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October 14, 2013

Trustees discuss tort claim

HULBERT — On Thursday, Oct. 10, the Hulbert Board of Trustees discussed a pair of agenda items related to a dig on a sewer line.

Rick Lee, superintendent of the Hulbert Public Works Authority, reported an AT&T service line had been struck during sewer maintenance and repair near a structure owned by Sam Marrs.

The damage prompted in a tort claim by AT&T against the HPWA, but AT&T had not yet given an assessment of the cost of repair. Trustee Shirley Teague suggested the board “wait until we receive a bill,” and no action was taken.

A reimbursement request by Marrs for rental of an auger was also considered. But Trustee George Truitt said the auger was never used in relation to an HPWA sewer line.

“Didn’t we determine that the resident’s line replacement ended about three feet short of our sewer line?” Truitt asked, to which Lee responded affirmatively.

The trustees voted 3-0 to deny the reimbursement request.

Also discussed was a proposal for engineering and construction expenses on the Fourteen-Mile Creek bridge. The board heard a report that Poe and Associates is requesting cost estimates for construction, engineering and survey though work may not begin until 2018. The board elected to take no action until more information was presented.

It was voted unanimously to continue the authority’s annual maintenance contract with Datamatic, Ltd., despite some issues noted by trustees with the automated meter reading by the company’s Firefly meter interface units, and concern that the Firefly warranties were placed in bankruptcy.

During the Hulbert Town Council agenda, the trustees voted 3-0 to approve a resolution authorizing application for financial assistance through the state’s Rural Economic Action Plan fund.

he city will seek $70,000 for water intake structure work.

No action was taken on the status of a loan application through Lake Region Electric Cooperative to assist the Hulbert Volunteer Fire Department with construction.

A special meeting of the trustees is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. to consider the loan.

WHAT’S NEXT

The next regular meeting of the trustees is Thursday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m., in the Hulbert Town Hall building.

srowley@tahlequahdailypress.com

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