Tahlequah city councilors unanimously approved an agreement Monday night with Guy Engineering Services for surveying and preliminary engineering services.

The Tulsa-based firm will prepare roadway easements and plats along the section of a proposed relief route between the city’s corporate limits and the State Highway 51 Bypass.

The purpose is to fix and set aside land for a future road and allow development to continue adjacent to it.

Jimmie A. Sitz, project manager for Guy Engineering, said the firm will have its work done in two months.

He said the proposed roadway alignment follows along the base of a substantial hill.

The fee for those services is $30,000.

Councilors also approved a contract for health insurance coverage beginning Nov. 1 with Meritain Health through Benefit Health Advisor. Human Resources Director Sue Stacy told the council a $24.56 increase per employee is in the contract and has been budgeted.

A Tahlequah Impaired Driving Enforcement Grant fund and grant budget of $18,000 was approved.

The grant will allow Tahlequah PD officers to work overtime looking for impaired drivers.

Approval was also given on a utility easement and easement for public highway in Tanglewood Addition with Bill and Patricia Swafford.

Assistant City Administrator Kevin Smith said the easements are on the north end of the Fourth Street project.

“We’re trying to get two a week,” Smith said. “We’re almost complete [on the north side].”

Councilors also accepted the resignation of Roger Lane from the police department and approved the hiring of Angie Sallee as a dispatcher.

What’s next

The next regular meeting of the Tahlequah City Council will be Monday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall.

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