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Oklahoma State Treasurer Ken Miller today announced an initiative to bring an innovative, web-based financial education program to every high school student across the state through a partnership with education technology leader EverFi. The Treasurer’s office will partner with local businesses and financial institutions to bring this program to local students at no cost to schools or taxpayers.

“We are committed to improving the economic well-being of our state, and this starts with empowering young people to understand how the economy works and how to achieve financial security in their own lives,” said Treasurer Miller. “EverFi is the leader in providing web-based financial education to consumers and students nationwide, and we are proud to bring their cutting-edge curriculum to students across Oklahoma in partnership with local businesses.”

A FINRA-funded study released in February 2015 found that students who received rigorous financial education in high school saw increased credit scores and decreased chance of credit delinquency as young adults, compared to their peers who did not receive financial education. The study went on to say that these positive outcomes are most pronounced when rigorous financial education is mandated in a school setting. The EverFi curriculum is implemented on a co-curricular basis, providing teachers with a valuable tool to use with students in a classroom setting.

“Treasurer Miller is a true leader in financial education and we are honored to be working alongside him,” said EverFi Founder and CEO Tom Davidson. “Public-private partnerships like these are key to bringing innovative learning opportunities to students at no cost to the school system. As a native Oklahoman, I’m proud that EverFi will join a growing number of local partners to impact students across my home state.”
The web-based program uses the latest in new media technology, simulations, gaming and adaptive-pathing; to bring complex financial concepts to life for today’s digital generation. EverFi’s high school course offers over six hours of programming with ten units in a variety of financial topics including credit scores, insurance, credit cards, student loans, mortgages, taxes, stocks, savings, 401ks and other critical concepts that map to national financial literacy standards.

EverFi’s activation team will manage all school integration, teacher training and professional development to bring this course statewide. More than 50,000 teachers across the U.S. have used this innovative curriculum in their classrooms.

Backed by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Twitter founder Evan Williams, and Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, EverFi is focused on teaching, assessing, and certifying K-12 and college students in the critical skills they need for life. Current partners providing EverFi’s financial literacy curriculum in Oklahoma are Bank of Oklahoma, American National Bank, First Bethany Bank & Trust, First United Bank, ONB Bank, Republic Bank & Trust, Vision Bank and F&M Bank of Guthrie.

If you are a member of the Oklahoma business or financial institution community seeking to bring critical financial education resources to local schools, please contact Jeff Ringer, Director of Constituent Engagement, Office of Oklahoma State Treasurer Ken Miller at 405-521-4512 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. [ mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ], or Beth Carroll, Senior Vice President of National Partnerships at EverFi at 678-640-1617 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pursuant to the Notice of Regular Meeting properly filed and posted as required by law, a regular meeting of the Board of County Commissioners of Okmulgee County was held April 6, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. in the County Commissioners Office at the Okmulgee County Courthouse. Present were Robert Hardridge, Chairman; James Connors, Vice-Chairman; Ron Ballard, Member. Becky Thomas, County Clerk, was present to take minutes.

The Board approved the minutes of March 31, 2015. Motion, Connors; Second, Ballard. Vote: Ballard, yes; Connors, yes; Hardridge, yes.

The Board approved the monthly reports for the following: Assessor’s Office for the months of December 2014, and January, February and March 2015; County Clerk’s Office, Election Board, Health Department and Treasurer’s Office for the month of March 2015. Motion, Ballard; Second, Connors. Vote: Ballard, yes; Connors, yes; Hardridge, yes.

The Board approved the following Blanket Purchase Orders:
Morris News, R-2a
O’Reilly Auto Parts, CRT
Unifirst Holdings, CRT
Unifirst Holdings, CRT
Motion, Connors; Second, Ballard. Vote: Ballard, yes; Connors, yes; Hardridge, yes.

The Board tabled the System Permission Agreement with AT&T to install a fiber optic cable for a system upgrade between the Court Clerk’s Office and the Administrative Office of Courts in Oklahoma City. Motion, Ballard; Second, Connors. Vote: Ballard, yes; Connors, yes; Hardridge, yes.

The meeting adjourned at 9:13 a.m. with a motion by Connors and a second by Ballard. Vote: Ballard, yes; Connors, yes; Hardridge, yes.

WASHINGTON—Members of the Oklahoma congressional delegation joined in remembrance of the tragic bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995. The act of domestic terrorism that took place 20 years ago claimed 168 innocent lives in Oklahoma City and left families, loved ones and communities forever changed.

