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Exciting times are happening in our city that I’m so excited to be a part of and watch the growth and enthusiasm that goes along with it. As most of you know, Starbuck’s has decided that they want to be in Atoka and be part of our growth; and folks, they don’t come to a city until they know they have a market to support their business. Watch for more announcements to come as more businesses decide to come to Atoka in the near future.
With at least 25-30 thousand vehicles coming through Atoka every day on highway 69/75 alone, plus those that enter from highways 3 and 7, we have plenty of potential customers that will increasingly make Atoka their place to stop. We will have more choices for them as we continue to grow and add new businesses, and we also have an easier on and off access than our neighboring cities, which works to our advantage.
We have completed installation of all new sewer lines, including new service lines in the alley straight across from City Hall and over to A Street next to City Hall. We are waiting on some other utility work to be completed before doing the same in the alley west of there, toward Delaware Street.
Our water plant upgrade is moving along a little better as we continue to battle supply chain issues. We are having some of the same issues at the Sewer Plant as well, waiting on parts to complete projects. The refurbishing of the water tower next to the Water Plant should begin the second week of September and take about 90 days to complete.
We’ve torn down a few more structures that required removal for various reasons, and those areas are being leveled and prepared for future development. As more and more people clean up their properties, our city continues to look much better, giving us all a sense of pride to know the enormous potential we have right here in Atoka folks.
We continue working all over town, and have been very busy in several areas, which are broken down by department, in the following paragraphs:
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT/STREETS DEPARTMENT: Supervisor Bobby Ward reports his crew has completed the following tasks:
A structure was taken down on East A Street and hauled off.
Dirt was hauled to the Water Plant.
Grass was cut across from Walmart and in ditch in front of the Starbucks location.
A stop sign was replaced on Texas and Court Street.
The sewer was worked on at East A Street and in the alley off of Ohio and Pennsylvania.
The crew worked on pulling concrete from East A Street.
Asphalt was put down near Allen Lumber, East A Street, and West 6th Street.
The crew patched potholes as needed.
The water line was worked on in the alley from Ohio Street to what used to be Penn Street.
Cleaned the lot at West 5th Street.
Removed structure on East A and hauled off.
WATER/SEWER DEPARTMENT: Supervisor Jason Hokett reports his crew has completed the following tasks:
Daily rounds were made including reading meters, work orders for City Hall, and locates.
A new sewer line was put down near City Hall and a manhole installed.
Sewer taps were completed in the alley from Ohio Street to what used to be Penn Street.
The pumps were pulled at the Choctaw Lift Station.
Water leaks were repaired on Liberty Road, 657 E Court Street, 150 E C Street, 615 E B Street,753 Montana, Delaware, 6th Street, Liberty, Allen Drive, West 7th, 81 Walker Circle, and on Sandy.
The meter reader worked on cutoffs.
The sewer line was worked on in the alley from Ohio Street to what used to be Penn Street.
The crew worked on a 2’ water tap.
PARKS DEPARTMENT: Assistant Supervisor Chad Coats reports his crew has completed the following tasks:
Chad and Anthony worked at the water plant as needed.
Lynn sprayed weeds at the City Lake, parks, and downtown.
Trash was picked up throughout town.
The stop signs were weed-eated around town.
The flowers were watered at City Hall.
Brush was cleaned up behind the old football field.
The crew mowed and/or weed-eated at Penny Park, Johnson Park, Fire Station No. 2, City Lake, Shooting Range, Police Department, Green Hill Cemetery, Transfer Station, at the City Shop, Court Street, Walmart, Green Meadows Cemetery, Ball Park, South of town, and at the bypass.
CITY SHOP: Supervisor Jim Tobler reports he has completed the following tasks:
Routine maintenance was completed such as oil changes, filter changes, tire repairs, and cleaning around the shop.
A map sensor was replaced in PD Unit 29.
Miscellaneous parts were ordered to either restock commonly used items or to repair a specific problem.
Replaced hydraulic hoses in equipment as needed.
The hydraulic motor was rebuilt for the Toro Reel Mower.
Changed out a bad battery.
The welder was repaired at the shop.
A battery fuse was replaced.
Worked on the PD boat, with a completion of overhauls and replaced spark plugs.
WASTEWATER TREATEMENT PLANT: Supervisor Oakley Gass reports the following update:
The crew continues to reduce the sludge content at the plant.
The water plant has been assisted as needed.
General maintenance has taken place at the plant, including cleaning, and mowing.
Both the 60’ and 40’ clarifiers are running well.
The UV system is still down, and waiting for parts to repair to arrive.
Air-mac continues to work on the motors that are being rebuilt.; only waiting on 2 electrical boards.
Haynes will be bringing parts for the digester blowers.
A majority of the bulbs have been placed on the UV System.
WATER PLANT: Supervisor Jacob Boston reports the following update:
The plant is running an average of 17 hours per day and an average of about 710,000 gallons a day this week.
