In June 2011 the people of Pryor voted to allow bonds to be taken out by the city for street repair, a new city hall, and a roof for the Pryor Creek Recreation Center. The ballot voted on by Pryor citizens did not specify a dollar amount, but the city council agreed that $7 million was within the realm of what the city could pay off within the allotted 15 years.
The street project has not begun.
“We will go up for bid in December and work should begin in March,” said Mayor Jimmy Tramel.
Roads are being assessed by ward to determine the extent of work needed.
“We have the streets listed by ward, but we won’t know for sure what order things will go in until we get started,” said Tramel.
It is likely collector streets will receive the top priority.
The original plan was to set aside $4 million for the street projects and $3 million for the two building projects. The original cost estimate for ward one was $878,559.51. The cost estimate for ward two was $769,970.22. Ward three was proposed to cost $806,270.20 and ward four, $1,171,000.80.
“We are trying to operate within the approved $750,000 from the bond tax,” said Tramel.
Though some city projects have exceeded their estimated cost, the city is still moving ahead with all three of these projects.
“We will have the money for the street project, city hall project, and rec center. Absolutely. We wouldn’t do it if we didn’t,” said Tramel.