By Rachel Petersen
McAlester City Councilman Travis Read suggested taking legal action against former MPower Executive Director Sheri Cooper, MPower’s attorney and the MPower board members during Tuesday’s regular meeting of the McAlester City Council.
“MPower has assets and records that belong to the city,” Read said. “Items we need to make sure are secured and not disposed of that the city is entitled to.” Read suggested the city take legal action against anyone who can be held responsible for MPower.
Also during Tuesday’s meeting, City Manager Pete Stasiak had some positive news. City officials have been working on the preliminary budget, Stasiak said, and the sales tax shortage is not as extensive as expected. “We are $52,000 short and not the $55,000 as projected.” Stasiak also said that oil and gas revenue is “going up.”
Items unanimously approved on the consent agenda include:
• Approval of the minutes from the June 11 regular meeting of the McAlester City Council.
• Approval of the minutes from the June 20 special meeting of the McAlester City Council.
• Approval of claims for June 19 to July 2.
• Approval of a one-year term participating entity addendum between Blackboard Connect Inc. and the City of McAlester for Pittsburg County E911 that provides a fully hosted alert notification system for emergency notifications.
• Ratification of lease purchase between the First National Bank
& Trust Company and the City of McAlester for a 2011 Freightliner truck, a new DuraPatcher truck and a new DuraPatcher tank.
• Concur with Mayor Steve Harrison’s appointment of Karen Kinkead to the McAlester Library Board for a term to expire June 2016.
• Approval of the collective bargaining agreement between the City of McAlester and the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local No. 2284, effective July 1 through June 30.
• Approval of the collective bargaining agreement between the City of McAlester and the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 97, effective July 1 through June 30.
• Approval to adopt agreement between American Fidelity Assurance Company and the City of McAlester for administrative services for the Section 125 Cafeteria Plan.
A single item was removed from the consent agenda and unanimously approved separately:
• Authorization for the Mayor to sign a contract between the City of McAlester and the Oklahomans for Independent Living.
Also on the agenda was a public hearing regarding an ordinance to close a sewer easement in south McAlester and an ordinance amending the code of ordinances and designating floodplane administrator, repealing all conflicting ordinances and declaring an emergency. No body spoke during the public hearing.
Janell Brooks and her husband, Gaylord Brooks, spoke to the council about granting a zoning variance in the 800 block of Monroe Avenue. A property the Brooks own is currently zoned residential and Janell Brooks would like to get the property zoned commercially so she can have a health and beauty salon at the property. Janell says she sells wigs to cancer patients and gets satisfaction when her clients leave her establishment feeling good about themselves.
Council members then listened to a presentation from Ed Schwab, who is a representative from Severn Trent — a company that does public/private partnerships for water treatment operations.
The following agenda items were unanimously approved:
• Authorization for the Mayor to sign the proposed award from the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security for the 2010 Homeland Security Grant Program for $2,498.64.
• Approval of a “Use Permitted After Review” for medical, office, and retail use for a building on Wyandotte in which Caring Hands is moving into.
• Approval of closing a sewer easement in McAlester and opening a sewer easement over the spot where the pipes actually are located.
• Approval of a re-plat of Block 19, lots 4, 5 and 6.
• Approval of annual pledge and guarantee documentation which authorizes the annual renewal of the City of McAlester’s participation agreement with the Association for Landfill Financial Assurance (ALPA).
• Approval of amending a land development code, flood hazard overlay district and flood damage prevention and designate a floodplane administrator.
• Authorization for the Mayor to sign an engagement letter with Cole & Reed, P.C. for audit services.
• Approval of final $150,130 contract for main water improvements at the Steven Taylor Industrial Park.
Also approved was:
• A work order for professional services with Mehlburger Brawley for engineering services required for the design of the 2013 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Small Cities Water Improvements.
The McAlester City Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month in the council chambers at McAlester City Hall. The meetings are open to the public.
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