Mat Shockley took his seat on the Oologah Town Board at a special meeting Tuesday and construction projects moved forward.
Shockley defeated incumbent Jan Miller in last week’s election. Shockley will represent Ward 4 and will serve a four-year term.
After he was sworn in, mayor Jerry Holland shook his hand and welcomed Shockley to the board.
Hollandtold the board the Littler property behind town hall had been purchased for $84,000 at a sheriff’s sale last week. He said the final paperwork on the purchase will be completed May 15.
The board voted to sell the home on the property for $15,000. The buyer will be required to remove the home within 30 days.
“There is still a lot of value in the house and the heating and air conditioning units are less than a year old,”Hollandsaid.
Once the house is removed, the town plans on placing a maintenance building on the property. The board approved ordering the new maintenance building and board member John Dirickson said it will take 30 days for delivery.
The board approved allocating $500,000 to purchase the Littler property, the new maintenance building and to start demolition for the new community center.
“We have the money set aside to get started and we’re ready to go,”Hollandsaid. “We’re pulling the trigger and we’re going to get started on these projects today.”
Hollandsaid the town has the funding to start the projects, but additional funding is needed to complete them and for operational expenses. He said he’d spoken to PSO and the Cherokee Nation about contributing to the projects, but the town is still waiting for 501c-3 non-profit approval from the IRS.
For provisonal vote count results, pick up a copy of the Oologah Lake Leader.