Concern over the opening of a rehabilitation center in Pryor caused one citizen to speak out to the Pryor City Council Tuesday.
Ann Seitz told council members she heard a rehab center, featuring in and out patient treatments, could be opening on the corner of 17th and Willow streets. She said this location is one block west of Lincoln Elementary School.
She said her concern was not with the rehab center itself, but with the proximity to children. She urged the council to prevent the center from being opened in an area so close to a school.
The council approved the expenditure of $12,600 to Collins Electric for repair of the breaker box at the Recreation Center in the swimming pool area at Pryor Creek Recreation Center. The expense was declared an emergency because the box has the possibility of starting a fire in the building.
PCRC Director Mary Honea told the council one day the lights were not working and when the center called a repair man, it was discovered the ballasts were burned and the breaker box was so hot the wires were burning and melting together. Because of the potential for fire hazard, the repairs had to be started right away.
The council approved the expenditure with a unanimous vote.
In other business, the council:
• Approved the community hall deposit and fee waiver from Sept. 28 to Oct. 6 for the annual Pryor Area Arts and Humanities Council Northeast Oklahoma Artists Show.
• Approved Resolution #2012 declaring April Fair Housing Month.
• Approved payroll purchase orders through April 13.
• Approved claims for purchase orders through April 3.
• Acknowledged the receipt of any deficient purchase orders.
• Approved authorizing Mayor Jimmy Tramel to sign the Authorization to Proceed, concerning construction materials, engineering and testing services with Terracon for expenses related to the Pryor City Streets Improvements Bond project. This will allow street samples to be taken to assure the sub-grades are correct when starting the street projects.
• Approved the appointment of Gina Alvis Watts to Planning and Zoning Board Seat #4, term expiring Sept. 30, 2014.
Roger Dinsmore explained the delay protocol for severe weather and trash pickup. He told the council he always consults with the mayor to keep the welfare of the workers in mind before delaying trash pickup.
He assured the council all the trash would be picked up at the first available time. He said with the uncertainty of the weather this season, he will continue to consult with the mayor in the possibility of severe weather and continue to follow protocol.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Pryor City Council is 6:30 April 17 at City Hall.