By Betty Anderson
The city was busy this month as indicated in these reports from its departments:
Community Development reported permits issued included one (1) new home, thirteen (13) addition/remodels, two (2) miscellaneous, nine (9) commercial construction and ten (10) sign permits. Additionally 153 electrical, mechanical and plumbing permits were issued.
Code Enforcement reported they issued 94 violations for February.
Okmulgee Police Department reported 1,057 calls for service, 171 reports made, 61 crimes committed, 123 bookings and 20 traffic accidents. Property valued at $14,652 was stolen and property valued at $4,723 was recovered. Two new officers have started working and one is scheduled for the academy at the end of the month.
Okmulgee Fire Department reported they are at full staff with the new firefighters working out well. They are working on getting some newer trucks from the forestry surplus to replace the older trucks they have now. There were 60 fire calls.
Municipal Court reported they had receipts of $29,280.04 for February.
Technology Services/Planning and Zoning Department reported they are continuing to work with PSO for possible energy efficiency credits. They fixed and updated many computer/printers throughout the city. They have completed phase 1 of getting WIFI to camp locations that might possibly be served at the lake. They assisted in migrating the Police Department video server over to the new hardware. They installed new card catalog computers at the library. They worked with the Sales Tax Commission regarding Sales Tax issues. Comprehensive procedure for starting a new business in town was written up and given to Main Street.
By Betty Anderson
The Okmulgee Library reported that they spoke to the B.A.L.L. (Be Active Live Longer) group about the many services the library offers. She also explained to the group what the 3-D printer was and took examples to show what it was able to produce.
The Stonebridge Kindergarten children came for a special story time and tour of the library.
Kristen attended an E-Rate workshop learning the new forms and filing periods. She is grateful to the consultants from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries for helping with the questions from this confusing program.
They reported income from fines, copies, lost books, ILL’s was $1,422.31. They had 50 new borrowers, 352 reference questions and 292 new items added. The door count was 5,519 and the daily averaged circulation was 245 for the month, noting that it had decreased from last year. There were 1,297 computer use patrons. Meeting rooms were used 101 times. Additionally they delivered books to the home bound and nursing homes.
By Betty Anderson
The Council voted to accept the resignation from Rob Robertson as Council Member for Ward IV and announced the vacant position. They will determine at a later date whether to fill the vacancy by appointment or call for a special election.
As stated in the City Charter.
HOW COUNCIL VACANCIES ARE FILLED
Section 14. By Appointment. If, for any cause, a vacancy or vacancies exist on the city council, said vacancy or vacancies may be filled by a majority of its remaining members within sixty (60) days of the occurrence of said vacancy. Said interim appointment to be only for the unexpired term of the office filled.
Section 14-A. By Election. In the event the city council does not fill vacancy or vacancies on the council, in the manner provided in the preceding paragraph, within sixty (60) days from the occurrence of said vacancy, then and in that event the city clerk in the manner hereinafter provided shall call an election to fill said vacancy or vacancies for the unexpired term of said office.
Section 14-B. Election-How Called. When any office on the city council shall have been vacant for a period of sixty (60) days, the city clerk shall prepare and sign a certificate so stating, giving the date of the occurrence of said vacancy, and the date of said office by appointment. Copies of said certificate shall immediately be distributed to all council members and the city manager and the original entered on the minutes of the next regular or special council meeting. Concurrently with the entry of said certificate on the minutes of the council, the city clerk shall present to the council a “call for election”. The original of said call shall be entered upon the minutes of the council, said call for election shall specify the purpose of said election, designate with particularity the office or offices to be filled thereby, and fix the date of said election, which in no event shall be more than thirty (30) days subsequent to the entry of said call. The call for election shall be published not less than ten (10) days (2 publications) before the election date in a newspaper of general circulation in the city of Okmulgee, Oklahoma.
By Betty Anderson
Okmulgee City Council considered and voted to appoint Jack Willis, to the City of Okmulgee Board of Adjustment. This appointment shall be for a period of three (3) years subject to renewal in March of 2020. Willis is a citizen of Okmulgee, originally from California. He retired from working as a mortgage banker for 42 years.
Okmulgee Lions Club Upcoming Schedule
Last meeting in March
March 28 Kailey Abel singer/songwriter, Program Chair Dean Craig
4 Marie Burns Oklahoma Lions Service Foundation, Program Chair Dan Anderson
11 James Bohannon, Love's Country Stores Manager, Program Chair Raymond Kennedy
18 Patrick Ford, Okmulgee Times Editor, Program Chair Dean Craig
25 Rose Washington, Tulsa Economic Dev. Corp., Program Chair Heather Sumner
The Okmulgee Lions meet each Tuesday at noon for a meal, songs, games and always a great program from a guest speaker. You can join in any time.
Location: Okmulgee First Baptist Church unless otherwise announced.
By Betty Anderson
The electrical wiring around the Council House Square and in other areas of downtown Okmulgee is in desperate need of updating. During the Pecan Festival last year it was discovered that there was not enough electric service in the downtown area to handle the three (3) day event. It was discussed at that time it might be beneficial to the City, Chamber and Main Street to look into upgrading the electric around the square and adding additional service. The Chamber had to rent generators last year to supplement the required electricity.
The City Council voted to approve to authorize a joint venture between the City of Okmulgee Community Trust and the Okmulgee Chamber of Commerce for the installation of electric service in the downtown area around the Council House Square and extending down to Muskogee Avenue by providing the funding, not to exceed $20,000 to the Okmulgee Chamber of Commerce.
