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                                                             & towns                                   Vol. 37, No. 6, June 2007

                                         Immigration law: Fear of the unknown
                                  With the passage of HB 1804, the duties        tions varies among Oklahoma cities and
                              of Oklahoma municipal police men and               towns. “There are a lot of questions about
                              women will expand to include those of immi-        how this law will be applied,” he said. “De-
                              gration officers. Oklahoma municipalities had      pending on the level of activity, we’re unsure
                              major concerns with the bill because of the        whether these departments will have the re-
                              costs it would impose upon them and because        sources to detain the people they pick up, if
                              it would require officers to report to the fed-    there will be space available to detain them,
                              eral government on some aspects of their           and how these operations will be supported.”
                              jobs, instead of answering exclusively to their       The bill mandates training for police offic-
       June 2007              police chief.                                      ers, but provides no funding for training and
                                  Jim Cox, executive director of the Okla-       sets forth no criteria regarding the number of
        INSIDE                homa Association of Chiefs of Police, said the     officers to be trained.
      THIS ISSUE              bill establishes requirements for municipal po-       The new law requires the state attorney
                              lice departments such as training and space        general to draft a Memorandum of Under-
           2                  for detainees, but provides no funding for the     standing with the federal government. The
        From the              requirements.                                      memorandum is to serve as an agreement that
    President’s Desk              “Cities will have to absorb those costs,” he   the latter will train state and local law enforce-
                              said. “They can opt to perform these immi-         ment officers to perform the duties of immi-
          4                   gration duties or not, to the extent that they     gration officers. When municipal police
    Member Spotlight          can, depending upon their resources.” He           officers attend the multi-week training, mu-
                              said the degree to which municipal police de-      nicipalities will be stuck with the check. Also,
           8                  partments will be able to perform these func-                          (see IMMIGRATION, page 3)
       Summary                                           Water Plan input meetings continue
            15                  Municipal participation ‘essential,’ officials say
       In the Court              A statewide series of local input meetings      community and representatives of conservation
                              on the Oklahoma water plan began this              districts and rural water districts, all of whom
                              spring. By the end of May, nine meetings had       registered comments and suggestions that will
      Employment              been held in communities across western            be considered during the development of the
      Opportunities           Oklahoma, and another nine were scheduled          water plan.
                              for June. When the series ends, rep-                                 “I think it’s very important for
                              resentatives of the Oklahoma Wa-                                  municipalities that we attend
                              ter Resource Research Institute                                   these meetings,” said Mayor
                              (OWRRI) will have visited more                                    Mike Ford of Beaver, where the
                              than 40 Oklahoma communities to                                   series’ first meeting was held. He
                              discuss water issues and ask for in-                              said issues regarding water rights
        Oklahoma              put and suggestions regarding                                     were not as black and white as
    Municipal League          what the water plan should con-                                   they once were perceived to be,
   201 N.E. 23rd Street       tain.                                              and that municipal officials should be active in
    Oklahoma City, OK            “There has been a lot of interest in what       this process. “Go to the meeting, be involved
         73105                we’re doing,” said Jeri Fleming, OWRRI             and stay in contact with it,” he said.
         Phone:               communications specialist. She said close to          Alva city manager Steve Brown said it was
      405-528-7515            300 comments have been logged thus far, cov-       important for municipal officials to give the
     1-800-324-6651           ering a broad range of topics including water      water board some insight into what municipal
                              quality, water quantity, public education,         water needs are.
          Fax:                property rights and government funding.               “I think it’s critical that municipal officials
      405-528-7560            Representatives from municipalities have           show up and make their comments public, be-
                              been joined by members of the agricultural                             (see WATER PLAN, page 12)
                                       From OML President                                                   OML Board
                                          Larry Thoma                                                       of Directors
                                  The first session of Oklahoma’s 51st Legislature has
                              adjourned for the season, and overall, cities and towns
                               fared well. When bullets flew our way — like bills ad-                   Larry Thoma, President
                                                                                                              Mayor, Elgin
                               dressing annexation, eminent domain, tax increment
                                financing and franchise-free electric service – we                   Arden Chaffee, Vice President
                                banded together to do what was necessary to dodge                            Mayor, Alva
                                 those bullets.                                                     Jerry Johnston, Past President
                                    Our top priority initiative became one of the                           Mayor, Braman
                    session’s biggest success stories with the passage of SB 920. The
bill, which was signed into law earlier this month, set forth some improvements to                            DIRECTORS
Oklahoma’s police training standards that were sorely needed. Along with bill au-                    Jesse Joe Johnson, District 1
thors Sen. Kenneth Corn and Rep. Rex Duncan, OML Carolyn Stager and Missy                                    Mayor, Vinita
Dean, Nancy Nichols of Edmond and Terri Cleveland of Broken Arrow are to be                              Dean Smith, District 2
thanked for their tireless efforts to get these reforms to the governor.                                    Mayor, Eufaula
   We regret that legislation to allow municipalities to join with other jurisdictions
                                                                                                        Jeff Shockley, District 3
to form local fire protection districts did not pass this session. It is our hope that
                                                                                                              Mayor, Poteau
legislators give this issue another chance in the future, and we intend to work hard
to see that it happens. The low point of the session came with passage of a sales tax                          District 4
holiday, even though provisions were made to protect city and county revenues.                                  Vacant
   When it was time for municipal officials to make their voices heard at the Capi-                     Jack Barrett, District 5
tol, you stepped up and made it happen. Along with those of the OML legislative                           Mayor, Holdenville
team, your efforts were instrumental in city and town legislative successes this year.
                                                                                                         Ed Tinker, District 6
A summary of the bills that affect us most can be found in this newsletter, and a                       City Manager, Glenpool
complete session report is on the way. In the meantime, enjoy what’s left of this
beautiful Oklahoma spring as we prepare for the long, hot summer ahead.                                  Leroy Lage, District 7
                                                                                                          Treasurer, Watonga
                                                                                                        Glenn Lewis, District 8
                       CALLING FOR NOMINATIONS!                                                             Mayor, Moore