“I will never forget the hallowed expressions of the men and women who had worked themselves to exhaustion helping their fellow citizens in the explosion’s aftermath. And I will never forget the outpour of support from across the country. Everywhere we turned, a hand was reaching out to pull us back to our feet,” said Rep. Frank Lucas. “Before that fateful day, many folks may have overlooked Oklahoma. If you didn’t go down I-35 or down old Route 66, you might have missed us. But on that day, 20 years ago, we were thrust onto the world stage and demonstrated that in the worst of circumstances we could reemerge stronger and more united than ever. Oklahoma and the rest of our nation changed on that day. However, in the wake of tragedy, our resolve and sense of community has only grown. Today we honor the memories of the 168 souls who were taken from us and those whose lives were changed forever.”

“Even though time has passed, the nightmare that took place 20 years ago vividly remains for many and our sorrow still lingers for those lost in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995,” said Rep. Tom Cole. “When I think back on that fateful day, I remember the heartbreak, pain and shock felt by all—but most especially by the families, friends and loved ones of those whose lives were prematurely and unfairly taken. In the midst of a terrible tragedy, I remember the bravery and strength displayed by first responders. I will also never forget the outpouring of love and support within our own communities and from countless others across the nation and around the world. And I shall always be grateful for the splendid leadership by Governor Frank Keating, First Lady Cathy Keating, Oklahoma City Mayor Ron Norick and Rep. Frank Lucas in that time of tragedy and triumph for the state of Oklahoma. ”

“With the anniversary of this terrible tragedy, we will grieve the loss of many innocent adults and children, stand with the survivors and also give thanks for the first responders and the volunteers from Oklahoma and across the country that helped in the aftermath,” said Rep. Markwayne Mullin. “It is because of the strength of our communities and the help from Americans across this great nation that our state rebounded stronger than before. And our country came to know the Oklahoma Standard—the way in which Oklahomans come together in times of tragedy and hardship. So from the ashes of this evil act, our state built a message of hope and love. It is through these principles that we can overcome any challenge.”

"Twenty years ago the Oklahoma City bombing seared the concept of terrorism on American soil into our national consciousness and proved that we are all vulnerable, even in the heartland,” said Rep. Jim Bridenstine. “I was in college at Rice University in 1995. All of us remember exactly where we were that day, and we will never forget the 168 people who were killed. Terrorism is evil, yet the incredible response to tragedies like we experienced in Oklahoma 20 years ago serve to highlight the strength, resolve, and resiliency of the American people to the world."

“April 19th, 1995 will forever be one of those days that Oklahomans live with every day of their life,” said Rep. Steve Russell. “Not only did it affect our citizens, it also opened our nation’s eyes to the frightening thought of domestic terrorism. It is because of events like these that we must never let our guard down and must remain vigilant in protecting our entire homeland. As we reflect on the 20th anniversary, let us pray for the families that lost loved ones, and for the many survivors, that they may be granted a special comfort and peace.”

“Today we remember the 168 Oklahomans, including young children, who were killed in an evil act of domestic terrorism in Oklahoma City,” said Sen. Jim Inhofe. “We remember the rescue workers, the firefighters and everyone who rushed to the scene to provide aid and extend comfort. What arose from the rubble that day was the Oklahoma Standard – strangers helping strangers, giving sacrificially for the betterment of our great state. Since then, the rest of the nation has seen this rich characteristic on display time and again as Oklahomans pull up their boots in trying times and walk forward with hope that comes from banding together. May we stand in solidarity today to remember the victims, to give thanks to first responders, and to continue to pray for Oklahoma and the families and friends who lost loved ones on April 19, 1995.”

“On this solemn anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, my family and staff remember the lives that were lost 20 years ago,” said Sen. James Lankford. “We remember the first responders who acted selflessly in a time of need. We remember the families who lost loved ones, and we remember the survivors who continue to re-count and re-live that fateful day. We lift up the families impacted by this tragic event and all Oklahomans who did not let fear overcome their love for our fellow man. When faced with anguish, Oklahomans thrived. We did not allow our hope to fade. Our state experienced firsthand Psalm 34:18 which says, ‘the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit’. This year we are all finding practical ways to serve each other, even those we disagree with, so we never again allow anger to blind our eyes to one another. May God bless our state, and may we never lose our resilient Oklahoma spirit.”

