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September 21, 2013

Mayor: Public Wi-Fi not for business

PRYOR, OK — Pryor City Council worked their way through a lengthy consent agenda at the regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday.

The council approved hiring Dick Holmes and Hannah Weaser at the Pryor Creek Recreation Center. Holmes was hired as the director, at an hourly rate of $23.94 per hour not to exceed 30 hours per week. Holmes’ position will be outside the pay plan, saving the city money. Weaser was hired as office manager with an annual salary of $30,857.

The council voted to hire David Shreffler as a consultant on the Google Wi-Fi project as contract labor at $50 per hour on an as-needed basis. Council member Leonard Barnes said many Main Street businesses are having trouble accessing the Wi-Fi inside their businesses.

“It’s not powerful enough to get through the walls. They can buy a $40 booster to boost the signal. We had to buy an antenna booster for the new city hall,” said Mayor Jimmy Tramel.

“So we’ll need David to fix it?” Barnes asked.

“It won’t ever be fixed. Not unless they each buy themselves a booster,” said Tramel. “This is public Wi-Fi, meaning it doesn’t have any filters, it was not meant for businesses to rely on.”

The council then approved several expenditures, one of which was to First Bank Oklahoma, in Claremore, for the final payment on the Pryor Golf Course irrigation system in the amount of $9,383.23.

Using money from the Hotel/Motel Fund, the council approved a grant application to the city of Pryor for $2,500 for Christmas light improvements, $2,980 to the Pryor Arts and Humanities Council Northeast Oklahoma Art Show and $2,140 to Pryor Public Schools for cancelled checks. The council members approved one-time payments to the Senior Citizen Nutrition Center, Senior Citizen Program, Pryor Youth Organization, American Legion and Grand Gateway for $7,500, $5,000, $2,500, $1,000 and $25,000, respectively. The Grand Gateway payment was for the Pelivan service in the city of Pryor.

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