Catoosa trustees approved the purchase of a Centennial Clack from the Oklahoma Centennial Fund, Inc. in the amount of $50,923 Monday night at the regular meeting of the city council.

Centennial Committee Chair, Georgia McAfee reported to the council and showed a photo of the 15-foot-tall, 4-face clock. The face is three feet across, has 100 different chimes, a public address system for parades, and can play different songs at different times.

“I think it’s a good idea and I’m for it one hundred percent,” said Mayor Curtis Conley.

Plans are to erect the clock in Gazebo Park in time to have an unveiling for Oklahoma’s 100’th anniversary Nov. 16 which has been declared Statehood Day by Governor Brad Henry.

“Every city is Oklahoma almost is doing some type of celebration,” said McAfee.

Other committee members include Beverly Kigher, Judy Scullawl, Patti Clark, and Bill Leonard. The committee hopes to raise private funding in order to erect a city welcome sign in conjunction with the clock. Leonard will donate design works and shrubbery for landscaping. He owns Leonard’s Great Outdoors, a landscape business.

Trustees also approved the purchase of a 2006 Ford F-550 Fire Rescue truck for $109,000 plus deliver of $875 subject to inspection and approval by Fire Chief Denus Benton. Benton reported that this is a demonstrator truck originally worth $146,000 when new last year. This will replace a 1978 model truck. The new truck has water capabilities and will save money due to its smaller size.

“This is a great price for this truck,” said Vice Mayor Mike Appel, “That’s not a problem. We’re going to have this truck for a long time. Is it the best suited for our needs and not just dollars?”

Benton said that the truck would be ideal for medical calls and car wrecks which make up about 90% of the department’s calls.

The fire department will also purchase a pump and skid unit for a grass truck, a 1986 1-ton, 4-wheel drive with only 20,000 miles on it. The truck was obtained from the Forestry Department at no cost to the city. Usually these trucks are on loan but in this case it was given to the fire department.

“It’s the best truck we’ve ever gotten from them,” said Benton. The truck will have to be painted from green to red and outfitted. The pump and skid unit is one of the most expensive aspects of equipping the truck to suit fire department needs. It will be purchased from Darley and Co. for $11,250.

In other council business a public hearing for discussion on the I-44 and 193rd Street Highway Improvements Project was extended to be continued at the council meeting to be held April 16. Trustees and members of the public were not satisfied with documentation supplied by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) concerning the project.

“I would like to understand this a lot better,” said Cathie Langston, Ward 5 council member.

Local land owners and developers Cindy Robson and Pam Brewer of Investcomp agreed, expressing concern that right-of-ways would go across private property and hold back plans for the new Walgreens and a hotel to be built in the area.

Representatives from ODOT will be asked to attend the April 16 meeting and answer questions concerning the project.

The annual Public Safety Communications Service Agreement with Tulsa to provide dispatch and call handling services for fiscal year 07-08 was approved.

Mayor Curtis Conley reported that the city will start soon on the softball fields to be built on 18 acres donated to the city by the Softball Association.

In the Public Works Authority meeting regular claims and expenditures were approved. Mayor Conley said that the area of Rice Street citizens have been calling and complaining about belongs to the county, not the city.

Contact Joy Hampton, news4@claremorprogress.com.