Saturday, 18 April 2015 22:05

County Commissioners agenda for April 20

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 April 20, 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. Discussion and possible approval of Proclamation for a day of prayer

G. Public Hearing to Close-out Contract #15307 CDBG 09 for Sewer System Improvements

H. Discussion and possible action on Accepting the Sewer System Improvement Project funded by Contract #15307 CDBG 09 as Complete

I. Discussion and possible approval of Resolutions for Disposing of Equipment

J. Discussion and possible action concerning plans for construction of structure at Okmulgee Community Garden site

K. Possible approval of reimbursement claim for expenditures of the District Attorney’s Office

L. Possible approval of reimbursement claim for Election Board Secretary’s salary

M. Discussion and possible approval of Requisitioning/Receiving Officers

N. Possible approval of monthly Appropriations

O. Possible approval of Invitation to Bid #19 to purchase (1) skid steer tracked loader

5. Report from Emergency Management Director

6. New Business

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

8. Adjourn

Pursuant to the Notice of Regular Meeting properly filed and posted as required by law, a regular meeting of the Board of County Commissioners of Okmulgee County was held March 31, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. in the County Commissioners Office at the Okmulgee County Courthouse. Present were Robert Hardridge, Chairman; James Connors, Vice-Chairman; Ron Ballard, Member. Becky Thomas, County Clerk, was present to take minutes.

The Board approved the minutes of March 20 and March 23, 2015. Motion, Connors; Second, Ballard. Vote: Ballard, yes; Connors, yes; Hardridge, yes.

The Board approved the monthly report for the Treasurer’s Office for the month of February 2015. Motion, Connors; Second, Ballard. Vote: Ballard, yes; Connors, yes; Hardridge, yes.

The Board approved the following Blanket Purchase Order:
Unifirst Holdings, CRT
Motion, Ballard; Second, Connors. Vote: Ballard, yes; Connors, yes; Hardridge, yes.

The Board approved the Proclamation naming the month of April 2015 as Child Abuse Prevention Awareness month in Okmulgee County. Motion, Ballard; Second, Connors. Vote: Ballard, yes; Connors, yes; Hardridge, yes.

The Board approved the Agreement between Terry Varner, Landowner, and the Board of County Commissioners for the storing of asphalt millings for all three districts, for the time period of April 1, 2015 through April 1, 2016. Motion, Connors; Second, Ballard. Vote: Ballard, yes; Connors, yes; Hardridge, yes.

The Board approved the payment of the following claims with a motion by Connors and a second by Ballard. Vote: Ballard, yes; Connors, yes; Hardridge, yes.

