By CHRIS EDENS, City Editor
Oologah Town Board members took another step towards the construction of a new media center at last week’s meeting.
The board approved a construction management contract with Brewer Construction Company. The contract will cover the demolition of the old Methodist Church and the construction of the new building.
A vacant home behind town hall has been removed and a new maintenance building will be placed on the lot. Mayor Jerry Holland said dirt work is being done on the lot this week.
He said the concrete foundation should be poured next week. The maintenance building has been delivered to Brewer Construction and should be in place next month.
Once the maintenance building is installed, historic items will be removed from the church and stored in the building. Construction workers will try and salvage stained glass windows and the old tin ceiling tiles from the church to display in a heritage hall in the new media center.
The media center will be built next to town hall after the church is demolished.
In other business, board members discussed the future of Oak Hill Cemeteryon the east side of town.
Mayor Holland said the cemetery is reaching capacity. He asked assistant town attorney Dale Jackson to research legal issues concerning closing the cemetery for future burials.
The board voted to surplus a number of old computers, printers, phones, faxes and copiers.
The board tabled action on a variance at Coyote Point Industrial Park for the Rogers County Industrial Development Authority. RCIDA is still preparing the paperwork for the variance.
A new piece of equipment was purchased for the sewage treatment plant at a special meeting Tuesday morning. The board voted to buy a KJ-3100 Water Jetter for $6,000.
The machine will be used to clean the lines at the plant. In the past, the work has been done by sub-contractors.
“It’s a cost saving device and it will pay for itself in less than a year,”Hollandsaid.