The Pryor Times

November 5, 2013

Jail sewer on the mend

Staff Writer
Cydney Baron

PRYOR, OK — Mayes County Board of Commissioners discussed the ongoing work repairing the sewer line across the street at the county jail at the Monday meeting.

Wayne Richardson, courthouse maintenance superintendent, updated commissioners on the progress made by crews working all weekend.

“So we don't slow the situation down, we're going to plumb backwards instead of waiting. We're going back and around to the shower. Right now, inmates who have to use the bathroom have to be taken down to booking,” said Richardson.

By Tuesday, crews hope to get the plumbing done near the laundry room and be completely finished by Thursday.

“There is a hole in the floor in the laundry room and down the hall to the D-pod and across the floor of the D-pod,” said Sheriff Mike Reed. “The hole in the D-pod is approximately 40 feet long and six feet deep.”

Sgt. Keishia Oberg said 11 inmates, trustees in the inmate worker program who are considered a low-level threat, were transferred to the holding area inside the county courthouse.

“It's usually used for juveniles. But it is fully functional and has working plumbing,” said Oberg. The meal schedule has been adjusted slightly.

“The kitchen is shut down and we are serving sack lunches,” said Reed. “I'm not sure when things will be up and running, but it will not be by Thursday. We still have to get concrete poured after plumbing is fixed.

“This is definitely unprecedented. There's something different every day, but we're dealing with it as it comes up,” said Oberg.