(Cushing, Okla.)  Cushing City Manager Steve Spears had nothing but praise for city workers and the team work involved in getting issues with the water treatment plant resolved.  A plea for conservation of water went out in a Nixle report last Friday after mechanical difficulties at the plant.

“Commissioners and the public would be proud at the way the water department, electric department and even fire worked together to take care of the problem,” Spears said.  “Mike Harris took the lead on that and everyone stepped up to make it work.”

At the special study session held last night at City Hall, Harris reported the back up motor had been received and installed yesterday.  The system is “back to normal.”

Cushing commissioners met to go over proposals for the 2011-2012 budget.  Over 25 city employees were in attendance to hear if any of those proposals would contain cuts in pay and/or benefits for city workers.  However, the meeting was recessed before details of the budget were discussed, to allow for all five commissioners to be in attendance.  Chairman of the Board Evert Rossiter was unable to attend Monday’s meeting.  The meeting will reconvene at 7 a.m. Tuesday.