Haynes should be arriving soon to start up the Tushka Booster Station.
Four Thirteen, Inc. has begun some grading and seeding and have been cleaning up around the plant.
The first lagoon is nearly completely cleaned out and will move to the second one as soon as it is in operation.
The plant will temporarily be shut down to do an electrical pedestal and the main power for the new clear well and the booster station at the water plant for the chemical feeds.
POLICE DEPARTMENT: Chief Gene Dodson reports the following:
The Atoka Police Department general activity report for the reporting period of 08/09/2022 through 08/24/2022. The Police Department responded to 39 disturbance calls and 331 “other” calls, incident or activities that required service (this does not include traffic stops or traffic contacts.) There were 17 municipal prisoners booked into the Atoka County Jail, and 5 Municipal Court Arrest Warrant(s) served. There were 54 OSBI NIBRS Offense Reports filed, and 5 Official Collision Reports filed in the Municipal Clerk’s Office. There weren’t any Emergency Detention (Mental Health) cases during this period.
Unit 27 (2020 Ford PI Utility) remains out of service. On 03/17/22, the vehicle was taken out of service due to problems with the transmission. The vehicle is at a Ford Dealership awaiting repair.
Unit 30 (2020 Ford PI Utility) remains out of service. On 08/06/22, the vehicle was taken out of service due to low engine oil pressure. The vehicle is at a Ford Dealership awaiting repair.
On 08/19/22, the All-Band High Output Motorola Land Mobile Radio for the Lake Patrol truck (2021 Ford F150 4WD) was received. The radio was on back-order status due to supply chain issues for over one year. The last estimated delivery date for the radio was in March 2023. Arrangements will be made for installation.
On 08/24/2022, Officers responded to an aircraft accident at the Municipal Airport. There were no personal injuries to the aircraft occupants. The aircraft collided with the perimeter fence on the south end of the airport. Damage was minor.
Routine problems occurred with several of the police vehicles and other departmental equipment during the referenced period. Repairs and maintenance continued as they normally do.
ANIMAL CONTROL: Officer John Smithart reports the following:
(*The following numbers were reported from 08/01/22 through 08/21/22)
Dogs that were picked up by the Animal Control Officer: (11)
“Other” animals picked up or otherwise dealt with: (07)
Dogs that were adopted from the pound: (01)
Dogs that were claimed by their owners: (01)
Dogs that were euthanized: (07)
Animal carcasses that were retrieved for disposal: (13)
Dogs that were being held in the pound: (08)
Dogs that were properly registered according to City Code: (0)
Dogs that were escorted to the Vet (with owners) for Rabies vaccinations: (0)
Warnings issued (verbal or other): (09)
Posted on September 20, 2022 at 7:10 AM by Kayle Wallis
City Managers Report
As I write this report, we are just starting our fall Clean Up Week, and anticipate a lot of citizen participation based on all of the brush and other excess items I have seen piled up, while driving around. This will continue to make our city cleaner and more attractive to anyone thinking about moving here for business and/or personal reasons.
As most of you have probably noticed, the old Budget Inn has been torn down and removed. It was in terrible shape, especially all of the interior parts that were tore up and wiring gutted etc. The Atoka City Industrial Development Authority purchased it, and our city employees worked hard to tear it down, and clean that lot up for parking or future development.
Work is starting this week to put in the new sewer lines located in the alley behind Jackson’s Family Dining and going east to Delaware Street. This will complete the new water and sewer line project there, and as soon as the internet/phone providers finish there underground cabling and remove their old cables from the power poles, PSO can remove all of those poles. After this is complete, a 20-foot-wide concrete drive will be built in that two-block area for deliveries, etc. to all of the businesses located there.
The refurbishing of the water tower next to the Water Plant should begin this week, and take about 90 days to complete. The rest of the water plant upgrades are getting close to completion, hopefully in the next few weeks.
Structure on East A Street was cleaned up.
The Budget Inn was cleaned out and torn down and hauled off.
The crew assisted the Parks Department with Green Meadows Cemetery.
The equipment was cleaned up.
The crew assisted with water leaks on California Ave.
Pot holes were patched throughout town.
Concrete was hauled off from Extended Stay site.
The crew hauled and serviced roll-offs.
A locker was moved at the Police Department.
The track hoe was hauled downtown for work on the Alley.
The dozer was hauled to the shop.
Asphalt was laid on 15th and Haskell Streets.
Assisted with a house fire.
Concrete was hauled from the alley behind Reasor’s Law office.
Daily rounds were completed including locates and work orders for the City Hall.
The crew assisted Capital Improvement with the Budget Inn cleanup.
The crew assisted the Parks Department with Weed-eating at the cemetery.
The crew searched for a sewer line at the water plant.
The sewer line was worked on East C Street.
The pumps at the Adams Street lift station were replaced.
