Ada City Council revisited the development of citizen committees for the recently passed one-cent sales tax.

Vice Mayor Shane Sweeney brought the item to the table with an idea of how the committees could be developed and who to appoint to the committees. He said the core committee that will advise council should be formed and then the subcommittees can be formed from there.

After some discussion on whether or not city staff should be on the committees, council tabled the item until the next meeting on Dec. 20. Council members are to submit suggested names to City Manager David Hathcoat’s office by Dec. 10.

Mayor Darrell Nemecek said he wants to make sure employees and staff directly involved with the different projects will have input.

He said he doesn’t want to put someone who has never worked in a police department to design a police department.

In other business, Councilman Dick Scalf said there will be a hearing in Tishomingo on Dec. 2 on a mining application that could directly affect the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer.

Scalf said a new mining company has applied to drill for rock 300 feet into the aquifer near Mill Creek. He said Byrd’s Mill Spring could be affected along with Blue River and other water features nearby.

The hearing will be at 9:30 a.m. at Murray State College Fletcher Auditorium. Scalf said protests to the application will be heard and to watch for more information.

Bids for new communication equipment were discussed and approved. Ada Emergency Management Director Gene Linton said a $79,500 grant was received and the bids for new radio equipment came in much cheaper than anticipated.

Councilors approved a $55,000 bid for equipment for emergency personnel to get signals in places not able to get before.

Linton said the equipment features cleaner transmissions and stronger signals.

He also said all the money from the grant will be spent on communication equipment. The city does not have to match any dollar amount.

Council will next meet Monday, Dec. 20.

The Dec. 6 meeting was canceled at a previous meeting. Visit for more information on Ada City Council.

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