City reviewing policies

A design concept for the Sallisaw splash pad, a revamping of the city policies and a list of replating and rezoning requests were approved Monday night by the Sallisaw Board of City Commissioners.

Sallisaw City Manager Keith Skelton presented two designs for the splash pad, which is being located in in the northwest corner of Jay Reynolds Park.

One of designs was a kidney-shaped and the other was rectangle. The commission chose the rectangle design that would allow better separation for a large kids section and a small kids section.

At the request of Skelton, commissioners directed him to begin the process of updating policies, combining administrative policies with those of the commission.

Skelton said he would like to see the commissioners approve all administrative policies where the mayor would sign off. In the past, Skelton said the administrative policies, overseen by his office, and the policies of the commission were separated.

An updating of the policies would take care of a couple of policies instituted in 2017 that “were not in the best interest of the city.” He said the change involves about 30 administrative policies.

Commissioners approved a request for annexation by Barry and Carolyn Spyres, whose property is located at the corner of Drake Road and U.S. Highway 59 south.

A replat and rezoning request by Savin Long was also approved by the commission. The property is located in the 1300 block of East Choctaw Avenue. The property will be rezoned from R-1 residential and highway commercial, C-4, to all residential. Plans are to construct a single family dwelling.

A replat and rezoning request by Randall Baker was approved to allow Baker to construct a new Shelter Insurance office and move the tag agency office into the new building. The property is located next to the current Shelter office.

Commissioners approved a rezoning request by Paula K. Haraway, who has asked that 127 East Quesenbury be rezoned  from residential, R-2, to neighborhood shopping district, C-2. Haraway plans to open a yoga studio.

Commisisoners heard a presentation by Nycky Boley, direct sales supervisor with Suddenlink, who requested permission to go door-to-door for solicitation.

She said the company would be willing to pay any solicitation fee and provide background checks. She also said representatives would be in cars marked with the company's logo and each solicitor would have on recognizable uniforms.

Sallisaw City Attorney John Robert Montgomery said the city has an ordinance against door-to-door solicitation because of complaints years ago. He added that the city commission would have to repeal that ordinance, which has been on the books for a long period of time.

Skelton said there has also been problems with fake door-to-door salesmen in the past. 

“If you open it up for one, you open it up for everyone,” Montgomery said.

The commission took no action.

Commissioners accepted the single bid of $91,500 to purchase a loader backhoe. The bid was awarded to Scott Equipment of Fort Smith.

The board also accepted the low bid of $206,044 from Altec Industries of St. Joseph, Mo., to lease purchase one electric bucket truck.

Due to Veterans Day falling on the regular meeting date in November, the commission voted to reschedule the meeting for 5:30 p.m. Nov. 14.

Sequoyah County Times

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