The Pryor Times

October 11, 2013

Water projects in the works at Adair

Managing Editor
Kathy Parker

PRYOR, OK — Adair’s new water line from Highway 28 around the ball park to Highway 69 will be operational in a matter of days.

The water will be shut off to the town to connect the loop. Residents will be affected as little as possible as the work will be done in the earliest hours of the day. At the same time, Adair Schools will connect a new six-inch water line and fire hydrant.

Mayor Steve Hall said the school is also installing a 36-inch drain for storm water in front of the elementary school.

A payment of $39,404.88 was approved to Crossbow Construction for installation of the line.

The new water line which ties the town to Rural Water District 6 is being moved by Oklahoma Department of Transportation for the Highway 28 road widening project.

When the town began the project, ODOT said the highway project was years away. The line was hardly operational when ODOT announced the highway widening would begin. ODOT has to pay for the relocation of the line.

Adair town engineer Dwayne Henderson said ODOT told him the line will be moved in two weeks.

Several items were surplussed from the old water treatment plant, including aerators, motors and a hot water heater. Some items, such as the aerators for the sewer lagoons may be wanted by other towns. There are over 300 brass water meters which were replaced in town. Trustees voted to accept the list and sell the meters for scrap.

A large part of the town meeting was the discussion of nuisance properties inside the city limits.

Numerous letters have been sent on the Jonathan Wiley and Kilpatrick properties.

Water Clerk Melissa Heflin said some mowing has been done at both locations, but the Kilpatricks have old furniture sitting outside.

She said the Wileys have piled up old toys, an old swimming pool, the grass they cut and other trash in a corner which they said would burn. The neighbor is worried about the fire spreading to his property and says there are rats.

“I think we’ve sent enough Christmas cards,” Trustee Craig Cooper said.

Town attorney Cherie Meislahn agreed.

Cooper said there is a big dumpster behind the fire station where all the debris can be placed free of charge.

Trustees voted to send a police officer to visit the residents of both properties. If the trash is not removed, without burning, by Oct. 14, citations will be issued for non-traffic violations which carry a fine of $244 each.

The Neecie Powell property on Lee Avenue has been a problem for a long time. Any empty in-ground swimming pool has no fence and needs to be filled. No one lives in the house. No formal letter has been sent because Powell has been in contact with the office.

A load of dirt to fill the pool was dumped in the driveway, but that was as far as it got and no mowing or clean-up has been done on the property, Heflin said.

A formal letter will be sent to Powell declaring her property nuisance and directing her to clean it up or be billed by the town for doing it for her.

Hank Perryman gave the police report, including four county assists, one motorist assist and one angry parent following a school bus. Adair Police worked five motor vehicle accidents and wrote 50 citations. Two arrests were made. Perryman presented a written report of statistics from the digital ticket system which is now in use.

Trustees voted to pay three months back bills to Mayes County for dispatching and continue to use that service month-to-month until the county figures out if the 911 Center will turn into a one-stop center for dispatching for all county entities.

After the town’s contract expired in June for dispatching with Mayes County, the cost increased. Adair looked for an alternative for

dispatching, but were unsuccessful. Mean-while, the sheriff’s office continued to dispatch for the town, sending bills of $950 per month.

“They did the work, we owe them the money,” Trustee Heath Green said. “They didn’t quit us.”

Most recently the town asked about dispatch with Locust Grove, but Adair would need to install a repeater for each frequency at $10,000 each.

The Mayes County Commissioners are looking at a plan to turn the 911 Center at Mayes Emergency Services Trust Authority into a one-stop shop for county dispatch.

Trustees approved replacing the windshields in two police cars.

After an executive session, trustees approved a 50-cent raise for Police Officer Glenn Parman, retroactive to the end of his probationary time and hiring Ray Fincel at $11 per hour to fill in when any reserve officer is gone.