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May 11, 2013

Pryor recognizes motorcycle safety

Tuesday's Pryor City Council meeting kicked off  with a proclamation declaring May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.

The month of May is traditionally the beginning of the motorcycle riding season throughout the state of Oklahoma, according to the official proclamation. The failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic is the predominant cause of motorcycle accidents and motorcycle safety and awareness is a safety concern to all.

“It is therefore appropriate all motorists and cyclists unite, be aware and share the road with their more vulnerable cyclist neighbors,”said the proclamation

 The Department of Transportation urges motorists to be extra attentive. They encourage drivers to give motorcyclists several car lengths of space and to be aware of blind spots. To motorcyclists DOT said to be sure to stay visible and wear appropriate protective gear.

The council shifted gears and entered executive session to discuss personnel issues. When the board reconvened in open session, Doug Moore was hired as building inspector. He will take over the job May 20 making $53,045 per year.

Behind closed doors, the council discussed the resignation of Mary Honea and Amanda Welch,  Pryor Creek Recreation Center director and administration assistant, respectively. Both resignations were accepted. In the same session they discussed hiring Dick Holmes, through PeopleLink Staffing, as interim director and  promoting Courtney Richardson to fitness coordinator.

With all votes being yes, Holmes was approved as interim director to be paid $22 per hour.

Based on her accomplishments and Silver Sneaker certification, the suggested  salary for Richardson was $24,100. With five votes against, the motion to promote Richardson and change her pay accordingly did not pass.

Hiring Kathryn Benson as Librarian 2, at $25,568, was addressed in open meeting. With no discussion, the council approved.

Mayes County Farmers Market was discussed next. The agenda item was to authorize the use of Whitaker Park every Saturday until fall in conjunction with other activities.

Council member Leonard Barnes asked what, if any, restrictions are put on who is allowed to sell at the farmer's market.

“It has to be Oklahoma grown.  Of everything sold at our farmers market, 90 percent is from Mayes County,” said Jeanette Anderson, representing the organization.

“A  few times, for Trader's Day and things like that, vendors come from out of state. They set up and sell their produce there,” said council member Leonard Barnes.

Anderson explained that vendors selling during Trader's Day are not a part of Mayes County Farmers Market, and therefore under no restrictions.

“Our policy is that it is Oklahoma Grown. We allow up to 20 percent of a vendor’s produce to be from out of state,” said Anderson.

The council approved a grant application to Petco Foundation for funds to conduct a 'Fix Feral Felines' project.

 

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