Rotary plans "Little Free Library"
The Okmulgee Rotary Club is excited to introduce their Little Free Library, located at the municipal park by the playground and the beginning of the walking track.
 Little Free Library is a community movement started by Rotarian Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin in 2009. Its premise is simple.  Mount a wooden box and fill it with books for neighbors to enjoy.  The motto of Little Free Library is “Take a book, leave a book”.  There are now more than 16,000 such libraries located in 55 countries.  Okmulgee’s will be one of about a dozen located in Oklahoma.
Although the local Rotary Club will be responsible for maintaining the library, they stress the Library belongs to everyone in the community.  They hope that children playing in the park and adults using the track will stop by the box, browse the selections, take something to read and hopefully bring back a book or magazine they’ve enjoyed reading to share with others.   They also expect people using the pool this summer, as well as YMCA members to make use of the book exchange.  They encourage everyone in the community to come by and just check it out.
Rotary wants to thank the City of Okmulgee for allowing them to locate the Library in the City Park where they felt it would receive the most visibility.  If the Library proves to be popular, they plan to put several more libraries throughout the city, Future locations would include the park across from the Middle School and the park where the walking trail will be built by the Primary School.  The Club has already had discussions with Green County Vocational Technology Center to partner with them in building future book boxes.
For more information about the international, grass-roots movement of Little Free Library, visit www.littlefreelibrary.org.


City will remove traffic light

at 6th & Okmulgee
Changes are coming to traffic signals in the downtown portion of 6th Street.  
For the past 15 years the City of Okmulgee has been working with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to gain approval to upgrade the aging traffic signals in the downtown area of 6th Street from Muskogee Avenue to Okmulgee Avenue.  The Department of Transportation has insisted upon reducing the excessive number of traffic signals in that section of the state highway, and three signals have been eliminated since discussions began on that issue.
Earlier this year, the ODOT approved the city’s proposal to allow the upgrade of the traffic signals at the Grand Avenue and Muskogee Avenue intersections and eliminate the traffic signal at the intersection of 6th Street and Okmulgee Avenue.
The first change will be removal of the traffic signal at the intersection of 6th and Okmulgee - and installation of stop signs on Okmulgee Avenue which will take place later this month.  
When the signal is taken out of service, it will be covered for a short period of time, and stop signs will be installed on the Okmulgee Avenue approaches to alert drivers to the changed condition.  After that period, the signal light fixture will be removed permanently, and traffic approaching the intersection on Okmulgee Avenue will be controlled by the posted signs.
During the next year, design of replacement traffic signals for the Muskogee Avenue and Grand Avenue intersections will be accomplished to permit replacement of those signals. It will happen when funding is available to accomplish that project during the next two to five years.


