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June 21, 2014

MUB okay with city, charter review

PRYOR, OK — Pryor's Municipal Utility Board met to discuss the city's review of the shared charter.

MUB's attorney Fred Sordahl kicked the meeting off by saying he was glad both Mayor Jimmy Tramel and Pryor attorney Kim Ritchie were in attendance for the discussion.

“We saw a newspaper article that Pryor city council approved an attorney to review the charter. We know nothing about the attorney or if he knows anything about charters,” said Sordahl.

He asked that in any discussion or decisions on the charter, MUB be included as the charter affects them too.

“We have a reporter here dutifully reporting on our meetings. But we have shots made at us by a paper that never attends our meetings. That paper makes it seem like there's a problem between MUB and the town, that frankly I don't see,” said Sordahl.

Sordahl said he hoped the cooperation between the two entities that has always existed can continue.

“We got wrote-up by the auditor, we just want to make sure we're following the charter now,” said Tramel.

Ritchie said the audit prompted a thorough review of the entire city code, including the charter that was drafted in 1951. The audit, Sordahl said, was full of fallacies.

“We won't get into a discussion about the audit at this point. We just want to be included in discussions about the charter. I appreciate that you're here to discuss it. I wish the people making allegations of tension between MUB and the city would do the same, if they came to meetings they'd find it's simply not the case. The comments in The Paper just don't look good for anyone,” said Sordahl.

The board mirrored his thoughts that cooperation between the two entities is one of their favorite parts of serving on the governing board.

Sordahl said a discussion about any procedural changes that may benefit Pryor is a conversation for both entities.

The charter was drafted in 1951 and outlines procedure for expenditures, meetings, passage of ordinances, bonds, and pensions. For the city it also outlines the duties of each elected official, removal from office and term limits.

The charter outlines term appointments and vacancies, compensation and duties for the board. It has provisions for utility rates, application of revenues, major improvements and extensions and elections.

The 26-page document also outlines the relationship between the two entities, as MUB is under the umbrella of the town but serves as it's own entity. The complicated relationship between the two has been called in to question recently as a MUB employee was prohibited from serving on Pryor City Council per the charter.

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