The Osage County Commissioners will have a meeting Monday morning at 10 o’ clock and it looks to be a busy morning.
Kay Kelley will be on hand to give an E911 update and Israel Barlow will be on hand to give a presentation regarding GPS tracking for equipment and vehicles.
The County Commissioners will consider taking quotes to improve the judge’s chambers on the floor of the Osage County Courthouse. They will also consider taking action regarding damage to two sheriff’s vehicles. That money would be paid from the deductible fund.
The meeting takes place at The Courthouse in Pawhuska for those interested in attending.
Osage County, which is scheduled for Feb. 12. There will be a vote for a Shidler School Board seat and open seats in the city of Pawhuska.
Osage County Election Board Secretary Kelly Choteau says as long as you are a United States citizen and an Oklahoma resident who is 18 years or older, you are eligible to apply to vote.
If you have never registered to vote or are not registered to vote in Osage County, you may apply by filling out and mailing an Oklahoma Voter Registration Application form by Jan. 18.
The County Election Board will respond in writing to every person who submits an application for voter registration. The response will either be a voter identification card listing the voter’s precinct number and polling place location or a letter explaining the reason the application for voter registration was not approved.
Choteau says that anyone who submits a voter application and has not received a response within 30 days should contact the County Election Board Office at 918-287-3036 or email OsageCounty@elections.ok.gov.
Oklahoma voter registration application forms are available at the County Election Board office, located at 630 Kihekah Ave. in Pawhuska. You can also find them at most tag agencies, post offices and public libraries in the county. You may also go to osage.okcounties.org.
The search of an 18-wheeler in Pawhuska filled with up to 24,000 pounds of marijuana has led to the arrest of four men.
Virden says the arrest was made after obtaining a warrant to look inside the truck. There were also two men in a mini-van who weredeemed to be their security detail.
The 18-wheeler was pulled over just before 3 a.m. Wednesday morning after failing to stop at the four-way stop on the south side of town. When two police officers approached the truck, they noticed the odor of marijuana.
The two men in the truck claimed they were hauling industrial hemp from Kentucky to Colorado and showed the police officers a bill of lading, which is similar to a receipt. After looking at the bill of lading, the officers knew something wasn't right.
According to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, it is only legal for subjects to transport marijuana in the state of Oklahoma if they have an Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority Medical Marijuana License. Neither person in the truck had such a license.
We will have more on this story as updates become available.
Photo courtesy of the News on 6.
The City of Bartlesville is offering free Christmas tree mulching again this season at the upper level parking lot of Sooner Park, located near Madison Blvd and Tuxedo Blvd.
Undecorated trees may be dropped off at the designated area just east of Madison Blvd. through Jan. 20. Mulch will be given out on a first come, first served basis. The mulch can be picked up Monday through Friday.
For more information, contact the Public Works Department at 918-338-4131.
The Pawhuska City Council met for a regular scheduled meeting Monday evening at City Hall and things were pretty uneventful.
Ward Two Representative Steve Holcombe questioned City Manager Larry Eulert to make sure the city budget was in order.
Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce Director Joni Nash was on hand to give an economic update. Nash said a podcast she participated in back in July has finally been released and it puts Pawhuska in a very positive light. The podcast, which can be found on Itunes, is based out of Nashville and focuses on unique rural communities.
The next regular scheduled city council meeting will take place on Feb. 12 at 5:30 in the evening at City Hall in Pawhuska.
The City Council voted at its regular scheduled meeting to enter into a contract with United LLC of Tulsa to replace the sand and sub-drains in all of their green side bunkers at the Adams Golf Course. The bunkers will be reshaped, new sub-drains will be installed and a bunker liner will be added to the new sand.
The project was included in the 2018 voter-approved General Bond Election. The project will be partly funded by the G.O. Bond funds, as well as funds from the 2018 Golf Course Memorial Fund and unallocated half-cent sales tax funding. The total cost of the contract approved will be $143,320.
The project is expected to begin in late February or early March and is expected to take six weeks, pending weather.
Voters in the 2018 General Obligation Bond Fund Election approved the $1.7 million downtown community green space project and contracts have been approved to move ahead with the project.
At Monday’s City Council meeting in Bartlesville, the city council agreed to approve a contract with GFAC Engineering, which will provide geotechnical engineering services for the Tower Center at Unity Square. They also approved a contract with Jonesplan LLC to provide construction management to the project.
In November, the city council approved a concept design for the project, provided pro-bono by Ambler Architects. GFAC Engineering will provide a geotechnical analysis of the soils in the proposed stage area for a footing/foundation design for the proposed structures, which consists of an awning, bathroom and storage room. The cost for the services will be $3,900.
Jonesplan LLC will complete their contract in two phases. Cost for pre-construction services will be $17,120 and will be complete by April.
The Skiatook Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly luncheon tomorrow starting at noon. It will take place at the First Baptist Church located at 940 W. Oak Street in Skiatook.
Cost is $7 per person and you are encouraged to bring business cards to network and get chamber updates. Judge Kane will also swear in the new board members. For more information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 918-396-3702.
On Dec. 30, 2018 Michael Walker Sr. was arrested on charges of attempted arson, threats to kill and a violation of protective order.
At approximately 2:30 in the afternoon, an officer was dispatched to 1304 S. Armstrong in Bartlesville in regards to Walker attempting to catch the residence on fire with a lighter. Upon arriving at the scene, dispatch was able to confirm that the victim had a protective order against Mr. Walker that was served on Dec. 23.
The victim stated that just prior to calling police, she smelled burnt plastic. She went outside to investigate and found a silver lighter on the seal of a broken window. Above the lighter was a burnt area on the white window pane and part of the plastic had been melted away. Inside the “trigger” of the lighter was a broken piece of wood, which was used to try and keep the flame lit.
Mr. Walker had sent a number of threatening texts to the victim. His next court date is scheduled for Jan. 18 at 9 a.m. Bond is set at $50,000.
The Osage County Commissioners met on Monday morning and discussed a wide array of issues. Monday also marked the first meeting that Randall Jones served as County Commissioner for District number one.
The first item of business was to select a new chairman for 2019. It was decided that Darren McKinney will serve in that role, while Kevin Pasley will be the vice-chairman and Randall Jones will be the second-chair.
Osage County Emergency Manager Jerry Roberts was on hand to give an update on how things had been going in the county over the past couple months. He said his workers had done a great job responding to the two tornadoes back in the fall and even the first grass fire of the season here recently.
Roberts added Osage County has signed up for a grant allowing the citizens of Osage County to sign up for a storm shelter. They have until March to take advantage of the grant.
The Director of Osage County Planning and Zoning Jake Bruno was also there to talk about some of the problems he sees in the low lying areas of the county.
Bruno added that Duke Energy is looking to add to its wind farm in Osage County in partnership with Amshore Wind Energy.
Four sheriff's vehicles were damaged. Three of them were hit by a deer and the other was hit by a tree. The County Commissioners paid for two of the four vehicles out of their deductible fund.
The next regular scheduled county commissioner meeting will be next Monday at 10 o' clock in the morning at the courthouse in Pawhuska.