Residents have received a letter from the city notifying them that water was not checked during the month of October.


Residents have received a letter from the city notifying them that water was not checked during the month of October.

 

Per Department of Environmental Quality standards, the city is required to check the water each month for contamination. The testing is done on a random basis by choosing different residences within the city.

 

“Anytime the city does not follow through with its responsibilities for testing, the DEQ holds us accountable and we are accountable to the citizens,” Mayor J.L. Self said.

 

“There was no way of knowing if there was any contamination at that time. The testing in November came back fine and I have not heard about December. But if it were contaminated, I would have heard something about it. Sometimes we get busy and make mistakes. There was an error made and the city has taken steps to rectify it according to the guidelines of the DEQ.”

 

Water quality is not the only issue that has been on the city’s agenda. During the December council meeting, the city opted to table an agenda item on a franchise agreement with Oklahoma Gas and Electric for a franchise election in August 2012. The council wants to review the agreement and research it. As it stands, an agreement would bind the city to OG&E for 25 years.

 

“They were told 25 years is a normal contract, but some of the council members feel it is a long time,” City Manager Ian O’Neal said.

 

Michael Pineda
221-6542