Rural Water District No. 1 officials addressed the Jay city council on Monday, Aug. 6, about reducing their costs associated with buying water from the city.

“Our board is considering putting in our own water treatment facility,” said Pat Sanders, Rural Water District No. 1 

Sanders said he was not in favor of the proposal saying, “this is a headache I don’t want”.

The water district has 75 miles of rural water lines for 532 customers, he said. 

Sanders requested their current rate of $4.95 per 1,000 gallons of water be reduced to $2.52 per 1,000 gallons. 

“We are stuck right now,” Sanders said. “We have water leaks we can’t fix because we don’t have the money.”

Some of the meters are 30-years-old, he said.

“You all have been good to us, but we have to make a little bit of money to put back in the business,” Sanders said. 

The council members said they understood the water district’s plight and said they would look into the matter.

Also, during the Utilities Authority meeting the council approved Crossland Heavy Contractors, Inc. and Walters-Morgan Construction for work on the Water Plant project.

Crossland’s bid was $344,700 for clarifier replacement and residual solids removal and Waters-Morgan bid was $567,400 for water storage tank improvements.

The council also approved advertising for the City trash collection services and approved a $4,950 bid for financial agreed upon procedures for the city.

In the regular city council meeting, the council approved hiring Sam Byers as a full-time police officer at a yearly salary of $26,400.

Police Chief Mike Shambaugh asked that hiring a second police officer be tabled because the contract with the Jay School District needs to be renegotiated.

In a related issue, the council approved tabling the contact with the Jay School District for a school resource officer.

The previous school resource officer Chris Bilinski, resigned to take a similar position with the Craig County Sheriff's Office. He will serve as the school resource officer for the Ketchum School District.

The council approved having Grand Telephone Company to add a recording device to the police department, fire department and EMS phone lines. 

The recording system with a five-year warranty is $2,298 with a charge of $50 per hour for programming and installation.

“This is a good service for our departments,” Shambaugh said.

The board also approved having Muskogee Communications to work on the city radio antenna.

“This has been a problem for us for a while,” Shambaugh said. “We have had problems with our portables – sometimes we can’t talk from one end of the city to the other.” 

The cost is $9,526.16.

The council also approved the purchase of a new range, $419 and hood, $119 and refrigerator, $599, for the Jay Community Center. 

Also approved was repaving 21st Street, Mulberry Street and Cedar Street. After the work is completed Cherokee Nation will inspect the work and provide a grant to reimburse the city. It was announced there are 21 Cherokee Nation homes on these three streets.

The process of obtaining a $435,000 grant was approved. The grant will fund putting in new sidewalks around the school and provide for two crosswalks near the school. The 80-20 percent grant requires the city to fund $107,000 of the project.

The council approved advertising the sale of 10 acres where the city dump is located.

The council accepted a $2,200 bid from Little Eagle to clean up a property located at 811 N. 4th Street and table any action on property located at 908 W. Osage Street. The council also tabled action on purchasing tablets, laptops or a copier.