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February 20, 2014

Mayor: City can take wireless funding back

PRYOR, OK — Pryor Mayor Jimmy Tramel addressed the Mayes Emergency Services Trust Authority Board of Trustees at their regular meeting on Feb. 11. Not on the agenda, the mayor was allowed to speak under the citizen comments section. The mayor talked candidly about the 911 center move and suggested that the city can take the wireless funding back. The wireless funding accounts for $180,112.63 of the 911 income.

“You all know the 911 system is evolving into a new system,” Trammel said. “I’m not convinced at this time that the funding is there to make sure it’s gonna be a smooth transition.”

Tramel said he has asked County Commissioner Darrell Yoder to come to a Pryor City Council meeting and show them the financials of the 911 center.

“I’m asking for 90 days extension on that project before we make any transitions in the 911 system,” Tramel said. “Someone needs to convince me.”

Tramel said his job is to protect the citizens of Pryor.

“I’m here on behalf of Pryor, but I’m here on behalf of the county also, because I can tell you, I have documentation that says if I so choose, if the council chooses, they can take the money back and run our own 911 system,” Tramel said. “But that’s not good for the MidAmerica Industrial Park, that’s not good for the county, that’s not good for anybody else.”

Tramel said everyone affiliated with the 911 system needs to sit down as a group and work out the financials to ensure a smooth transition.


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