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Oologah gives land to sports complex

[ 0 ] February 5, 2014 |

By CHRIS EDENS, City Editor

A tract of land set aside for an Oologah Sports Complex has been transferred from the town to the sports complex committee.

Oologah Town Board members approved transferring the deed to the land Tuesday morning. The approximately 46-acre tract of land south of Oologah was donated to the town by PSO over five years ago.

The sports complex committee was formed to find financing to develop the land. Committee members want to construct baseball, softball, soccer and football fields at the site and concession and restroom facilities.

Mayor Jerry Holland said the committee’s 501c-3 non-profit status will allow the town to help obtain grant money.

“Transferring the land to you as an independent agency will give you more flexibility. I think this will help get things moving,”Hollandsaid. “We’ll do everything we can to help you.” 

Board member Darrell Mitchell asked sports complex committee member Rebecca Nutter if the committee needed to meet to discuss taking ownership of the land. Nutter said she had contacted all committee members and there were no objections to obtaining the land.

Nutter said there is an agreement in place to allow PSO to perform maintenance on the property. Nutter also said the sports complex committee will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 at the community building.

In other business, the board tabled action on a contract to change dispatching for the police department.

The contract would let the new countywide E911 center north of Claremore to dispatch Oologah officers.

Police chief Novale Thompson said the town currently dispatches out ofChelseafor $1,400 a month. Dispatch services from the new 911 center will cost the town $1,083 month.

Mayor Holland said he had some concerns about the new 911 center. He was worried about the costs to small towns if Claremore opts out of using the dispatch center. 

“Hopefully the new Claremore Mayor will be more receptive to joining,”Hollandsaid.

The board tabled the item to allow town attorney Bill Higgins time to review the contract. A special meeting will be held Friday, Feb. 14 to vote on it.

Board members voted to have a moratorium on burials atOakHillCemeteryuntil they receive an opinion from assistant town attorney Dale Jackson.

The cemetery is reaching capacity andJacksonis trying to determine if space is still available for pre-purchased plots.

The board approved paying off a $371,566 loan for the sewer plant. The Municipal Authority will pay half of the loan and the town will pay the other half.

The Municipal Authority will repay the town in $3,000 a month payments. The loan was needed to make required upgrades to the sewer plant. Mayor Holland said paying off the loan will allow the town to seek grant money for future mandated upgrades.

The board also appointed Jan Miller to the Board of Adjustment.

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