The Durant City Council had a complete council for the first time since the passing of the highly respected Leon Sherrer in late March.
The empty seat was filled by Bill Orr. Orr was sworn into the seat an hour before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. Durant City Council Meeting.
Orr said he had known Sherrer since his days in college and very much respected him. Orr admitted to being a bit nervous to sit on county council.
As the meeting began, council approved the acceptance of two donations to improve the safety of local first responders and emergency management.
A donated storm shelter will is to be placed at central station for use by the Durant Fire Department, keeping firefighters safe in case of a natural disaster.
The second donation was an Alaskan Portable Shelter given to the Durant/Bryan County Emergency Management by Oklahoma Emergency Management.
This is a shelter that can be erected in approximately one hour and has heating and cooling that operates from a generator.
The building can be used in remote areas in situations such as a missing-persons search or downed aircraft.
With the portable building, rescuers can have a safe command base and a safe place to bring injured people.
The council also approved a temporary lease for land near the Durant Regional Airport for the future home of Durant/Bryan County Emergency Management.
The land will be fully purchased within the next year, but the temporary lease, effective immediately, will allow Emergency Management to begin planning the new facility without delay.
Emergency Management Director James Dalton said he expects work to begin this summer and be complete in approximately a year.
The rehabilitation of the airport water tower is complete and in its final stages of being paid off. A public hearing was held to close out the project last night.
The rehabilitation of the water tower located on First Avenue and Arkansas Street is also near completion with its new Durant logo fully painted.