By Gary Garton

Globe Staff Writer

FAIRLAND, Okla. - Fairland's town trustees found themselves facing an environmental lead problem this week, even though the town is 20 miles south of the Tar Creek Superfund site.

Years ago large quantities of chat were used as ground cover around the concession stand in the town's Little League ballpark. Now the Environmental Protection Agency has tested the chat and says it has areas that exceed its 500-parts-per-million lead "action limit."

Town Clerk Karen Lunsford said the trustees are debating whether to cover the chat with concrete, or ask the EPA to help them remove it and replace it.

Newly-elected trustee Mary Happy, who was at one time employed by the Grand Gateway Economic Development Association's lead remediation office in Commerce, told the panel she will talk with EPA officials to determine what help may be available.

The town board held its reorganizational meeting Thursday following the April municipal election.

The board elected trustees Launi Cassinelli as mayor and Gerald Tipton as vice mayor. Happy was named fire commissioner, and along with Cassinelli the council representatives on the town's economic development board.

Cassinelli was also named police commissioner; Danie Hughes as cemetery commissioner, Mike Harrison street commissioner and Gerald Tipton parks and recreation commissioner.

The panel also agreed to provide a gasoline allowance for a police officer who uses her own personal vehicle as the town's animal control officer.

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