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Dear Citizens of Okmulgee,

Spring is in the air. Our weather has been so nice in Okmulgee. I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter. We had a nice family dinner and of course Easter Egg hunt for our grandchildren. The great weather has helped keep our building projects moving. You’ve seen the new Love’s General Store and I-hop Express going up quickly. First Family has moved into their new location, the former location has already sold and will be a new business. I know the customers and employees are excited about its Grand Opening coming up soon. Cricket is open on Wood Drive and 15th Street. Sharpe’s is open for business at Hwy 75/Wood Drive and 13th Street with a bigger location and much more inventory.

Recently I went to Okmulgee Lake and Dripping Spring Park. Both of our lakes are totally full of water. The Fishing has been excellent so please come out. Also April 1st the City of Okmulgee officially started to Operate both Parks. The lakes are such a big part of our history, we are blessed to have them. The park and lake were beautiful to see as the burned grass has been replaced with bright green spring grass. It was great to visit with relatives from Oklahoma City that came out to camp at Dripping Springs. Last week I visited the new Harlan Ford Dealership on the corner of Hwy 75 and Tank Farm Road just north of Okmulgee. I was so impressed with the new facility, the marble tile floors, and big new showroom. I want to thank Fred and Kelly Harlan for their constant investment in Okmulgee.

Mark your Calendars for upcoming events in our area. E-day is coming up on April 8th and 9th. It’s an opportunity to properly dispose of your electronic waste. Also April 8th is Orangefest at OSU-IT campus. Twister Days is April 25th in Morris. Okmulgee Service League has several fun-filled fundraising events in April. Okmulgee Pecan Festival is returning June 9th and 10th. The Creek Festival and Rodeo is June 23-25. We celebrated the opening of 102 Restaurante and Morty’s, formerly Ike’s and Red White and Brews, will be opening soon. Be sure to try out M2 Squared with their new menu, one feature being Angus Burgers and fries.
I had the opportunity to visit with Police Chief Joe Prentice and tour the newly remodeled Police station. Much detail has been given to space planning, organization and room for other law enforcement agencies to collaborate such as the recently formed violent crimes task force.

In March we had an 18-inch water pipe main that broke from the water treatment plant to the City Water Distribution system. Many of our homes and businesses lost water for about half of the day. Our City Crews worked diligently to locate and repair this break in our system. I went out to the plant to check on the status and was happy to find our Staff had it totally under control and back online, filling up all of our water towers to restore service. I want to thank all of our City Employees for a job well done. They are very proficient at repairing lines under pressure without contaminating our water system. The Council has been reviewing a plan to add several new water towers to ensure less stress on our water system and more water reserves for incidents such as this. It is a major investment for Okmulgee and critical for our growth to have more capacity in our storage system. As we roll into spring and summer our road crews will be very busy preparing our streets for new pavement. We have many projects that are in the works. Please remember that a little inconvenience now will result in long term gain.

A big thank you to all city and county firefighters and emergency services for their efforts in the recent grass and structure fires. We appreciate your service. I look forward to another great month in the city and county of Okmulgee. Be safe and God bless.


Steven Baldridge
Mayor, City of Okmulgee

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