Claremore Daily Progress

July 5, 2013

Council approves expenditures for improvements, contracts

Salesha Wilken
Staff Writer


The Claremore City Council approved Monday several contracts for service, $94,000 in improvements to the Claremore Expo Center and a $4,900 grant for equipment.
The board renewed its annual contract for service with the Metropolitan Environmental Trust (MET) including recycling at the Ramm Road location.
The MET works with the Rogers County Training Center to provide employment opportunities while providing waste services.
The Claremore Expo Center is working to complete the final phase of riser improvements. The council approved $94,000 to complete the project to meet the needs of the fall basketball and event season, according to Director Rob Burrows.
Heartland Seating will be making the repairs as part of the 2013-14 budget, according to Burrows.
The project is a continuation of an ongoing effort to repair bleachers used for events, including Rogers State University Hillcat basketball games and several high school graduation ceremonies.
Claremore Police Chief Stan Brown presented the council with a $4,900 grant awarded to the department for a thermal imaging camera.
The 2010 grant will supply the camera, not the actual funds for purchase.
The tool will be valuable asset when searching for missing persons, according to Brown.
“The camera is one of the most sought after tools when disasters such as the Moore tornado occur,” Brown said.  “It only seeks a heat signature, but it helps if we have a missing person in low visibility situations. It will be a valuable tool to have on our tools belt.”
The property will be deeded to the City of Claremore with no expense to the city.
It will be used in the city. However, the camera can be used to assist area agencies if needed in a catastrophic event, according to Brown.
In other business, the council approved annual bids for stone, asphalt and rock.
Council members Brandon Smith, Thomas Cypert and Bill Flanagan were not present for the meeting.