During a Tuesday meeting, Mayor James Eaton suggested that Vice Mayor David Westbrook visit with the city’s attorney about an annexation.
According to Eaton, the proposed annexation would not take in the roads because the county handles road maintenance.
Among businesses that would be taken in are the Peanut Shoppe, Luke Bros. and the new fireworks business. Council members said that property owners who do not want to participate will be able to opt out of the annexation.
That was the way an annexation was handled several years ago.
According to the council, taking in the Platter Cutoff area would boost tax revenue, and the city already provides fire service to the area. The town limits currently extend to Platter Road.
“If we don’t do it, Colbert will,” said Council Member Vicki Barkley.
No additional action was taken and Westbrook plans to speak with David Kelly, the city’s attorney, to see about the costs of an annexation.
In other news, Calera Fire & Rescue responded to 35 emergencies last month. There were 21 medical calls, four automobile accidents, four brush fires, four structure fires and three miscellaneous calls.
Assistant Fire Chief Brian Norton said the department has responded to 215 emergency calls this year. Four Calera firefighters passed recent fire training and the department is in the process of testing fire hydrants.
Firefighters and police officers are planning a softball game Sept. 6. The name of the game will be “Calera Guns & Hoses,” and organizers plan to make it an annual event.
John Coley spoke to the council about creating community service projects for high school students. One project suggested by the council was putting 911 address numbers on residences. Many homes do not have numbers posted or have numbers that are different than the 911 address. Several years ago, the council passed a resolution requiring numbers on houses; however, many still do not have them.
The police department will be receiving a grant from the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, said Police Chief Don Hyde.
Hyde estimated the department will be eligible for at least $16,000 to pay officers overtime for traffic-related enforcement, such as seat belt checks.
In June, officers made arrests and/or wrote reports for the following incidents: warrants, two, domestic violence, one, marijuana possession, one, public drunk, two, no driver license, three, feloniously pointing a weapon, one, rape, one, possession of drug paraphernalia, one, transporting a loaded firearm, one, expired tag, one, driving while revoked, one, resisting arrest, one, unauthorized use of a vehicle, two, juvenile runaway, harassment, one, petty larceny, three, verbal domestic violence, one, lewd acts with a child under 16, grand larceny, two, alleged sexual assault, one, assault, one, and juvenile assault, one.
Police investigated one automobile accident last month and animal control impounded five dogs.