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Sl N "Recording the History around Perkins and Payne County for 113 Years" .Wednesday-Thursday Edition June 25-June 26, 2003 Volume 113 No. 38 50 t offers homes are SOmewhat hear the word a program ly "free" can for four Jack which Okla- velopment HOME Perkins a maxi- to rebuild or homes. at least do four lis money," want to get let people program. We a brand new he is enthusiastic because of in :last year got referring to participated year. program must: and be Own a house that is in need of substantial repairs. Own property located inside of Perkins city limits. Not be closely related to or a business associate of any city official. Not be employed by the City. Homeowners who meet these requirements will either receive extensive home remodeling or their home will be demolished and a new home constructed on the same site. COEDD Grant Administra- tor Lynn Combs said the new homes will be modest in size but "clean, well-built, energy efficient homes." He also noted that mobile homes are eligible for the grant program. Interested homeowners must turn in their applications, along with a proof of income and a proof of property ownership, to city hall by July 17 to qualify. The selected applications will be included with the City's application for grant funding. Rosson stressed that income limits for program qualification are very reasonable. "We think this can benefit lots of homeowners here as well as improving Perkins," Rosson said. "They can even use part of the money to help pay for rent for other housing or a furniture storage fee until their house is Bruncker June Citizen of Month Brandon Bruncker was recognized at the Perkins Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Month during the group's meeting on June 1 9. Bruncker, an agriculture instructor at Perkins-Tryon High School, was commended for his efforts with community events which involve P-T FFA members. Shown presenting the certificate to Bruncker is Patty Johnson, chair of the Chamber Ambassador Committee. Journal photo by Moira K. Wiley OEla/,,o00at tqO00e og' ?at Community Calendar June 28, 5-8 p.m. - Benefit dinner to assist Sean Belford family with medical expenses at Lions De. July 3, noon - Perkins Chamber of Commerce meeting at Lions Den. July 4 - Independence Day July 8, 7:30 p.m. - Perkins VFW & Auxiliary meeting. July 8, 6 p.m. - Perkins City Com- mission meeting at fire station. July 22, 7 p.m. - Greater Perkins Economic Development Authority meeting at Lions Den. Aug. 12, 6 p.m. - Perkins City Commission meeting at fire sta- tion. Aug. 12, 7:30 p.m. - Perkins VFW & Auxiliary meeting. Aug. 21 - Perkins-Tryon Schools fall semester begins County County Commissioners discuss Sales Tax Sample ballots available deannexation, renew contracts ing, District #1 Commissioner Bill Deering questioned why a request by several Perkins' landowners to de-annex from waterline by trenching at 104" and Range Road. Commissioners also approved 10 service contract renewals for By Moira K. Wiley Journal Staff Writer Payne County Commission- ers renewed several service house for at this moderate built." ,. contracts, evaluated bids For an application form and and approved utility permits a compt t Of ligibi!ity requiremefitS'Vkit ns City Hall at 120 N, Main or call However, during the new 54%2445. business portion of the meet- (right) wowed guests during Menagerie Espresso Bar's Summer evening just off Main Street. Menagerie owner Darlene West lends show. High School graduate and student of Meridian Techonology program, showed how to make food fun by demonstrating skills such as > make Flaming Bananas Foster. Photo by David Holbrook 00rustees okay OSU Alumni's lender choice ty Eco- on pre- State the build a special the issu- of not to exceed $10,000,000 in taxable and/or tax-exempt obligations for the benefit of the Alumni Associ- ation's acquisition, construction and equipping of a new alumni center. They also approved the Association's designation of a lead lender with whom to nego- tiate terms of a private placement of these obligations. The Alumni Association made a presentation to the PCEDA several months earlier regarding the new alumni center. In the pre- sentation, the association asked that they send out a request for proposals in regards to the new building. After reviewing the proposals received for lead lender for the negotiated sale of the PCEDA bonds for the Alumni Center Project, the Association recommended Olney BancShares of Texas as their lead lender. Although Olney's bid came See ALUMNI on 2 the Rural Water District #3 was did not want a hearing, but instead would like the matter to go straight to court. It was explained that County Commissioners