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Sl "PAYNE OLDEST NEWSPAPER" Wednesday-Thursday Edition December 5-6, 2001 Volume 112 No. 11 PROPOSITIONS .... 1 t NO. 1 the City of Perkins approve and Ordinance .No. 256 amending existing City Sales Tax Ordinance as Section 6-24 of Chapter 6 the Perkins City Code by adding renovation, maintenance, construction of the City's library as purposes of the existing percent (1%) capital improvement tax revenues? FOR THE PROPOSITION - YES THE PROPOSITION - NO IOPOSITION NO. 2 the City of Perkins approve and Ordinance No. 257 authorizing expenditure of a sum nol to $230,000.00 for the renova- and remodeling of the Thomas tlhite Public Library? FOR Ill THE PROPOSITION - YES IIi tWO Ill renovation fate to be decided residents will be deciding the fate of the library ect during the municipal vote on Tuesday, Dec. propositions are on the sample ballot shown above. city manager named Andrews ! Contributing Writer was employed by City Commission ion of city manager commission's regu- Monday eveping. manager, Rosson will a team member with the and commission to ac- the affairs of govern- for the position at $45,000 per Rosson and his wife, to the area very plan to be in town Dec. The couple has four each of whom of state. Jack Rosson expertise to this and will be an asset to His wife Joyce, will be a posi- to Perkins. In other business, the ssion agreed to earmark from a CD to match the committed from the ; Community Foundation commitment for a grant application val- 000. The applica- ill be submitted to the in January 2002 and used for a streetscape g walking no action concerning driveway repairs at the Wassell residence at 107 Timberline. Support help for the planning commission was tabled at this time. The commis- Kids caring Additional funding assures total of $12.3 million for full federal funding of project WASHINGTON - U.S. Con- funds, mated by transportation officials gressman Wes Watkins has se- "After talking to local leaders to be sufficient funding to corn- cured additional federal fund: and citizens, the Highway 177 plete the project. ing to widen Highway 177 be- widening project was at the top "While the project south of tween Perkins and Stillwater. of everyone's priority list. Be- Perkins remains important, ev- Watkins announced Friday cause the state did not come eryone I have spoken tohas said morning, Nov. 30, that he has through with funding for the if it has to be one project or the won the inclusion of legislative project, we had to look for ad- other, they would rather see the language in the FY 2002 Trans- ditional federal funding if we widening of 177 between p , ~, • portation Appropriations con- wanted to get this project done, Stillwater and erkms, Watkins ference report to allow $4.3 mil- and I am pleased to report we said. lion in federal money that were successful in our efforts," "These types of funding trans- Watkins earmarked last year for Watkins stated, fers are very uncommon. My improvements to a section of Last year Watkins obtained $8 seniority and the personal rela- Highway 177 south of Perkins million in federal funding for the tionships I have developed dur- tobe transferred forusein wid- proposed widening of U.S.ing my ten congressional terms ening Highway 177 between Highway 177 between were very beneficial in securing Perkins and Stillwater. Stillwater and Perkins, with the these funds," he stated. Earlier this year Watkins expectation that state funds The FY 2002 Transportation learned that the state portion of would be used to make up the Appropriations bill passed the the funding for the widening balance of the project's cost. U.S. House of Representatives project had not materialized, so The new transfer of funds means Friday, and is expected to pass Watkins began working to se- Watkins has now secured a to- the U.S. Senate and be signed cure alternate federal money to tal of $12.3 million to widen into law by President Bush. make up for the lack of state Highway 177, which is esti- Two in race for school board position Suzette Barta and Tommy The Board of Education posi- Board is also open. As of press Roper have filed as candidates tions at stake in Payne County time only one person, Jack for the open seat on Perkins- will be filled at the Annual Turner, had filed for that posi- Tryon School Board. School Election schedules Feb tion. The two are vying for Office 12, 2002. If no candidate re- The Ripley School Board po- #2, which is a five-year term of ceives more than 50 percent of sition is also for Office #2, a office, the total votes cast in this elec- five-year term of office. Glenna Craig, secretary of the tion, the two candidates receiv- Inquires regarding candidate Payne County Election Board, ing the highest number of votes filings should be directed to the said the filing period began will meet in an election on Tues'- Payne County Election Board Monday, Dec. 3, and ends at 5 day, April 2, 2002. office at 918 S. Main Street, p.m. Wednesday, Dec 5. A seat on the Ripley School Stillwater, OK. 405-743-4338. Some Perkins kids are showing their concern for their Children. counterparts in war-torn Afghanistan. Children at Educare Educare Director Betty Weems said the money has come Daycare and Kid's Klub Aflerschool Program have donated completely from donations by the children. $55, which will be sent to the Americas Fund for Afghan Journal photo by Cindy Sheets well as land- and lighting, sion also met in executive ses- gi eq an 80/20 endeavor sionconcern!ngaction/litigationLe slator r uests teacher salary review to be a presti- pursuant to title 25 O.S. 307(4). for the City of In Perkins Public Works OKLAHOMA CITY -- The land Republican said. "Tell me don't want to be there and don't