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Line More By Bob Evans several weeks live on Route 1 Route 2, Perkins, who not already regular :ribers, have re. a complimentary ! of The Perkins Journal. will receive one more alimentary copy next with an opportunity to at a special ductory offer price. you enjoy the Journal want to join the ever list of regular readers. xxxx can you say? The pulled it off; and if old Cowboy fan hadn't it happen, he'd never believed it. They said a came out of Lewis at Stillwater when OU team shut down -- but it was a funny type of a one that mixed elation a report from good that some of those the "cotton bowl" same afternoon aren't ,arth yet. XXXX observations about OU tv broadcast. Was any question about side the announcers rooting for? There was 5 minutes of silence Sooners completed r on-sides kick. the cameras caught of old Woody Hayes to know he's a a hypocrite ever lectures his boys losing gracefully. He a few holes in the , caused considerable equipment him, and almost one of the OU team off his feet when to shake hands with all on national tv He's a nice guy, xxxx the local gridiron evening -- since we vocal abouta poorly game the week before, Should point out that Perkins-Yale game called. The were efficient and way to ake the teams, coaching announcer and the knew exactly what the We don't know who Were, but it was a fine )le of how games be called. the big hero of local clash was Number 73. This old only played a good as left tackle for the team, but grabbed trombone during the and marched in the band in his football This is going way the call of duty and to get a medal for and his loyalty School XXXX Blumer doesn't oUt-of-town magazine They just cost him said the salesmen Agra and sold a worth of magazines. moved on over to here asked t accept the for purchase of Hurley knew the lady, so he agreed to the magazine sales- car and took the giving him change for next day he finds the payment of the Unusual thing about it Hurley was able to 1 smile about the thing -- such as it XXXX tells me the probably won't be do anything about the parking out in the new post office. said the city owns the almost up to the and the post office their money on city streets. on Page 14) News and Views of the Cimarron Valley PERKINS JOURNAL 20 cents VOL. 87 NO. 52 PERKINS, PAYNE COUNTY, OKLAHOMA 74059 THURSDAY, SEPTEMBIR 29, 1977 Election dates are set Ripley citizen is pursuing Recall Petition Lynn Osborn, Town Attor- ney, told the Ripley Town Council Thursday night Sept. 22, that he was unable to find a procedure which gave the board authority on its own to act on the recall petition to remove the board chairman from his official duty. However, he stated that if the person or persons who circulated or signed the petitions desired to proceed vith their efforts to remove Dale Carothers, chairman, complaints must be filed with the Attorney General or District Attorney. Without such action, it was the town attorney's opinion that the recall petition was ineffec. Live. As a result, Carletta Coon, who circulated the recall petition claiming Carothers was negligent in his duty as chairman of the town board, contacted both the gover- nor's office and the attorney general's office. Tom Ryan, administrative aide for the governor, had communicated with Attorney General Larry Derryberry, to consider the town problem. Mrs. Coon stated she was informed by the attorney general that state laws do not provide for legal action in behalf of unchartered towns, such as Ripley, with ouu direction from the governor's office. Mrs. Coon also said her complaint is based on Title 51, Section 93 & 94 of the State Statutes regardin procedures and legitimate reasons for a recall of elected officials. Ryan, according to Mrs. Coon, assured the Ripley resident the petition alleging the chairman with neglect of ' duty was adequate for legal action. Over 60 persons had signed the recall petition. A I letter and a copy of the recall petition was sent to the state officials for further consider. ation. An ordinance was drafted at the Thursday night meeting by the trustees of the Ripley Public Works Authority to call an election m regard to the town leasing their Revenue producing utilities to the P.W.A and to incur an indebtedness not to exceed $150,000 to pay the costs and expenses inciden- tal to such enlargements and improvements. The town board also agreed to place the question on the ballot Nov. 1, as to whether or not the residents of Ripley choose to re-district the town. The present plat is divided into three wards. The question involves an equal distribution of eligible voters into five wards allowing greater representa- tion through council mem- bers. Over 55% of the registered voters have al- ready petitioned the board to expand the number of wards to equalize the town's population. The Chamber of Com- merce presented such a plan to the board this summer which the council will take into consideration. Lana Richardson, town clerk, urges all residents not registered to do so before the books are closed 10 days prior to the town's election. Anyone wishing to register should contact the town registrar or inquire at the town hall. Polling places will be open at 7:00a.m. and (Continued on Back Page) Golly, they won't even let a guy grow old gracefully--is probably what Dick& Rogers thought Friday when he drove into the bank parking lot and saw this sign. Yep, it was his birthday. With Dickie, and responsible for the sign are, Raylene Smith and Monta Lynn Brown. Community Education Program Progress The third meeting of the Community Education Steer- ing Committee met Tuesday night at the P-T High School with Opal Olson, chair- person presiding. The Survey forms approved at the last meeting have been circu- lated at random in the Perkins area. New Tag Office will Open Monday Mrs. Bill Blair told The Journal this week that she would have her office opened for business at 9 a.m. Monday morning. Mrs. Blair was appointed as Perkins Tag Agent recently and has been undergoing training for the past few weeks. Her office will be located in the Wells' building the first door south of The Perkins Journal office. Mrs. Blair told the Journal. "I hope the people will be patient with me for a while until I become accustomed to all the rules and regulations and all the bookkeeping proceedures. I may take me a few weeks to get it all together, but l'm looking forward to serving as the Perkins tag agent.". Kentucky man is named new Co-op Manager High on the sample tallies, Bob Brown of Smithland, before final results were Kentucky, has been employ- tabulated, were such inter, ed as new manager of the ests as Community Issues Cimarron Valley Co-op in Forum, Family Financing Perkins. a.nt Inflation, Fishing Tech. Brown is expected to be in tuques, Weight Reduction, Perkins October 3. He was and Furniture Refinishing. Other points of high interest were Horticulture, Income Tax Preparation, Cake Decorating, Candy Making, Exercise Groups, Backyard Gardening, Flower Arrangements and Oil Paint- ing. Some of these courses outlined by Mrs. Olson are available through the County Extension office. A Red Cross class in First Aid is already available. Others are yet to be decided upon as a result of further studies and needs. Mrs. Olson said a letter of proclamation will be present- ed to the Perkins Town Council Monday night for their endorsement as a Community project. Steve Russell and Walter Owsley will discuss the Community Education Pro- gram with Council members. Representatives were ap- pointed by Mrs. Olson to approach the school board, local ministers and other (Continued on Page 8) originally from Oklahoma and has been managing a rmers Co-op in Kentucky for the past three years. Brown will replace Dwane Darrow who resign- ed the manager's position to take a similar post at a Cooperative in Wakita. Okla. School will be out Friday School will be closed Friday, September 30, so that the Teachers can attend the annual meeting of Payne County teachers. The meeting will include a business meeting and talks by representatives of Okla- homa Education Association and by Judge Roy Wall. Friday night the local Demons will host Davenport in the homecoming football game. Lions approve $1000 for Decorations The Lions Club pancake Supper committee put the finishing touches on the plans for Friday evening's pancake supper to be held at the school cafeteria. Serving will start at 5:30 and continue to 7:30. It was pointed out that the Farmers Appreciation Night will be October 17, and invitations will go out soon. The club agreed to purchase up to $1000 in Christmas decorations for Main Street, and will ask the city to match this. The city meets Monday evening. Don Page who manufactures the Christmas decorations at- tended the meeting to display samples of the type of fixtures that will be purchased. If enough funds are gathered, the decor- ations will include an 8 foot lighted tinseled Christmas tree decorations on each of the 18 posts on Main Street, from Kirk Street on the north to Knipe Street on the south edge of town. The Perkins club was asked to consider sponsoring a Lions club at Carney. The request came at a recent 3M zone meeting at Stillwater. A local member was asked to check with some Carney residents to see how much interest there was in Carney towards starting a Lions Club. Harland Wells reported that the Stillater National Guard unit said they would take on the wall of the Lions building as an engineering project. Under their plan they would bring an l beam from Stillwater, knock out the wall, install the l beam and other processes in the project. It would be a weekend training project for the National Guard group. The club agreed to accept their offer of assistance. Don Page, Oklahoma City, displays an 8 foot Christmas decoration similar to what will be bought for Perkins Main Street. New Open Meeting Law begins Oct I The State's new Open Meeting Law goes into effect October 1, which will make several additions to the existing law -- basically an effort by public boards to notify the public when they will meet. Starting in October the agenda for public board meetings must be posted 24 hours in advance of the meeting. Both the city and school said they would begin meeting this requirement this week. City Clerk Elizabeth Wise said the agenda of the 7:30 p.m. Monday city meeting will be posted at the city hall Friday. Supt. Shelby Wyatt said the agenda