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A 12-THE PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday, February 10, 2005 Citizens express yards. He said he would make been published. sure any problem that is reported Landes said he knows Perkins concern about to him is taken care of. leaders face a lot of huge tasks Miller thanked the two women to adequately improve the infra- health, safety for making their concerns structure, but said most towns By Cindy Sheets known, and said that a change in the state are going through Journal Editor in ordinances might indeed be similar problems. Two Perkins citizens addressed in order should enough residents He said Perkins' problems are city commission members Tues- voice concern over the issue, more unique because the difficul- day about ordinances governing In other business, commis-ties are not degenerative. burning in the city limits, sign members listened to a"It's fun watching the healthy Deb Dickson and Dorothyvery detailed report from City growth here," Landes said. Fagan both expressed theirEngineer Skip Landes about the After the report, the commis- concern about the recent fire statusofthecitywaterandsewer sion approved a motion to direct that destroyed a building at Oak systems and drainage system staff to provide the information Park Retreat Center. during the Perkins Public Works needed to apply for federal The fire was at first rumored Authority (PPWA)portion of the assistance through USDA for to have been started when a leaf evening, improvements to the water burn pile got too close to the Landes outlined Perkins' cur- supply and distribution system. building, but was later proven rent infrastructure systems then During the meetings, the fol- by the state fire marshal to have reported on the planned steps lowing action was taken: been electrical in nature,which need to take place to keep two ordinances and a resolution City Manager Jack Rosson the infrastmcture in pace with the that involved the lease/purchase said the state fire marshal proved rapid development being experi- of a new community center the fire had originated with an enced by the community, building were approved. electrical wire that led to the Covered in the report was the Wendell Morton was reap- building's attic. Rosson said that needed replacement of old and pointed to a one year advisory by the time the fire department corroded water and sewer lines position on the library board as was called, the fire had spread This would need to be donerecommended by the Thomas- throughout the building's attic, before the city is required to Wilhite Memorial Library Dickson asked what city purchase treated water at some Board. policy is as far as burning and future date. a proclamation declaring burn bans. Landes also touched on howMarch as Red Cross Month was Mayor Mel Miller told her new development will affect approved. there is no restriction against how rainwater will drain, and no action was taken on initiat- burning leaves in Perkins, only explained how the water will be ing a tax levy to pay the judgment garbage. Also, if a resident caught and then funnelled south on the Rural District #3 lawsuit. plans to start a larger fire, they to the fiver. Wes Watkins was retained as are asked to report it to city hall He noted that the Corps ofan economic development con- so dispatchers will be aware in Engineers has recently corn- sultant at the rate of $3,000 per case someone reports a fire to pleted an evaluation of the Per- month beginning March 1. the fire department, kins community for a flood zone a CDBG project involving Dickson and Fagan both map, which is recommended by improvements to the Perkins told the board they suffer from FEMA. The findings have not yet Family Clinic were accepted. allergy problems associated with burning when it occurs in town. City OK's 25-year Cox agreement Fagan noted the current growth of the city, and suggested it Perkins City Commission per customer in town is $51 per might be time to look at making approved a 25-year franchise month. The renewed agreement some changes due to the larger agreement with Cox Commu- will not affect rates paid by Per- numbers of people and structures nications durlng its Tu ,slday kins customers, as rate increases in Perkins. evening meeting, are determined by programming Rosson said he didn't believe The agreement is a renewal of costs. that enough people burn leaves the current two percent rate. The city is not locked into the in the city limits to cause a prob- Two representatives from Cox current rate, and the agreement lem. He said the code enforce- were 9n hand at the meeting to contains provisions to end the ment officer handles problems answer any questions about the lease, should a future commis- with trash or junk, including agreement. They told commis- sign desire to do so, commis- brush, that accumulates in city signers that the average rate signers were told. ', 'i "' i~ i~ ~ i/ii~ '~ iill iiI~ : ~ 'i!i~?:,~ :~ Joel Tupper, M.D. Joel Tupper, M.D. is a board certified oahopedic surgeon wh'h special training pediatric oahopedics !iiiiiiii~ i or. T.p o~opedic surgery for children and adults. He is one of Oklahoma's only orthopedic surgeons to complete a fellowship in pediatric orthopedics. This has equlgl~ him to deal w~ pediatric :.: problems ranging from repair of birth i~::: defects to caring for spoas Injuries, : broken bones, and diagnosing and ~::: treating scoliosis. The most popular area of specialization for Dr, Tupper is the new minimally invasive surgical procedures. He is trained in the special procedures of new medical devices that allow some patients to receive ioint replacements or even~A~ng for hip fractures which ~m#tlllerlr~ WKI soeedter A man suspected of forging checks at local businesses turned himself in to police last week. Ray Daniel Smith, 24, of Per- kins contacted Perkins Police Department and said he wanted to confess to passing checks on an account belonging to a Perkins woman. Sergeant Steve Hensley said Smith admitted to kicking in the door to a home located at 322 W. Stumbo, entering the home, and stealing the checks. A clerk at Whistle Stop #2 called police to report at check for $23.99 had been written by a man named Ray Smith on a local woman's account. The clerk said Smith first made out the check incorrectly, then made out another check on the same account. Smith was reportedly behaving in a ner- Back vous manner and allegedly made a reference to drugs. Smith came back the following day to cash another check, which was refused, the clerk's affidavit stated. A clerk at Cimarron Bottle Shop had reported on Jan. 27 that Smith had cashed a check for $27.12 on the woman's account. He told the clerk the checks belonged to his grandmother. However, a repre- sentative of Payne County Bank told the clerk that the check was took the man into Smith was charged in Payne County with one count of burglary, which carries sentence of 2-7 years and with two counts which each tences of up to 71 a plea of not guilty. Smith will face his hearing on March 7. a forgery because the woman had Smith was arrested been living in a retirement home ing cash or and has no living family members bogus check in who could have cashed a check, to information obtained! That same day, the residence's Oklahoma State Courtl caretaker reported the break-in He pled guilty and to police, five-year deferred Hensley said he went to a resi- was ordered to pay dence at 215 S.W. Third St. in of $855. OKLAHOMA CITY - The duction team is comprised for. It emulates Oklahoma Film and Music of Chelle Flynn, executiveYork very well," Office, in conjunction with producer, Aaron Osborne, said. Wisteria Cottage LLC, producer, andBrett Cranford,Cranford explall recently announced that anew line producer. British director the people of movie project will be filmed Scott Flynn is set to helm the been "very in and around the towns of picture. Several members of which helped in Guthrie and Pawhuska. the Wisteria group are veter- final decision on According to Jill Simpson, ans of the popular CBS drama "The support we director of the film and music series Without a Trace. from Kathy office, Wisteria: The Story of Location filming was origi- of the Guthrie Albert Fish is a 1920s true nally slated for Alabama, but Commerce as well asl crime drama set in New York Brett Cranford, a Tecumsehof Guthrie played al that will be filmed exclu- native, convinced the group in our decision to sively in Oklahoma beginning to investigate Oklahoma. film to Oklahoma," in early April. "After looking into Ala- Cranford. 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