Chief Tiger set to address

tribe’s stance with Okmulgee

So, how is the current relationship between the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and the City of Okmulgee?
The answer to that interesting question will likely be revealed on Tuesday, June 17 during the regular monthly meeting of the city council.
The public meeting will begin at 5:00 p.m.  in the Council Chambers of the Okmulgee City Hall at 111 East Fourth Street.
The first item on the agenda will be a presentation by Principal Chief George Tiger on the relationship between the tribe and the city.
 There are numerous other items also on the agenda, including the following:
1. CALL TO ORDER
A) Roll Call of Members
B) Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States
C) Invocation
2. MINUTES - Consider and vote to approve with any necessary corrections
A) May 8, 2014, special session
B) May 20, 2014, regular session
C) May 28, 2014, special session
3. CLAIMS - Consider and vote to approve and authorize payment of such.
4. Presentation
A) Presentation of Plaque to Tom Giulioli.
5. COMMUNICATIONS - Not included on the agenda
6. ORDER OF BUSINESS
A) Presentation by Principal Chief George Tiger to discuss current relationship between the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and the City of Okmulgee.
B) Consider and vote to approve Collective Bargaining Agreement for Fiscal Year 2014-2015 with International Association of Firefighters Local 2839.
C) Consider and vote to approve a Resolution adopting the Fiscal Year 2014- 2015 Budget for the City of Okmulgee and as beneficiary of the Trust Authorities, approving the FY 14/15 budget of Okmulgee Municipal Authority and The Okmulgee Economic Development Authority.
D) Consider and vote to approve a Resolution declaring certain personal property to be surplus property and authorizing the sale, transfer and disposition of surplus property.
E) Consider and vote to adopt an ordinance amending Section 17.04.040 and 17.06.040 of the Okmulgee Municipal Code, providing for minimal front yard requirements and. providing for side yard requirements which abut a street, all in residential and commercial zoning; repealing all ordinances to the contrary; and declaring an emergency.
F) Consider and vote to approve the proposed ordinance prohibiting graffiti on public or private property, providing for exceptions, providing for enforcement, and declaring an emergency.
G) Consider and vote to approve awarding a contract to Concrete Services Corporation in the amount of $172,208.00 to perform construction of the Lake Okmulgee dam spillway repairs and authorize the Mayor/City Manager and City Clerk to execute the agreement and sign all necessary documentation.
7. INFORMATION ITEMS
A) Community Development monthly report
B) Okmulgee Police Department monthly report
C) Fire Department monthly report
D) Legal Department monthly report
E) Finance Department monthly report
F) Technology Services monthly report
G) Financials
H) City Manager's Report
8. COMMENTS AND INQUIRIES FROM COUNCIL
9. ADJOURNMENT
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OMA AGENDA
Okmulgee Municipal Authority, regular session, Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 111 East Fourth Street, Okmulgee, Oklahoma.
1. CALL TO ORDER
A) Roll Call of Members
2. MINUTES. - Consider and vote to approve with any necessary corrections.
A) May 8, 2014, special session
B) May 20, 2014, regular session
C) May 28, 2014, special session
3. CLAIMS - Consider and vote to approve and authorize payment of such. (See attached Claims List on City Council Meeting.)
4. ORDER OF BUSINESS
A) Consider and vote to approve a Resolution adopting the Fiscal Year 2014- 2015 Budget for the Okmulgee Municipal Authority.
B) Consider and vote to approve a quote from Stuart C. Irby Co. in the amount of $25,805.00 for two (2) motor control drives for the lift station at the wastewater treatment plant, waive competitive bidding, and authorize the Chairman/General manager to execute a contract and all other documents necessary for this purchase.
5. INFORMATION ITEMS
A) Public Works month Iy report
B) Wastewater Treatment Plant monthly report
C) Water Treatment Plant monthly report
D) Okmulgee Regional Airport monthly report
6. ADJOURNMENT
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OEDA AGENDA
The Okmulgee Economic Development Authority will meet in regular session on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 111 East Fourth Street, Okmulgee, Oklahoma.
1. CALL TO ORDER
A. Roll Call of Members
2. MINUTES - Consider and vote to approve with any necessary corrections.
A. May 20, 2014, regular session
3. CLAIMS - Consider and vote to approve and authorize payment of such. (See attached Claims List on City Council Meeting.)
4. ORDER OF BUSINESS
A. Consider and vote to approve a Resolution adopting the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Budget for The Okmulgee Economic Development Authority.
B. Consider and vote on whether to approve a Contract Agreement between Retail Attractions, LLC. and the Okmulgee Economic Development Authority (OEDA) to provide consulting services for retail development and authorize the Chairman and Secretary to execute all necessary documents.
5. ADJOURNMENT


