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7" Latest installment in "Get a Charge Out of Life !" Page 5 perkins, oklt ho t Howce of Ahhaitty I "PAYNE COUNTY'S OLDEST NEWSPAPER" Wednesday-Thursday Edition July 11 - 12, 2001 111 No. 42 Q will soon be of SH 33 in Transporta- con- ;33.2 improve county lterstates Projects in- , re- [Safety improve- contracts Ellis, Grady, , Kay, Logan, Ma- Murray, Oklahoma, Payne, Pontotoc, Roger Mills, Coun- Inc. of The intersection of SH 33 and US 177 (North Main StreeO awarded the will soon be sporting new traffw signals. The signals will be 051.30 the first ever installed in Perkins. Signals. help with traffic some of the "We will really watch it," he and bridge construction on a Police Chief said. "We can't have people try- monthly basis. said. "I think it ing to beat the yellow light at The panel normally meets delays highway speeds." the first Monday of each month. The Commission - an eight-The commission's next meeting poltce wtll member panel appointed by the ts scheduled for Monday, Aug. eye on mo- governor to oversee the state's 6, at 11 a.m, in the R.A. Ward signals are in- transportation development - Transportation Building in awards project contracts for road Oklahoma City. Installation of the signals will be completed during the next six weeks, according to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Before a project is awarded, work orders are issued. Contrac- the Oklahoma Department of tars have a grace period to be- Transportation researches, plans gin work, typically within six and designs work to be done. weeks after a contract is Contractors bid competitively, awarded unless a later specified with the Oklahoma Transp0rta- start date is allowed. However, t.ion Commission selecting the unusual weather or other factors winning firm. can delay a project. Once contracts are awarded, attempting to correct problems at state parks -- State lagoon complexes that serve volume, and to make modifica- Considering aTexoma's park and lodge have tions needed in the resort to tie iSSue to correct insufficient capacity and sewage into Kingston's system, Jayroe !and sewer prob- spills over the dikes, advised. parks. For example, when a DEQ rep- An alternative would be to ap- resentative inspected the Lake create a centralized treatment theTour- TexomaLodge wastewater treat- lagoon complex in the vicinity ment system on Dec. 18 andof the park maintenance barn. design work again Jan. 5, "the final lagoon Treated wastewater from the fi- address critical cell was overflowing" and nal treatment cell would be ap- problems" at wastewater "appeared to beplied to the ground at times of Tenkiller, seeping through the lagoonthe year when the soil could ad- and Red Rock dikes." Both conditions "consti- equately accept the moisture. Parks. "After tuted unpermitted discharges," Because of the poor quality of the reports the DEQ informed the Tourism the existing sewage lift stations depa nent Ex- and Recreation Department.throughout the park, seven new Jane If the problem is not fixed, lift stations would be installed. , E. Jayroe advised: Consulting engineers esti- Pro * The U.S. Army Corps of En- mate the cost of the plans at gineers could prohibit further fa- $2.4 million to $4 million. cility development and expan- Lake Texoma State Park at- of not sion. tracts about a million and a half Private entrepreneurs con- visitors each year, the Tourism be severe," cerned about inadequate infra- and Recreation Department es- "The state has structure might be deterred timates. state "from considering investment at -- The Sequoyah State Park g the resort." sewage disposal system has a mat- * The Corps of Engineers could similar shortcoming, Jayroe re- she choose not to renew the state's ported. Of the park's eight sew- 14 letter, property lease, which is up for age lagoon sites, five are inun- in- renewal this year. dated by Fort Gibson Lake dur- The DEQ could issue a con- ing flood stages and the main echoed Mark sent order directing the Tourism lagoon leaks. director of and Recreation Department to The Tourism and Recreation abide by environmental stan- Department has been cited by in a March dards, and the federal Environ- the DEQ because of the waste- action is re- mental ProtectionAgency (EPA) water problems, records reflect. could assess fines for failure to Failure to correct the deficien- from comply, cies could lead to a consent or- a source of Rep. Kenneth Corn, chair- der and fines from the EPA, to Oklahomans man of the House Committee on J ayroe said. Tourism and Recreation, said The Corps of Engineers has multiple potential solutions to advised Tourism and Recre- the dilemma have been pro-ation that because the environ- posed. The Howe Democrat said mental problem has not been !l)epartmentes- the Legislature will leave the remediated, the state is not in of correctingdecision to the Tourism Depart- compliance with the conditions ment. of its lease with the federal gov- Problems at theOne option proposes trans- ernment, which expired in hat $11 million, porting all wastewater from the 1998. at have been Texoma resort to Kingston. A In addition, the Corps has Solutions that "considerable