiscal year began July 1. The town received a bill for the first month, despite the fact trustees have not chosen a dispatch provider.

Several county towns have found alternatives to county dispatch, after Mike Reed took over as sheriff and more than doubled the price. Towns previously paying $600 each month for dispatch were told the new price was $1,500. Reed has since backed off that price, but for a small town, an increase of $350 per month for police dispatch is a big bite out of the budget, Hall said.

In other police business, trustees approved removing the light bars from two Dodge Chargers and replacing them with visor lights. Police Officer Hank Perryman said it would cost more to fix the light bars than to replace them with visor lights. The officers will replace the lights themselves at a cost of $1,088 per car. The money will come from the police equipment account.

Trustees approved the purchase of two bullet-proof vests for Glenn Parman and Wes Reed at a cost of approximately $800 each.

Chief Jordan will attend police chief school from Oct. 6 to Oct. 11 in Oklahoma City.  

City. Riley Reed, Brent Allen, Monte Hipp and Justin Pritchett will attend Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training school in Langley beginning Sept. 26.

Jack Rudd has asked the town to vacate the eastern five feet of William Penn Street along a property he owns. He is trying to get clear title to sell the property. During the title search, it was discovered a building sits on town land. The building is six inches over on one corner and a foot and a half on another.

"I don't understand why one end of the building is over six inches and the other end is over one and a half feet. Isn't that street straight? Doesn't it run north and south?"

Hall said the street is not straight because of the portion taken out for the railroad track.

"If we have such a big problem, just give me an easement for six inches on one side and one foot on the other side. Then is won't cost $10,000 to do it. When I gave ya'll that nine acres to build the ball field, you built right over my sewer and everything else and I didn't squawk," Rudd said.

Hall said the problem is the town would be giving away land and everyone else on that street could want the same amount given to them.

"If we do this, then what do we do when another citizen asks for his five feet?" Hall said.

Town attorney Cherie Meislahn said she doesn't believe this situation would come up too often and each instance would have to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. She said that street is unusually wide at 80 feet and even if the town does vacate five feet, there must be a judicial proceeding to get the property into the resident's name.

"If we give land away and the next person shows up and wants theirs, and the next person wants theirs - it goes on from there," trustee Craig Cooper said.

"If we can't come to an agreement on it, there can't be a motion," Green said.

A jail agreement was approved with Craig County to keep prisoners at a cost of $25 per day.

Trustees approved purchasing a shredder for the town hall office at a cost of $239.


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