Board addresses signs, street cuts, purchases

Sallisaw's Board of City Commissioners approved spending of over $627,000 for various projects and other agenda items Monday night and discussed a proposed sign ordinance and administrative policy for street cuts.

Sallisaw City Manager Keith Skelton said a lot of the issues the city has with streets are due to older street cuts. Over time, he said, the street cuts start falling apart as well as the streets around them.

Skelton asked the board to consider approving an administrative policy that addresses those issues. The policy formally adopts requirements for street cuts, but encourages streets to be bored underneath.

The policy would apply to contractors and the city street department as well, Skelton said. In order the make a street cut, the contractor would be required to obtain a permit from the city. If the contractors starts or performs a street cut without a permit, they would be subject to a fine.

The contractor would also be responsible for making the necessary repairs to the cut, Skelton said. Once repairs are completed, the city would inspect the work. If the contractor fails to complete the work, the city would then go in and make repairs and bill the contractor a minimum of $1,500.

The board tabled any action on the item pending establishing a more explicit fine.

Commissioners were asked to review an ordinance dealing with the placement of signs and advertising.

Keith Miller of code enforcement, said the department started six or seven years ago addressing problems with billboard signs and began to develop a more specific billboard and advertising sign ordinance.

The ordinance would also address small signs in front of businesses or arrow signs.

Mayor Ernie Martens said banner signs and inflatable signs should be addressed as well and should be placed away from the right-of-ways.

Skelton also suggested contacts should be established with politicians, or campaigns, about campaign signs, when to put them up, where and when to take them down.

In terms of Monday night's spending, the commission approved a number of items that have already been budgeted. The biggest expenditure involved the city's 2019 asphalt overlay street improvement project.

The board accepted the bid of $207,102 from JOB Construction in Poteau for both milling and overlay, and approved the contract.

Other spending that was previously budgeted and approved Monday night included the following:

To Carter Chevrolet of Okarche in the amount of $64,564 for the purchase of two 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe police pursuit vehicles.

Bob Howard Chrysler of Oklahoma City in the amount of $53,164 for the purchase of two 2019 Dodge Durango non-pursuit, special service vehicles for the police department to be used by the detective division.

Approved $36,587.65 to Primary Structures, Inc., of Guthrie to purchase man holes, wetwell, valve vault, parshall flume and splitter box for the wastewater treatment plant flow equalization basin project. The following items are also for the same project.

Purchase order of $57,370.02 to Core and Main of Owasso for purchase of pipes, fittings, valves and related equipment for the wastewater project.

A $35,300 purchase order to Bertrem Products, Inc., of Tulsa for the purcahse of pumps and controls for the return lift station for the wastewater project.

A purchase order to Rexa, Inc., of West Bridgewater, Mass., in the amount of $29,336 for the purchase of one electronic valve gate actuator.

Automatic Engineering of Enid will be paid $23,790.29 for the purchase of items related to the wastewater treatment plant sludge pumps and controls.

Unrelated to the wastewater treatment plant, the board approved a purchase order to Warren Caterpillar of Poteau not to exceed $40,000 for undercarriage replacement and tensioner rebuild for the landfill caterpillar dozer.

Approved a purchase order to Premier Truck Group of Tulsa for the replacement of a sanitation truck engine in an amount not to exceed $30,000.

Approved engineering services agreement for landfill electric line between the city and Garver Engineering of Fayetteville, Ark., not to exceed $50,000.

Commissioners approved a lease for office space at the city's new building (housing the chamber office) between the city and the Sallisaw NOW Coalition for $1,000 a month. The office space is at the north end of the building at 101 North Wheeler Avenue.

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