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May 27, 2018

Filling the Empty Trustee Seat; town board meeting preview


It was less than a month ago when Ron Henry announced his resignation as a Town Trustee, as part of his plea agreement on a voter fraud case. The Town Board of Trustees will accept his resignation formally at the Tuesday, March 13 meeting, and apparently, name a successor.

The Town used advertising, social media and postings to ask for applications for a Trustee to serve as an appointee until the next regular municipal election in April 2019. By the deadline last Friday afternoon, only one applicant had submitted, and it’s from one who has served the Town before.

At the March 2017 Trustee meeting.

Former Trustee and Mayor Lea Ann Jackson submitted her paperwork for the appointment.

“Im still in shock that no one else applied. I’m really excited about being a part of this Board. They have accomplished so much and work together well while respecting each other’s opinions. Even when not serving on the Board, I’ve always been available to help the Board and Town employees in any way. That offer stands,” Jackson told The Luther Register.

Jackson, a CPA and the COO/CFO of the Oklahoma Bankers Association, was elected to the Board on the same ballot with Ron Henry in 2015. She resigned in June 2016.

For the rest of Tuesday’s agenda, click here. Among the items, the Board will be asked to go into executive session to discuss the hiring of a part-time police officer, Chris Tate, who is the son of former Luther Mayor Cecilia Taft. Other agenda items include requests to spend $1,500 on tires for police vehicles and surge protectors for the LPD computers.

The Town Board will also set a time to have an Emergency Management Meeting with tornado and wildfire season upon us. They will also consider the resignation of Brett Conner as the Flood Plan Administrator. Conner has served the Town sacrificially as a volunteer firefighter, Fire Marshal and reserve police officer. He has resigned all of those positions.

“It has been an honor woking for the Luther Fire Department and with the individuals who make up the department. I have never known a finer group of people and count it as an honor to have worked alongside them to protect the citizens of Luther and surrounding areas,” he said.

The Town will consider hiring Kim Bourns as the new Flood Plain Administrator. Bourns also serves as the Town Clerk/Treasurer.

Watch the meeting live on Luther Register News Facebook page at 7 pm on March 13, 2018.

March 13, 2018

BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR THE TOWN OF LUTHER

Regular Town & LPWA Meetings 

Regular Meetings:  7:00 p.m.
Luther Community Center

REGULAR TOWN MEETING AGENDA 

In accordance with the Open Meeting Act, Section 311, The Town of Luther, County of Oklahoma, 119 S. Main Street, hereby calls a Regular Meeting of the Luther Board of Trustees, Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at The Luther Community Building, 18120 East Hogback Road, Luther, OK 73054.

  1. Call to order.
  2. Invocation
  3. Presentation of Colors – Boy Scout Troup 344
  4. Pledge of Allegiance
  5. Roll Call
  6. Determination of a quorum.
  7. Approval of the minutes for the following meeting(s) February 13, 2018  Regular Town & February 22 Special meetings,  as prepared by the Town Clerk/Treasurer and subject to additions or corrections by the Board of Trustees.
  8. Report of the Treasurer.
  9. Review of claims including payroll.
  10. Consideration, discussion and possible action to accept Ron Henry’s resignation from the Town of Luther’s Board of Trustees.
  11. Consideration, discussion and possible action to appoint a new Town Trustee to serve until the April 2019 election. Following the appointment, the new Trustee will take the Oath of Office from the Clerk/ Treasurer and take their place on the Board.
  12. Presentation and Action: Lisa Cook, 2018 Alumni President.  Consideration, discussion and possible action to waive the permitting fees for the Alumni Vendor Fundraising.
  13. Presentation: Darci O’Plotnic from Anna’s House.  Water provision from the Town of Luther’s Hydranted part of Town.
  14. Trustee Comments.

Trustee One (Paxton Cavin)

  1. Consideration, Motion and Vote to Enter Into Executive Session.

Proposed Executive Session for the purpose of discussing the following so the board can return to Open Session and take action pursuant to Executive Session Authority: Okla. Stat. title 25 Section 307 (B) (1). The following items are proposed for discussion during the Executive Session:

Discussion will follow regarding options to hear Chief Randall’s proposal to hire Chris Tate for the “Part Time” police officer position.

