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Sunday, 25 January 2015 18:01

County Commissioners agenda for Jan 25

AGENDA FOR REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OKMULGEE COUNTY

As required by Section 311, Title 25 of the Oklahoma Statutes, notice is hereby given that the Board of County Commissioners of Okmulgee County will hold a regular meeting on January 26, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will be held in the County Commissioners Conference Room in the County Courthouse, located at 314 W. 7th, Okmulgee.

AGENDA

The following is a list of the business to be conducted by the Board of County Commissioners at the above-mentioned meeting:

1. Call to Order
Invocation
Pledge of Allegiance

2. Possible approval of minutes from regular meeting

3. Input by the Public on any non-agenda items

4. Order of Business:

A. Discussion and possible action of Officers' Reports

B. Discussion and possible action of Blanket Purchase Orders

C. Discussion and possible action of Employee Status Reports

D. Discussion and possible approval of submitted Utility Permits

E. Discussion and possible approval of Private Property Agreements

F. Open and possible award of Bid #13 for roof replacement for County Health Department

G. Discussion and possible approval of Letter of Appointment to the Deep Fork Community Action Board

5. Report from Emergency Management Director

6. New Business

7. Discussion and possible approval of claims and/or signing of documents

8. Adjourn

Name/Title of Person Posting This Notice: Becky Thomas/County Clerk

Date: January 22, 2015

After the regular order of business on Monday Jan. 19, the Okmulgee County Commissioner's had the following agenda items:

The Board approved the Resolution supporting removal of the American Burying Beetle from the endangered species list.  This is a large beetle that is approximately one to 1.5 inches in length. It is predominantly black in color, but has red or reddish-orange markings on its wing covers, pronotum (thorax) and antennae. It is the largest member of the carrion beetle family and it feeds on the carcasses of dead mammals, birds and reptiles.

burying beetle SouthDakota FWSThe reasons for the decline in American Burying Beetles are uncertain. Pesticide use has been speculated as a leading cause. Another potential factor may be a reduction in the abundance of carcasses that are of suitable size for success reproduction.

 

The Board approved the reimbursement claim for expenditures of the District Attorney's Office for the month of December 2014.

The Board approved the reimbursement claim for the Election Board Secretary's salary for the month of December 2014.

The Board approved the monthly Appropriations.

That concluded the business for the week.

WASHINGTON – Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) issued the following statement after the president's State of the Union address.

"While the House and Senate continue to put forward good, bipartisan solutions to solve America's problems, the president doubled down on his current course of action—ignoring the will of the American people and refusing to work with Congress. There's no question that the president has a different vision for our country than I do.

"We're a nation of laws built on the foundation of the constitution, where individual liberties and freedoms lead to fairness and opportunity. In America, waking up early and picking yourself up by the bootstraps helps people get ahead in life. Working late and going the extra mile means higher paychecks. It's these principles of independence and self-reliance that make America strong. And the president's politics of division and dependency only hurts our families' chances to succeed.

"Our country needs a leader who listens to people who don't share his views and chooses real solutions over political wins. With this type of leadership, we'll get our country back on track.

"There's no doubt that America faces many challenges. But if we rally behind bills that reduce the size of government, creating the environment for good paying jobs and better opportunities, there's no limit to what we can achieve."

WASHINGTON – Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) today introduced H.R. 486, the Preserving Jobs in the Oilfield Act of 2015. This bill would remove a burdensome Obama administration regulation that has far-reaching consequences on oil and gas jobs.

"This is another example of agencies not understanding the unnecessary burdens they place on businesses," said Mullin, a second-term lawmaker from Westville, Okla. "This is exactly the kind of regulatory action that I came to Washington to fight. These agencies issue rule after rule, stacking burdensome layers on our government bureaucracy. As a result, all consumers pay higher costs for goods and services because of overreaching regulations."

A new Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulation states that truck drivers transporting sand and water to and from oil and gas wells no longer qualify for the waiting time exemptions, overturning a 50 year precedent.

This action has resulted in increased traffic coming in and out of well sites, adding wear and tear to roads. The oil and gas industry has experienced a 225 percent jump in payroll costs as well as increased insurance premiums, fuel costs, and transportation costs—consequently limiting job growth.

"We don't need more babysitting from bureaucrats who have never driven a truck or met a payroll," Mullin added. "Enough is enough."

