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December 5, 2013

Town of Adair hires reserve officers

PRYOR, OK — Adair trustees hired Brian Clere as a paid reserve police officer at the regular meeting Monday night.

Clere has already worked three shifts filling in for an absent officer. Reserves normally work free on a volunteer basis.

“He’s worked 55 or 60 hours last month,” said Officer Glenn Parman. “He was only paid for 34.”

“He’s been a fill-in for Kody (Rowley) and Hank (Perryman) when they are off,” said Chief Jordan, Adair’s police chief.

“Kody hasn’t been here in a month and Glenn and I have been filling in for him.”

In fact, trustees approved compensatory pay to Jordan and Parman for 344 hours at straight time pay in a later executive session.

Trustee Monte Hipp said the hire was necessary. “We had that one weekend when everyone was gone,” he said.

Jordan said reserves are “like free money.” They work free, but can fill in if an officer is absent for pay. Last month, reserves worked 124 hours. Sixty-four of those hours were paid at a cost of $1,364.

Trustees approved John Daniels’ reserve application. Jordan said this is a unique application because most people who apply for reserve status are doing so to receive training and experience which will enable them to get a paying law enforcement job.

Daniels has 27 years’ law enforcement experience. He now works for Northeast Oklahoma Rural Electric Cooperative running a heavy equipment crew.

“Roy (Fincel, an Adair reserve) knows him personally,” Jordan said. “He’s got quite extensive training. We like to get all the experienced reserves we can get. I thought he’d be an asset to us.”

Adair Police wrote 58 citations in November and issued five warnings.

A remodel of the police department is underway, financed by a Jock Mayor grant. An electrician has repaired lights, receptacles and the breaker box. A heating and air conditioning company will reroute some duct work.

Street and Alley worker David Bauer reported the sides and roof metal skin have been installed on the building to house the irrigation gun at the new sewer plant. The town will purchase two overhead doors for each end of the building.

Water Superintendent Scott Martin said everyone in town is now on the new water line. By

3 p.m., Tuesday, all 28 new taps will be complete.

Trustees approved renewing a $20,000 certificate of deposit for water meters.

“In case you don’t know what that is,” Mayor Steve Hall said, “if everybody wants to come get their money back for their water taps at once, that would pay it off.”

In other business, trustees approved purchasing new phones for town hall. Town Clerk Kim Conseen said the phones will no longer hold a charge. They are old and obsolete.

Animal control made four animal pick-ups over the last two months.

Official holidays and regular meeting dates were approved for 2014.

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