Brushy Creek Lake Camp will have a host until June 30, 2023, aer the Sallisaw City Commission voted Monday to extend its agreement with current camp host LaHoma Jones.
“Our relationship with Mrs. Jones and her husband, Randy, acting as our camp host has worked very well. We couldn‚t be happier with what they‚ve done up there,” Sallisaw City Manager Keith Skelton told the commissioners. “They have done an excellent job keeping the park clean and taking care of the campers. They have developed a relationship with many campers, many who say they will use the park throughout the winter. Staff would like to keep the camp host throughout the winter, into next summer.”
The current agreement started on April 1 and ends on Sept. 30. Skelton then said the city would like to enter into a new agreement with Jones that would run from Oct. 1 through June 30, 2023. The city would then consider a full 12-month agreement with Jones beginning July 1, 2023.
With the camp host staying throughout the winter, it will ensure the park will remain clean and that the city will be notified of any maintenance issues that need repair.
In extending the agreement, Jones‚ monthly compensation will increase from $500 to $650 per month. The total compensation for nine months will be $5,850.
In other action Monday, the city commissioners:
• Approved updates to the city master fee schedule, which included cost increases of electrical connections, landfill tip fee increases and animal welfare and shelter fee increases.
• Approved the sale and execution of deed for property declared as surplus during the July 11 meeting. The property located on a farm road was advertised for sale, and only one bid was received by the Aug. 31 deadline. Danny Cox dba Cox Cattle and Farm LLC submitted a bid of $4,110, which was accepted. City staff recommended approval of the transfer of the property to Cox, and the city attorney prepared a resolution and quit claim deed for the commissioners‚ approval. The property is two acres more or less, and the sale and transfer does not include oil, gas and mineral rights.
• Approved a change of an order in the amount of $6,065.33 to RW & Son Pipeline Construction Inc. for a sanitary sewer system improvements project for Port Arthur Avenue to Turner Avenue in the Hollywood addition. The change order provides for additional sewer taps that were required during the project. The original contract amount was $215,487.45. Approval of the change order brings the approved contract total to $221,552.78.
• Acknowledged three purchase orders issued to Ampco Electric in the amount of $59,001.86 for emergency repairs to two water treatment plant electrical generators. During a storm in May, two generators at the water treatment plant suffered damage due to lightning strikes. The city employed Ampco Electric to perform emergency repairs to these generators in order to have them operational as quickly as possible. At the time the damage was being evaluated, it was unknown what the cost would be for repair. The final cost of the repairs totaled $59,001.86. The cost includes replacement of circuit boards and other needed parts, technician time and also time charged by Caterpillar technicians. Per Section II.11 of Administrative Policy 2.004.00 (City of Sallisaw Purchasing Manual), city staff has documented all required invoices and documents related to the emergency repairs.
• Approved staff‚s request to declare a 2005 Dodge pickup S15 as surplus for the purpose of selling. The vehicle was obtained in a drug seizure, and is not being utilized. All proceeds will be deposited into the Police Drug Fund 93.
• Approved staff‚s request to declare a 2009 Chevrolet Impala as surplus for the purpose of selling or donation to another police department. The vehicle is not being utilized, and Chief Terry Franklin would like to donate or sell the vehicle.
Keith Miller, director of building development for the city, then provided an update for commissioners on current and future projects by the city. Those projects include:
• The city street department has been working on the landfill road, patching the worst parts of the road. The landfill crew is working on replacing three tin horns along the road. Once these are replaced, the street department will go back and perform more maintenance on the road.
• City staff recently met with representatives of the Sallisaw Youth League to discuss future improvements and operations of the sports complex.
• Staff recently met with the police chief, mayor and city attorney to discuss homeless issues within the community. The meeting was held due to many complaints and comments received related to homelessness. Staff will continue to monitor the issue and look for any remedies.
• The city has taken delivery of a new fire engine recently purchased. The truck was at the council chambers Monday to allow the commissioners and citizens a sneak peek.
• City staff met with PDG to discuss plans for the aquatics facility and the new pool. Soil testing and the boundary survey are complete, which allows PDG to proceed with the design process. The next meeting will be set once the plans are 65 percent completed.
Other reports the city provided include: Personnel
• The police department has filled all vacancies for patrol officers.
• The hiring process for a new network technician has been completed, which allows the city to move forward with many planned informational technology projects.
• The city is actively recruiting for a utility locate technician and a chief accountant.
• The city has been awarded a grant to purchase a new senior citizens van. The grant amount is $144,160, with the city providing $25,440 toward the new van. The grant is under the Federal Transit Administration Section 5310 program.
• The Sallisaw Police Department has been awarded a grant of $15,000 from the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office. The grant will be used to purchase security cameras and monitoring equipment for the police dispatch area.
Purchase of Vehicles
• With August‚s approval of funding to purchase vehicles, staff purchased two used vehicles for use in parks and building development. The city purchased a used F350 cab and chassis that will be used by the parks department. The city has a utility bed that will be placed on the truck. Parks will use it as its maintenance truck for the maintenance technician. The city also purchased a used 2020 Dodge 3/4-ton truck with a utility bed on it. The vehicle will be used in the building development department, and will also be used to carry tools.
• Ford opened its fleet sales for orders, and the city placed orders for three Ford Rangers, two transit vans for telecommunications and two F150 trucks.
Immediately following the city commissioners meeting, the Sallisaw Municipal Authority (SMA) convened its monthly meeting.
• The SMA approved contracts for engineering services between the SMA and Neil Harvey and Associates PC. The consulting engineers are contracted for services for the Country Club Sewer Lift Station in the amount of $42,000 and for water system improvements in the North Maple/Pinto/Badger Road area in the amount of $66,000.
• The SMA approved a purchase order issued to Tavrida Electric North America for four three-phase, gang-operated reclosure units for the south substation in the amount of $93,104.
The next monthly meeting of the city commissioners is at 6 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Council Chambers, 113 N. Elm Street, with the SMA meeting immediately following the city commission meeting.