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By Interim City Manager Joye Angel
The City has so many wonderful projects going on right now. It is a great time to be an Atokan!
I am very thankful for this experience and the wonderful things I have learned. The City has some amazingly dedicated employees who truly work towards the betterment of this community and its citizens.
The contractor is really working hard to get all of the meters changed out. Currently, they have estimated to be around the halfway point. I really appreciate how everyone has pulled together to work on this project.
The billing office has received the new software and they are currently working to get all of the information updated. Once all of the information is in place, then we will be able to move forward with using the new billing system.
We are still hopeful that we will be able to utilize the new system for the August bills. The bids for the Water Plant Improvement Project were opened this week.
This project is an upgrade to our existing plant, water tower and pump station. The Engineer will bring the information back to the Trustees regarding the project and bid. The plant is running an average of thirteen hours per day and producing an average of 440,000 gallons of water.
The Water and Sewer Maintenance Crew fixed water and sewer leaks on Seventh Street, Ethan Allen Drive, Hickory Street, and Cliff Drive. The Crew completed the project on Fourth Street. This project involved digging up the street and replacing the manhole.
This project was a collaborative effort between the Water/Sewer Maintenance Department and the Capital Improvement Department. These crews worked side by side the majority of the week to get this much needed project completed.
The Capital Improvement Crew has been cutting brush, cleaning out ditches and assisted on the Fourth Street project this week. The Crew has also been working to repair the fence at Green Meadows Cemetery that was damaged in the recent storm. We have ordered the panels that need to be replaced.
The Parks Crew has been mowing all of the city properties, right-of-ways, and medians. The Crew has also been cleaning up trash at Lake Atoka.
The boat ramp project at Lake Atoka is in full swing. The contractor is approximately sixty-five percent complete with the dirt work. The Lake Atoka Dam and Spillway project is also progressing.
We are very thankful for the Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust and their commitment to Lake Atoka.
The Atoka Police Department general activity report for the reporting period of 07/15/2020 through 07/29/2020.
The Police Department responded to 261 disturbance and “other” calls for service and related incidents/actions (this does not include traffic stops or traffic contacts).
There were 10 municipal prisoners booked into the Atoka County Jail and two Municipal Court Arrest Warrant(s) served. There were 25 Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) Offense Reports filed in the Municipal Clerk’s Office and five Official Collision Reports filed in the Municipal Clerk’s Office.
There were two Emergency Detention (Mental Health).
After initial evaluations and eventual medical clearances at the Atoka County Medical Center, the subjects were transported to mental health facilities in Bethany and Oklahoma City.
On 07/21/20, Sergeant Taylor and Patrolman Singleton conducted an 8-hour CLEET CE Accredited Training Day at the Atoka Police Department.
Thirty-one Officers from six County, Municipal and State Law Enforcement Agencies attended the training courses. The courses were: Below 100; Nasal Narcan and Stop Sticks.
On 07/23/20, while performing some repair work for the Atoka EOC, technicians from Chickasaw Communications made repairs to the antenna for the base radio located in the Officers Room.
The damage to the antennae occurred during severe storms on May 8, 2020. The radio had been working at very limited capacity prior to the repairs.