Perkins Main Street Authority business, Larry variance among salaries for what the difference is in aclass want to belearning." ,st and author Moorman reported that Liquid teachers and professors across such as American history, Ferguson also pointed out that grant application re- Engineering had completed their the state prompted Rep. Larry whether it is taught in high most career technology teachers the City of Perkins inspection and cleaning of two Ferguson to request a study to school or on the college level." are employed for a 12-month A letter from water towers. The standpipe on review salaries in education. "Teachers in our public contract period as opposed to a stating the City of Knipe Street may require some Ferguson said he discovered schools must be in a classroom 10-month contract for common s' commitment will be work on the inside. The oldest "a great discrepancy in what we six or seven hours each day, but school teachers. in the application pa- tower behind city hall was not pay people, especially the same college instructors teach in a Dr. Ann Benson, director of completed as the company felt types of people" in education, classroom for nine to twelve the state Department of Career The commission was the top ladder was unsafe. The He requested a study to evalu- hours per week," he empha- and Technology Education, de- updated Perkins City PPWA will view the videos taken ate teachers' salaries from the sized, fended the higher salaries in to review. This of the inside of the towers and level of common education to Ferguson told members of the technology, saying the special- will be put to final print report their findings. Moorman higher education. House Appropriations and Bud- ization of the programs require the outcome of the re- also stated the booster pumps He said the average salary for get Subcommittee on Education a high level of skill. "We look Some phrasing has were online at the lift stations a public school teacher is that the salaries ofcommon edu- for teachers from within the in- concerning town to north of the city.' Sixty pounds $33,600; a teacher at a career cation teachers need to be raised dustry, so we are also compet- ordinances, and inclu- pressure was measured at technology school, approxi- to keep them teaching, espe- ing with salaries in the field," the city manager. The Cimarron Trails and 45 pounds mately $45,000; at a two-year cially when higher education she said. is consistent with pressure at the golf course. The college, over $50,000; and offers better salaries and much Dr. Phil Berkenbile, associate charter. Number of cop- PPWA will continue to monitor more than $60,000 at a four- better schedules, director of Career and Technol- cost of production was the situation and adjust as nec- year college, "Teachers at the higher edu- ogy Education, agreed that tech- and will be deter- essary. "If I were a history or English cation level have students who nology education faces a chal- Final copies will In other PPWA consid- teacher, I would have a hard want to be there. About 50 per- ienge in keeping teachers be- at a minimal charge, erations, Rick Jarvis expressed time wanting to teach public cent of high school graduates cause of the competitive salaries tabled subject to a desire to meet with entities of school when I could go to a attend college," Ferguson said. within the industry. "We're los- community college and make "Common education teachers The commission took See Manager - page 4B more and work less," the Cleve- have to deal with students who See Teachers - page 4B Hom of DI Muth Community Calendar ,,Dec. 7 - Perkins-Tryon Schools early dismissal day: elementary- 1 p.m.; middle and high school- 1:15 p.m. • Dec. 6, noon - Perkins Chamber of Commerce meeting at Lions Den. • Dec. 8, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. - POSSE selling smoked meats at Market Maze. ,,Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. - Pictures with Santa at Cimarron Trails. • Dec. 8, 6-9 p.m. - Ladies Retreat Night at Zero Gravity Hair & Wellness Center. • Dec. 11 - Election Day - municipal vote on li- brary expansion. • Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m. - VFW Post #7322 and La- dies Auxiliary meeting. • Dec. 13 - Old Fashioned Country Christmas 5-8:30 p.m. - Festivi- ties begin with seasonal activities downtown, in- cluding a visit from Santa. 5 p.m. - Chili Supper and Wreath Auction at Lion's Den. 6 p.m. -Tree lighting ceremony at Sheri Hall Gordcn Memorial Park. 6-8 p.m. - Chocolate Fest and Book Sale at Thomas-Wilhite Memo- rial Library. • Dec. 15 - Holly Jolly Sweepstakes festivities 10;30 a.m.-1 p.m. - Stew• and Combread Lunch at Lions Den. 11 a.m.-1 p.m.- Chili Frito Pie sale south of Sasser & Co. Antiques. 1 p.m. - Holly Jolly Sweepstakes Grand Prize drawing downtown. • Dec. 15, 6-9 p.m. - La- dies Retreat Night at Zero Gravity Hair & Wellness Center. • Dec. 19 - Perkins-Tryon Schools fall semester ends. • Dec. 20-Jan. 3 - Perkins-Tryon Schools Christmas break. • Dec. 20, noon - Perkins Chamber of Commerce meeting at Lions Den. • Dec, 21 - First day of winter. Thank you for your subscription! Your subscription is important to us. Thank yous go to the following people who have renewed, or are new subscribers, to The Perkins Journal: Perkins-Tryon: Bryan & Jennifer Cummings • Lisa Cundiff • Carmelita Hazelbaker • Mr. & Mrs. Harold Martin • George & Emma Hardin • Rosa Mahar • John Byram In State: Stillwater Medical Center • Tom & Dorothy Arthur, Stillwater • Joe & Patricia Merrell • Donald R. Brown, Tecumseh • Eva G. Cox, Carney • Mildred H. Phillips, Drumright You've got a friend! Want to buy a friend a subscription and save $4? See form on page two... 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