A Public Hearing was held Tuesday evening during the Meeting of the Pawhuska Municipal Trust Authority. Representative from INCOG Julie Miner discussed an opportunity the City has to initiate a Master Incentive District Plan. The Incentive Plan will provide an opportunity for economic growth in Pawhuska by enabling business owners and prospective building owners to improve buildings, in the historic district, at a fixed property tax rate. Executive Director of the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Director Joni Nash discussed the plan onKPGM's Talk of the Town Thursday.
The Public Hearing closed after several questions from the City Council, and the public. Another Public Hearing is scheduled on the same topic for December 19, at noon at the City Hall in Pawhuska.
This week at the meeting of the Pawhuska City Council, Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority or OMPA representative Drake Rice provided an OMPA update. Rice stated that OMPA is serving and providing power for 42 cities across Oklahoma, and with the recent improvements to their power systems they should not experience any supply shortages in the near future. Rice also said that the City should only expect to see an marginal increase to costs effective January 1, 2017, approximately .04 percent.
Rice also stated that OMPA individual customers may request a Residential Energy Audit during which a representative will test a residence to see where energy savings can be made. Rice told the council that the most common and efficient way for customers to decrease their energy consumption is to improve their attic insulation. Residential customers may apply for the Program on-line at http://ompa.com/
Rice also announced that OMPA has began purchasing power from Wind Farms in Grant County however the increase in the power supply will not be available until 2020. The Pawhuska City Council will meet again for a Special Meeting on December 19, at noon to hold a Public Hearing.
Monday at the meeting of the Osage County Board of County Commissioners the Board heard from Ladd Drummond regarding the Kennedy Building in Downtown Pawhuska, discussed the hiring of a new part-time employee for Osage County E-911, approved several grants for the Nutrition Program, and appointed Commissioners for the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Ladd Drummond made a brief statement, during the meeting, about interest in purchasing the Kennedy Building in Downtown Pawhuska. Drummond was curious what the process would be to make the building available. The County currently owns the building and the Commissioners along with Osage County District Attorney Rex Duncan discussed what would be necessary to make the building available sale to the public.
Duncan came to the determination that a new building appraisal will have to be conducted before the County could move any further. Three previous appraisals were conducted for the Kennedy Building in October 2015 which appraised the building at face-cash-value between $120,000 and $200,000. Once the building is appraised the County will need 2/3 of the appraised value when it is sold through a bid process. The item was tabled until further action, including the appraisal can take place.
The Commissioners also tabled the hiring of a part-time employee for E-911 in order to review the accepted applications, and approved Steve Ridener and Terry Shreve for serve an additional 4 year term on the Planning and Zoning Commission. The next meeting of the Osage County Board of County Commissioners will be held next Monday, at the Osage County Courthouse in Pawhuska.
On Monday, December 5, the Osage County Board of County Commissioners will meet for their regularly scheduled meeting. On the agenda for the upcoming meeting is the discussion and possible action to hire a new part-time employee for Osage County E-911; Discussion and possible action to sign the County Department reports for November; and the discussion and possible Action from Ladd Drummond regarding future development of the Kennedy Building in Downtown Pawhuska.
The County Commissioners will also discuss the reappointment of Steve Rinener and Terry Shreve for the Osage County Planning Commission. The Osage County Board of County Commissioners meets each Monday a 10am at the Osage County Courthouse in Pawhuska.
Osage County Election Board Secretary Andrea Conner said in a press release that candidates for the Board of Education in Osage County school districts will need to file their Declarations of Candidacy over three days beginning at 8am on Monday, December 5, and continuing Tuesday and Wednesday.
Conner said the official filing period ends at 5pm, on Wednesday, December 7th. All candidate filings will occur at the Osage County Election Board office, 630 Kihekah Ave, in Pawhuska.
The Board of Education positions at stake will be filled at the Annual School Election scheduled February 14, 2017. If no candidate receives more than 50% of the total votes cast in this election, the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes will meet in a Runoff Election on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.
Offices for which Declarations of Candidacy will be accepted at the County Election Board office include the following:
Anderson C-52: Office #1 – 1 yr. unexpired term, Office #2 – 2 yr. unexpired term, and Office #3 – 3 yr. term
Avant C-35: Office #2-3yr. Term
Barnsdall I-29:Office #2 – 5 yr. term
Bowring C-7:Office #1-3 yr. Term, and Office #3-2 yr. unexpired term
Hominy I-38:Office #2 – 5 yr. term
McCord C-77:Office #3 – 3 yr. term
Osage Hills C-3:Office #3 – 3 yr. term
Pawhuska I-2:Office #2-5 yr. term
Prue I-50:Office #2 – 5 yr. term
Shidler I-ll:Office #2 – 5 yr. Term
Woodland I-90:Office #2-5 yr. term
Wynona I-30:Office #2-5 yr. Term and Office #5-3 yr. unexpired term
For more information, contact the Osage County Election Board at (918) 287-3036. You can also download a Declaration of Candidacy at the State Election Board website http://www.elections.ok.gov/
The Filing Period, Special Primary and Special General Election for District 1 Commissioner for Osage County is set for anyone wishing to file for the seat. Candidates will have the opportunity to file starting Monday December 5 through December 7 at 5pm. Once candidates have file, if there is a contested party race, a Special Primary will be held February 14, and a Special General Election will be held April 4. In the event a Special Primary is not necessary the Special General Election will be held February 14.
Those wishing to file as a candidate for District 1 Commissioner will need to file at the Osage County Election Board Office in Pawhuska, and any additional information may be requested by calling (918) 287-3036 or at the Election Board Office at 630 Kihekah Ave.
Osage County Election Board Secretary Andrea Conner said candidates for municipal offices for the City of Pawhuska will be able file Declarations of Candidacy beginning at 8am Monday, December 5. The filing period will end at 5pm Wednesday, December 7.
Declarations of Candidacy will be accepted at the Osage County Election Board office for the office of Councilman at Large, which is a three year term.
The nonpartisan Primary Election in the City of Pawhuska is scheduled for February 14, 2017. For additional information, contact the Osage County Election Board at (918) 287-3036.