The Pryor Times

January 19, 2008

Chouteau approves rope rescue courses

Sommer Woodward

Trustees for the town of Chouteau approved hiring a new School Resource Officer (SRO), approved the fire department hosting rope rescue classes and accepted the police department’s report during the meeting Monday.

Tammy Steddum-Ward submitted her resignation to the board to take a position in security at Google. She has been the SRO for Chouteau schools since she was hired in June 2002.

The board approved hiring Brad Rowland as the new SRO for the school.

Rowland has been a reservist with the Chouteau Police Department since December 2006. He graduated from Rogers State University with an associate degree in Police Science. He is certified through Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training. He was born and raised in Locust Grove and is married with four girls and one boy on the way.

Chief Gary Shrum said Rowland has a good head on his shoulders and will be an asset to the department.

Fire Chief Ted Key asked the board to approve paying for a rope rescue class for $2,700.

Key explained four training classes are scheduled with Oklahoma State University Fire Service Training program.

The first two will be paid through a Homeland Security grant and will cover Hazmat awareness and operations.

The Rope Rescue I class will be paid through a $3,200 grant from the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC).

Key said he is seeking funding for the Rope Rescue II class, which costs $2,700.

Chouteau is hosting the classes which are open to all firefighters throughout the county. The cost is $120 per firefighter, so Chouteau will recover some of the cost through participation fees from firefighters with other departments.

The board approved paying for the cost of the Ropes Course II class.

The Chouteau Police Department wrote 139 citations, 54 warnings and gave 99 verbal warnings in December 2007. The department took 136 police calls, made two drug arrests and jailed 12 people. Reservists worked 102.5 hours. Six animal calls were taken, picking up four, euthanizing six and adopting one. The department worked six vehicle crashes with eight injuries. Cases worked by officers included a juvenile runaway, emergency detention order, public intoxication, drug arrest, forcible sodomy complaint, forgery complaint, burglary, theft report, vandalism complaint, burglary complaint and another theft and vandalism complaint.

The fire department responded to 22 first responder runs and 33 fire runs in December. The 33 fire runs include 10 motor vehicle accidents, three structure fires, three Hazmat calls, 12 grass/tree fires and five downed power lines.

In other business:

• The board accepted

the resignation of

Gloria Barrett, Town Clerk/Treasurer. She had to leave unexpectedly to take care of a grandchild. The board is looking for

recommendations for a replacement.

• The board approved sending Cherry Dry to the Oklahoma Municipal League workshop in Oklahoma City on Jan. 25. The town offices will be closed to allow her to attend.

• The board re-appointed Odie Butler to be the town’s representative to the Grand Gateway Board of Directors.

• The board approved a budget amendment, increasing finance personnel account by $5,000, court personnel account by $5,000 and court other outlays by $8,000. In a special meeting held earlier, the board approved hiring Connie Baker as Deputy Court Clerk and Nancy Suda as Court Clerk. The budget amendment will cover the salary changes and purchasing equipment and furniture for the court department.

• The board approved a one-day training course with Kellpro for $690.

• The board approved purchasing a computer for a second computer station in the court department from STS Systems for $978.95.

• The board approved paying Red Bud Supply $506.96 for 20 sign posts for the street department.

• The board approved purchasing a computer from Ages Computers for the civil emergency management director for $1,147.

• A new copier lease with Xerox Copier was approved for the police department. Shrum explained the department pays $162 per month now. The new copier will also replace a scanner/copier in the office, so the department will save money on not having to replace the ink cartridge. The cost for the new copier is $229 per month, which amounts to an $800 per year difference in price.

• Four handheld radios were purchased for $3,261.24 from Muskogee Communications. The new radios will replace radios that were damaged.

• In the Public Works Authority (PWA) meeting, the board approved letting Juanita Rabbit attend the Oklahoma Municipal League workshop in Oklahoma City on Jan. 25. The PWA office will be closed to allow her to attend.

• The PWA board approved paying Brenntag for $660.90 worth of wastewater treatment supplies.

• Kirk Kvittum and John Crowson were approved to attend a 3-day school for D-Water and D-Wastewater in February.

• The new wastewater treatment plant is undergoing testing. On Thursday, the old plant will be shut down for a week and lines will be tied into the new plant. The new plant should be operating within one week.