                    Tell us what you’ve done for Oklahoma lately!                                     Robert Johnston, District 9
                                                                                                       City Manager, Frederick
                          ENTER THE 17TH ANNUAL
                                                                                                      Teresa Mullican, District 10
                    KOB Environmental Excellence Competition                                                Mayor, Elk City
                              Entry deadline: August 3, 2007                                          Richard Chapman, District 11
           Awards presented November 19, 2007, Oklahoma City Marriott Hotel                                   Mayor, Gage
    Go to www.keepoklahomabeautiful.com to download entry forms & guidelines.                             David Taylor, Towns
                   Or call 405-286-9141 for an entry package.                                            Administrator, Muldrow
                                                                                                       Harold Haralson, Norman
                                                                                                            Mayor, Norman

                                                 & towns
                                                                                                  Richard Stawicki, Norman Alternate
                                    cities                                                             Councilmember, Norman

            EXECUTIVE EDITOR                          EDITOR & ADVERTISING DIRECTOR                     Mick Cornett, Okla. City
      Danny George, Executive Director                          Jimi Layman                              Mayor, Oklahoma City

             MANAGING EDITOR                                      REPORTER                        James D. Couch, Okla. City Alternate
    Carolyn Stager, Chief Operating Officer                     Rebecca Barnes                       City Manager, Oklahoma City

    Oklahoma Cities & Towns is published monthly by the Oklahoma Municipal League, 201 N.E.               Kathy Taylor, Tulsa
    23rd Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73105, www.oml.org. Opinions expressed by authors other                   Mayor, Tulsa
    than League officials and staff members do not necessarily reflect policies or positions of
                                                                                                      Susan Neal, Tulsa Alternate
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           A number to remember: 2-1-1                                                     Immigration
                                                                                           (continued from page 1)
   2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember, free          programs, Head Start, family re-
24-hour telephone number that con-             source centers, summer camps and            cities and towns will be required to
nects people with important commu-             recreation programs, mentoring, tu-         shoulder equipment and employment
nity services ranging from accessing           toring and protective services.             costs, and also overtime costs as offic-
physical and mental health resources to                                                    ers cover for their colleagues who are
discovering opportunities to make do-           2-1-1 operates in local communities        away at training.
nations and to volunteer. Dialing 2-1-1      with support from private and public              Cox said it’s important for municipal
gives Oklahomans access to health and        sources. It is not supported by a phone       officials to keep themselves informed
human service agencies including:            surcharge. Oklahoma 2-1-1 has devel-          regarding the status of the agreement
                                             oped a public-private partnership with        between the state of Oklahoma and the
• Basic human needs resources such as        the state Legislature at an ongoing cost      federal government. He said local lead-
  food banks, clothing closets, shelters     to the state of about $5 million per          ers should familiarize themselves with
  and assistance with rent and utility       year.                                         the language of the new law, notably
  service.                                      In addition to putting people to-          section 287(G) of the U.S. Immigra-
• Physical and mental health resources       gether with the resources that can help       tion and Naturalization Act. Also, he
                                             them, the system provides data to help        said the implications of the law could
  such as health insurance programs,
                                             identify gaps in service and the needs        be affected by future civil actions
  Medicaid and Medicare, maternal
                                             of our communities. 2-1-1 is in opera-        brought against it.
  health, children’s health, medical in-
                                             tion in 58 Oklahoma counties repre-
  formation lines, crisis intervention                                                         “City officials should be mindful of
                                             senting more than 90 percent of our
  services, support groups, counseling,                                                    the status of any kind of legal chal-
                                             state’s population. In 2007, the Okla-
  drug and alcohol intervention and                                                        lenges to this law,” he said.
                                             homa 2-1-1 Advisory Collaborative will
  rehabilitation.                            seek to establish additional rural call           OML staff are staying abreast of the
• Support for the elderly and for people     centers to cover the remaining coun-          issues and will keep members informed
  with disabilities such as adult day        ties. For a map of the areas covered or       as we learn. The author of the bill has
  care, congregate meals, Meals on           for more information, visit www.              agreed to work with OML next session
  Wheels, respite care, home health          211oklahoma.org.                              to work out any major problems.
  care, transportation and homemaker
• Support for children, youth and families
  including child care, after school                           Crawford & assoCiates, P.C.
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                                                                                             June 2007   Oklahoma Cities & Towns   3
                               Spotlight on OML Members
                               The cities and towns of Oklahoma have rich and varied histories, and they are moving forward in a myriad of
                               directions. They make stories worth telling, so each month the League features one member community and one
                               individual in each month’s newsletter. Our affiliate and associate memberships are composed of companies, organi-
                               zations and governmental entities that recognize the importance of supporting local government, and we’d like to
                               introduce them to you here on these pages as well. Is something happening where you are that our members would like
                               to know about? We welcome your suggestions for future spotlight columns.