PERSONAL SERVICES

CLAIM # NAME AMOUNT

3531 SPRADLING, TONI R $2,766.66
3532 BANNON, LAWRENCE E $2,640.00
LAUGHLIN, LISA M. $3,819.06
PANNELL, PATRICE L $416.63
3529 GRESHAM, WILLIE J $150.00
3530 RICHARDSON, KEYNA L $2,600.00
3527 RICE, EARL E. $5,208.34
3528 LAMPKINS, VONNA J. $5,208.34
MOONEY, GENEVIEVE $2,401.25
3533 BALLARD, RONALD $5,208.34
HARDRIDGE, ROBERT A $5,208.34
CONNORS, JAMES A. $5,208.34
3534 DAY, TONYA S. $2,401.25
PARKS, KARMA G $1,954.34
RIDGEWAY, TIM L $2,034.39
SPROUSE, SALLY J. $2,401.25
THOMAS, REBECCA $5,208.34
3535 JOHNSON, JANETTE M $2,034.39
3536 RANDALL, JANICE T. $2,401.25
SMART, LISA A. $5,208.34
3537 GAITHER, CANDICE G $2,401.25
HURST, CHERYL D $1,350.00
JOHNSON, EDWARD D $2,247.83
LEDFORD, JIMMY B $2,021.16
McCALL, HALEY A K $2,034.39
MOTT, BOBBY D. $2,401.25
TURNER, CAITLYN D $1,772.65
3538 CLELAND, JULIA $189.14
FROST, ELIZABETH G $181.71
MOTT, TIFFANY I $181.71
NEWPORT, JOHNNY R. $181.71
PRYOR, AMBER K $181.71
WILLIAMS, TERRI L $181.71
3539 BEAVER, LINDA K. $5,208.34
CRINER, CHARLY L. $2,401.25
3540 SMITH, MILISSIA S $1,990.93
3542 CRAIGHTON, TIMOTHY D $2,272.52
3543 ESTES, CLYDE $50.00
KLABENES, ROBERT E $50.00
3544 STEPHENS, SHELLEY D. $3,274.43
3545 WALKER, DEBBIE A $599.69
3546 CARNES, ASHLEY D $2,478.52
RIDGEWAY, AVA $2,753.91
3547 COLE, JAMES L $1,840.00
COX, BRANDON K $2,193.75
FUGATE, DUSTAN B $2,243.20
LOVELL, ERIC W $2,285.26
MCCOY, RAY L $1,884.00
MURPHY, CATHERINE $1,490.40
PEMBROOK, KENNETH G $2,327.32
RAY, HOWARD G $2,364.12
SMALLEY, STEPHEN L. $4,110.64
STEPHENS, BOB L $2,243.20
TAYLOR, WILLIAM A $2,204.65
THOMAS, ADAM G. $2,120.00
TOON, GERALD R $2,527.11
WILLIAMS, MICHAEL $2,243.20
ALEXANDER, L. C. $2,116.80
ENDRES JR, LAWRENCE D $2,348.35
GOUTHIER JR., JOHN $981.40
GOUTHIER, EMMA J. $2,149.42
GRAHAM, MICHAEL P $2,243.20
GUYNES, MICHAEL $4,525.36
HENSHAW, DAVID W $2,516.59
MAYHEW, FRANK S $2,223.90
MCNEW, CHARLES R. $2,663.80
MELSON, JARED M $2,177.50
MOHRMEYER JR, CHARLES E $3,558.65
ROSS JR, WILBERT L $2,016.00
STOKES, JONATHAN L $2,390.41
TITSWORTH, DONALD R $2,747.92
WILLIAMS, ALLEN R $1,974.50
BOGLE, KENNETH R $2,456.75
BROWNFIELD, NAKIA D. $3,349.80
CARTER, HAROLD J $2,716.38
CONNELL, JAMES F $2,642.77
EDMUNDSON, JIMMY L. $4,264.24
JOHNSON, CHARLES D $2,580.38
JOHNSON, DENNIS S $2,768.95
LEWIS, DELMER E $2,437.73
LEWIS, NORVELL DWAYNE $2,028.80
LIGONS, REGINALD D $2,142.92
LONGAN, DAWN A $1,954.45
SMITH, LINDA K $1,995.00
TAYLOR, DAVID W $2,485.05
WELLS, CHARLES W $2,811.01
WYRICK, SAMUEL L. $2,695.35
3523 CARNER, PATRICIA G $1,954.34
FLORES, REBECCA F B $1,954.34
HALL, JOHANNA L $1,954.34
PANNELL, LATRICE L $1,954.34
TATE, MAXINE $2,034.39
TURNER, SHELLY D. $2,060.33
3524 BEST, EDGAR W $2,334.55
CRANE, JEREMIAH D $2,476.23
DUNCAN, KAYLA M $2,455.99
GIULIOLI, BAYLEN K $800.00
HEATH, ROBERT W $2,829.52
HIGGS III, OSCAR G. $2,334.55
HOLLADAY, MICHAEL A $2,285.33
LANG, DALLAS M $2,603.43
LEE, STEPHEN A $2,334.55
MCGUIRE, FREDDIE L. $3,873.92
PATCHIN, SMOKEY $2,975.75
RASMUSSEN, JAMES O $2,434.55
RAY, STEVEN S $2,334.55
SMALLEY, MELISSA J $2,076.00
TODD, DUSTON M $2,334.55
3525 KRIEGE, MILEE J $1,067.00
THOMPSON, CYNTHIA A $940.50
3526 TRACY, DANIEL L $924.00
3554 BELL, JAMES T $1,997.36
BERRYHILL, ANGELA M $2,310.07
FISHER, SARAH C $1,731.20
FROST, BLAKE A $2,386.20
HAWKINS, JAMIE D $800.68
JOHNSON, KASEY R $2,932.65
JOHNSON, THOMAS R $2,057.52
LOFTIN, CHRISTA L $2,452.80
MARTIN, LINDA C $1,817.76
MCCALL, BOBBIE J $2,293.84
OGLESBY, STACY D $2,564.80
SPEARS, LEAH M $2,388.59

