Cushing Board of Commissioners met Monday evening for their regular monthly meeting.  Agenda items included the discussion and approval of Resolution No. 53-2009 which declared four Chevrolet Impala police cars and one Ford Crown Victoria police vehicle surplus.  Commissioners approved to donate those vehicles plus one K-9 box to the City of Yale.

The Yale Police Department requested consideration in a letter addressed to Cushing Police Chief Terry Brannon.  
“Our Police Department currently has 4 full time officers, 1 K9 officer and 6 reserve officers,” stated Yale Police Chief Philip Keeling.  “As you know, our vehicle fleet is in much needed repair.”

Three of Yale’s vehicles (all Crown Victorias) were reported to have nearly 200,000 miles as well as issues such as transmission and air conditioning problems, exhaust problems, and bad piston rings and engine.

Commissioners voted unanimously to not only donate the vehicles to the Yale department, but to keep the lighting and equipment in tact in order to allow for immediate use.

Cushing Police recently took possession of five new vehicles budgeted for 2009 – all with a new, striking paint job.

Also on Monday night’s agenda – the approval to allow interim city manager to issue a purchase order to Grissom Implement for a 2009 John Deere front mower for the Cushing Parks Department.

“I’ll bet the old equipment has been getting a work out with all this rain,” Mayor John Henckle commented.

Citizens can also look for the sale of surplus books and audio/visual materials from the Cushing Public Library in the near future.

“The list is pretty lengthy,” said interim city manager Steve Spears – 938 paper back books and 542 hard back books, to be exact.

Comments from the audience included a request from local veterinarian Dr. Gary Detrich to review the current policies regarding animal control.  “I would like to believe there is a better opportunity for the City of Cushing,” Detrich said.  “I don’t claim to have the answers but I would like the Commission to look into something new – cutting edge.”

Detrich expressed a desire to work with the commissioners in a special study session – an idea the board members seemed to be comfortable with.

In the report by Steve Spears, citizens were reminded of another meeting at City Hall tomorrow night, Sept. 22, “There will be an informal Hudson Refinery meeting from 6 – 7:30,” Spears said, “the EPA and Land O’ Lakes will be there to answer questions.”

Other reminders – Free document shredding, Saturday, Sept. 26th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. just south of City Hall and the Annual Fall Clean-up, Oct. 12th – 17th with a curb side pick up on Oct. 17th  

Spears also reported that work has begun on a practice range for the Cushing Police Department, city street projects have been completed and once work at the sports complex is complete – attention will be turned to the skate park.

“We’ll be pouring the slab soon,” Spears said.

Monday’s meeting was well attended, “I’m glad to see a full house,” said Mayor Henckle.

The Cushing Board of Commissioners meets the third Monday of each month.  Meetings are open to the public.