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February 15, 2014

Nuisance property gets cleanup extension

PRYOR, OK — Thirty days are up on one Chouteau property.

Chouteau’s Board of Trustees met Monday evening to discuss Jerry Swift’s property at 210 W. Main St.

At last month’s meeting, Mayor Jerry Floyd was seeking to declare the property a public nuisance and begin the process to demolish it. Swift was present to plead his case, saying he had neither the time nor the money to clean up the property. The board called the structure an eye-sore and want it off Main Street. Ultimately, the board granted Swift 30 days to begin the clean up process. He was scheduled to report back to the board at the February meeting, Monday.

The owner was present, but Chouteau Police Chief Lynn Hershberger addressed the board on his behalf.

“Here are pictures for you guys, one taken 30 days ago and one taken this morning. As you can see, Mr. Swift has been cleaning it up,” said Hershberger. “There are two trailers he’s been hauling things off in, he’s even cut trees and brush down. But the weather hasn’t been too cooperative.”

The board reviewed the

pictures and granted Swift another 30 days.

In police department business, the board approved receipt of $985.40 from Oklahoma Municipal Asssurance Group to deposit in the department’s Training and Expense-Other Outlay account to pay for damages to the 2009 Ford police vehicle.

With a motion by board member Brenda Cunningham, the board approved paying Morgan’s Collision $1085.40 once the OMAG check is received.

Officer Thomas Fisher was on patrol in the

vehicle and an individual was placed in custody on the back seat. The individual became angry and kicked out the window of the patrol car. This expense is to pay for the replacement of the window.

The board held a quick executive session to discuss the three-month evaluation of Officer Thomas Fisher. With no discussion in regular session, the board unanimously voted to approve the evaluation.

 

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