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Perkins, Oklahoma
May 3, 1984     The Perkins Journal
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XXx were in a week or one of those a column trip in my on page two ily Report and accounting been back ten that same 8till and indif- if they are, or at least impres- ought to benefit of especially if it once in a friend- Person in hard to do. said on the New York Ci- a con- "jungle", on the drove round for four got away and Streets and People milling One notice that was so bad, I could see city, but it is the New York Ci- than t~ns $113 per runs $20, $25 for two. tickets The only that was a GreyHne Tour, which person for hour trip city. That is be~t way to 'Pped at which of the store after public cor- massive which also and Page News and Views of the Cimarron Valley THOUGHT OF THE WEEK "The best mirror is a friend' eye." -- Gaelic proverb VOL. 95 NO, 31 I Perkins, Payne County, Oklahoma - USPS 428040 I I II THURSDAY, MAY 3, 1984 @ Well, it turns out last week's OK on the city's water applied to everyone but the residents of four trailer houses at Hert and Third streets. City Manager Gerald Hall said residents of the trailers had to boil their water for two days after it was discovered Wednes- day the trailers had been that had not been flushed out yet. The trailers are now tapped into the old water line. Hall said the new line was re-chlorinated Wednesday and that it would be opened up to the public after two daily samples come back without bacteria. The previous week, a "inadvertently" hooked harmless bacteria was up to a new water line found in the city's water but the water was OK'd by county officials after the chlorine pumps were turned on. Hall said the trailers had requested water ser- vice before the new line was approved and that a plumber tapped into the new line. "It was just a situation where one hand did not know what the other was doing," he said.. City firemen could not save this mobile home when a flash fire ravaged it Saturday morning about 9:.30 a.m. The Harvey Kitchels were asleep when a young daughter screamed that the house was on fire. A siamese mother cat died trying to save her days old A community analysis of Perkins was recently completed by Ben Pier- pont of the Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. Pier- pont was in Perkins Thursday morning to meet with Perkins Cham- ber of Commerce to discuss the report. Pierpont said he was contacted to do the report "Perkins is in competi- tion with other com- munities for business," he said. Businessmen %viii come in and look at your community for an hour or so and that's the only chance you~l get." '~he days of the huge industry are over," he said, meaning that more and more new industries four to five months ago. , are small high-tech firms. He said O.G.& E. has a staff of three to do com- munity analyses at no cost to the communities. Pierpont reported fin- ding Perkins in "excellent to good condition overall." He said he conducts these surveys by coming into the community ac- ting as an outside business person looking at what Perkins has to of- fer for business. The lowest rating given to an aspect of the Perkins community was that of "fair" given to the three items relating to in- dustrial sites. A fair rating shows an area needing improvement by the community. Pierpont said Perkins needs more attractive in- dustrial sites, with all utilities connected. Rail service should also be available, the report indicated. "The prospects we work with want to set up operations immediately," he said. III 'q'hey 11 wan to blend in with your cSmmunity," he said. There were 27 items rated under 10 different headings. Of the 27, ex- cellent ratings were given to 11 items, good ratings were given to 13 and fair to three. Under transportation, good ratings were given to the highways, motor freight service and air ser- vice. Under the labor market section,-an ex- cellent rating was given to the availability of labor while good ratings were given to the type of labor available {"mostly un- skilled but highly produc- tive and trainable'~, wage rates and labor- management relations. The report stated the unemployment rate in Perkins for February 1984 is 5.2 percent, accor- cling to the Oklahoma Employment Security Coinmiesion, as compared to 7.6 Percent for the state and 8 percent for the nation. Perkins Civil Defense volunteers got a workout this past week with two calls on Thursday night and one Sunday morning. Director Steve Will- ingham said the storm watchers did an "ex- cellent" job reporting the storms. "At all times, per- sonnel (monitoring) at Ci- ty Hall knew exactly what was happening without ever having to look out the window," he said. Thursday night, spot- ters were called out at 5:50 p.m. and were in loca- tions surrounding the ci- tyby 6:10, according to records kept by Will- ingham and City Manager Gerald Hall. Times and events on the records were reconstructed from memory after the inci- dent, they said. A tornado was reported at Guthrie at about 6 p.m. At 6:15, a tornado was reported on the ground at Langston and, five minutes later, another was reported on the ground at Coyle. Perkins spotters at Olivet Cemetery reported a tornado west of their location at 6:25. A minute later, visual confirmation was received from the spotters at Goodnight and IXL {about five miles west of town). Willingham said that at one point spotters had reported there were two separate tornados on the ground. He added tor- nados were spotted from four of the five locations. The tornado warning kittens in a bedroom closet. The kittens survived. Firemen David Sasser and Laverne