The Pryor Times

May 11, 2013

MUB buys generator for town

Staff Writer
Cydney Baron

— Pryor Municipal Utility Board transferred money to the city of Pryor and heard a number of updates at the meeting Monday.

Among their agenda items was a request to transfer $152,212.05 to the city of Pryor for a back-up generator for the new city hall.

“During the design phase of this building, we discussed a back-up generator to only operate a few lights, emergency radios and things of that nature. But after surviving two ice storms and hearing they were going with a piddly little generator, I changed my mind. I made the offer that the board would pay for a full-capacity generator,” said Gary Pruett, MUB General Manager.

He said with the emergency center being housed in this F5-certified building, it makes sense to have a more powerful generator. All members of the board voted yes, and the motion was passed.

The board then moved to approve the payment of $664,689.74 worth of claims.

In the engineer's report Steve Powell of Mehlburger Brawley Engineering told the board bids were opened for the Ninth Street Lift Station last week. They received seven bids, the highest being $190,000. Most of the bids, however, fell between $105,000 and $170,000. Cherokee Pride Construction was the best low bid. Powell said due to the lack of relationship with Cherokee Pride Construction, a thorough review is being done before the bid is officially awarded.

Pruett said he has begun the preliminary work on the budget report and should have it ready for review within a week or so.

He said he hired a new lineman, pending the physical exam and drug screening.

Office Manager Terri Hill told the board that Meadowtrace Apartments had “finally” paid an outstanding bill.

The board discussed that the city hall project and school projects are all ahead of schedule.

“I spoke with the architect and engineers that are moving Homeland and they requested a demolition permit,” said Walter Stout, building inspector. “I talked to the new owners of Prairie Village apartments and they want to do some work there, so we've got a bit of construction going on.”

The board approved the payment of $664,689.74 worth of claims.

Trustees read, and approved, the minutes of the previous meeting, which included an update on the WiFi antennas for the Pryor and Google grant project.

 and MUB agreed to purchase all the necessary fiber-optic line. MUB will bill Pryor and Pryor Public School for their part.

Also in the previous minutes was the approval to issue requests for proposals from three local businesses to replace the HVAC system in the wastewater treatment plant administrative office. Council members stipulated the cost should not exceed $10,000.