Sand and water are critical components of drilling operations within the oil and gas industry. Subsequently, those who transport these elements to and from a well site are key to keeping production on schedule and operating safely.

But these drivers often have extended periods of downtime waiting in the queue, where they can rest and relax. Due to this downtime, water and sand drivers for over 50 years were not required to record this waiting time against their driving hours.

Truck driver Linden Cather of Antlers, Okla., says that he supports Mullin's plan to reverse the regulation.

"It is ridiculous that a driver's waiting time counts against their total on duty time," said Cather. "In some cases, this causes drivers like me to waste an entire day on the road because they can't predict when they will be able to load. It's just common sense. I'm glad that Congressman Mullin is trying to do something about this and hope that he is able to pass this bill."

The bill currently has 18 original co-sponsors. Mullin says that he is committed to working closely with House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster to ensure that the issue is addressed in the 114th Congress.

TerryWatkinsProfileOkmulgee resident Terry Watkins has filed a Declaration of Candidacy with the Okmulgee County Election Board for the office of City Councilman Ward 3 Okmulgee Oklahoma.

When asked why he filed for public office again his response was quick and to the point. This Okmulgee is not the city that I left in 1976. Upon my return to Okmulgee in 2006 I noticed that many changes had occurred, some for the better and some for the worse. I know that something has to be done and I know that I can help bring positive change to the city.

A major issue that needs addressed is an image problem that others outside of our city perceive. Many citizens of Okmulgee don't know that in June of 2014 radio station 107.3 read on air a list that slated Okmulgee as the 8th worst city in Oklahoma to live in. I cannot speak on the criteria included or on the rating system involved but this is an image that we must realize many people around us share. We as citizens and elected officials must work together to change this image.

Okmulgee has a lot going on right now that is very positive. "The Okmulgee Rising" theme is very catchy and seems to have a lot of good hardworking citizens behind it. Many buildings downtown are being remodeled for many different purposes. I not only support these citizens but I admire them and respect them beyond words. It is now time for the elected leadership of Okmulgee to step up and lead, to think outside of the box, and promote this "rising".

One thing that I learned a long time ago is that you can't keep doing the same things over and over and expect different results. I believe this applies across the board including government at all levels. We cannot keep electing the same government officials over and over again and expect different results. I believe that a City Councilman should represent the people in his or her ward, their "voice" so to speak. I want to be that "voice". I will be asking for your vote on February 10th. For your vote you will get a councilman with a new vision, a "think outside the box" perspective, and most of all a councilman that will challenge the status quo.  (See Videos Below)

Terry Watkins visits the Okmulgee Okmulgee County Election Board -Photo by Paul Orosco ONN

WASHINGTON – Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) today vote for H.R. 3, a bill to approval the northern section of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The legislation passed the House by a vote of 266 to 153. The second-term lawmaker issued the following statement after the vote:

"For over six years President Obama has made a deliberate effort to block the completion of the Keystone Pipeline. By doing so he's played into the hands of pocketbook environmentalists and ignored the needs of the American majority.

"Despite this, I'm proud to say that House has been unified in putting the priorities of the American people first. Today, we passed for the tenth time a bill that would approve the final leg of the pipeline, create high-paying American jobs, and make steps towards energy independence.

"The southern leg of the pipeline is already operational and runs through the Second District. I've see the benefits that the southern leg has already had in my district and I know this approval will enhance these effects.

Additionally, we know from the State Department's reports and other sources that the final construction of the pipeline will support around 42,100 jobs and provide $5 billion in private-sector investment into the economy. This is exactly the type of economic growth that Americans want.

"With the Republican-led Senate, the President can no longer ignore the will of the American people. I look forward to this legislation quickly moving to his desk."

After our regular order of business, the County Commissioners had the following agenda items:

Fair Board Chairman Clint Scism was present to update the Board concerning the Okmulgee County Fairgrounds Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Project. Work is now in the planning stages after the CDBG grant was awarded around the middle of 2014.  Each year the fairgrounds deals with flooding and water standing in the parking lots.  The grant will go towards ground and ductwork to help deter water on the property as well as provide installation of sidewalks so that the fairgrounds will be handicap accesable to the public. The sidewalks will also help access any building on the fairgrounds. The work will begin after the Spring Livestock show is over in February.  The County Commmissioners are assisting with the plans and development of the work.

