City crews have completed making repairs to broken water lines over the past few days, due to the frigid temperatures. City Manager David Bullard stated that citizens are cautioned about using the waters for consumption, and if so, to bring the water to a full, rolling boil for at least one minute before drinking, food preparation, and other uses.
This is not a mandatory boil order, Bullard stated, but if things change, the community will be informed.
Also, Bullard added that water buffaloes are located at the Henryetta Fire Departments for those in need. Questions concerning the situation should be addressed to City Manager David Bullard by calling City Hall.
The city manager also gave several updates during his report Tuesday evening at the city council meeting. Work is expected to begin Feb. 1 on the 4th Street Lift Station. The project is expected to be finished by May 1.
Street crews have been busy also working to alleviate areas that are prone to flooding.
Plans for additional lighting at the Interstate 40/327 exit have been submitted to AEP/PSO, but no timeline has been announced as to when it should be completed.
Bullard also reported on a new housing project, located at a former trailer park north of the city on Wilson Road.
Timber Top, the company planning the project, “plans on putting 30 of these 900 square feet. These are houses that meet all building codes for the state and I believe their price range will be around $150,000. And we’re looking at building 30 with room for 44,” the city manager said.
Some of the homes will be rented, while others will be sold, he added.
– Agenda items listed for consideration were:
• Approved Consent Agenda: Financial Reports, Meeting Minutes and Claims for December, 2023.
• Approved payment to Bank of Oklahoma in the amount of $40,528.66 for 2015 Note Series monthly payment.
• Approved payment to AEP/PSO in the amount of $25,548.89.
• Approved agreement between JD Young and the City of Henryetta for Ricoh IMC300f copier for Police Department.
• Approved Resolution No. 1301 adopting the Okmulgee County Hazard Mitigation Plan. This plan allows for the city to receive state and federal aid in case of a disaster.
• Approved 2023 State Aid Agreement for Henryetta Public Library.
• Approved purchase of one American Standard -10 Ton A/C – Package Unit and one American Standard – 5 Ton A/C – Package Unit for City Hall and Civic Center.
• Presentation by Alan D. Kerby shared information regarding “Stop the Bleed” disaster kits that are available and the training that comes along with it that can be made available to staff.
• Approved proposal three by Henryetta Free-Lance and Okmulgee Times representative Denise Frost for ad space within the 2024 issue of the Okmulgee County Focus Magazine produced by the company. The advertising featuring the activities of the City of Henryetta will be used in the Sequoyah County Times Focus Magazine and the McIntosh County/ Eufaula Indian Journals edition of Focus which will come out later this year. The local edition of the Focus will hit newsstands at the end of February, and will be distributed county-wide.
• Approved City Manager’s Report.
– Under New Business, Councilman Steve Sanford asked about who was responsible for the City’s Facebook page, and who is the administrator.
Mayor Michael Dickey stated it should be shifted to city hall, and would be available to share updates with the public, such as water leaks, closings, etc.