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April 19, 2014

Council to consider city water plant's future: Karr to take Ward 4 seat

McALESTER — City councilors are set to again consider letting a privately-owned company take over the operations of the McAlester Water Treatment Plant.

It’s among the items on the agenda when the city council meets in regular session at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers at City Hall.

If approved, the item would authorize the mayor to sign a contract between the McAlester Public Works Authority and Severn Trent Environmental Services, Inc., to manage, operate and maintain the McAlester Water Treatment Plant. The fee schedule for the first year is $1,356,096.

Also on Tuesday, Municipal Judge Deborah Hackler is set to administer the oath of office to Robert Karr, who is being sworn in for a new four-year term as the Ward 4 city councilor. Karr filed for the post three minutes before the deadline to do so expired on last Wednesday, barely beating the deadline at the end of the three-day candidate filing period for the post.

Since no one else filed for the office, Karr took the seat unopposed.

Also on Tuesday night, city councilors are to discuss, consider and possibly take action to direct the city  to authorize Municipal Finance Services to prepare and provide a loan bid package to interested financial institutions with bids to be received by May 13 and provide the bid results to the Authority/city, along with approval of proposed debt by the Authority/city for approval at the regular meeting on that day.

Tuesday night’s agenda also calls for the city council to consider and act upon the following items:

•  Adoption of a Capital Improvement Program from 2014/2015-to 2018/2019.

• A  change to the city budget, to reflect recent financial activity.

• Authorizing the mayor to sign a contract between the McAlester Public Works Authority and Garrow Construction LLC, of Sapulpa, to construct the 30-inch Water Plant pump header replacement at the McAlester Water Treatment Plant.

Recommendation from city staff is enter into an agreement with Garrow Construction LLC for a total bid equal to $284,316 to construct the pump header.

• A personal services agreement with Quik Gro Erosion Control, LLC, for hay-baling at the McAlester Watershed, the Steven Taylor Industrial Park and State Highway 31 west of the Indian Nation Turnpike for $8,150.

• Discussion and update on city financials.

• An ordinance to approve an amendment regarding licensed retail sales of fireworks.

• An amendment regarding the manufacture, sales, discharge, etc. of fireworks.

• An ordinance amendment regarding unlawful reconnection of service after cutoff.

• An ordinance regarding an amendment regarding the damaging, disturbing, etc. to system property.

• An ordinance amendment on when bills are due and payable, and delinquent.

• Authorizing the mayor to sign an agreement between the city of McAlester and Advanced Data Processing, Inc., a subsidiary of Intermedix Corp., to perform and carry out services.

• Approval of a bid to Bob Hurley Ford, of Oklahoma City, for the purchase of three new and unused 2014 Ford Police SUVs, at a price of $111,978.

• Authorize the use of a professional services agreement with LandPlan Consultants, Inc. for grant administration, trail design and construction services for the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department Belmont Trail Grant Project.

• Grant $26,400 from the city’s Economic Development Fund to the city’s General Fund to pay the building permit fee for the McAlester Foundation on an 82,500 square foot Berry Plastic Warehouse project.

• Approve and authorize the execution of a professional economic development consulting services agreement with Retail Attractions.

• Authorize the creation and the Fiscal Year 2013-2014 funding of an executive assistant/planning tech position in the Community and Economic Development Department.

In addition to the regular items, a closed door executive session is also listed on the Tuesday meeting agenda

The executive session calls for the city council to: “Discuss the employment, hiring, appointment, promotion, demotion, disciplining or resignation of any individual salaried public officer or employee: City Manager Pete Stasiak.

The time is nearing for Stasiak’s annual evaluation and contract renewal consideration.

Also, the agenda calls for a closed executive session to discuss contract negotiations  with the Fraternal Order of Police and International Association of Fire Fighters.

Also, a consent agenda is included for the Tuesday night meeting, which means all of the items on the consent agenda can be approved by a single vote of the council, unless a city councilor asks for a specific matter to be removed before further discussion.

Items on the consent agenda include:

• Consider and act up upon paying $19,755 for engineering services related to the Capital Improvements 1 project.

• Consider and act to authorize a payment to Bank of America Merrrill Lynch, Global Custody and Agency Services for $52,237.25 for Pay Estimate No. 2 to be funded through the McAlester Public Works Authority Constriction Fund Series 2013 Project Account.

• Consider and act upon addendums to water purchase contracts between the city of McAlester and Oklahoma State Penitentiary, Rural Water District No. 5 and RWD No. 16.

Contact James Beaty at jbeaty@mcalesternews.com.

 

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