Manhole lids were placed behind Reba’s Place.
A meter was moved in the alley behind Jackson’s Diner.
Water leaks were repaired on 12th Street, behind Wal-Mart, East 15th Street, Velma, West 12th Street, West Court Street, California Avenue, 261 California, A and Kentucky Streets, 753 Montana, and Ohio Avenue.
PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT: Manager Bruce McBride reports his crew has completed the following tasks:
The crew ran the street sweeper throughout town.
The shelves were moved at the library.
Trash was picked up throughout town and the City Lake.
The paper recycle bin was emptied at the City Hall and the vault was cleaned out.
Poly-carts were delivered and/or picked up as needed.
The new drop box was installed at the City Hall.
The crew mowed and/or weed-eated at the museum, Green Meadows, Johnson Park, Posey Park, 45th Infantry Park, West View, City Hall, Box House, and around the shop.
Routine maintenance was completed including tire repairs, oil changes, cleaning up the shop area.
The battery was replaced on backup generator at the Police Department.
The hydraulic fitting in blade tower was replaced.
The shop crew completed an engine installation.
A fuel pump was replaced on SC319.
Batteries were replaced as needed.
Air valves were replaced on CI209.
Fluids were checked and/or added as needed to vehicles and equipment.
A tarp was replaced on the roll off CI104.
Trailers were checked to prepare for cleanup week.
The plant continues to work on sludge content.
General maintenance has been completed around the plant, including mowing, weed-eating, and cleaning.
The clarifiers have been cleaned up; the 60’ if looking better than the 40’.
The plant is waiting on a few electrical boards to finish fixing the UV system.
The plant will be working on wasting sludge this week.
The digesters are blowing once again but will be needing replaced soon.
The plant is running an average of 11 hours per day and averaging about 535,000 gallons a day this week.
The new pumps at the Tushka booster station are running and the new chemical pumps are ready at the plant.
Haynes brought the new Scada online, but is still moving things from the old Scada.
The plant will be replenishing chemicals such as phosphate and polymer soon.
The company that will be fixing and repairing the plant tower has started bringing equipment in.
Four Thirteen will be replacing a valve this week and should be on the new clear well by the end of the week.
Grass seed will be placed at the plant and the lake pump house.
The Atoka Police Department general activity report for the reporting period of 8/25/2022 through 09/11/2022. The Police Department responded to 37 disturbance calls and 316 “other” calls, incident or activities that required service (this does not include traffic stops or traffic contacts.) There were 18 municipal prisoners booked into the Atoka County Jail, and 7 Municipal Court Arrest Warrant(s) served. There were 38 OSBI NIBRS Offense Reports filed, and 6 Official Collision Reports filed in the Municipal Clerk’s Office. There weren’t any Emergency Detention (Mental Health) cases during this period.
On 08/25/22, the police department hosted the monthly Case Review for the District 19 Multi-Disciplinary Child Abuse Task Force. Multiple agencies from Atoka, Bryan and Coal counties were present. Assistant Chief Snead and I participated in the meeting.
On 08/25/22, Assistant Chief Snead and I participated in the Collaborative Community Response Team Meeting. The response team conducts Case Reviews and related activities for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault cases in Atoka and Coal Counties. The meeting was held at the KTC Atoka Campus.
On 08/29/22, Officers Michael Brewer, Joe Doshier, Ethan Fomby, Cody Poe, Jimmy Taylor and I, attended a Report Writing and Legal Update Course at the KTC Atoka Campus. The training was a CLEET Continuing Education Accredited training course and was taught by Atoka County Assistant DA Joe Trail.
On 08/31/22, Unit 30 (2020 Ford PI Utility) was returned to service. The vehicle had been taken out of service on 08/06/22 due to low engine oil pressure.
On 09/07/22 through 09/09/22, the Oklahoma Board of Tests conducted Intoxilyzer 8000 Training and Certification courses at the KTC Atoka Campus. Officers Michael Brewer, Ethan Fomby, Cheyenne Gilbert, Peydon Griffith, Cody Poe and Kalin Singleton attended the training and received their certifications. The training was a CLEET Continuing Education Accredited training course.
On 09/08/22, the All-Band High Output Motorola Land Mobile Radio for the Lake Patrol truck (2021 Ford F150 4WD) was installed and is in service. The radio had been on back-order status since last year due to supply chain issues.
(*The following numbers were reported from 08/29/22 through 09/11/22)
Dogs that were picked up by the Animal Control Officer: (05)
“Other” animals picked up or otherwise dealt with: (02)
Dogs that were adopted from the pound: (02)
Dogs that were claimed by their owners: (0)
Dogs that were euthanized: (0)
Animal carcasses that were retrieved for disposal: (03)
Dogs that were being held in the pound: (10)
Dogs that were escorted to the Vet (with owners) for Rabies vaccinations: (0)
Warnings issued (verbal or other): (03)