Friday, August 17, 2018

City Commissioners Meet Monday for Regular Meeting

The board of Sallisaw city commissioners met Monday for its regular meeting at city council chambers.

Commissioners approved an easements request by Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Corporation for easements near Opdyke and Port Arthur streets, according to Sallisaw City Manager Keith Skelton.

Brett Peters with Hawkins Weir Engineering gave a presentation concerning his findings of the ground water runoff issue at the water treatment plant. Skelton said Peters will design a sump pump to get excess water back through the clarifier.

In other business, the board approved a contract with Garver Engineering for $17,500 for rehabilitation of a drainage culvert underneath the runway at the Sallisaw Municipal Airport, and they approved the purchase of two pumps for the Wastewater Treatment Plant for $35,000 from Evans Enterprise Electric.

“Two of those pump shafts were severely worn,” Skelton said. “We will have the old ones rebuilt to use for spares.”

Commissioners also approved the purchase of a dozer for $86,532.14 from Stribling Equipment Co. in Fort Smith, which Skelton said included a trade-in of two older surplus dozers. A one-year lease agreement with Nathan Honeycutt and his business, Honeycutt Backhoe and Dozer, was approved for the old lime site, from which Honeycutt will remove lime to use for pasture land. A plat was approved for a new hardware store on East Cherokee.

Skelton said commissioners were receptive to his recommendation of a rate increase for landfill tip fees.

“We are going to make adjustments to master fee schedules and bring those back for approval at the September meeting,” Skelton said, adding that those increased rates would be effective Oct. 1.

In his administrative reports, Skelton updated the commissioners on several ongoing and finished projects.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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