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Robertson recognized at city meeting

Wednesday, August 16, 2023 - The Monthly Sallisaw City commissioners meeting began with City Manager, Keith Skelton, presenting an award to Jessica Robertson (pictured above) for her completion of the 'American Public Power Association Key Accounts Program'. Skelton expressed that Robertson is the first Sallisaw citizen to complete this program and she did so with a high level of success. Robertson recently became a Public Power Key Account Manager.

The Sallisaw Police Department is receiving two new pursuit vehicles after the council approved a purchase of two Chevrolet Tahoes from Joe Cooper Chevrolet in OKC.

Commissioners also approved the purchase of a new wood chipper, two valve installations on Kerr Boulevard, two new pumps at lift station #1 as well as up to $26,000 for city-wide transformer repair and replacements.

Updates on city projects include:

- The walking trail bathroom has been completed with the exception of security cameras being installed.

(Walking trail lighting is planned to be installed sometime during 2024)

- The new city pool is awaiting a decision on a contractor to take on the project later this month on August 21when bids will be given to the city.

- Skatepark plans should be set-in-stone sometime during the first two weeks of September.

The city of Sallisaw also has plans to fix all of the downtown traffic lights as well as the downtown Christmas decorations before the end of the year.

A local landfill update is in order after Commissioner of Ward 2, Josh Bailey, proposed that tipping fees should only increase to $41 per ton instead of the originally proposed $44-$50 per ton. Bailey stated that he believes this is a good number that would allow the local customers to continue using the landfill for a cheaper rate than Sallisaw's competitors, while also improving the income for the city.

This proposal was accepted with an agreement among the council that these tipping fees could increase in the future if needed.

With a much needed upgrade looming, City Manager Keith Skelton and his staff have been working to put together funds for the development of 'Cell 8A' which will prolong the life of the landfill. With more than half of the money raised, the City is working to come up with ways to reach their goal of $1.8 million to complete the project.

KC Holzhammer, KXMX Staff Writer

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