Tuesday’s Pryor City Council meeting started with a plea from council member Carolyn Weis to “get this show on the road; the Diana Ross concert is tonight.” With that, the meeting was called to order.
The city was well represented as people from the chamber, library, police and fire departments, business owners and residents came for the meeting.
The mayor reported he appointed himself as the City of Pryor’s representative to the Grand Gateway Board of Directors for one year, beginning immediately.
The council discussed the receipt of certifications from the Governor’s Council for Workplace and Economic Development in attaining and being the first 17-county area in Oklahoma to be certified as a Work Ready Region.
“What this means, is that if a business comes in we have every aspect needed to fit their needs. It’s huge for us,” said Mayor Jimmy Tramel. “I think we were second in the state. It wasn’t just me, the chamber, RSU, industrial park and many others worked together to make this happen.”
The Governor’s Council explains this prestigious recognition is an advantage to the community in areas of retaining, growing and attracting both human capital (jobs and talent) and financial capital (investment). This certification gives the community a competitive edge over surrounding areas as well as improving high school graduation rates. Being a Work Ready region also means being able to help existing companies grow and add new jobs.
In a blanket motion, the council approved the entire 15-item consent agenda. Previous meeting minutes, payroll purchase orders and claims for purchase orders were approved. Community Hall deposits and fee waivers were approved for the annual William Bradford Christian School Bean Supper Fundraiser, Relay For Life Survivor reception, annual Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast, and Pryor High School’s first Robotics Program.
The next few items were city expenditures. For the Street Rehabilitation (ward 1 and 2) Engineering Services from Bond funds, $8,900 was paid to Mehlburger Brawley. For wards 3 and 4, $7,200 was approved to Walter P. Moore. CMS Willowbrook received $7,765.30 for the Pryor Creek Recreation Center roofing project from bond funds. In the next agenda item, the contract sum for the Rec Center roofing project was decreased by $3,437.47. The council approved the expenditure of $121,924.52 to CMS Willowbrook for Pryor Creek City Hall from bond funds.
The council approved hiring Chris Pendland as dispatcher for the Pryor Police Department at the annual salary of $26,978. They discussed the possible hiring of Chris Peters to the Pryor Fire Department at the salary of $29,975.
“I thought the agreement was to wait for review, which hasn’t happened yet. I don’t like the committees being bypassed like this,” said council member Drew Stott.
“This was a budgeted position. The money is there but you can motion to over ride it,” said Tramel.
“Mr. Thompson, if we delay this a week to give the committees time to discuss it, because I agree with Drew that they should be respected, will this effect you?” said council member Travis Noland.
Stott made a motion to table the issue for another week, the motion died for lack of a second.