Three new Durant councilmen sworn in Monday

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DURANT, Okla. (KXII)- After being sworn in Monday afternoon, all three newly elected councilmen pointed out infrastructure, and road quality in Durant will be a priority when they start serving on the council.

Mike Morris says the condition of Durant's roads has been on his mind for quite some time.

"I've lived here since I was a child, which was 60 years ago. Back then most of the streets were dirt and quite frankly they were in better shape than a lot of the paved ones today," said Morris.

In June, voters said no to two road propositions, removing the expiration date from the city's one cent sales tax for capital improvement projects and a $20 million bond that would have created a temporary property tax for the next 15 years.

Now, Morris, Steve Brittingham, and Danny Sherrer are tasked with coming up with new plans to take care of the roads and other infrastructure needs.

"Most people focus on the roads but obviously we have other issues with an aging water system and waste water treatment plant. All of that is considered infrastructure and are things we need to move forward on, starting to get it fixed," said Brittingham.

Steps were taken Monday to fix the water system, as the city of Durant accepted a total of $2.2 million from the Economic Development Administration and the Choctaw Nation to build a new sludge press for the Durant wastewater plant.

"Our plant is reaching capacity and we've got plans to expand it and everything. We don't want the EPA coming down and fining us," said Sherrer.

Their first meeting as Durant city council members will be May 14th.