The Pryor Times

April 12, 2013

MESTA offered land donation

Staff Writer
Susan Wagoner

— Mayes Emergency Services Trust Authority tabled the only item on the agenda at their meeting Tuesday night.

The item requested possible board action “on accepting donated land from North Star Church off of Highway 69 for the purpose of a MESTA station.”

MESTA Director Rick Langkamp said the land is north of the Pryor Animal League shelter and south of Old Airport Road. The proposed station would put an ambulance in an ideal central location, according to Langkamp.

“It’s a straight shot to Adair, or Pryor, or Strang,” he said.

In his monthly report to the board, Langkamp told trustees MESTA finished the month of March slightly in the black.

“Collection average for the first quarter of 2013 is above budget,” he said, adding that tax collections were also higher than budgeted for the first quarter.

Langkamp provided an update on the use of compressed natural gas (CNG) as a fuel.

“We have some preliminary numbers, but not enough to project any exact savings to the system,” he said. “We have used over 50 gallons of CNG since the start of this project.”

Langkamp went on to note that the cost of CNG per gallon has averaged about $1.20, but he found it interesting that fuel tax on CNG is 20 cents per gallon, making it significantly higher than diesel.

MESTA has completed the update for the policies and procedures manual.

“We have been working with Doener, Saunders, Daniel and Anderson,” Langkamp said. “The finished copy to send to Fred (Sordahl) and the board should be in by the last week of April giving the board about two weeks to read over it before the May meeting.”

Langkamp informed the board that he was approached by an insurance company in regard to their current coverage.

“Emergency Services Insurance Program is a competitor of our current insurance company VFIS,” Langkamp said. “They represented that they have an alternative to our current work comp coverage. I will be providing our insurance needs and information to this company on April 16, to evaluate the possibility of putting that out for bid this year.”

Langkamp added that MESTA has been provided excellent coverage and service through VFIS and Burrows Agency.

“But it is our obligation to evaluate services for competitiveness,” he said. “I will report to the board my findings next month at the board meeting. The insurance renewal isn’t until September.”