FISCAL YEAR 2014-2015 PURCHASE ORDERS BY ACCOUNT

ASSESSOR S C.A.R.
2841 BTC BROADBAND $185.18
3201 QUILL CORPORATION $898.91
CBRI 105
2179 APAC INC - OKLAHOMA $191,477.50
2949 PATTON & ASSOC. CONSTRUCTION CO. $26,050.00
CO CLK PRESERVATION REVOLVING FUND - M & O
2663 MID-WEST PRINTING CO. $856.98
CO. CLERK LIEN FEE
3417 PITNEY BOWES* $135.00
CRT (1/2 Cent)
2862 NATIONAL SIGN CO INC $330.00
2936 KEYSTONE SERVICES, INC. $9,269.76
2968 KEYSTONE SERVICES, INC. $9,269.76
2978 VERMEER GREAT PLAINS INC $225.00
2983 KEYSTONE SERVICES, INC. $9,269.76
3085 YOUNGMAN ROCK, INC. $2,631.87
3125 O REILLY AUTO PARTS $21.03
3126 UNIFIRST HOLDINGS LP $346.46
3170 T & M SAND & GRAVEL $688.02
3171 T & M SAND & GRAVEL $590.58
3181 FASTENAL COMPANY $287.74
3185 POWER PLAN $222.08
3188 REPAIR PROCESSES INC $4.99
3189 HOLLEMAN IRON & METAL CO. $54.00
3194 CARPET KING $159.00
3198 REPAIR PROCESSES INC $52.76
3199 MACK S TRUCK SALES $550.34
3202 MACK S TRUCK SALES $1,153.79
3204 REPAIR PROCESSES INC $29.26
3205 HOLLIDAY SAND & GRAVEL CO. $526.11
3212 REPAIR PROCESSES INC $58.52
3214 B & S TRUCKING & CONSTRUCTION $2,758.23
3216 FASTENAL COMPANY $41.99
3230 WELDON PARTS - TULSA $39.22
3231 POWER PLAN $148.00
3238 POWER PLAN $206.98
3253 BOXCER EQUIPMENT & RENTAL $408.00
3255 DUB ROSS COMPANY, INC. $1,738.20
3256 FIZZ-O WATER COMPANY $6.80
3282 POWER PLAN $98.12
3305 REPAIR PROCESSES INC $92.00
3315 ATWOODS $282.83
3319 SOUTHERN TIRE MART $2,270.00
3320 GRIFFIN AUTO SERVICE $1,650.00
3324 MACK S TRUCK SALES $170.02
3337 WELDON PARTS - TULSA $906.88
3347 MACK S TRUCK SALES $348.89
3361 POWER PLAN $177.09
3365 OKLAHOMA NATURAL GAS CO. $637.48
3366 MSC-410526 $80.25
3367 RICHARD DALE BRIANS $1,171.20
3370 HENDERSONS COFFEE $102.32
3388 OKLAHOMA NATURAL GAS CO. $255.31
3405 WELDON PARTS - TULSA $198.12
3409 AT&T $194.44
3410 PUBLIC SERVICE CO. OF OKLA. $536.82
3438 WELCH STATE BANK $1,595.30
3441 JOHN DEERE CREDIT $1,519.03
3442 WELCH STATE BANK $869.19
3443 WELCH STATE BANK $1,069.20
3444 WELCH STATE BANK $1,881.21
3445 WELCH STATE BANK $1,456.74
3476 AT&T $112.87
3480 OKLAHOMA NATURAL GAS CO. $554.17
DRUG COURT - FEES & DONATIONS
3326 MASSEY BAR-B-Q $150.24
3338 BROWN PRINTING INC $538.50
3373 BROWN PRINTING INC $116.14
3398 WAL-MART COMMUNITY BRC $315.75
3411 CARPET KING $426.20
3482 TORBETT PRINTING $10.00
3483 COMDATA NETWORK INC. $40.45
3502 REDWOOD TOXICOLOGY $1,330.20
EMERGENCY 911
3353 WAL-MART COMMUNITY BRC $44.94
3390 A T & T $3,427.09
3391 BEGGS TELEPHONE CO. $96.98
3392 WINDSTREAM $102.20
3393 AT&T $176.46
3491 OKLAHOMA COMMUNITION SYSTEMS $48.50
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT GRANT - EAST CENTRAL
1895 ARGENT DATA SYSTEMS $262.40
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT - SLA EXTRA PROJECT
2305 STOLZTELECOM $3,536.00
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT - FEES & DONATIONS
3379 DEBIS FILLIN STATION CAFE $284.76
DISTRICT ATTORNEY M & O
3318 QUILL CORPORATION $261.71
SHERIFF M & O
3385 WYNN COMMUNICATIONS, INC. $150.00
TREASURER M & O
