Mayor Sirmon was absent
from the Sept. 15th City Commission / Municipal Authority meeting and Vice
Mayor Stan Sallee presided.
A warranty payment of
$4875 to SBC was approved for the 911 System. SBC had agreed to move the 911
System from the temporary police headquarters to the new headquarters (at
11th and Center) for no cost. But, without the warranty on software and hardware,
there would have been no guarantee of a timely and successful move.
Inc. applied for and received a $500 Avon Pink Ribbon Grant. This will allow
Collinsville to be one of only 35 cities nation-wide and one of two in Oklahoma
to officially participate in this national event to increase cancer awareness.
The event will occur on Saturday Oct. 18th at noon. After a lengthy discussion
to work out logistics to minimize the impact on restraunt businesses and city
personnel during a Saturday lunchtime, the closing of Main street was approved.
The exact number of blocks and the amount of time to remain closed was left
open. Details were to be finalized between the City Manager and Downtown Inc
a few days before the event. The number of cancer survivers, family and other
volunteers that would be participating will drive the final parameters. The
concept for the event has volunteers painting a (temporary) pink line down
the middle of Main Streets nationwide. Ribbons and balloons were discussed
as alternatives to paint. Contact Julie Stanley or the Downtown, Inc. office
for more information or to volunteer.
The city commission is
moving in the direction of a city charter change, which if approved by city
voters, would significantly change the way city officials are elected and
how city elections are conducted. Based on a work session last month and discussion
at this commission meeting, Ken Underwood (City Attorney) will draft modifications
to the city charter which would then need to be acted on by the commission
and then voters. A key change would have all city voters voting on all commissioners
(not just those residing in a particular ward). The commissioners would still
need to be ward residents. The commissioners' terms of office would be staggered
to prevent a total change in commission personnel at one election. Another
possibility discussed was having the mayor be selected from within the commission
rather than being voted on separately. The city election process would also
be turned over to the Tulsa County Election Board.
The commission approved
a $30,000 transfer from the Sales Tax Reserve to the General Fund.
No action was taken, but
possible membership in the Metropolitan Environmental Trust (Met) was discussed.
There would be a $31,060 annual membership, and other capital costs related
to a recycling center. The city is phasing out the old recycling center at
156 St. N. and 5th St.
The Collinsville Municipal
Authority denied Tort claims of $5770 (by Ed and Linda Lynn) and $246 (by
Martha Manley) as a result of a sewer backup on Labor Day. Two homes were
affected when a main sewer line became clogged. City Attorney, Ken Underwood,
stated that there was no sign of negligence on the city's part and the claims
had to be denied by State Statute.
The authority also approved
acceptance of a Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Consent Order due to
occasions when Collinsville's discharge water quality exceeded DEQ discharge
limits. The cause of the spikes in readings are not known. The city will continue
to monitor and investigate. The city operates a wastewater collection system
and flow through lagoon wastewater treatment works discharging into the Caney
River. The DEQ reported 20 readings since Jan. 2002 that were beyond limits.
Those readings occurred in 10 different months. City Manager, Mike Tinker,
indicated the city suspects some individual or business may be illegally dumping
chemicals into the sewage system. The DEQ order listed five tasks the city
is to complete: By Oct. 2003, begin investigation to identify the problem
substance in the wastewater. By Nov. 2003, submit an engineering analysis
of the treatment facility. By Dec. 2003, submit an industrial user survey.
By Jan. 2004, prepare and distribute education material to wastewater collection
system users. By April 2005, complete investigation to identify problem substance
in the wastewater. By July 2005, submit report of findings to DEQ.
-- Ted Wright -- 9/16/2003