                                                    City in the Spotlight
            Planes, trains & automobiles: The City of Alva
   Though most old-timers and histori-          off with Mantz’s car. It wasn’t until               on the $4.5 million project, which Alva
ans will tell you Alva was named for            later that the men discovered the people            Mayor Arden Chaffee said could en-
railroad attorney and Colorado Gover-           they’d tried to assist were the notorious           courage more businesses to relocate
nor Alva Adams, some accounts claim             bandits Bonnie and Clyde.                           there. Burlington Northern Santa Fe

    The Alva Mural Society sponsors the ongoing establishment of murals by a variety of well-known Woods County artists. The top
    photo shows the Alva Train Depot as it was in the 1930’s. The one below is entitled “Harvest Time in Woods County.”

the community was named for Tho-                                                                     Railroad is completing a two-track
mas Edison, whose middle name was                                                                    section through Alva, the last to be
Alva.                                                                                                completed on what will then be a
   On a rainy day in 1933, Alva resi-                                                                coast-to-coast two-track line. The im-
dents Wilbur Mantz and John Varner                                                                   provement is expected to double
were working with some neighbors to                                                                  Alva’s daily train traffic. Also, a new
repair a washed-out gap in a road                                                                    bridge and overpass are being con-
north of town. Suddenly a car sped                                                                   structed north of the city, as part of an
through, attempting to clear the gap.                                                                ongoing Department of Transporta-
The attempt failed. When the driver                                                                  tion improvement project.
emerged and called for help, the men                                                                     All three projects could mean more
quit what they were doing and ran to                                                                 commercial traffic to and from the
assist the stranded motorist. When                                                                   city and could thus lead to more busi-
Mantz saw that one of the group was                                                                  nesses deciding to locate there,
a woman who appeared to be injured,                                                                  Chaffee said. Growth also is possible
he ran to where his own car was                    These days, motorists aren’t likely to           at the Charles E. Johnson Correctional
parked and drove it to the scene where          get stuck passing through Alva. In fact,            Center, a minimum-security drug reha-
he helped put the woman inside.                 planes, trains and automobiles all will             bilitation facility with 400 prisoners or
   “But that’s when the pistols came            have an easier time getting to and from             “trainees.”
out,” said Varner in a 1933 interview           the city as a result of projects currently              “Currently, 180 are enrolled in a
with the Alva Review-Courier. He said           under way there. A new runway is in                 moral reconation camp, where these
even the bleeding woman brandished a            the works for Alva Regional Airport.                men are taught to feel good about do-
weapon, and the group quickly made              Construction is set to begin next year                                   (see ALVA, page 14)

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                 OML Member in the Spotlight
  OML Vice President, Alva Mayor Arden “Hot Rod” Chaffee
   Arden Chaffee is a busy guy. In fact,   supporter of the Alva Mural Society,
he’s so busy that one wonders how he       Chaffee was honored by the Oklahoma
found time for activities such as sleep-   Arts Institute with an Arts Star Award
ing or shaving before he retired from      in 2003. The murals continue to prolif-
his professional career nine years ago.    erate in Alva; Chaffee’s favorite is an
The former middle school teacher has       unfinished depiction of an early Okla-
received the Distinguished Service         homa farming scene that includes its
Award from the American Association        painter at work on the mural.
of Retired Persons (AARP). For his ef-        In addition to his official duties,
forts to promote the welfare of retired    Chaffee spends much of his time advo-
educators in Woods County, Chaffee         cating for the rights of his fellow re-
was honored Friday, May 18 at the          tired teachers in Oklahoma. He said
convention of the Oklahoma Retired         the lot of retired teachers could be im-
Educators Association in Edmond.           proved following recent legislation that
   Wayne Lane, Alva city clerk, was        added to the annual contribution by the      one former school janitor who is left
among those who nominated Chaffee          state to the teachers’ retirement fund.      with only $28 each month after paying
for the award. Lane said Chaffee has       The state of Oklahoma currently pro-         his Medicare supplement. Another bill
been involved in many volunteer            vides 47 percent of the revenue for the      signed this session gives a pay raise to
projects in Alva, not all of which are     state teachers’ retirement fund, but         active teachers.
connected to his post as mayor. He         Chaffee said the new law provides for           “We must have a livable income for
volunteers with the Oklahoma Blood         an additional amount each year with          teachers, because we want to attract
Institute and participates on the Red      the goal of 100 percent funding by           good people into the teaching profes-
Cross Disaster Action Team, and also       2020. As things are, he said some            sion,” he said. “We should have a salary
has worked since 1998 with the local       teachers who retired many years ago
Meals on Wheels program. A strong          receive far too little to get by. He cited                 (see CHAFFEE, page 23)