3499 VONNA LAMPKINS, CO. TREASURER $172.18
3500 MOONEY, GENEVIEVE $33.93
COUNTY COMMISSIONERS M & O
3447 U. S. POSTAL SERVICE $250.00
OSU EXTENSION PERSONAL SERVICES
3493 OSU COOPERATIVE EXTEN SERVICE $2,689.00
OSU EXTENSION M & O
3494 CIT $195.00
3495 AT&T $175.29
COUNTY CLERK PURCHASING M & O
3428 FIZZ-O WATER COMPANY $27.20
REVALUATION M & O
2420 LEOS AUTO SERVICE $94.00
3422 FIZZ-O WATER COMPANY $27.20
3458 COMPUTER MAPPING COMPANY $100.00
REVALUATION CAPITAL OUTLAY
3400 BUD HAYNES HEAT & AIR $1,120.00
GENERAL GOVERNMENT M & O
3330 REX JONES PLUMBING $343.88
3346 ADVANCE BOILER REPAIR & SERVICE $825.84
3352 REX JONES PLUMBING $68.00
3368 GRIMSLEY S INC $226.54
3374 T. H. ROGERS LUMBER CO. $12.89
3389 OKLAHOMA NATURAL GAS CO. $449.50
3399 UNIFIRST HOLDINGS LP $37.00
3415 CLEARWATER ENTERPRISES LLC. $1,135.39
3425 FIZZ-O WATER COMPANY $40.80
3463 PUBLIC SERVICE CO. OF OKLA. $86.53
3464 OKLAHOMA NATURAL GAS CO. $316.82
HIGHWAY BUDGET M & O
3448 PUBLIC SERVICE CO. OF OKLA. $93.89
FREE FAIR BOARD M & O
3496 DC HAULING & REFUSE, INC $85.00
3497 PUBLIC SERVICE CO. OF OKLA. $377.00
ELECTION BOARD M & O
3461 PREFERRED BUSINESS SOLUTIONS $136.77
3515 PITNEY BOWES* $456.00
COUNTY HEALTH TRAVEL
3485 JESSICA DONAHO $14.95
COUNTY HEALTH M & O
2991 KAESER & BLAIR INC $332.83
3178 K & S ELECTRIC CO $6,068.24
3182 ORGANIC OKLAHOMA 2015 $100.00
3322 WAL-MART COMMUNITY BRC $54.61
3323 WAL-MART COMMUNITY BRC $62.20
3363 ASSURED FIRE SAFETY $316.00
3364 CHARLES R. CUNNINGHAM $195.00
3397 K & S ELECTRIC CO $141.06
3451 OKLAHOMA NATURAL GAS CO. $482.15
3452 OKLAHOMA NATURAL GAS CO. $122.30
3453 A T & T $1,106.50
3454 PITNEY BOWES* $31.00
3455 PITNEY BOWES* $47.00
3456 THEHENRYETTAN.COM $50.00
3457 XEROX CORPORATION* $353.82
3486 AT&T $425.38
HIGHWAY CASH CAPITAL OUTLAY
3339 BOXCER EQUIPMENT & RENTAL $13,900.00
HIGHWAY CASH LEASE PURCHASE
3429 DEERE CREDIT INC. $2,001.35
3430 EMPIRE FINANCIAL SERVICES $919.96
3431 WELCH STATE BANK $2,053.20
3432 WELCH STATE BANK $1,877.14
3433 WELCH STATE BANK $1,328.30
3434 DEERE CREDIT INC. $2,001.35
3435 WELCH STATE BANK $2,123.51
3436 WELCH STATE BANK $1,333.16
3437 WELCH STATE BANK $1,881.21
3439 WELCH STATE BANK $2,395.48
3440 EMPIRE COMPANIES $2,742.02
RESALE PROPERTY
3358 BROWN PRINTING INC $379.70
3359 WALZ GROUP $1,697.62
SHERIFF 1/4 CENT SALES TAX
2555 O REILLY AUTO PARTS $421.79
SHERIFF SERVICE FEE
945 O REILLY AUTO PARTS $59.30
2022 DOUG MALEY $157.00
2079 OKLAHOMA POLICE SUPPLY $201.85
2474 INMATE SERVICES CORP. $1,723.00
2660 PAM DISTRIBUTING $25.29
3131 QUILL CORPORATION $148.04
3381 FLEET DISTRIBUTORS EXPRESS $615.24
3382 OK. STATE BUREA OF INVESTIGATION $250.00
3383 BTC BROADBAND $303.03
3384 JAVA DAVES $35.95
3386 PRECISION DELTA CORP. $295.90
3449 COMDATA NETWORK INC. $5,698.58
SHERIFF COURTHOUSE SECURITY
2532 O REILLY AUTO PARTS $366.12
2755 DOUG MALEY $273.54
3490 US CELLULAR $997.16
TCR HIGHWAY FUND
3024 GREENHILL MATERIALS CO. LC $5,493.25
3058 YOUNGMAN ROCK, INC. $2,674.47
TREASURER CASH FUND
3498 FIZZ-O WATER COMPANY $20.40

