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i SJ Kecora ng the History around Perkins and Payne County for 113 Years" Wednesday-Thursday Edition March 26-27, 2003 Volume I 13 No. 25 50 .ent takes life Sheets north of Ripley llwater man Monday 1. occurred at the ion of SH 108 and at approximately 24. to the investigat- ghway 1 Clark, a pickup, driven of Glencoe, on its passenger- by another pickup, Glen Bates, 45, of man Clark said it appeared that Bates, who was eastbound on Mehan Road, failed to stop at the intersection and struck Frank's pickup, which was towing a trailer stacked with approxi- mately 200 bales of hay. The trooper said Bates' 1995 Ford pickup, owned by Kerns Construction Co. of Stillwater, apparently struck the Chevro- let truck and then was thrust south along the highway, finally coming to rest in the west ditch of SH 108. Clark said he mea- sured approximately 120 feet of skid marks on Mehan Road, See ACCIDENT on 9 ay running ity e commission City like to for and children. officer for a m Perkins, seen these and would to Start now the city administra- as a pur- allowed him about the finances. e.mployed in a with two for eight as a years. Water, and a COncern of has been Charles Ottaway studied and studied and has a case of the "going to do's," yet, he says, nothing seems to really be taking place. He also thinks action should begin now to pre- vent the four-lane US 177 from bypassing around Perkins. Chuck Ottaway stated he is not seeking this position because of See OTTAWAY on 9 YOuth to assist offered at animal clinic Way to deal of COmpanion will be pet owners Spay/neuter area. Animal (CAAP) Arkansans For Brent Pitts, rnarron Animal Surgeries 29 and at 30. Arkansans for organizations the cycle >Verpopulation of compan- trkansans for its mobile clinic for the events in Stillwate r and Ripley. The van is outfitted to serve as a mobile spay/neuter clinic where animals can be safely and efficiently sterilized. The First United Methodist Church of Perkins Youth Group will be helping on March 30 with the mobile spay-neuter program at the Expo Center. "During our Sunday school lessons this past Sunday we were brainstorming on activi- ties to be involved in," Youth Director Deanie Jacob said. "I threw this out to the kids to see if they would like to help with the program. They all were very excited, so they will be involved in being the caregivers after the animals come out of surgery .'' "I believe that this is a pow- See SPAY on 9 Stillwater Fire Department rescue personnel work to free Glen Bates from where he was pinned under a hay trailer, following a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of SH 108 and Mehan Road Monday afternoon. Ripley Police Officer Wayne Snyder, Jr. (far right) was one of several men who cleared approxi- mately 200 hay bales from the accident scene. The pickup thatates was driving is pictured in photo at left. Journal photos by Cindy Sheets "Not a new tax or tax increase" Voters asked to approve change to sales tax ordinance by Cindy Sheets Journal Publisher Registered voters in Perkins will be asked to approve a change regarding how rev- enue from sales tax is spent when they get to the polls next Tuesday. If approved, the question on the ballot  shmsn at right) will The current sales tax has been in effect since the early 1980's. The revenue raised by it was first used to complete several major city infrastructure projects, such as resurfacing of streets and water projects involving new water lines. The original sales tax ordi- nance allowed using funds to pay t Perkins Fire Departmem facilities and equipment. Perkins Fire Chief Rick Jarvis wants voters to understand that approving the question does not mean a new tax, but rather it allows the city to spend existing sales tax revenue on items relat- ing to the fire department. "This is not a tax increase," Jarvis emphasized. "It's not an additional tax in any way. "We just need to change the wording to allow the fire depart- ment to spend the existing tax dollars." fands to be spt on subsequent improvements to the fire station or the purchase of firefighting gear and equipment. Jarvis explained that the fire department does receive bud- geted funds from the city, but those funds are not adequate to meet the needs of a growing, well-equipped fire department. Plus, most grants the depart- ment could possibly acquire would require a matching fund commitment. Jarvis said, for example, the fire department is hoping to Federal flood insurance now available in Perkins The City of Perkins has joined more than 19,000 communities nationwide that are allowed to purchase Federally