of Monday's 7:30 p.m. school board meeting will be posted at the school administrative offices Friday also. Another part of the new law requires public boards to post their regular meeting dates for the year with the proper clerk by December 15. A register will be maintained in the county clerk's office whereby any interested resident may see when any meeting in the county will be held, the date and place. Any changes in the meeting places or the times must be entered on the register in advance of the meeting. State boards must enter their scheduled meetings with the Secretary of State. Municipal boards and trusts must enter their scheduled meetings with the Municipal clerk (city clerk) who will maintain a register. Special meetings are pro- vided for as long as 48 hour notice of the meeting is listed with the proper clef k . Emergency meetings may be held without public notice provided. An emergency meeting is described as: "Any meeting called for the purpose of dealing with an emergency. For purposes of this act, an emergency is defined as a situation involving injury to persons or injury and damage to public or personal property or immediate financial loss when the time requirements for public notice of a special meeting would make such procedure impractical and increase the likelihood of injury or damage or immedi- ate financial loss." Even then the person calling such an emergency meeting shall give as much advance public notice as is reasonable and possible under the circum- stances existing, in person or (Coninued on Page 9) This Week's Question: There seems to be considerable traffic congestion on Perkins Main Street making it difficult to back out, enter the line of traffic or cross the street. Do you think there should be another 4-way stop to break the traffic I flow? To Vote No , call Last Week's Question 547-2972 President Carter is urging the U. S. Senate to approve ratification of a new Panama Canal treaty that would turn ownership of the canal to Panama within the next 20 years. Do you think the Senate should ratify the treaty? Yes..17% No...83% There is no need to talk. The "hang up" sound you hear is your vote being recorded. Call anytime before Noon Tuesday to Register Your Vote. Revaluation procedure friction results in petition to District Court for relief Two Payne County resi- dents, Jack Downey and John H. Bode, have petition- ed the District court for relief in increased assessment of their properities. The court litigation is another of several disagree- ments between the Equali. zation Board, the County Assessor, the District Attor- ney, and residents of the county. The Equalization Board, according to an Attorney General's ruling obtained by Rep. Joe Manning, has sole authority on adjustment of assessments except that the Assessor would have the right to court action if deemed necessary. It was prior to obtaining the decision that the Equalization Board asked by resolution, for the Assessor to hold off on appraisals until an on-site inspection could be made. They asked for taxes for this year to be based on 10% more than the 1975 taxes until an inspec- tion could be made. The Assessor, Mrs. Mildred Starks, presented the board a letter giving "her notice of intent" that she will instruct the District Attorney to perfect appeals from any orders from lowering assess. ments that she feels are unreasonable due to ques- tion of law and fact. The Equalization Board backed off their resolution and left assessments stand as they were. It was this action, claims Jack Downey, that placed him in a predicament where he could find no recourse or relief by protest because the Equalization Board hears residents from the last Monday in April until the first Monday in June. After and before these days, the board serves as the County Excise Board. In his District Court Brief, Downey claims that on January 12, 1977. he protested in writing his increase in assessed valu- ation to the Board of Equalization. He had previ- ously carried on conversation and discussion with mem- bers of the Assessors office. On April 25, 1977, Downey appeared before the Board of Equalization for a hearing which lasted about two and one-half hours. The Board agreed to make an on-sight inspection of Mr. Downey's property on April 26, 1977 as designated by board min- utes. On April 26, 1977, the Board of Equalization made an on-sight inspection of some of Mr. Downey's property. Board members Lester Smith and Joe Hastings, agreed and in- formed Mr. Downey that some of the properties were assessed too high and some of the soil maps were not accurate. Consequently, Mr. Downey assumed that he had received the relief he had asked for. According to the brief, on May 2, 1977, the public received notice through the newspapers that the Board of Equalization had rolled back all agricultural land assess. ments to the 1976 assessed valuation plus 10% for inflation. Consequently Mr. Downey was assured that his advalorem tax problems had been solved by the action of the Board of Equalization. The brief continues, "Dur- ing the week of May 9, 1977, Mr. Downey spoke with Board member Lester Smith. Lester Smith assured Mr. Downey that the people who had filed individual protests (Continued on Page 10)