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The Atoka City Council held their first meeting of August on Monday, August 3, 2020, at 6:00 p.m.
In attendance for the meeting were: Mayor Brian Cathey, Vice-Mayor Diane McGee, Councilmembers, Pat Turner, Coby Sherrill, and Erica Pogue, Interim City Manager Joye Angel, Deputy City Clerk Phyllis Bates, City Attorney Pat Phelps, and Atoka City Industrial Development Authority Director Carol Ervin.
The meeting began by Mayor Cathey changing things up by bringing the Municipal Authority meeting ahead of the city council meeting.
After the bypass of the last meeting minutes the council approved a second payment to Core and Main LP in the amount of $120,950.67.
Core and Main LP is the contractor company responsible for installing the new automatic read water meters.
Interim City Manager Joye Angel advised the council the project was half complete. The project is funded by a loan granted from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board.
A public requested agenda item regarding water usage and charges for a residence at 113 East Dunbar Circle was not discussed due to Stevie Crawford not being in attendance at the meeting.
Before moving into an executive session the council approved the interim city manager’s report, blanket purchases, and the approval of the minutes for the special called meetings.
The special called meetings were executive sessions. Executive sessions are closed to the public. These meetings were to interview candidates for the position of City Manager.
After wading through 34 applications, the council narrowed it down to three people to call back for a second interview: Greg Neely, Katherine Trent, and Danny Delay.
The council spent approximately 45 minutes in executive session before the public was granted access.
The position of City Manager will be offered to Danny Delay. At the vote, Mayor Cathey, and councilmembers Sherrill and Turner voted yes; Vice-Mayor McGee and Councilwoman Pogue voted no.
With the majority vote Mayor Cathey will speak to Delay and negotiate his contract to become the new City Manager.