Tahlequah Daily Press

November 19, 2012

TPWA board OKs committee assignments

By ROB W. ANDERSON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — With new general manager Mike Doublehead at the table, board committee assignments were discussed and approved during Friday’s Tahlequah Public Works Authority meeting.

Board President Kelly Ross and Jack Spears will serve as the finance committee, while Isabel Baker and Herb Rozell will form the personnel committee. Rozell will serve on the policy committee with Mark Smith. Spears and Baker will also serve on the public relations committee.

Ross said he and Smith will maintain communications between necessary parties and committee members on issues involving both the finance and policy groups.

“It’s not a committee, per se, but I’ve asked Dr. Smith to represent the policy committee and myself to represent the finance committee as a liaison, if you will, between the different committees,” he said.

The liaisons would provide a report of the situation to Doublehead, if the TPWA general manager was unable to be a part of the discussion, said Smith.

“There have been a couple of instances where something was going to affect both the policy and finance committees, and we just went ahead and met and reported back to [the general manager] on what the issue was,” he said.

The board approved a cost adjustment of a mid-size SUV for the administration department, from $23, 170 to $23, 710, to reflect the correct bid amount. TPWA also gave the city a surplus of office equipment, as well as a 4x4 1996 Dodge Ram 1500 truck.

HUB Engineer Greg Armstrong reported that approximately 4,500 automatic meter-reading units, or AMRs, are now being used by water customers. TPWA had 7,000 AMRs to be installed by Dec. 15, but Armstrong said the installation project isn’t expected to be complete until Dec. 25. He also recommended the replacement of two existing water tanks with a 5-million gallon pre-stressed tank. Armstrong said engineers met with the general manager and brought Doublehead up to date on the project. Doublehead said he wants to meet with the engineers again before moving forward.