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October 11, 2012

Chouteau’s shortest meeting

CHOUTEAU — The Town of Chouteau and the Chouteau Public Works Authority had their shortest meetings this year. The town meeting was conducted in 30 minutes. David Morgan was not in attendance. The consent agenda from the previous meeting was approved. The first order of business was the house at 111 South McCracken Street owned by Mohamed E. Boudhir. Last month Boudhir was told to come up with a plan for repairs to his house or the town was going to condemn his property. The roof is dilapidated and the house has no water. Boudhir told the council that he had met with friends and asked for six months to repair the property. Mayor Floyd argued that it should be three months and the town would have to see improvements on the property or they would condemn.

The council approved a three month extension on the house at 111 South McCracken.

The council approved payment to Coastal Energy Corporation for repairs to town streets in the amount of $15,796.76. The funds are to be taken from the Street and Alley fund.

The council approved the 2012-2013 fiscal year dispatching agreement between the Board of County Commissioners and the Board of Trustees for the town of Chouteau. The agreement calls for $20.00 a day for each prisoner.

The council approved payment of $4,000 to the Mayes County Commissioners for fiscal year 2012-2013 for the Mayes County Emergency Management contract. The funds will come out of the general fund for Civil Defense and other outlay.

There was some discussion about raising the payments of retailers in town that sell alcoholic beverages. Town attorney Ben Sherrer told the council that the ordinance they had before them only applied to retail liquor stores. He said there would have to be a separate ordinance for retailers that sell 3.2 beer. The liquor store license for Chouteau is $300. The council had to decide to raise that by $200 to $500. The license to sell beer is $10. Former town clerk and former board member Kathy Wittie asked why the town wanted to raise the liquor permit on the one liquor store in town. Mayor Floyd said that Chouteau’s liquor license is the cheapest in the area and that some stores have to pay as much as $1000. Wittie responded that other towns have a larger volume of customers than does the store in Chouteau. Council member Tonya Yoder asked if the liquor store was notified of the possible change. Sherrer said it was published on the agenda. Wittie said that it was unreasonable for the town to assume the owner of the liquor store would make it to the door of the town hall before the meeting. Brenda Cunningham asked how long the $300 permit had been in place. Floyd said about forever that he can remember. Sherrer said that in looking through the Chouteau town ordinances he was unable to find a $10 fee on businesses that sell low point beer. When the change of a liquor license came up for a vote it died for lack of a second.

The council approved having Jeffery Mann with Quality Assurance Carpet Cleaners clean the carpet in the town meeting room and PWA office for $350 plus a $35 mileage fee and to add stain guard for $175 and to clean and wax tile floors for $550, plus $35 mileage fee.

The council took no action on having Jeffery Mann with Quality Assurance Carpet clean the carpet and tile floors in the town meeting room and PWA office every six months. Floyd said he wanted to see what kind of job Mann does before starting a six month contract.

The council approved the purchase of two small self contained breathing apparatus masks (SCBA) for $1,615 to be paid from the Special Fire Fund grant of $4,484 that was received from the State of Oklahoma on Sept. 10.

These are masks for the fire department.

The council approved Panhandle Breathing Air Systems to perform National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspections for the testing of SCBA masks not to exceed $3,000 to be paid from the Special Fire Fund grant.

There was no attorney’s report.

The Mayor reported that a new electrical shop may be coming to Chouteau. There was some discussion on remodeling the fire station on the west end of town into a new library. Wittie raised concerns about getting rid of the fire station as it is on the west end of the rail road tracks. The meeting was adjourned.

The Public Works Authority meeting was called. PWA members Klucevsek and Russell Sullivan joined the meeting. At three minutes forty seconds this was likely one of the shortest meetings ever conducted.

The consent agenda was approved. The PWA approved payment of $1,559.60 to Chupp Implement for repair of skid loader.

There was no superintendent’s report.

No attorney’s report.

Under new business Frant Klucevsek mentioned that the Couteau Community Coalition and the library want to decorate the park for Christmas and they want electricity. This will be placed on the agenda at the next meeting.

The meeting was adjourned.

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