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The Atoka City Council meeting was held Monday, October 5, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. at the Atoka City Hall.
In attendance for the meeting were: Vice-Mayor Diane McGee, Councilmembers Erica Pogue, Coby Sherrill, and Pat Turner, City Manager Danny Delay, City Clerk Joye Angel, Deputy City Clerk Phyllis Bates, City Attorney Pat Phelps, Atoka City Industrial Development Authority (ACIDA) Director Carol Ervin, and City Emergency Management Director Dr. Roger Holley. Mayor Brian Cathey joined the meeting via Zoom.
After the bypass of meeting minutes, and approval of the City Manager’s report the Council moved down the agenda to discuss entering into a purchasing agreement with BuyBoard.
BuyBoard is similar to state contracting and will provide multiple bids for City officials to choose from. The Council voted to enter the purchasing agreement.
Atoka Fire Chief Philip Mead spoke to the Council for the Fire Department.
Chief Mead and five other volunteer firefighters worked diligently and tirelessly to research, looking at trucks, and speaking to other fire departments about the purchase of a pumper truck.
The Fire Department is required to replace their vehicles once they have been used for 10 years.
The Sutphen Custom Pumper will be a demo model. Once the truck has been built, it’ll leave the plant in March and be driven across the county, up to 10,000 miles, to be shown to dealers.
After the truck has reached 10,000 it will return to the plant for any issues to be taken care of and the decals for Atoka will be added. The truck will then be shipped to Atoka for use by July 1, 2021.
The Sutphen Pumper truck will have a heavy duty grill, 24 foot ground ladder, and a 12 foot roof ladder that will set between the tank on the back of the vehicle.
The Council approved option four: purchase in full to be repaid with a grant from the USDA in the amount of $510,591.74 with a discount of $4,290.69.
Dr. Roger Holley presented the Emergency Management report to the Council.
Currently, three of the four tornado sirens are functioning. The siren near Town & County has not worked for the past three months.
Dr. Holley is working on a USDA grant that will provide funds to repair the tornado sirens and install two additional sirens.
The plan is to install a siren near the school and a second one near the Atoka Sports Complex.