backed flood insurance. This availability fol- lows the community's adoption and enforcement of ordinances to reduce flood loses and accep- tance by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The City of Perkins is eli- gible to participate in the NFIP effective February 13, 200. Residents of the City of Per- kins will be able to purchase flood insurance up to the limits under the Emergency Phase of the program. However, there is a 30-day waiting period before the coverage goes into effect. For single family homes, this limit is $35,000 and $10,000 for the contents. Renters can also protect their belongings through the contents coverage. For commercial properties, this limit is $100,000. After the initial Emergency Phase, higher limits of coverage will be available. apply for a $100,000 grant from FEMA this year. Ten percent of that total, or $10,000, must be matched by the fire department to qualify for the grant. "If we have to use our existing budgeted money to do that, we would not be able to apply for ma% grants." larvis said. larvis said the firc department laOl to om of the capital improvement sales tax funds to keep the department on top of new technology that will enable them to better protect the Per- kins community. "Right now it costs about $1,000 to supply each man with basic bunker equipment," Jarvis said. The Perkins Fire Department currently has 21 firefighters. "We are also trying right now to renovate our fleet," he added, explaining that some of the trucks have specific tasks that only allow them to be used for specific types of activities. For example, the pumper truck is not used to fight grass fires and the tanker is not used for urban environments. "If nothing else, the funds will help to upgrade our existing equipment, "Jarvis said, point- ing out that one of the trucks is more than 40 years old. Jarvis also noted that keeping the fire department equipment and facility well-maintained and up-to-date is imperative for a community that is growing as fast as Perkins. He said he feels it is important that the fire department is soon equipped so that it can handle more than one fire at a time. Jarvis also pointed out the obvious - a better equipped fire department will help to lower insurance rates for property owners in the entire Perkins See FLOOD on 9 area. Busy intersection site of another accident A two-vehicle accident at occurred Sunday afternoon, March 23, at the intersection of SH 33 and Fairgrounds Road just east of Perkins. The Ford pickup driven by Tryon resident Claud Gazaway was attempting to cross the intersection when it was struck by the 1988 Mustang, driven by Gary Rice of Drumright. Gazaway was northbound and Rice was driving east. There were no injuries. Photo by David Holbrook ?eck_ia5 , OLlal,,c0000 Flc)wle c). c" lZ_,O t4 i l l e Community Calendar March 27, 3:15-7 p.m. - Parent-Teacher Conference, P-T Elementary March 27, 4-8 p.m. - Parent- Teacher Conference, P-T Middle School March 27, 4-8 p.m. - P-T High School enrollment night March 28, 8-11:45 a.m. - Parent-Teacher Conference, Elementary March 28, 8:30-11:30-Parent- Teacher Conference at all sites. March 29, 7 a.m.-? - POSSE garage sale at Evans Ag Barn. March 29, 7:30 p.m. - Lost Creek's Annual Quilt Auction & Supper at 6:30 p.m. March 31,7 p.m. - Public meet- ing regarding zoning regulations at Perkins Fire Station. April I - April Fool's Day April 1 - Election day Exercise your right Get Out and VOTE! April 3, noon - Perkins Cham- ber of Commerce meeting at Lions Den. April 3, 7:30 p.m. - PT AG Boosters Meeting, at the Evans Ag Farm. April 3, 7 p.m. -Tay!orsville Gospel Opry April 5, 2 p.m. - Glenwood Cemetery Association annual meeting at High Prairie Com- munity Center. April 6 - Daylight Savings Time begins A look at April 1 ? P&kins voters will be con- sidering two items on the ballot (below) for next week's munici- pal election - a race between Mark Anderson and Charles L. Ottaway for City Commission Ward 1 seat and a proposition asking for approval of changes to the Perkins City Code regard- ing how sales tax can be spent. See related stories at left. Thankyou for your subscription! Your subscription is impor- tant to us. Thank you's go to the following people who have renewed, or are newsubscribers, to The Perkins Journal: Perkins-Tryon: Vic & Lisa Roubidoux Carol Robinson Max & Diann Rudd In State: Garvin & Alene Cruse, Stillwater Jean Hel- dreth, Ripley Judie Vierling, Stillwater Out of State: Harry & Nadine Downey, Melrose, NM You've got a friend! Want to buy a friend a subscrip- tion and save $4? See form on page two... To: Mildred Mercer From: Garvin & Alene Cruse