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April 13, 2014

MESTA terminates dispatch agreement with Inola

PRYOR, OK — Mayes Emergency Service Trust Authority held its regular board meeting Tuesday evening.

Director Rick Langkamp announced that the dispatch agreement with the Inola Police and Fire Departments, for whom MESTA dispatches from 7 p.m. to 11 a.m., will be terminated.

“They do not have very many calls during that period. As we have dissolved our contract with Pafford, this makes sense,” said Langkamp. “We want to dedicate our efforts 100 percent on Mayes County.”

Lankgamp said this is a loss of $950 per month income, but the ability to focus more on Mayes County calls is worth it.

“I don't think it is in Mayes County or MESTA's best interest. So the agreement will be terminated in 90 days, unless Inola finds a replacement sooner,” said Langkamp, adding that the Rogers County dispatch center is now up and running and could take on the dispatch duties.

A MESTA board member suggested that Mayes County 911 Center should be notified of the contract termination, in case it wants to pick it up.

The board reviewed the monthly accountants report, and approved it as presented.

Accountant Johnny Ragsdale listed the current total assets, as of March 31, at $3,797,207. The total net worth of MESTA, he said, is $3,526,713.

For the month of March, the revenue over expenditures totaled $29,629. For the year so far, the revenue over expenditures is $72,236.

“MESTA has finished the month of March in the black. Collections are $163,331.13, slightly under the budgeted amount of $166,667. The average for the year is over budget by approximately $18,000 per month,” said Langkamp in his report.


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