Minor cool the fire. The house is located on East Knipe, on the alley behind the Hquor store. a The utilities section received four excellent ratings for the water, sewer, electxic and natural gas services. Excellent ratings were also received by the com- munication services, for the local newspaper and the available radio and television stations. Under municipal ser- vices, the city rated ex- cellent in city administra- tion and good in police and fire protection and medical services. Educational oppor- tunities were also rated excellent in the public schools and vocational- technical training areas. Ad valorem taxes were rated good, "not ex- cessive." Living conditions {recreation, residential areas and the downtown area} were rated good, although "a shortage of rental property was ap- parent." The community at- titude was rated excellent. Pierpont said his paving more streets and providing more sewer and water services to residents as well as businesses. He stressed the need for zoning policies to be in- itiated by the city for con- trolled, orderly growth. In other recommenda- ~ons; he saki, "I think it would behoove Perkins to align itself with Stillwater. A jealousy fac- tor should not exist bet- ween Perkins and Stillwater." He said that if Stillwater were to get a plant, it should be viewed as a benefit for Perkins. "rhe World Color Press plant is going to have a great effect on Perkins," he said as an example. Chamber of Commerce President Larry Wilson said there were two priorities he could think of to have the chamber work "on rightway:: developing a good rela- tionship with Stillwater and reestablishing the town's industrial foundation. ratings were based on))er- sonal observations, statistical community in- formation andlocal ALL IN A NAME interviews. CLAREMORE Dr. He said the purpose of and Mrs. Ward bought the analysis was to Necessary's Hickory Pit "enhance the quality of from Jim and Mary life and service Perkins Necessary. The provides." Necessarys have retired. He said city planners -o- would have to look into O- l I siren sounded in Perkins at 6:28 when a tornado was sited 6 miles west of Perkins. The tornado was track- ed as it moved east-north- east. At 6:40, its dust cloud was seen 3/4-mile north of town. That area was quickly checked for damage. Spotters were called back in at 7 p.m. but were sent back out at 8:40 that night to watch some severe weather as it developed. Watchers reported small hail, heavy rain and winds before being called back in again at 10:15. Oddly enough, Will- ingham said, damage to trailer houses was done during the second period of storms instead of when the tornados passed by earlier that evening. He said it was possible that a small, unformed tornado could have done the damage. '~vVe don't really know if there was a tornado or not, but I think if you asked those people who lived there they'd probably say yes," he said. Had the city been struck by a tornado, the city's disaster relief team would have been ready to help take care of the in- jured. The team is made up of local health profes- sionals, clergy and other concerned citizens. But the action wasn't over after Thursday night. Spotters were again called out Sunday morning at about 10:20 a.m. after Oklahoma City {Continued on Page 8) It looks like well be getting the first "dog day" of the year at the animal vaccination and registration clinic May 12. The clinic is scheduled his time to the city and is reducing his vaccination fee to $6. The clinic pro- vides a service to those who would not normally be able to get to their vet for a vaccination and to to run from 11 a.m. to 3 encourage the registra- p.m. in the old fire station bay at the city building. Perkins veterinarian Doug Fulnechek will be on hand to vaccinate dogs against rabies. Someone from the city will be there to register the animals im- mediately after the vaccination. Fulnechek is donating tion of animals. All animals residing within city limits must be registered -- and to be registered they must have proof of rabies vaccination. Registration fees are $1 for a male or spayed female dog and $2 for an unspayed female. According to city or- dinance No. 141, "ALL dogs running at large and unlicensed dogs are sub- ject to impoundment by the dog warden." When an owner claims his impounded dog he is required to pay the $20 impoundment fee plus vaccination and registra- tion costs if necessary. Fulnechek stressed that the clinic is only for rabies vaccinations and that no other shots or examina- tions will be given to the pets. Jim Dullenty and Randy Ciausen, editor and advertising director for True West and Old West magazines, move into their new offices on U.S. 177 just north of Perkins TV and Appliance. Truckloads of office equipment and back issues of the magazines began arriving last week and the pair have to put things up as well as finish up on their next deadline. Ann Miller accepted Monday the positions of Perkins city clerk and Public Works secretary- clerk left open since Elizabeth Wise, who was clerk for the past 11 years, resigned March 21. Miller will start work May 14. She is currently an inventory clerk at the State Department of Vocational-Technical Education in Stillwater. "I 'In really looking for- ward to it," she said. City Manager Gerald Hall said Miller was pick- ed from among 17 total applicants. The town board officially offered her the jobs at its meeting last Monday. Miller said she has liv- ed in Perkins for the past six years. "I really enjoy Perkins," she commented. Tralk~ house residents on Eden Chapel Road survey the twisted hulk of their former home after high winds destroyed it Thursday night. A