  1. Vote to reconvene into Open Session
  2. Vote to execute action on a plan to hire Chris Tate as a part time police officer for the Town of Luther.
  1. Consideration, discussion, and possible action to purchase tires for the 2011 Charger at an estimated cost of $ 671.88.
  1. Consideration, discussion, and possible action to purchase tires for the 2011 Tahoe at an estimated cost of $ 671.88.
  1. Consideration, discussion and possible action to purchase two battery powered, back-up surge protectors for the protection of the Police Department computers from power surges and outages at an estimated cost of  $74.99 each or $149.98 for both.

Trustee Two : (Vacant)

Trustee Three (Trandy Langston)

  1. Consideration, discussion and possible action to hire a new Town Attorney, based on the RFQs proposals, submitted prior to the cutoff date of March 5th, as requested by the board”.

Trustee Four (Jason Roach)

Trustee Five (Jenni White)

  1. Consideration, discussion and possible action regarding instituting a policy that says, “Town of Luther Parks Commissioners, once appointed by the Board, will be able to succeed themselves at the expiration of their term if there are no other volunteers willing, or able to be appointed by Town Trustees to serve.”
  1. Consideration, discussion and possible action regarding changing the policy created by Town Trustees regarding liaison appointments from yearly to another specified time limit to be agreed upon.
  1. Consideration, discussion and possible action regarding action items for next month’s meeting as we finish our first full year.
  1. Consideration, discussion and possible action  regarding scheduling an Emergency Management meeting with the Chief of Police, the Chief of the Fire Department, Luther Public Schools Superintendent Gunn and anyone else interested/necessary to the success of the meeting.
  1. Consideration, discussion and possible action regarding accepting Brett Conner’s resignation from duty as Town Floodplain Administrator.
  1. Consideration, discussion and possible action to reduce Floodplain Administrator pay from $400 to $100.
  1. Consideration, discussion and possible action to appoint Kim Bourns as Town Floodplain Administrator.
  1. New Business: In accordance with the Open Meeting Act, Title 25 O.S. 311.A.9, new business is defined as any matter not known about or which could not have been reasonably foreseen prior to the time of posting the agenda.
  1. Citizen participation:  Citizens may address the Board during open meetings on any matter on the agenda prior to the Board taking action on the matter. On any item not on the current agenda, citizens may address the Board under the agenda item Citizen Participation. Citizens should fill out a Citizen’s Participation Request form and give it to the Mayor. Citizen Participation is for information purposes only, and the Board cannot discuss, act or make any decisions on matters presented under Citizens Participation. Citizens are requested to limit their comments to two minutes.
  1. Adjourn.

Kim Bourns, Town Clerk/Treasurer

*Agenda Posted Monday, March 12, 2018 at Luther Town Hall, on the website at www.townoflutherok.com and on Facebook at The Town of Luther, prior to 7:00pm

REGULAR LPWA MEETING AGENDA 

In accordance with the Open Meeting Act, Section 311, The Town of Luther, County of Oklahoma, 119 S. Main Street, hereby calls a Luther Public Works Authority Meeting of the Luther Board of Trustees, Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at The Luther Community Building, 18120 East Hogback Road, Luther, OK 73054.

  1. Call to order.
  2. Roll call.
  3. Determination of a quorum.
  4. Approval of the minutes for the following meeting(s), February 13, 2018 LPWA Meeting, as prepared by the Town Clerk/Treasurer and subject to additions or corrections by the Board of Trustees.
  5. Report of the Treasurer.
  6. Review of claims.
  7. Trustee Comments.

Trustee Four (Jason Roach)

  1.  Consideration, discussion and possible action to approve repairs to the sewer jetter at an estimated cost of $10,617.86.
  1. New Business: In accordance with the Open Meeting Act, Title 25 O.S. 311.A.9, new business is defined as any matter not known about or which could not have been reasonably foreseen prior to the time of posting the agenda.
  1. Citizen participation:  Citizens may address the Board during open meetings on any matter on the agenda prior to the Board taking action on the matter. On any item not on the current agenda, citizens may address the Board under the agenda item Citizen Participation. Citizens should fill out a Citizen’s Participation Request form and give it to the Mayor. Citizen Participation is for information purposes only, and the Board cannot discuss, act or make any decisions on matters presented under Citizens Participation. Citizens are requested to limit their comments to two minutes.
  1.  Adjourn.

Kim Bourns, Town Clerk/Treasurer

*Agenda posted Monday, March 12, 2018 at Luther Town Hall, on the website at www.townoflutherok.com and on Facebook at the Town of Luther, prior to 7:00pm.

 

 

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