This weekend is the 64th Annual Big Heart Day in Barnsdall, Oklahoma. Big Heart Day is actually a three day event starting with the Barnsdall Education Foundation Golf Tournament at Adams Golf Course. Friday will also have the Alumni Basketball Games and the Osage Nation Prevention – Movie Under The Stars at 9pm at the Community Center.
First thing Saturday morning join the fishing tournament at 7am at Lake Waxhoma where registered kids will receive a complementary rod and reel set. Chamber of Commerce Vice-President Claude Rosendale sat down with us on KPGM's Talk of the Town last week to discuss the family frendly events including the terrapin race and frog jump.
Make sure you stick around for the Big Heart Day Parade at 10:30 with Parade Marshalls Patsy Mitchell and Wilma Hollingsworth. This year the Barnsdall Alumni meeting will be moved to an earlier time to accommodate members. Rather than 3pm the meeting will take place at 1:30pm. Rosendale said the meeting this year will be to honor long time superintendent Rick Loggins.
The day will culminate in a grand fireworks display set to patriotic music at 9:45pm.
Big Heart Day is organized each year by the Chamber of Commerce, the American Legion Post #227, and the help of the entire Barnsdall community especially Claude Rosendale. The event's major Sponsors include Osage County Tourism, Miller Pump Systems Inc, Amshore U.S. Wind, the Osage Nation, and Zebco.
Monday morning at the meeting of the Osage County Board of County Commissioners, Emergency Management Director Jerry Roberts provided his quarterly report and updated the commissioners on an environmental accident which took place last week. While grading county road 2280 near Barnsdall a county employee hit a buried oil pipe transporting crude oil.
The accident led to the release of nearly 100 barrels of crude oil spilling down from the pipe. Once crews were able to identify the owner of the pipe, Sun Oil, they responded and began to work with County employees to control the spill. Roberts went on to say that they were able to contain approximately 99 percent of the spill, but there will be some leakage.
Discussion continued regarding the lay of the pipe, as it was not buried the recommended 18in below the surface. Roberts said that the line was closer to 3 inched below the surface in the drainage ditch and they will not fault the operator. Roberts added he was fortunate he had hit the crude oil line.
In total the cleanup is estimated to cost nearly $1.3 million. Roberts will provide a follow-up in the near future.
The next meeting of the Osage County Board of County Commissioners will be next Tuesday at the Osage County Courthouse in Pawhuska.
The meeting of the Osage County Board of County Commissioners this week was business as usual, with the exception of a discussion regarding the Courthouse during Citizen's Input. During the meeting the Commissioners approved County funds for tourism and the Tourism Oversite Committee for the 71st Annual Cavalcade, 13th Annual Shidler Car Show, the Post Oak Wine and Jazz Festival, and Skiatook Pioneer Day. The Commissioners also reappointed Cliff Taylor to the Osage County Industrial Board, and approved the use of the Osage County Fairgrounds as a staging area for PSO in the event of emergency conditions.
As a last point in the meeting, during Citizen's Input, District Attorney Rex Duncan discussed that the County is currently conducting jury selection for the next 4 weeks. During which time parking will be limited and public safety will be top priority as more than 100 people will be selected to serve on juries for civil and criminal trials. Safety has been one of the primary topics at the recent Courthouse Review Committee public meetings, and Duncan said it should be the primary concern of the public.
With no space to separate prosecution or defendants awaiting trial, frequently the two parties must share the same space. The concern for this issue has been addressed and is hoping to be resolved by remodeling the existing Courthouse and either moving administrative offices to another building or building a new annex onto the Courthouse. There is only one more public meeting scheduled for the Courthouse Review Committee and it will be held Thursday in Hominy at the County Inter-local Coop at 6:30pm. The public is encouraged to attend and provide feedback.
The next meeting of the Osage County Board of County Commissioners will be next Monday at 10am at the Osage County Courthouse in Pawhuska.
This week at the meeting of the Osage County Board of County Commissioners Samaritan EMS and Hominy EMS provided their monthly service update, the Commissioners discussed and approved juvenile detention agreements, and Charles Hogan of Oakridge Builders provided an update on the OSU Extension Office at the Fairgrounds.
