By CHRIS EDENS
Talala Police Officers have been dispatched through a new 911 center since July 1.
Police chief Phillip Coe said the department’s radio systems are compatible with the new dispatch center. He said communications on portable radios have improved dramatically. Coe tested the radios from the Rogers/Nowata county line and said they had great reception. Officer Steve Pales was able to communicate on the portables from as far away as Nowata.
“Now I can talk to central dispatch from anywhere in our area. I’m very happy with it,” Coe said.
The 911 center north of Claremore was built with the goal of all emergency services in the county dispatching from a central location. Currently, seven agencies have signed on to use the new center.
In other business, town board members approved raises for town employees. Chief Coe will now receive $3,600 a month and officer Pales will be paid $3,000 a month.
Town clerk Dawn Orwig and Treasurer Marianne Henderson will be paid $10 an hour.
Board members approved purchasing a credit card reader for the town clerk for approximately $50.
Brenda Loyd spoke to the board about flooding on her property near a tributary of Talala Creek on the west side of town. She said the flooding had gotten worse recently and water had gotten into her home.
The board agreed to look upstream and downstream from the area to try and determine the problem. The board also received a report that two new benches and two new tables had been installed at the Sunnyside Ramp courtesy of the Corps of Engineers.