                Affiliate Member in the Spotlight
  A growing company for growing cities: Triad Design Group
    Established in 1961 as a civil engi-   The company has served as Yukon’s            design of the three low water dams,
neering consulting firm, Triad Design      city engineer for more than 35 years.        river lakes, and public amenities in-
has evolved into a multi-discipline firm   Projects for the cities of Edmond and        cluding landscaping, trails, wetlands,
that provides professional services in     Midwest City are also under way.             recreation areas and parking facilities.
architecture, transportation engineer-                                                  Triad is now working with the city, the
ing, structural engineering, municipal                                                  Oklahoma City Riverfront Redevelop-
engineering, and construction adminis-                                                  ment Authority and COTPA to develop
tration and inspection. With over four                                                  and implement an infrastructure along
decades of professional practice, the                                                   the river for a water-based system to
company has worked on a variety of                                                      transport passengers along the river
projects from the complex design of                                                     from Meridian Avenue on the west to
water treatment plants and major high-        “All this experience has given Triad      the proposed American Indian Cultural
way improvements to the design of ur-      the opportunity to develop and enhance       Center on the east.
ban roadways and public utility            the skills required to plan, engineer and       For the City of Yukon, ongoing
facilities. A history of integrity and     manage public works projects,” said          projects include paving and improve-
strong design capabilities that places     Triad partner Don Douglas.                   ments to water and sewer lines
client satisfaction ahead of profit has       Some recent projects for Oklahoma         throughout the community. Projects
resulted in a customer base that re-       City include major street relocations        for the City of Edmond include im-
wards Triad with new and exciting          and sewer improvements. Triad was            provements to the Covell Road corri-
projects year after year.                  also the project engineer for the im-        dor and the recently completed new
    Triad’s work with municipalities in-   provements to the North Canadian             water line to serve growing areas of
cludes more than 30 years of service to    River — the section now known as the
the cities of Oklahoma City and Yukon.     Oklahoma River — that included the                             (see TRIAD, page 14)

                                                                                          June 2007   Oklahoma Cities & Towns   5
                             OML Staff Member in the Spotlight
                         Danny George, OML Executive Director
    Danny George describes his career path      counterterrorism, the world in which            I tried for years to create a depart-
as a wagon wheel: spokes may go in differ-      we live. I helped to design a police fa-     ment of environmental quality and a de-
ent directions, but they all connect at the     cility in Elk City (as assistant city man-   partment of commerce, though I didn’t
center. For him, the center is service to his   ager) where I utilized                                           get those done that
community. The former Marine, police of-        that Marine Corps                                                year. That took a
ficer, city manager and state representa-       and police officer ex-                                           little bit longer; other
tive talked to us this month about what         perience.                                                        people made those
leadership means to him. He also revealed           OML: What                                                    accomplishments. In
his failsafe key to making a marriage last,     memories stand out                                               this business it some-
and his secret life as a Trekkie.               from your police                                                 times takes a lot of
                                                work?                                                            years to see things
    OML: We heard a bit of gossip —
                                                    George: When you                                             bear fruit. You have
this can’t be true — you tricked your
                                                work as a police of-                                             to look at the long
wife into marrying you?
                                                ficer, you see mostly                                            term. When you’re
    George: I told her I had orders for
                                                the negatives. It is re-                                         successful, it makes
Moscow as an embassy Marine. I said
                                                warding when you get                                             that success even
I didn’t really want to go, but if she
                                                to see that something                                            more significant. It’s
married me they wouldn’t send me.
                                                you’ve done has                                                  more rewarding be-
Well, what I was trying to do is see if I
                                                helped someone. You                                              cause it’s such a
could get her to marry me, and she fell
                                                may not have realized                                            hard-fought, year-af-
for it.
                                                what you did at the                                              ter-year battle.
    OML: So how did you fool her into
                                                time. Maybe it was a younger person             OML: Is there a particular issue or
staying with you all these years?
                                                you provided a little guidance to, and       cause about which you are most pas-
    George: By doing what I’m told. It
                                                that person comes back later and says        sionate?
works every time.
                                                that if you hadn’t been there, things           George: Trying to bring us into the
    OML: If someone asked the 1978
                                                may not have worked out. As a police         21st century with technology. Although
version of Danny George where he’d
                                                officer, you’re making a difference in       Oklahoma is sometimes overlooked be-
end up, what would your answer have
                                                people’s lives, and often you don’t          cause we’re between the two coasts, I
                                                know you’re doing it.                        think understanding our role as a state
    George: I probably would have said
                                                    OML: Has that experience affected        in the world is something that can’t be
I was going to make a career in police
                                                the way you’ve approached OML in-    ’s      understated or overlooked. We need to
work. But I decided police work
                                                volvement in the current CLEET issue         take advantage of technology to im-
wasn’t for me, since I was only paid
                                                and legislation?                             prove our efficiencies in delivering ser-
$400 a month (laughs). You have so
                                                    George: It has made me more              vices to the public, managing the
many different paths you can follow.
                                                empathetic to the mission of munici-         public’s money better, understanding
It’s like a wagon wheel — you get off
                                                palities managing what the police mis-       that we have less revenue with which to
on a different path for a while and
                                                sion is. Having shared experiences           provide those services, and trying to
sometimes those paths bring you back
                                                with city managers and police officers       create jobs and further economic devel-
to the center. The center, for me, has
                                                has made me more understanding of            opment for the benefit of all of Okla-
always been public service — giving
                                                what we need to do to make adjust-           homa.
back to the local community, the state
                                                ments in what direction we’re heading.          OML: As OML Executive Director,
and the country.
                                                    OML: As a member of the Okla-            you’ve worked not only as an advocate
    OML: You must draw from your
                                                homa House of Representatives, you           for our cities and towns, but as their
experience as a legislator and city man-
                                                were voted Legislator of the Year in         ambassador as well — you visited Japan
ager for the work you do at OML.
                                                1986. What made that year such a             last year, and you participated in a del-
What about your experience as a Ma-
                                                standout for you?                            egation to Louisiana following Hurri-
rine and a police officer, are you still
                                                    George: I was recognized by con-         cane Katrina. How important is it for
drawing from those experiences as
                                                servation groups that year because I         municipalities nationwide and world-
                                                carried a large number of bills that ad-     wide to foster relationships with one
    George: Yes, I do every day. Those
                                                dressed environmental issues. Also, I        another?
lessons learned just really help me in all
                                                helped in creating the Administrative           George: Being an ambassador,
kinds of things as far as emergency
                                                Procedures Act and the state Rainy           learning to respect different people and
preparedness, security threats,
                                                Day Fund.                                                      (see GEORGE, page 12)