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Okmulgee School Board Meets

 The Okmulgee School board approved personnel and lease matters related to the upcoming school year during their regular meeting this week.
The board approved the following items:
• Quote from OSAG for Worker’s Comp Insurance for FY15.
• Renewal of the  sublease of District-wide renovations and improvements for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015 as required under the provisions of the Sublease Agreement dated August 1, 2011 between the District and Okmulgee County Educational Facilities Authority.
• Renewal of the lease-purchase for FY15 for the construction of a Track & Field Dressing Facility as required under the provisions of the Lease-Purchase  Agreement approved by the Board on May 31, 2013 between the District and Citizens Security Bank of Okmulgee.
• Renewal of the lease-purchase for FY15 for a Synthetic Turf Field, Running Track, and other Athletic Program improvements, as required under the provisions of the Lease- Purchase Agreement approved by the Board on July 31, 2013 between the District and KS State Bank of Manhattan, Kansas.
• Renewal of the lease-purchase for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015 relating to a QZAB as required under the provisions of the Lease/Purchase Agreement dated May 1, 2014 by and between the School and the Okmulgee Municipal Authority.
• Consent Agenda Items:
School Rental Requests
Harmon  USATF Track Event June 21, 2014
OMS Gym Dunbar All-School Assoc. August 2, 2014  
REPORTS:
• Superintendent’s Report -– Tod Williams: Removal of Common Core and how it will affect Oklahoma Schools; introduced new middle school principal Brad Ferguson; homeowner on 12th Street presented information on the parking problems around Harmon Stadium during events.
• Report from Director of Operations Sean O’Brien -- updates on maintenance and custodial work going on in the district (both school sites, buses and equipment)
• Treasurer’s Report –- Brenda Barnett
• Special Education Report -- Margie Bemis

Following an executive session, the board returned to open meeting to approve the following items:
• Hiring of staff for FY15:
• Staff for summer programs.
• Staff for summer work projects.
• Employment of athletic staff on stipends for FY15.
• Resignations / retirements tendered:  
Rita Conner – Custodian
Deshawn Todd – Teacher
Emily Fleming – Teacher  
Josh Risner – Teacher
Felicia Bowdler – Teacher
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OKMULGEE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
( All positions are subject to assignment / reassignment) Certified Staff on Temporary Contract

BEATRIZ HODGE
BUDDYE HAYES
CATHRYN L. UMSTED
CLAYTON VAUGHN
DAVID DUNLAP
DAYLA FAY DOOLEY
DEBRA WALKER
GAITHA E. CREWS
JAMIE MANNS
JOY JACKSON
JUANITA L. MORGAN
KATHY FIELDS
LEAH REA LESLEY
LINDSEY SARGENT
MELISSA MYERS
RACHEL VEALE
SYLVIA BAGBY
TIFFANY RAMER
ZACHARY  HOPKINS

FY15 – Certified Staff
All positions are subject to assignment / reassignment
ALECIA MITCHELL
AMBER WETZEL
ANITA GOETZCKE
APRIL POWELL
BERDENA M. BERGMAN
BEVERLY C. JACKSON
BRIAN RILEY
BRUCE A. WEBB JR.
CANDI PADFIELD
CARLA TINKHAM
CHAD LEMMONS
CHARLOTTE RHEA
CHRISTI REED STUART
CHRISTIE HURST
COURTNEY NORTON
DAVE GOODMAN
DAVID W. MYERS
DEANNA L. RICHISON
DEBORAH JENNINGS
DIANA GAETH
DIANA M. BURTON
DIANNA P. HUMPHREY
DOROTHY DOTTIE HAYS
DWIGHT O. PANKEY
EARNEST L. GUIDRY
EDWARD KING
ERMA LINDA RILEY
FRANCES EZELL
GAIL A. JACKSON
GENA G. BALLARD
GLORIA DAWN WALLACE
HEATHER L. LEKA
JACQUE A. McGERT
JENNIFER ROGERS
JENNIFER S. NEAL
JOHNNY DREYER
JUSTIN CLINE
KARA WOLFE
KAREN CALVERT
KARY W. NEAL
KELLI JONES
KELLY BERRY
KERRY G WALTERS
KEVIN GORDON
KNIGA DUNBACK
KRISTI  JOHNSON
LAURA BARDIN
LAURA MONTGOMERY
LAURA RODRIQUEZ
LISA POWELL
LUVONA COPELAND
MARALEE RUSH
MARCIA PINKSTON
MARQUETTE D. HIGGS
MARYBELLE FRANKLIN
MICHELLE WALKER
MILEE KRIEGE
NANCY E. BOND
PAMELA PELLEGRAN
PAULA KAY BYARS
ROBIN KAY LITTLE
ROSS THORMAN
RUSTY HELMS
SARAH HANNON
SEAN RAE OBRIEN
SHARON BUZZARD
SHEILA NELSON
SHERYL A. SHIPLEY
SKYLEEN S. WILLINGHAM
STACEY HORTON
STARLA K WALTERS
THOMAS BURNEY JR.
TIFFANY POLLARD
TIMOTHY E. MCELROY
TONI PETERSON
TONYA WONG
VICKIE CAPPS
VIRGIL E WALTERS JR