Brett Selvidge of Samaritan EMS provided the Commissioners with their monthly updated, this week Selvidge presented the call numbers and statistics for March. During the month Samaritan responded to 29 calls the majority of which were medical, which occurred with female patients, on Wednesdays.
April Thompson from the City of Hominy provided reports for the Months of March and April. In March Hominy EMS responded to 43 calls the majority of which were medical calls which occurred on Thursdays and for the moth of April the service responded to 48 calls, majority medical, on Wednesdays.
Charles Hogan from Oakridge reported that due to the inclement weather they have fallen behind by approximately a week. However, Hogan did say that the new building fared well through the tremendous amount of rainfall over the past week and no leaks were observed and the building is 100 percent secured with windows, doors, and locks. Hogan said they are just waiting for dry conditions to lay cement pads.
The next meeting of the Osage County Board of County Commissioners will be next Monday at 10am at the Courthouse in Pawhuska.
The Osage County Courthouse Building Review Committee is holding a series of public meetings in order to receive recommendations and input from the public. The Committee has several options they have been discussing regarding the renovation, building, or moving of the Osage County Courthouse in Pawhuska. Each of the events will take place at 6:30pm at the following location and dates.
April 18 at the McCord Sr. Citizens Center, 115 Mary Rd, Ponca City
April 20 at the Osage County Interlocal Coop, 207 E Main, Hominy
April 25 at the Osage County Fairgrounds Ag. Building, Pawhuska
April 27 at Gilcrease Homeowners Association, 1919 W Seminole St, Tulsa
May 2 at the Fairfax Sr. Citizens Center, 600 W Taft, Fairfax
May 4 at the Skiatook Board Meeting Room, 110 n Broadway, Skiatook
May 11 at the Osage County Interlocal Coop, 207 E Main, Hominy
We spoke with Committee Co-Chair and Osage County District Judge John Kane this week for Talk of the Town on KPGM AM1500 and FM99.1 and discussed the importance of public input. Judge Kane said he was surprised with the response from the public at the Tuesday night meeting in Pawhuska.
The results from the poll at the Tuesday night meeting in Pawhuska was almost unanimously in favor of building the new annex to the north of the existing courthouse.
Judge Kane also encouraged everyone to try and attend at least one of the meetings, however if they had any questions they could contact him at the Osage County Courthouse.
You can listen to the replay of this week's Talk of the Town Saturday Morning at 7:40 on KPGM AM 1500, FM 99.1.
For additional information regarding the upcoming meetings you may contact Kandy Jump at (918) 287-3334
Before the meeting Monday morning, District #3 Commissioner Darren McKinney addressed the public in attendance, along with fellow elected officials to apologize. McKinney was arrested Friday evening for driving under the influence, he wished to make that information known to the public from his own mouth, he stated he “knows better” and needed to “own up to his mistakes.”
During the meeting of Osage County Commissioners, Mark Anthony discussed the possibility of starting a community wide paramedic program, to teach citizens and first responders the proper techniques to care for an individual in an emergency, and know when EMS serviced need to be called. The Commissioners wished to further review the information and allow the District Attorney’s Office to review before taking any action.
Also during the meeting the Commissioners approved to surplus numerous items on the Sheriff Department’s Inventory, all of which were no longer needed, several items have not been with the department for many years. Lastly, District #1 Commissioner Jerry Howerton announced his first and second deputy. Leona Taylor will serve as his first and Jay Taylor his second. The next meeting of the Osage County Board of County Commissioners will be next Monday at the Osage County Courthouse in Pawhuska.
At the first April meeting of the Barnsdall Chamber of Commerce, the chamber welcomed the Students of the Month from Barnsdall Junior and Sernior High School, discussed this weekends Easter Egg Hunt, and continued discussion regarding next month's Big Heart Day.
Students of the Month James Cole, Junior at Barnsdall High School, James Allen, 8th grad, and Grace Howell 7th grade were welcomed at the Tuesday meeting, students this month were being recognized for their leadership skills. The Chamber also welcomed one of Barnsdall High School's five Valedictorians for the Graduating 2017 Class Ethan McGill. He was going to be at the state capitol at the next meeting when Barnsdall's Valedictorians were to be honored, therefore McGill stopped by this week to discuss his future plans including attending Oklahoma State University majoring in Agricultural Economics and minoring in Philosophy. McGill is also serving as the Barnsdall Nation Honor Society President and Student Council President.
