The Pryor Times

March 6, 2013

Adair city employees get raises

Managing Editor
Kathy Parker

— Adair town employees will receive cost of living raises.

Trustees met Monday and after an executive session, voted to increase the pay of Water Superintendent Scott Martin and street and alley worker David Bauer by 3 percent.

Police Chief H.W. “Chief” Jordan, Officers Kody Rowley and Hank Perryman, and water clerk Melissa Crawford-Heflin will receive an additional 50 cents per hour. Town Clerk/Treasurer Kim Conseen’s pay will be increased to $1,620 per month.

Trustees discussed surplussing a 1972 Ford one ton truck, a 1980s model Chevrolet one ton truck and a 4080 Case trencher.

“Here’s a piece of equipment that shouldn’t be worn out,” said Trustee Craig Cooper. “It’s paid for. It needs a chain and a sprocket.”

Martin said the trencher is large and heavy and not feasible for residential work. He would like to have a small trencher on tracks; a mini-excavator. Bauer said a mini-excavator with trailer can be purchased on the state bid contract for $36,000. “Course that’s without a cab,” Bauer said.

“There’s one for sale at White Oak for $11,000,” Cooper said. “It’s on craig’slist.”

Bauer will go look at that small trackhoe if it is still available.

Cooper suggested taking the Case trencher to Northeast Votech School’s diesel mechanics program to be repaired. “We’ll have to pay for parts and about 10 percent for labor,” Cooper said. The trustees approved.

Cooper made the motion to surplus the trucks with a minimum bid of $500 each.

The new water system hookup to Rural Water 6 is working well. Martin’s report shows a 3 percent water loss in February, and he said much of that can be attributed to flushing fire hydrants.

The next water system project, to replace pipe and meters in town, is progressing. The chosen contractor is waiting for bonds.

Mayor Steve Hall said the town needs to purchase five water hydrants which should be chosen to match those already in place.

Martin said one lift station motor has been pulled at the sewer plant. “The seal went out,” Martin said. “This is the fourth or fifth time we’ve had trouble with it, so David and I pulled it and it was full of water. It’s been two years, so I don’t know if there’s any warranty left or not.” Martin said Haynes Equipment Company from Oklahoma City, who installed the motor, took it to determine the damage.

Bauer said a metal building the town bought to house the sewer plant’s irrigation gun has arrived.

Cooper got two bids for running the concrete pad on which to build the 30-foot by 36-foot building. Trustees accepted the lowest bid, submitted by Rick Ogden. The pad will be made of 400-pound test concrete, four inches thick with four runs of rebar inside.

Bauer said he hauled four loads of clay gravel to the sewer plant last week, but many more are needed to build up a low spot.

Heflin showed trustees several color choices for water bills, and they chose green.

Officer Glenn Parman reported the police department wrote 28 tickets and issued 11 warnings in February.

Cooper reported six firefighters attended classes at McAlester.

“We are working on improving the ISO rating,” Cooper said. “It’s a lengthy process. We’ve been going around to all the businesses to locate their shut-offs for gas and electricity.”

ISO stands for Insurance Services Office. This number is used to determine insurance premiums. The better the ISO rating, the cheaper the insurance coverage.

According to the Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner’s website, ISO ratings are determined by the evaluation of fire alarm and communication systems, including telephone systems, telephone lines, staffing, and dispatching systems; the fire department, including equipment, staffing, training, and geographic distribution of fire companies; the water supply system, including the condition and maintenance of hydrants, and the amount of available water compared with the amount needed to suppress fires.