Five cruise nights were scheduled for the 2021 summer and early fall at the regular meeting of the Westville Town Council on Monday, April 11 at 6 p.m.
The first cruise night will be the evening of May 1, which is also Loyalty Day; then monthly on June 19, July 17, August 28, and September 18. The downtown streets will be closed the evening of April 30 for a street dance and closed again until after the Loyalty Day Parade on May 1.
In other business, trustees discussed the increased bill from the gas company. Mayor Tony Barker, who sits on the Northeast Oklahoma Public Facilities Authority (NOPFA) board, said gas went from $8. per decatherm to $1,300 per decatherm or market value, when the town ran out of the 110,000 cubic feet under contract.
“Residents are being asked to pay 1/3 of their current bill up front and can pay off the balance during the next 11 months,” Barker said.
The city park will finally have the basketball court updated. At a cost not to exceed $7,800 to the town, the Cherokee Nation will be providing the cosmetic work and goals, etc., but they cannot lay asphalt.
The Adair County Trash Off is being held April 17, but due to a change in management at the Cherokee Nation Landfill, it will only a morning function and Westville or the county may have to provide the transport methods.
Trustees approved the request of Daisy Roberts to place a mobile home where the lawn mower shop was on Highway 62. She assured the council that the mobile home would be underpinned and the location cleaned up.
Kevin Aymond agreed to pay $200 a month for 24 months on fines owed due to the mobile homes being left vacant on Highway 59. Aymond had promised to either fix or demolish the mobile homes at least twice in the past, but had not responded to repeated citations. Citations currently total $13,100 and Aymond said he cannot pay that amount.
Barker said he wanted to help out, but admonished Aymond that his lack of response had resulted in the fines. Aymond said that he had been too busy to respond or address the issue. Trustees advised that ignoring the citations was not a proper response, but that they would accept $4,800 either in monthly payments or as a one-time payment.
Colton Holmes will move to the position of Assistant Police Chief, retroactive to April 3. Ron Blalog was approved to write grants for the police department.
Pens for animal control will be purchased or constructed at a cost of $1,500. All agreed vandalism is a major problem at the current location, so lights and cameras are being considered. A rabies and deworming clinic is scheduled for June 5 at Adair Park in Stilwell. The town has been asked to provide some volunteers to help with the clinic.
State Pest Control will spray the community building. The initial treatment will cost $2,000, with annual maintenance of $215.
A generator will be purchased for $4,999 for the street department.
John F. Henderson librarian Stephanie Freedle advised the council that the work on the library was completed Monday, but some guttering would have to be extended. Bids for the guttering will be accepted.
The Police Department reported 151 calls and 18 arrests, while the Fire Department reported 21 calls, three fires and nine grass fires, and one swift water rescue.
Under old business Barker reported that they are still checking on grants to construct a skate park at the old nursing home location.
“Hopefully, by next meeting, we will know if the money is there,” said Barker.
In new business, the council was advised that the motor in the Street Department’s truck is junk. A quote on a replacement motor with 80,000 miles on it is $4,000.