Chamber Vice-President Calud Rosendale announced that the canopy and electrical work has been completed at the new stage in front of the Community Center. He also stated that the Chamber has already received 18 paid sponsors and 17 paid vendors for Big Heart Day, scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend, and are in good shape for the event.
This Saturday the Barnsdall Chamber, along with American Heritage Bank and the Assembly of God Church will be hosting their annual Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt begins at 10am on Saturday, April 15, at the Barnsdall City Park. Participants will be broken up into two grounds ages 5 and under, and ages 6 to 12. Eggs will be filled with everything from candy to cash prizes up to $20. All participants need to bring is baskets, buckets, or bags for the hunt.
The next meeting of the Barnsdall Chamber of Commerce will be April 25, when the Chamber will welcome the other 4 Valedictorians from Barnsdall High School.
The Osage County Board of County Commissioners started Monday off by welcoming newly elected District #1 Commissioner Jerry Howerton. Howerton was swore in as Commissioner at 9am by District Court Judge John Kane. Commissioner Howerton was met by elected officials, family and friends for his swearing in ceremony. At 10am the Commissioners met for their regularly scheduled meeting.
During the meeting the Commissioners appoints Candy Thomas to serve on the INCOG Economic Development District Board, discussed and selected engineering firms to solicit for work on the Bird Creek Bridge in Pawhuska, and approved the digitization of court records and county school enumeration records for the genealogy organization FamilySearch International, the County will also receive digital copies of the records at no cost.
During the citizens input portion of the meeting Commissioner's Assistant Kandy Jump announced that Brett Brady has been hired for the full-time position at the Osage County Fairgrounds and started working last Thursday. Commissioner Darren McKinney said he had received news from Hominy that they will not need the County's assistance this month to finance their ambulance service as they were able to meet their collection quota, and the new Osage County website should go live this week, it will be available through osage.okcounties.org.
The Next meeting of the Osage County Board of County Commissioners will be next Monday at 10am at the Osage County Courthouse in Pawhuska.
Osage News reports that Osage Active Duty service members and Veterans will soon be able to receive Osage Nation vehicle tags at a reduced rate. On March 31, the Osage Nation Congress unanimously approved bill ONCA 17-38 which amends the Nation’s Revenue and Taxation Act “to allow active duty personnel of the military to obtain vehicle plates at a reduced rate of $15.”
To qualify for the reduced tag rate, active duty service members must possess valid military identification, and veterans must be able to provide a copy of their DD 214 form, or Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty with an honorable discharge rating.
The Tax Commission, which issues the Osage Nation vehicle tags, will be able to issue vehicle tags at the request of an Osage military veteran or active duty service member.
The bill is now subject to consideration of action by Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear.
To read the complete story visit Osage News at http://osagenews.org/en/article/2017/04/05/congress-passes-bill-active-military-duty-personnel-receive-vehicle-tags-reduced-rate/
Osage County voters chose to keep Democratic Candidate Jerry Howerton in place Tuesday night during the Osage County District #1 Commissioner race with 59 percent of the vote. Howerton was running against Republican Candidate Will Cubbage for the vacant seat in District #1, left when Commissioner Bob Jackson retired last July. The special election for the Commissioner seat was just one of several elections taking place Tuesday, the majority of the other races across the County were for City Council positions, but all eyes were on the Commissioner race. This was the first election for the 32 year veteran of County service. Howerton, took the seat on the Board of County Commissioners following Jackson retirement and has held the Deputy position for the past 9 months. Howerton was excited to finally earn the title of Commissioner Tuesday, and thanked his colleagues, County staff, and the community for all their support.
Howerton will swear in and take the Commissioner title at the next meeting of the Osage County Board of County Commissioners on Monday.
In other races, the communities of Barnsdall, Hominy, Fairfax, Skiatook, and Sperry held City Council races. In Skiatook Herb Forbes won over Cody Fuentes. Boa Cox and Charles Cartwright were elected to the Fairfax Board of Trustees, Cartwright winning with four votes over Greg Daley. Ronald Reed won against Emma Pitts with 61 percent of the vote in Hominy, and Betty Fowler won against JD Cole with 62 percent of the vote in Barnsdall.