FY15 – Support Staff
ANDRE DEJUAN MCGEE
ANGELA DUNLAP
BEVERLEY CAZENAVE
BILLIE DAWN BOUDINOT
BRADLEY HAYDEN
BRENDA F BARNETT
BRITTANY JACKSON
BRYAN MCGERTT
CANDIS G BROWN
CARMARNITA L LIGONS
CAROLYN PALMER
CHAD A COLPITT
CLARARESA JEAN SUTTON
CLAUDETTE RICHARDSON
CONNIE J. REED
CONNIE LUNSFORD
CRYSTAL  HAMMON
CURTIS ANTWINE
DANA FAY DOOLEY
DARRYL WILLIS
DAWN DENESE MOWDY
DEANDRA BURWELL
DEBORA LEE HALE
DEBORAH ANN TUGGLE
DESIREE COLBERT
DEWANE WATKINS
DIANA PENN
DIANE COLBERT
DONNA R. HAMMON
DONNIE R. DELONIA
DORCAS R. FOSTER
EDNA TAYLOR
ELAINE MARTHA ROBINSON
ELIZABETH ROGERS
ESTHER L. MITCHELL
FELICIA BOWDLER
FRANCES D. SIX
GEORGE LEWIS
GLENDA K. POLLARD
GREGORY LYSLE ADOLPH
GWEN COOKS
INGRID B. CLINE
JAMES A. BLEDSOE
JAMES L. NORRIS
JANET JOHNSON
JANNETH IRENE WARE
JESSE JOHNSON
JOYCEATTE GUIDRY
KATHRYN J. FULTON
KENWORTH GARDINER
KERRI D. EVANS
KEVIN RUCKER
KIM DOREEN MOTTE
KIMBERLY ANN MCELROY
KIMBERLY SOWEKA
LADONNA SIMS
LARNSON LEROY PARKER
LASONYA M HANSON
LAURA LEA JACKSON
LAVANDER HOOD
LINDA BERRYHILL
LINDA K. OUSLEY
LINDA PATTERSON
LISA ROGERS
MARK A. POOLE
MARY KATHLEEN RILEY
MATT J. LEGRAND
MELISSA CONNORS
MELISSA SOUTHWICK
MICHAEL GLENN MINNIS
NINA LOLETTE HICKS
PAMELA LIN JOHNSON
PETER KOEN
PHYLLIS KAYE PERKINS
POCAHONTAS MEYER
RITA F. CONNER
ROBERT TUNLEY
ROCHELLE PEARSON
RUTHEL WATKINS
SHARON K. DOWNING
SHELLY CROCKER
SHERRY T CRENSHAW
SHIRLEY ANN MCCURDY
STEPHANIE KEATON
STEPHANIE TALTON
SUE ANN TITSWORTH
SUSAN CAMPBELL
TAMMY GAIL SMITH
TERA GALLUP
TERRY FISHER
TIMOTHY THOMPSON
TINA NAIL
TOMMY HART
TONI RUCKER
VIVIAN LEBLANC