The meeting adjourned at 9:20 a.m. with a motion by Connors and a second by Ballard. Vote: Ballard, yes; Connors, yes; Hardridge, yes.

After the Okmulgee County Commissioers regular order of business, they had the following agenda items:

The Board tabled the Proclamation for a national day of prayer for one week.

There were no bids received concerning Bid #15 to sell (1) 1997 Ford pick-up.

The Board opened Bid #16 to sell (1) 1989 Chevy ¾ ton pick-up. Bids were received from Adam Thomas and Ray Lynn McCoy. The Board awarded the bid to Adam Thomas.

There were bids received concerning Bid #17 to sell (1) 1977 International dump truck.

The Board approved the Resolution to acquire certain realty by eminent domain. A public necessity exists for the acquisition of this realty for the construction, operation, maintenance and repair of an existing bridge.

The Board approved the Lease Agreement for the Okmulgee Community Garden.

The Board tabled plans for the construction of a structure at the Okmulgee Community Garden site for one week.

The Board approved the System Permission Agreement for AT&T to install a fiber optic cable for a system upgrade between the Court Clerk’s Office and the Administrative Office of Courts in Oklahoma City.

The Board approved the Resolution and the Project Agreement with ODOT for the installation of pedestal-mounted flashing light signals on Ferguson Road.

The Board approved the Juvenile Detention Services Contract with Sac and Fox Nation for the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year.

The Board approved Invitation to Bid #18 for bridge construction crew and equipment, to be opened May 11, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.

 

OKLAHOMA CITY – House Democrats have taken a precautionary step to ensure that a texting-while-driving ban is enacted by the Legislature this year.

House Democratic Leader Scott Inman filed an amendment Wednesday to Senate Bill 183 that would make it unlawful for anyone to operate a motor vehicle on any street or highway in this state while using a cellular telephone or other electronic communication device to “write, send, or read a text-based communication,” or to use a hand-held mobile telephone while operating a motor vehicle.

Under current state law, texting while driving is not a primary offense. A law enforcement officer cannot pull over and ticket a driver for texting while driving unless the motorist is speeding, driving recklessly such as weaving across lanes, or has a wreck.

Inman’s amendment to SB 183 – which is on general order, awaiting a vote by the full House – would make texting-while-driving a primary traffic offense.

SB 183 would make operating a commercial vehicle while using a hand-held mobile telephone a “serious traffic offense,” unless the driver was communicating with law enforcement officials or some other emergency service.

House Bill 1965, as passed by the House of Representatives on Feb. 24, would have made texting-while-driving a secondary offense. The bill decreed that enforcement of the proposed new statute “must be accomplished only as a secondary action when an operator of a motor vehicle has been detained for a suspected violation of another traffic law…”

The Senate, though, strengthened the measure on Wednesday; the Senate narrowly adopted an amendment to make texting and driving a primary traffic offense, punishable by a fine of up to $100. The Senate passed the amended bill by a wide margin, 38-6, and sent it back to the House for reconsideration.
“The Democratic Caucus hopes that what the Senate did will encourage the House of Representatives to follow suit,” Inman said. “I believe there is overwhelming support in the House to make texting-while-driving a primary offense,” the Del City Democrat said Thursday.

The texting amendment was not the only change in HB 1965. Sen. Ron Sharp, R-Shawnee, was removed as the principal Senate author of the measure and was replaced by the Senate Committee on Public Safety. Sharp was retained as the Senate co-author.

It was unclear whether House leadership would accept a bill whose Senate sponsor is an entire committee, Inman related, since the House of Representatives has no such provision in its rules. However, Inman hastened to note that House Speaker Pro Tempore Lee Denney signed on as a co-author of HB 1965, along with Reps. David Perryman, D-Chickasha; Ben Sherrer, D-Chouteau; Emily Virgin, D-Norman; Mike Brown, D-Tahlequah; Mike Shelton, D-Oklahoma City; Jeannie McDaniel, D-Tulsa; and Chuck Hoskin, D-Vinita.

To ensure that legislation which would make texting-while-driving a primary offense remains a “live round” in the Legislature this year, Inman proposed the amendment to SB 183. “I did it as a precautionary measure, just in case something happens to HB 1965,” he explained. House Democrats “want to do everything we can to enact a texting ban this year.”

HB 1965 is officially named the “Trooper Nicholas Dees and Trooper Keith Burch Act of 2015.” It would commemorate two Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers who were struck by a vehicle while they were investigating a wreck on Interstate 40 east of Shawnee on Jan. 31; Dees was killed and Burch was seriously injured. The driver of the vehicle that hit them reportedly was checking social media on his mobile telephone while driving.

House Democrats filed two measures this year that would have outlawed texting-while-driving: House Bill 1136 by Representative McDaniel and House Bill 1009 by Representative Perryman; both bills died in the House Committee on Public Safety.

