Municipal Authorityseeks to add new well

Special to the Altus Times

The Town of East Duke Municipal Authority met in regular session 7 p.m. Monday in the Duke Town Hall at 120 W. Second St.

Mayor Dennis Hennessey called the Municipal Authority meeting to order. Vice mayor Herbert Turner; council members Todd Warren, Victoria Bustos and Roger Herron all answered roll. Also present were advisory engineer Gary Brickley of Fox, Drechsler and Brickley Inc. in Altus; police Chief Chris Millard and town clerk-treasurer Cheyenne Houska.

The minutes of the July 11 regular meeting were read and unanimously approved.

The financial statements were reviewed and disbursements for August were unanimously approved.

Brickley explained the process to authorize and permit a new well once a suitable well is located. Hennessey said that Water Superintendent Wayne Carpenter is researching a new location for possible wells to drill and test.

Brickley said he would be submitting a permit to Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality to obtain permission to combine the two water systems.

He also told the council that Duke wallboard manufacturer American Gypsum Co. on U.S. 62 plans to replace the elevated water tower with a ground storage tank. The change will lower the pumping pressure required on the line from Altus, which will reduce the pumping power required and lower the electric bills, Brinkley said.

The Victory pump station may need new, smaller pumps and they may be able to eliminate the pump station in Altus, Brinkley said.

The council discussed the 2017 South Western Oklahoma Development Authority or SWODA’s Rural Economic Action Plan or REAP grant application. Two possible projects to consider from the Capital Improvement Plan are updates to the central water system or to overlay streets in Duke using oil and chip materials.

Payroll reports for July were reviewed and unanimously approved. The meeting was adjourned.

The Duke Municipal Authority typically meets the second Monday of the month. The next regularly scheduled meeting is 7 p.m. Sept. 12 in the town hall. For more information call 580-679-3400.

Special to the Altus Times

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