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June 2007   Oklahoma Cities & Towns   7
                                                Sine Die 2007
    Not bad, cities and towns, not bad      HB 1401, which provides that all              est in Oklahoma’s smaller communities.
at all. That’s the early word on the re-    newly appointed officials must receive        The bill states that in communities with
cently adjourned First Session of the       approved training within a year of their      fewer than 2,500 residents, municipal
51st Oklahoma Legislature. Bullets          appointment. Those who don’t, accord-         officers or employees are not prohib-
whizzed past us from many directions        ing to the new law, can be terminated.        ited from owning and operating a busi-
– eminent domain, tax increment fi-            Oklahoma’s speed trap laws saw             ness which is the only business of that
nancing, telecom and electric service       some action in the legislature this ses-      type within five miles of the
territory issues and annexation, to         sion. Initially, HB 1616 removed some         municipality’s corporate limits. Such
name a few. While it’s good news that       of the burdensome provisions that had         business may not, however, exceed
these proposed laws died, we know           been imposed on municipalities’ au-           $500 per single business “activity” nor
when it comes to legislation, death is      thority to enforce traffic laws. But the      may it exceed $10,000 for all “activi-
by no means a permanent state. Many         language popped up again later on and         ties” in a calendar year. An exception is
of these threats are sure to haunt us       made it back into law as part of SB           made if the municipality purchases
again in the future, and when that hap-     748.                                          goods or services there that are also
pens, we’ll be ready.                                                                     sold regularly to the general public, at
                                               HB 2191 allows any community               prices that are consistent with those
    The bullet that struck closest to the   with a full branch library to be repre-
heart this year came in the form of the                                                   charged to other customers.
                                            sented on the Oklahoma Metropolitan
sales tax holiday. The protections it in-   Library Commission. OML supported                The Oklahoma Police Pension and
cludes for city and county revenues are     this legislation on behalf of the City of     Retirement System and the Oklahoma
a small consolation when we consider        Choctaw.                                      Law Enforcement Retirement System
the tremendous effort waged against                                                       were modified this session in SB 695.
                                               HB 1090 makes it a misdemeanor             The bill changes public safety officers’
this bill on behalf of cities and towns.
                                            to disguise an automobile as a police         insurance premium deduction proce-
It’s a good lesson for us to keep in
                                            car in such a way that could cause            dures by allowing public safety retirees
mind, however: when it comes to leg-
                                            other vehicles to yield the right of way      to have insurance premiums deducted
islation, the battle is only won until it
                                            or stop. The law provides for a maxi-         from their monthly pension payment.
has to be fought again next session.
                                            mum one-year jail term and/or a fine of
    One of our biggest successes this       up to $1000. The law also allows pri-            The bill also provides that a benefi-
session was the passage of comprehen-       vate vehicles to use flashing lights and      ciary other than the surviving spouse of
sive reform to the system by which          sirens when they are being driven by          the public safety retiree may have a di-
Oklahoma’s law enforcement officers         the sheriff or by full- or part-time or re-   rect trustee-to-trustee transfer of any
are trained. That bill, SB 920, is dis-     serve commissioned deputies, provid-          portion of his or her lump-sum distri-
cussed in a separate article in this        ing the lights and sirens are only used       bution made to an individual retirement
newsletter. Here’s a rundown of a few       in the course of duty.                        account or annuity, and sets forth the
more bills that made it past the wire                                                     conditions for such transfers.
                                               Copper theft was addressed this ses-
and that are of interest to cities and                                                       A Joint Electric Utility Restructur-
                                            sion in HB 1399. The bill requires
towns.                                                                                    ing Task Force was established with SB
                                            “junk dealers” – those who buy and sell
    HB 1055 states that territories         copper and aluminum – to keep                 734. The group will seek to clarify the
within five miles of the corporate lim-     records of sales and purchases and to         legal issues resulting from the previous
its of a municipality may incorporate       allow law enforcement to inspect those        legislative actions for the benefit of the
as a new municipality, so long as the       records. Fines for failure to keep such       electric service providers in Oklahoma,
territory’s population exceeds 200,000      records or to comply with other provi-        and to ascertain the wishes of the
and the board of county commissioners       sions of the law can result in jail terms     people of Oklahoma regarding their
can provide proper documentation.           up to one year and/or fines up to             electricity providers.
    The Public Employees Relations          $5,000. Junk dealers must obtain per-            Cities and towns prevailed over a
Board (PERB) was recreated with HB          mits to do business under the provi-          proposal this session to allow electricity
1071. The bill includes “sunset provi-      sions of this law, and failure to do so is    providers to operate franchise-free in
sions,” establishing that the board is      punishable by a fine of up to $500.           municipal territories. It was the first of
created for just one year and will be up    Each day such a dealer operates with-         what promises to be many battles over
for review at the end of that time.         out a license constitutes a separate of-      this issue, however, and it’s something
    Requirements for training our           fense.                                        the new task force will examine. We’ll
state’s officials were expanded with           SB 160 addressed conflicts of inter-                    (see SINE DIE, next page)