OKCPD’s TRIAD Coordinator Presented Brad Edwards Consumer Champion Award

OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Scott Pruitt and the Public Protection Unit of the Attorney General’s Office on Monday held the annual Oklahoma Consumer Protection Day and presented the 2015 Brad Edwards Consumer Champion Award to Sheryl Presley of the Oklahoma City Police Department.

Sheryl Presley is the TRIAD Coordinator for the Oklahoma City Police Department, dedicated to the protection of elderly adults. In her role, she brings together partners in law enforcement and community agencies to educate and prevent crimes against the elderly, recruits and trains volunteers, and creates programs that reduce fear and promote support for senior citizens in the community. Presley also conducts over 100 safety and crime prevention presentations a year, and each Christmas, she raises money to help grandparents who are raising grandchildren buy gifts for the kids.

“Sheryl’s dedication to protect Oklahomans against fraud and crime through community involvement statewide is a light to all of us who serve and protect our citizens,” Attorney General Pruitt said. “She has successfully partnered vulnerable citizens with law enforcement to provide education and awareness of consumer issues to help protect communities from exploitation. This honor is well-deserved.”

Presley was nominated by her supervisor Lieutenant Jermain Johnson of the Oklahoma City Police Department. In his nomination of Presley he said, “Sheryl is dedicated to assisting one of the most vulnerable groups in our society. Her work ethic is unmatched and her selfless attitude is contagious. Sheryl never asks to be recognized for her diligent work, yet is quick to recognize others for their efforts.”

Presenting the 2015 Brad Edwards Consumer Champion Award was Ashton Edwards, the daughter of long-time Oklahoma City consumer advocate and host of KFOR-TV’s “In Your Corner” segment for which the award is named, Brad Edwards.

The award winner is chosen based on exemplary and voluntary consumer service by initiating consumer advocacy programs, actively participating in such activities or taking significant action that protects or benefits Oklahoma consumers. The annual award announcement is held in conjunction with Consumer Protection Day.

Other activities at the Consumer Protection Day included free shredding provided by MIDCON Data Services on the south lawn of the capitol and several booths from partner agencies and organizations dedicated to consumer protection set up in the 4th floor rotunda. These partners include Oklahoma County Sheriff’s TRIAD, U.S. Postal Inspection Services, Oklahoma Insurance Department, U.S. Secret Service, FBI, AARP, Federal Trade Commission, Oklahoma City Police Department, Oklahoma Department of Consumer Credit and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

OKLAHOMA CITY – A decision to not hear a “Good Samaritan” measure killed legislation that was three years in the making.

House Bill 1328 was the product of “a genuine bipartisan effort” and would have proved beneficial to all Oklahomans, said Rep. Richard Morrissette, principal author of the measure. Sen. Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, was the Senate sponsor of the measure.

However, Sen. Anthony Sykes, R-Moore, chose to not give the bill a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which he is chairman.

HB 1328 addressed several issues related to tort law and emergency management. It would have:

§ authorized licensed architects and engineers from other states to work in Oklahoma after a disaster, if the individual first secured a temporary Oklahoma license;

§ reduced liability for licensed architects and engineers who voluntarily produce risk-assessment reports;

§ provided a process for inspecting public or private buildings in the event of damage or collapse during a disaster;

§ stipulated that the terms “safe room” and “storm shelter” mean facilities that meet or exceed Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and International Code Council guidelines.

The group whose efforts resulted in HB 1328 included Governor Fallin’s representative, Albert Ashwood, director of the state Department of Emergency Management, along with Dr. Chris Ramseyer, director of the Donald G. Fears Structural Engineering Lab at the University of Oklahoma.

“That group has been working to set standards and relieve liability for architects and engineers who try to strengthen safe spaces in our schools, to protect students and their teachers during high winds and tornadoes,” Morrissette said.

The Okmulgee County Election Board is holding an election April 7 for municipal offices in Henryetta and Beggs.

Candidates on the ballot are:  

For the City of Henryetta:

Councilmember Ward No. 1

Shannon Scott
Michelle Broome Stremme
Darrell Coppedge


Councilmember Ward # 2

Christy Jeffcoat
Lucy Peoples
Richard W. Larney.

For the City of Beggs:

Councilmember Ward # 4
But Jones
Lanissa Jack Melton

For City Clerk
Doris M. Tharp
O.G. Corky Thompson

Early voting is open Friday at the Okmulgee County Courthouse by entering through the WEST door according to Okmulgee County Election Board Secretary Ava Ridgeway.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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