Jason Ray with Custom Logistics Solution was present to address the Board concerning interest in purchasing 4 to 5 acres of County property.

The Board reviewed the reports and approved the Invoice to the Circuit Engineering District for County Bridge Inspections.

The Board approved the Requisitioning/Receiving Officers for Highway District #1 as follows: Steven Smalley, Requisitioning Officer; Cathi Murphy, Receiving Officer.

The Board approved Invitation to Bid #13 for roof replacement for the County Health Department, to be opened January 26, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.

That concludes our business for today.

AGENDA FOR REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OKMULGEE COUNTY

As required by Section 311, Title 25 of the Oklahoma Statutes, notice is hereby given that the Board of County Commissioners of Okmulgee County will hold a regular meeting on January 12, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will be held in the County Commissioners Conference Room in the County Courthouse, located at 314 W. 7th, Okmulgee.

AGENDA

The following is a list of the business to be conducted by the Board of County Commissioners at the above-mentioned meeting:

1. Call to Order
Invocation
Pledge of Allegiance

2. Possible approval of minutes from regular meeting

3. Input by the Public on any non-agenda items

4. Order of Business:

A. Discussion and possible action of Officers' Reports

B. Discussion and possible action of Blanket Purchase Orders

C. Discussion and possible action of Employee Status Reports

D. Discussion and possible approval of submitted Utility Permits

E. Discussion and possible approval of Private Property Agreements

F. Update and possible action on Okmulgee County Fairgrounds CDBG Project

G. Jason Ray with Custom Logistics Solution to address Board concerning interest in purchasing 4 to 5 acres of County property

H. Discussion and possible action to approve Invoice and review Reports for Bridge Inspections

I. Discussion and possible approval of Requisitioning/Receiving Officers

J. Possible approval of Invitation to Bid #13 for roof replacement for County Health Department

5. Report from Emergency Management Director

6. New Business

7. Discussion and possible approval of claims and/or signing of documents

8. Adjourn

Tuesday, 06 January 2015 17:37

Congressman Mullin Sworn into 114th Congress

WASHINGTON – Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) today was sworn into the 114th Congress, pledging to reverse the president's failed policies and fight for Oklahoma's conservative values.

"It's an incredible honor and privilege to serve the communities and families I grew up and worked with my entire life," said Mullin. "As we begin the new Congress, I remain dedicated to the priorities of my constituents in Oklahoma and will be taking immediate action to ensure that their voices are heard in Washington. This means working to end the failed policies of the Obama administration, reforming our burdensome regulatory system, and implementing ideas that will lead to American energy independence."

The second term Republican lawmaker will serve on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, where he will sit on three subcommittees: the Subcommittee on Energy and Power; the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade; and the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Among other issues important to the state, this influential committee covers health care and energy.

"This week, the House will vote on legislation to repeal portions of Obamacare, approve the Keystone pipeline, and help provide jobs to our veterans. These are the types of initiatives that Oklahomans care about. And with the help of the Republican-led Senate, House Republicans will stand united against the president's continued efforts to go around Congress and the will of the American people."

The Congressman's district office addresses are:

Muskogee District Office
431 W. Broadway
Muskogee, OK 74401
Phone: (918) 687-2533
Fax: (918) 686-0128
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm

McAlester District Office
1 E. Choctaw, Suite 175
McAlester, OK 74501
Phone: (918) 423-5951
Fax: (918) 423-1940
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm

Mullin represents Oklahoma's Second Congressional District, which includes Muskogee, Claremore, McAlester, Okmulgee, Durant, and other communities in the eastern part of the state.

Friday, 02 January 2015 13:45

First legislative forum held Friday morning

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The monthly Legislative Forums for Okmulgee County representatives began Friday Jan 2. Okla. Legislatures in attendance were State Representatives Steve Kouplin and Jerry Shoemake and and State Senator

The forum began at 8 a.m. in the citizen back  meeting room.  The forums sponsored by the Okmulgee Chamber governmental affairs committee will be held the first Friday of each month through June while the House is in session. The meetings will be held at the same time and location.

The public is invited to come hear their local elected representatives and get to know them. Citizens can voice their opinions and get answers to their questions.

Listen to the first session below: (if video is not showing it is still currently uploading)

 
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Photos by Paul Orosco ONN

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