Absentee Ballot Application

Deadline and Early Voting Nears
Registered voters in Okmulgee County only have a few days remaining to apply for absentee ballots to be mailed to them for the  Primary Election and City of Henryetta Special Election to be held on June 24th, County Election Board Secretary, Ava Ridgeway said.
Voters may apply in person at the County Election Board office or send their applications by mail, fax or email.  The Absentee Application can be downloaded from the State Election Board web site or picked up in our office.
Completed applications for absentee ballots must be in the hands of the County Election Board no later than  5:00pm on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in order for them to be processed and ballots mailed out to voters. Voted ballots must be returned, by mail, no later than 7:00pm on Election Day to be counted.
Early Absentee In-Person voting for this election will be on  Thursday, June 19, 2014 and  Friday, June 20, 2014 from 8:00am to 6:00pm in the Election Board Office.  Additionally, voters will have one extra day to vote early on  Saturday, June 21, 2014 between 9:00am to 2:00pm.
Sample ballots for the June 24th election are available now in the Election Board office.
The State Election Board has rolled out a new tool at their web site which allows voters to verify their party affiliation, locate their polling location, track their absentee ballot, find early voting hours and contact information, as well as view their sample primary ballot.  Sample ballots for special elections, such as the one for the City of Henryetta, are only available at the County Election Board office. The link for the State’s website is www.ok.gov/elections.
Voters who have questions can come by the office in the Okmulgee County Courthouse, 314 W 7th or contact us by phone at 918-756-2365, by fax at 918-758-1275 or by email at okmulgee_elections@yahoo.com.  


Okmulgee, Beggs to host candidate forums

Okmulgee Chamber of Commerce will host a forum for candidates seeking the State Senate District #8 seat recently vacated by Roger Ballenger. The forum is June 16 at 6 p.m. in the Citizens Security Bank Meeting Room located at 111 East 6th Street in downtown Okmulgee. Candidates seeking the post are Republicans: JW Hill, Roger Thompson and Malcolm H. Branch. Democrats: Selina Jayne-Dornan, Chad Bonds and Gary L. Clason.
The Beggs Area Chamber of Commerce will host a public forum for County Commissioner District 1 candidates on June 19 at 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Beggs School. Candidates will have the opportunity to introduce themselves to voters and to answer questions submitted in advance by those attending. Republican candidates are: Jack Bell and Bob Stephens. Democratic candidates are: Bill Sadler, Mike Hubbell, and Ron Ballard. The primary election is June 24.


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Former Morris Band director

accused of molesting student
(From Tulsa World report)
A former Morris Public Schools teacher was in a Michigan jail on Tuesday night on a lewd molestation charge involving a former student that was filed last month in Muskogee County District Court.
John Kevin Ayers, 26, was arrested in Detroit on a complaint of being a fugitive from justice. He is being held without bond pending possible extradition to Oklahoma, jail records show.
Ayers was charged May 21 after a 15-year-old female student told investigators the two had an intimate relationship between June 2013 and February 2014, according to court documents.
She alleged that Ayers, her band teacher, kissed her in his car and at her parents’ home in Haskell and rubbed her inappropriately during that time period. The documents do not claim that any sexual activity took place on the Morris Public Schools campus.
Muskogee County Sheriff Charles Pearson said Ayers was a popular band director and that the girl’s parents allowed him to visit their home regularly, which led to the incidents — none of which involved intercourse.
The girl’s mother checked her daughter’s cellphone after becoming suspicious of their relationship and contacted sheriff’s deputies soon thereafter, Pearson said, adding that that likely prevented their relationship from escalating.
Ayers told investigators the girl’s account of their relationship was accurate, and he was arrested after coming back to the United States from London, Pearson said.
A warrant for Ayers’ arrest indicates that he now lives in Columbia, Missouri, and Pearson said Ayers has left the Morris school district’s employment in May 2013.