do have the authority to make decisions regarding the water districts and public hearings give the public the opportunity to gain knowledge about what the water districts are doing. Commissioners approved three utility permits; two with 51 East Water and one with Rural Water #3. The first permit requested by 51 East Water was for the trenching of one-inch line at Fairgrounds and Clayton Lane. The second permit was for a crossing at the comer Diamond Valley and Lakeview for trench- ing of two-inch line rurming 280 feet east. Rural Water #3's permit request was to install a six-inch fiscal year 2003-04. .... .he. first contract was with Wireless for District #3 for cellular phone service for Commissioner Jim Arthur and his road foreman. The contract included a fee of $70 per month for service and $30 per oaonth for unlimited calls between the two parties. Arthur said going through Cingular saves the County about $30 per month over the previous cellular company they used. A contract renewal was also approved with Gary's Lawn Care. Although Chairman Gloria Hesser had recently been questioned about why the County pays for lawn care instead of using inmates, she explained that someone was not always available to do the work, so to avoid the hassle, they chose to use a company on a regular basis. The contract with Gary's included a fee of $125 per week for the Court- See COMMISSION on 2 Lucas chairs hearing to review biotech practices WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Third District Congressman Frank Lucas chaired a hearing last week to explore the state of agriculture biotechnology and its regulation. "This technology has enor- mous potential to increase food production and reduce food waste, as well as improve farm productivity and profitability," Lucas said. "The continued regulation of this science will ensure that biotech products are safe for consumers." Lucas and the subcommittee heard from wimesses from the Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Environmental Protec- tion Agency on their oversight and regulation of biotechnology research and products. The witnesses testified that the system in which biotech products are regulated, called the Coordinated Framework, ensures that the agencies work together to ensure biotech products remain safe for the public. The framework also proposes that biotech products be regulated according to their characteristics and novel fea- tures, and not by their method of production. Testifying were: David Heg- wood, USDA Special Counsel to the Secretary of Agriculture; Lester Crawford, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Food and Drugs; and Stephen Johnson, EPA Assistant Administrator, Office of Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances. Lucas said both members of Congress and the public need a greater understanding of the thorough regulation of biotech- nology products. "The latest techniques of bio- technology are very new, but the idea is thousands of years old," Lucas said. "Since man first See LUCAS on 2 Absentee and Sample ballots for the special county sales-tax election to be held on Aug. 12, are now available at the Payne County Election Board office. Voters who want to have absentee ballots mailed to them for the special election, should apply now, County Election Board Secretary Glenna Craig said. Voters have until Aug. 6 to request absentee ballots be mailed to them. Absentee ballot application forms are available at the County Election Board office located in the Payne County Administration Build- ing, Room 207, at 315 W. 6th Street, Stillwater, or you can download the application form at w ww.elections.state.ok.us "At least two mail transac- tions must be made," Craig said. "The County Election Board must mail the ballots to the voter, and the voter must return the voted ballots by mail. "Ballots must be in the hands of the County Election Board by 7 p.m. on Election Day in order to be counted." Voters also have the option of voting in-person absentee bal- lots on Friday, Aug. 8, Saturday, Aug. 9, or Monday, Aug. 11, in the Election Board office. If you would like informa- tion on absentee voting please contact the Payne County Election Board office at 405- 747-8350, or get information and see a sample ballot at www.paynecounty.org. Thank you for your subscription! Your subscription is impor- tant to us. Thank you's go to the following people who have renewed, or are new subscrib- ers, to The Perkins Journal: Perkins-Tryon: Holly Runner Donny & Sherry Chapman Abe & "Irish Cobb In State: Doris Bentley, Coyle Winfrey Houston, Stillwater Bill Van Ness, Stillwater You've got a friend! Want to buy a friend a sub- scription and save $4? See form on page two...