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May 11, 2013

McAlester city council considers moving housing project forward

McALESTER — McAlester city councilors are set to consider items that could move a new project forward as well as wrap up some previous ones when they meet in regular session this week.

City councilors are set to meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers at City Hall.

Items on the meeting agenda include:

• Consideration and action upon the final plat for the Royal Oaks Subdivision.

Plans call for the subdivision to include 37 single family residential homes. It is in the general area of U.S. Highway 69 and Hardy Springs Road, near Hardy Springs Acres.

• Consider and act upon Final Contractor’s Pay Estimate No. 3 for the construction of 2010 Community Development Block Grant water improvements in the amount of $140,340.

The expected motion is to approve final payment to C.S. Day & Associates, of Tahlequah for work already completed. It’s partially funded by the Department of Commerce, with $73,874 coming through the CDBG program, according to city documents.

• Consideration and action upon final acceptance of the 2010 Fiscal Year CDBG Small Cities Grant Waterline Project as complete and authorizing the mayor to sign the closing documents.

• Discussion and possible action on approval of an ordinance amending Article III Fire Prevention Code Section 50-51, of the city of McAlester, at the request of Fire Chief Brett Brewer.

The state of  Oklahoma recently adopted the 2009 International Fire and the 2009 International Building Codes, as well as the 2012 NFPA 101 Life Safety Code. Brewer wants the McAlester Fire Department to adopt the same codes.

• Discussion and possible action on renewing an agreement between the city and Advanced Data Processing, Inc., doing business as ADPI, also at the request of Brewer.

Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services released a final rule implementing various changes under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, also known as HIPPA.

It required specific changes be made to existing business associate agreements. As a result, Intermedix updated the city’s current business associate agreement in accordance with the final HIPPA rule, according to city documents.

City attorney Joe Ervin reviewed the proposed agreement and the administration at the fire department recommends passage, according to city documents.

While the city provides emergency ambulance transportation, the proposed agreement calls for Intermedix to be exclusively responsible for billing and collection of all charges and fees resulting from the delivery of emergency medical services by the city.

• Presentation and submittal of the preliminary annual operating budget for the 2013/2014 Fiscal Year, presented by city Chief Financial Officer Toni Ervin.

A sub-item calls for the council to set up a special workshop session on May 28 to discuss and review the proposed preliminary budget.

• Discussion and possible action to authorize the mayor to sign a quit claim deed between KiBois Community Action Foundation Inc., and the city of McAlester.

KiBois is deeding 14 lots back to the city of McAlester, according to city documents.

Following the regular meeting, the council is set to convene behind closed doors in executive session to consider the contract of City Manager Pete Stasiak. A contract for McAlester city manager must be brought up for a vote on an annual basis, since the council does not offer multi-year contracts for the city manager’s post.

Following the closed session, the agenda calls for the council to reconvene before the public in open session to consider and act upon the contract, if the city councilors decide to take a vote at that time.

In addition to the regular meeting agenda, several items are on the council’s consent agenda. That means all of the items can be decided by a single vote of the council, unless one of the councilors asks to have an item pulled for individual discussion.

Along with approval of minutes from the April 23 meeting of the council and the approval of claims for April 16 through May 7, items on the meeting’s consent agenda include:

• Consider and act upon a request from the Pittsburg County Chapter of the NAACP to use Michael J. Hunter Park at 14th Street and Chickasaw Avenue from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, for the annual Juneteenth celebration.

• Authorize the mayor to sign a service agreement between Tyco Simplex Grinnell and the city of McAlester in the amount of $1,1002 for services performed at the Southeast Expo Center, effective June 1, 2013, through May 31, 2014.

Services provided include testing and inspection of the city’s fire repression sprinkler system at the Expo Center, fire alarm testing and inspection, and a sprinkler test and inspection of the back-flow system related to the sprinkler.

Cost is $1,002, according to city documents.

 

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