8   Oklahoma Cities & Towns June 2007
                                                Legislative success story
                                  CLEET BILL BECOMES LAW
    Bipartisan support in both houses of     creasing police officer training hours          “Improving the state’s system of po-
the Oklahoma Legislature led to one of       to 600, expanding requirements re-                                           ’s
                                                                                         lice officer training was OML top pri-
this session’s biggest success stories for   garding training curriculum and             ority initiative this year,” said OML
cities and towns: the passage of SB          changing the composition of the Coun-       Chief Operating Officer Carolyn
920. The bill that will improve the stan-    cil on Law Enforcement Education            Stager, who worked with legislators
dards for Oklahoma police officer            and Training (CLEET) board to better        throughout the session to help ensure
training was signed into law by Gover-       reflect the level of participation from     the bill would meet the needs of city
nor Henry on June 4. Input from mu-          municipalities. Also, the bill paves the    and town police departments. Also in-
nicipal police departments and city and      way for some of the state’s larger com-     strumental in the evolution of this im-
town officials was crucial to the devel-     munities to establish their own police      portant legislation were Terri Cleveland
opment of the new law, which origi-          academies, should they desire to do so.     from the City of Broken Arrow, Nancy
nally was crafted following hearings         One municipality is poised to do just       Nichols from the City of Edmond and
held last autumn by bill author Sen.         that – it is expected that the City of      Missy Dean of OML. “We appreciate
Kenneth Corn. Rep. Rex Duncan was            Broken Arrow will announce plans            Senator Corn and Representative
the bill’s House author.                     soon to establish its own police acad-      Duncan for their hard work getting this
    The provisions of the bill include in-   emy.                                        important law passed,” Stager said.

            Choctaw grows smart by keeping citizens involved
    Residents in Choctaw are all for         community were shown large, printed         want their community to grow, Siebold
growth. They just want it done right.        images of houses, businesses and land-      said, and it’s up to the city to identify
What constitutes ‘right’ in Choctaw          scapes. Each participant was given          those preferences and to uphold them.
may, of course, mean something en-           green dots to mark what they liked and         “The people here are open to
tirely different from what it means in,      red dots to mark what they didn’t like.     change, but they want to keep Choctaw
say, Piedmont, Guthrie or Chickasha.         Siebold said that of the many designs       as a unique place,” he said.
Recognizing this, city leaders asked         from which participants had to choose,
Choctaw’s residents to speak up about        there were clear winners and clear los-
what’s most important to them regard-        ers.
ing the future of their community. And           “Quite a few people liked one par-      Sine Die
the people of Choctaw answered.              ticular house, and there was an image       (continued from preceding page)
    “People in Choctaw are eager to          of a parking lot that a lot of people re-
                                                                                         take a closer look at the issue next
find out how new development is go-          ally disliked,” he said. “It got these
ing to affect them,” said city planner       people from the community talking
Mark Siebold. “They want to keep             about what they liked, what they dis-           Order in the court has been given a
Choctaw one of these unique places in        liked, and why. Also, it gave us the op-    whole new meaning with an amend-
the face of this overwhelming residen-       portunity to say to developers: this is     ment to the Oklahoma Self Defense
tial and commercial growth.” He said         what the people of Choctaw liked, this      Act. SB 145 allows Oklahoma judges
the city strives to maintain a dialogue      is what they didn’t.”                       to carry and/or use weapons in court-
with the public about quality of life            Language is important to these dis-     houses. In addition to having a valid
and the things that are important to         cussions, he said. A term might mean        concealed handgun license, any judge
residents. “We have really clear values,”    one thing to one person and something       wishing to carry a gun in court must
he said. “Knowing what our value sys-        entirely different to another. What one     first register his or her name with the
tem is makes it easy to have discus-         community will call a garden home           administrative director of the courts,
sions about, say, how big a parking lot      might be called a “ranch style” some-       who shall keep a list of gun-totin’
has to be.” Choctaw has developed a          where else.                                 judges.
focus group approach utilizing what              “Finding that common language is            SB 806 was the omnibus tax bill
Siebold calls a ‘visual preference sur-      part of the discussion,” Siebold said.      that passed during the session’s final
vey.’                                            The City of Choctaw also has a CD       week. Most notable among the benefits
    “It’s an intensive design process        it provides to developers to familiarize    to cities and towns was a provision re-
where you flesh out a lot of ideas and       them with Choctaw, the character of         garding pre-paid cell phones. We’ll tell
get people discussing one thing,” he         the city and the preferences of the         you more about that bill in our ex-
said. The city held a public meeting,        people who live there. Those people         panded coverage of this legislative ses-
where volunteer participants from the        have definite ideas about how they          sion next month.

