By CHRIS EDENS
Oologah Town Board members amended the abatement process for property that is declared a nuisance at Tuesday morning’s town board meeting.
Police chief Novale Thompson recently notified three residents that their property needed to be mowed or cleared of trash. He said two of the residents had addressed the problem, but he’d had no response from the residents at 325 W. Alta.
When the town serves an abatement notice, the property can be mowed or cleaned and the cost is added to the homeowner’s property taxes. Thompson said some renters are unmotivated to correct the problem.
Thompson suggested issuing a resident a citation for $144 for non-compliance. He said the citation would be issued to the home’s occupant not the property owner.
“We need a remedy to keep us from going through this lengthy process. Some of the grass is really getting out of hand. I think the best way to handle it is with a citation,” Thompson said. “If they get a citation they think I better take care of this. If they’ve taken care of it the judge can take that into consideration.”
The board asked town attorney Bill Higgins to amend the abatement notice letter to include an option to issue a citation to a home’s occupant.
After an executive session, the board voted to give town clerk Sandy McNaughton a $200 a month raise for extra duties. Assistant town clerk Judy Posey received a .94 cent an hour raise.
Police Lt. Jared Tice was given a $100 a month raise, officer Brent Holmes received a raise of $1.46 an hour and officer Scott Eaton was given a $1.42 an hour raise.
Board members discussed funding for a new sports complex south of Oologah on U.S. 169. Sports complex board president Dwight Tackett said they’ve ordered a new sign for the site.
“We need to do a land survey and grading and we don’t have the funds,” Tackett said. “The main thing is we need funding to move forward.”
Tackett said they still need funds to apply for 501c-3 non-profit status. Mayor Jerry Holland said there are legal issues that affect how much the town can help with financing because the property is outside town limits.
Hollandsaid the town is focused on building a new community center complex. Board member Darrell Mitchell said the sports complex would generate more revenue than the community center.