investment would advised the Department that no be required" to enlarge facilities can be added to the ex of heavy Kingston's sewage treatment ca- lf the seven- pacity to handle the additional See Parks - page 10 Boyd address local Laura Boyd Laura Boyd, candidate for Lieutenant Governor, willbethe program that they said Boyd featured speaker at the next "developed" and "pioneered." meeting of the Payne County In her role as a counselor, Boyd Democrats, to be held Thursday, was working on the issue of via- July 12, at Rodolfo's Restaurant, lence and crises in our schools Cushing. ten years ago. Before leaving Dinner will begin at 6 p.m., the legislature, she led the fight with the program starting at 7 to reduce car tag fees, a mea- p.m. sure that 80 percent of state vot- Boyd will be running as a ers supported in a referendum Democrat for Lt. Governor in last year. Her landmark "Ryan the 2002 elections. She will dis- Luke" law cracked down on cuss the significance of the 2002 child abuse and sexual preda- elections, the importance of hav- tars. A bill she authored helped ing Democratic leadership at the make Oklahoma one of the first capitol, and her commitment to states to get tough on elderly serving the state energetically as abuse. Many states have since Lt. Governor. followed her model legislation. "To create more jobs and She supported over 20 different energize our economy, we need tax relief measures and she co- a strategy to improve education sponsored the Quality Jobs Act, at all levels and to make sure we which is credited with creating are giving young people and thousands of jobs. businesses the tools they need Boyd, a national and inter- to succeed in the 21 st Century," national consultant, is owner of Boyd says. "As someone with Policy and Performance Con- 25 years of small business ex- sultants, Inc. She is also an As- perience and 25 years as an edu- sistant Adjunct Professor of Hu- cator, I am uniquely positioned man Relations at the University to lead the way toward better of Oklahoma and has taught for schools and a stronger economy 16 years on the graduate and asLt. Governor." undergraduate level. Since In 1992, Laura Boyd was 1993, Boyd has been recog- elected to represent Norman in nized for her leadership and the Oklahoma House of Repre- public service 44 different times sentatives. In her six years in the by various state and national or- house, Boyd served on 8 cam- ganizations. She is married to mittees and chaired the newly attorney David Rambo. They created Community and Family are members of St. John's Epis- Responsibilities Committee. copal Church, Norman. They The Daily Oklahoman recently have two daughters, Susan, age editorialized in favor of renew- 28, and Brooke, age 20. Laura ing the College Savings Plan, a and David are especially proud Community Calendar July 19, 12 p.m. - Perkins Chamber of Commerce meet- ing at Lions Den. July 20, 8 a.m. - Perkins Main Street Golf Tournament, Cimarron Trails. August 2, 12 p.m. - Perkins Chamber of Commerce meet- ing at Lions Den. August 4, 11:30 a.m. - Perkins Masonic Lodge pot- luck dinner at 914 E Kirk. August 6, 7:30 p.m. - Perkins City Commission meeting at the Fire Station. August 6, 7:30 p.m. - Perkins-Tryon School Board meeting. August 16, 12 p.m. - Perkins Chamber of Commerce meet- ing at Lions Den. Thank you for your subscription! Your subscription is important to us. Thank yous go to the following people who have renewed, or are new subscrib- ers, to The Perkins Journal: Perkins-Tryon: Lydia Myers, Palmer & Ruth Westfall, Matt & Teresa Boyles, Cecil & Sue Dodrill, Steve & Mary Cundiff, Frank & Judy Spillars, Robin Wil- son, David & Sharon Kinzie, Nicki Skaggs, Danny & Sherry Chapman, Myles & Kathrun Bostian, Eugene & Christine Murray, Dale W. Jarvis, Betty J. Stanton, Tim & Helen Cole, Mrs. Eugene Hardy, Kirk & Toni Battles Donna Payne, Amanda Sadler and Susan Ross. In State: Marianna O. Ward, David & Tammie Wilkinson, Bruce & Sue Blackburn, and Robert & Katherine Taylor of Stillwater, B.W. Hickman of OKC, Bill & Bernice Hudspeth of Enid and Walt & Bea Bridenstine of Coyle. Out of State: CliffAcuff of Cartersville, GA, Doyle & Darlene Stephens of Prescott, AZ and Joe Austin Carson of Brooklyn, NY. to be grandparents of Josie Thayer, age five, who is a regu- lar on the campaign trail. "This is a great opportunity for our citizens to meet a can- didate who is a true friend to education and to families," said Payne County Democrats Co- Chair Claudean Reynolds. "Laura is one of the most intel- ligent people I know, yet she is always approachable and listens to what you have to say. I en- courage everyone to come out and meet her.Keith Butler, can- didate for Congress (3rd Dis- trict), and Tom Boettcher, can- didate for US Senate, have also been invited to attend. There will be time for informal visit- ing with the candidates during the dinner hour. Rodollb's is lo- cated at 2300 E. Main (High- way 51), Cushing, on the north side of the highway and on the east side of town. Perkins Main Street FUNdraiser Golf Tournament Friday, July 20 8 a.m. Cimarron Trails Golf Course Honorary Hosts Congressman Wes and Lou Watkins For more information, call 547-2000