                                                                                            June 2007   Oklahoma Cities & Towns   9
            Oklahoma Citizens Academy accepting applications
    The Oklahoma Community Institute          with all levels of experience in community      2008)
is accepting applications for the fifth       development, we look for applicants who         Session 6 – State Government, Gradua-
class of the Oklahoma Citizens Acad-          wouldn’t be considered your ‘usual sus-         tion, & Celebration, Oklahoma City
emy. The graduates of this class will         pects’,” commented Annetta Franks,              (April 23-24, 2008)
join over 100 others who are already          Chair of the Citizens Academy and                  According to graduate of Class IV      ,
sharing stories of positive change in         OCI Board member. “We are recruiting            Dawn Garcia-Evans of Chandler, “I
communities all across Oklahoma. Ap-          local citizens who have a stake in, and a       gained tremendous insight into economic
plications are available on the OCI website   passion for, the future of their communi-       development, funding, volunteerism, com-
– www.ocionline.org – and are due Septem-     ties, and want to improve their skills to ef-   munity assessment needs, planning and
ber 6, 2007.                                  fectively impact change.”                       implementation of community plans and
    The Citizens Academy was created              The session topics, locations and           tourism. This was a good vehicle to become
to prepare citizens to accept a leader-       dates are as follows:                           acquainted with like-minded men and
ship role in their community. This                Session 1 – Foundation of Commu-            women across the state of Oklahoma.
training is unique from other programs        nity Leadership, Duncan (Nov. 7-8,              Ample access was also gained to state and
because it provides hands-on skills,          2007)                                           local leadership with them offering future
structure and resources for those who         Session 2 – Leading Community                   assistance and being knowledge resources
specifically want to become more en-          Teams & Impacting Public Policy,                that can be tapped. In the future as I am
gaged in making a difference in their         Weatherford (Dec. 6, 2007)                      involved in a volunteer capacity, the lessons
communities                                   Session 3 – Community Assessment                learned from my Citizens Academy experi-
    During the six sessions, participants     and Planning, Claremore (Jan. 10,               ence will be extremely valuable. ”
learn skills in the areas of teamwork         2008)                                              Applications can be accessed on-line
and planning, community assessment,           Session 4 – Economic Development                at www.ocionline.org or by calling
economic development and tourism,             and Tourism, Location TBA (Feb. 7,              Leshia Pearson, Academy Coordinator,
community renewal and state govern-           2008)                                           at (405) 208-8882 or e-mail her at
ment. “While we have had participants         Session 5 – Community Renewal Con-              lpearson@ocionline.org.
                                              ference, Midwest City (March 25-26,

                                   Y city or town can make a big difference
                       Does your community support our troops?
   When asked if they support our                ASA is a national organization that
troops overseas, it’s a cinch most Okla-      links units from all branches of the
homans would say “yes.” But how does          military with American communities.
one show that support in a meaningful         The communities that “adopt” a unit
way? For those Oklahomans who don’t           support those troops by sending letters,
have a friend or family member serving        care packages, newspapers and other
the country in missions abroad, it can        items they need, and by celebrating
be difficult turning those good feelings      their service upon their return home.
into the kind of genuine support that            Mark Edwards, city manager in Del
makes a real difference for a soldier,        City, said many people care about
sailor, airman, Guard member or Ma-           troops and want to support them, but if
rine.                                         they don’t have a friend or family mem-
   Four Oklahoma communities are              ber in the military, they may not know          got a name they can write to, a person
making it easy for their residents. In        how to help.                                    to focus their energies on.”
cooperation with America Supporting              “There are a tremendous number of               Edwards said participants include
Americans (ASA), the cities of                people in this country who desperately          businesses, schools, nonprofit organiza-
Shawnee, Owasso, Midwest City and             would love to do something for a sol-           tions and individuals in the community.
Del City are harnessing the generosity        dier, sailor, airman or Marine, but they        Del City has partnered with Midwest
and support among their residents and         may not know anybody,” he said. “If             City to adopt the 134th National Guard
channeling that energy into a real cam-       you can get a community to focus on a           unit. Street signs have been erected
paign of support.                             group and get all the members of your           that proclaim the communities’ com-
   And they want your community to            community to focus on the men and               mitment to the unit. Residents have
join them.                                    women in that unit, then everybody’s                             (see TROOPS, page 18)