The account for electric service will be in the Chamber’s name, which will make it easier when there are events happening in the downtown area. Based on cost estimates, the material cost will run close to $20,000 and the installation should be about the same. The City will purchase the materials, which will be the City’s contribution and the Chamber will hire the electrician to do the installation for their contribution to the project. The City will cover the Chamber’s contribution at the time of installation and the City will hold out $5,000 each year, until paid, from the Tourism monies given by agreement to the Chamber each year.
By Betty Anderson
Vicki Jones reminded Okmulgee City Council that April is Autism Awareness Month and she wanted to ask if the City would color the City of Okmulgee’s fountain blue again and promised to show up with a banner and to gift them with the signature blue cookies. Jones said, “Together is better, you never know who you may run into, whether they have Autism or any other type of limited ability. The more we know about what Autism is, the better the community can better accept it and respect it.”
The Autism Society celebrates National Autism Awareness Month by promoting Autism awareness, Autism acceptance and draws attention to the tens of thousands facing an Autism diagnosis each year.
For more information and to sign up for the Autism Society Newsletter you may go to this link:
Helen Marie Winn Fidler was born Tuesday, October 6, 1925 in El Dorado, Arkansas to the late Byron and Helen (Mar) Winn. She left this earth on Monday, March 13, 2017 in Tulsa.
Helen attended Hendrix College and graduated from the University of Arkansas. She met the love of her life, Glenn Fidler, at the University of Arkansas, soon after Glenn returned from World War II. They were married March 22, 1947 and lived in Prairie Grove and Lincoln, Arkansas until they moved to Okmulgee in 1951.
They raised three children in Okmulgee. Helen was a loving wife and mother, an excellent cook, and was always kind and supportive. In addition to raising her children, she was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, P.E.O., Bridge Club, Ladies Golf Day and the Garden Club. We will always remember her beautiful smile, which never faded, even in her last days on earth.
When Glenn retired, Helen and Glenn enjoyed traveling in their R.V. Helen especially enjoyed fishing in Estes Park and exploring in San Diego. As grandparents, Helen and Glenn gave each grandchild the gift of a week in Estes Park with Momo and Papa when they were nine years old. This was a week filled with hiking, picnicking, fishing and exploring. These trips are precious memories for each of the grandchildren.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a son, Mark.
Survivors include her daughter, Becky Murphy and son-in-law, Rick Murphy, son, John Fidler and daughter-in-law, Gwen Fidler, grandchildren, Brett Murphy, Mike Murphy, Matthew Fidler, Chris Fidler, Ashley Hebert and their spouses and nine great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Dan and Shirley Winn, sister-in-law, Mary Elizabeth Cox Jones and numerous nieces and nephews.
Helen was a gentle, yet strong, woman, loved by all who knew her. Ephesians 3:14-19 MSG “not a brute strength, but a glorious inner strength”.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Plantation House in Okmulgee and Oklahoma Methodist Manor in Tulsa for the excellent loving care she received these last three years.
A memorial service will be held 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church with Reverend Roland Youngberg officiating. A reception will follow the service in the Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church Food Pantry, 302 S. Seminole, Okmulgee, Oklahoma 74447.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee.
Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on Helen’s Tribute Page of our website at www.mcclendon-winters.com
PREMIUM BEEF SALE
The 35th Annual 4-H/FFA Premium Beef Sale will take place at the Okmulgee County Fairgrounds on March 21st, 2017 at 7:00 pm. Please note that this sale is on a Tuesday evening. In the past, the sale was on a different night of the week. The Carcass Sale is sponsored by the Okmulgee County Cattleman’s Association. 4-H and FFA members from Okmulgee County will sell their halves of beef from the Okmulgee County Beef Performance Program at the public auction. We will have 50 halves of beef available to the general public. This auction provides a great opportunity for anyone to be able to purchase a top quality half of beef for their own use.
Carcass data and pictures of each steer will be shown for the 4-H/FFA members. The carcass data includes quality grade (prime, choice, select, and standard) as well as loin eye size, fat cover, internal fat and hot carcass weight. The highest bidder of each carcass half will have the beef cut and wrapped to their preference at Walke Bros. in Claremore for 75 cents per pound of the hot carcass weight.
Participants in the program are required to complete a market steer record book. This consists of recording their calves weight and weight gain. It also includes calculating cost of feed, veterinary cost, trucking, income, and prize money. Management and feeding practices are included as well. This record book is utilized for 150 days during the time the animals are being fattened. The performance program consists of three areas that the animals are being judged. The first being rate of gain; the second area is carcass data and the third area is show points. 4-H/FFA members are responsible for showing their calves in the Fall Fair and the Spring Livestock Show. 4-H/FFA members in this program include students from Okmulgee County only.
Winners of the program have won trophies and cash awards. The Bell Ringer award goes to the steer that has earned the most points during the course of the competition. The Reserve Bell Ringer earns the second highest number of points. The Carcass Champion has the highest number of points in the carcass division. The Rate of Gain Champion gained the most weight during the course of the competition. Finally the Show Ring Champion is determined by a judge. There are Show Ring winners in the fall and spring shows.
For more information about this program contact the Okmulgee County OSU Extension Office at 918-756-1958.
Place of Residence: Henryetta, Oklahoma
Died: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Occupation: Glass Worker
Service Date: 1:00 PM Monday, March 20th, 2017
Place of Service: Integrity Chapel, Henryetta, Oklahoma
Interment: New Sonora Cemetery - Henryetta, Oklahoma