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City employee congratulated on retirement during monthly meeting


Sallisaw City Manager Keith Skelton (left) presents

retiring city employee Terry Deese with retirement gift.


Wednesday, June 14, 2023 - The monthly Sallisaw City Commissioners Meeting was held on Monday, June 12 at 6 p.m., in the Sallisaw Council Chambers.


Before business was handled, a congratulatory speech was presented by City Manager Keith Skelton directed towards Terry Deese and his retirement from the Sallisaw Water Department.


"He is a good friend to all of his co-workers, a dedicated employee and he will be dearly missed," stated Skelton as he presented Deese with a new wrist-watch as a parting gift.


During the meeting a status update was provided on some of the upcoming city improvement projects. Officials stated that plans for the new city pool are almost completed and the plans for the skatepark are at 65% completion. Final plans for walking trail bathrooms at the Sports Complex and the Mainstreet lighting project are both at 95% completion. More details will be provided regarding start and completion dates for the projects after plans are finalized.


A possible raise in dumping fees at the city landfill for non-contract parties was proposed that will set the rate at $48-$60 per ton. This will allow for the landfill to receive the funds needed to improve the site and equipment.


Some of the approved items on the agenda included a rise in COLA adjusted from 2% to 3% for the 2024 fiscal year, two new resource officers for local schools, and agreements between the Sequoyah County Sherriff's Department and the Sallisaw Police Department.


Kenneth Holzhammer, Staff Writer


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