Obituaries

Bernard Wayne “Benny” Willmann
Bernard Wayne “Benny” Willmann died at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas on June 11, 2014 at 63 years of age.  Benny was born in Tulsa on July 16, 1950 to the late Bernard William and Marie Gertrude (Otten) Willmann.  As a young boy, Benny was an altar boy at St. Jude’s Catholic Church and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tulsa, where he attended grade school.  Benny graduated from McClain High School and attended college at Northeastern State University.  He worked for the Ford Motor Company for 30 years, retiring in 2011.  He was an avid sports fan and player.  Benny was a dedicated and loyal OU Football season ticket holder for 39 years.   Benny was a member of the Uganda Martyrs Catholic Church in Okmulgee, the Knights of Peter Claver and the UAW 1895.  Benny was a friend to many and will be missed by the people he touched throughout his life.
He is survived by his wife Nancy of the home, son Brent Willmann and wife Nancy of Owasso, daughter Heather Hutton and husband Darren of Beggs, sister Janet Willmann Gimenez of Sapulpa, brother Kevin Willmann and wife Donna of Piscataway, New Jersey, sister Mary Beth Kerker and husband Gene of Skiatook, grandchildren: Billy Willmann, Erica Dubuc, Emily Dubuc, Kaylee Hutton and Riley Hutton and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday June 16, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. at the Uganda Martyrs Catholic Church with Celebrant Father Josh Litwack.  A Committal Service will be held 2:00 P.M. at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Tulsa.  A Rosary will be held on Sunday at 7:00 P.M. at the church.  Viewing will be at the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home in Okmulgee on Sunday from 12:00 – 6:00 P.M.  Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on Benny’s tribute page at www.mcclendon-winters.com


CECIL HUBERT McKEEN
Cecil Hubert McKeen, a resident of Morris, passed away Thursday afternoon, June 12, 2014 in Tulsa at the age of 82. Cecil was born in Broken Arrow on October 21, 1931 to the late Arthur Elbert and Celia Carson (Sullenger) McKeen. He married Roberta Siegenthaler on September 1, 1951 in Oklahoma City. Cecil retired from the United States Air Force on February 28, 1971. He later worked for GTE for over 20 years. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church of Morris and had served as a missionary. Cecil was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Kyle, Elbert, Ray, Roy and Donald, a sister, Faye Gardner and a grandson, Jeremey McKeen. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Roberta, of the home, son, Wayne McKeen and wife Nancy of Coweta, daughter, Donna LaBeaume and husband Beau of Rio Medina, Texas, son, Gary McKeen and wife Sherry of Haskell, a sister, Donza Shafer and husband Dale of Post Falls, Idaho, grandchildren, Angela Herd, Janna McKeen, Joseph McKeen and wife Jenny, and Amy Dozier and husband Jay, great grandchildren, Hailey Coffey, Kendra Coffey, Kayden Herd, Jeremey McKeen, Jordan McKeen, Alyson LaBeaume, Molly Dozier, Maggie Dozier, Jason Dozier and Caleb Dozier and numerous nieces and nephews.A Funeral Services will be held 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at the Trinity Baptist Church with Reverends Gary McKeen and Richard Kerr officiating. A committal service will be held at 1:00 P.M. at the Ft. Gibson National Cemetery. Full military honors will be provided by the United States Air Force. Friends may visit the funeral home on Sunday from 12:00 P.M.-6:00 P.M. and Monday 9:00 A.M.-8:00 P.M. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideons. Arrangements are under the direction of the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee.


ANTONIA SHANA JONES
Antonia “Toni” Shana Jones, of Beggs, Oklahoma, died Saturday, June 7, 2014 in Tulsa. Funeral services were held on Friday, June 20, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church-South. Arrangements were under the direction of the Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc.  Okmulgee Chapel.


Rotarians Mike Kennedy, Brian Matthews, Bob Hess and Darryl Raley show off Rotary's newly planted Little Free Library to some of the youngsters playing at the Municipal Park.  The Okmulgee Club, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2015, reminds the community that this library belongs to everyone, so please come browse for a book to read or leave some of your favorites for others to enjoy. (Photo provided by Page Hayden)

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