10   Oklahoma Cities & Towns   June 2007
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later than July 27th. The OML Legislative Committee will meet on Wednesday, August 1, 2007.
The committee will review all requests and make recommendations to the OML Board of
Directors. The board-approved issues will be presented to the full membership during the
business meeting at the OML annual conference September 13th in Tulsa. Please help us identify
the issues of importance to your community by returning the completed form as soon as possible.

                                OKLAHOMA MUNICIPAL LEAGUE
                                  Legislative Request Summary

1.    Person making the request (Name/Position/Municipality/Phone No):

2.    Statement of the Issue:

3.    What needs to be changed (statute, constitution, administrative rule)?

4.    Why is the change needed?

5.    What are the advantages and disadvantages of the change?

6.    Who (if any) is likely to oppose the change?

7.    How will you respond to those adversely impacted:

8.    Which legislators might sponsor or support the legislation?

9.    Which legislators might oppose the legislation and why?

10.   Are there coalitions (other groups, individuals) who might also support this issue?

Please provide any additional information that you think would be helpful. Requests can be faxed
to (405) 528-7560 or mailed to the OML offices at 201 N.E. 23rd Street, Oklahoma City, OK
73105, attention KD Selby.

                                                                      June 2007   Oklahoma Cities & Towns   11
George                                                               things that are occurring globally could have a very negative
(continued from page 6)                                              effect on us if we’re not aware of it.
                                                                         OML: How do you think the priorities of the municipal
learning how they govern themselves, you look deeper and
                                                                     league might be different, say, 20 years from now?
find out they share the same principles and difficulties. There
                                                                         George: At some point, the financial stresses we have and
is always a common thread. You have problems, you look for
                                                                     how we finance the political subdivisions will have to be ad-
solutions. One thing that is for sure: no community stays the
                                                                     dressed. I think the biggest issue today facing our municipali-
same. You’re either growing or diminishing. That’s one con-
                                                                     ties is our antiquated state taxation laws. Oklahoma’s taxation
stant, change, and people don’t accept change very well.
                                                                     structure was written in the 1930s and it’s never really been
    As we see the world shrinking due to advances in commu-
                                                                     changed since that time. I think we need to figure out a bet-
nications, along with the differences between people’s cul-
                                                                     ter way to identify revenue streams that are fair and adequate
ture, language, beliefs and thoughts, we are beginning to see
                                                                     to provide a level of services that our citizens want. We will
the advent of extreme polarity between people. We have to
                                                                     have to ask ourselves if we’re going to work at creating jobs
make sure we retain the common decency and respect for
                                                                     and a good quality of life, or if we’re going to leave it like it
other people and their culture and beliefs. At the same time,
                                                                     is and be a state that loses another congressman because of a
we have to maintain our own beliefs. For me, the biggest
                                                                     shrinking population. We have to ask ourselves where we
word that comes to mind is tolerance. And to have tolerance,
                                                                     want to be 20 years from now, and start planning for it today.
you have to have understanding. Having a common respect
                                                                         OML: If you could stop time for a week, what would you
for individuals makes a difference in people’s lives.
    OML: Tell us what you’ve learned about leadership over
                                                                         George: I’d probably just spend more time with my family,
the years.
                                                                     including my two beautiful granddaughters Madison and
    George: The test of a true leader is to understand the con-
sequences of leading could be that you get removed from
                                                                         OML: We understand you’re interested in archaeology.
your leadership role (laughs). But at least your conscience is
                                                                         George: Definitely. I enjoy archaeology and history, study-
there because you believed in a principle and you were at-
                                                                     ing past cultures and civilizations. When I was city manager
tempting to lead. If you don’t get it right, there’s always an-
                                                                     in Hollis, we found an area at our water well site where an
other day. I think some people who appear to be leaders are
                                                                     ancient civilization buried their dead facing east. It appeared
really looking for a consensus or something that would make
                                                                     to be a place where people came and went from different
things easier, like a majority opinion, rather than saying
                                                                     trading routes, dated around 1200 A.D.
‘something is coming and we need to prepare for it.’
                                                                         OML: What are some of your other interests?
    I think in Oklahoma we have people with a lot of charac-
                                                                         George: I like to fish and hunt, and I enjoy going to theat-
ter. I think that the tougher the times are, the better real lead-
                                                                     rical productions and to the symphony. I’m interested in
ership begins to present itself. Leadership seems to come
                                                                     space and astronomy, and I love sci-fi: Star Wars, Star Trek,
about under very stressful, dramatic times. Fortunately for
                                                                     Battlestar Galactica, Heroes — I enjoy all of the sci-fi shows.
this country, we’ve enjoyed quite a few good years. Now,
                                                                         OML: Would you consider yourself... a Trekkie?
                                                                         George: I am definitely a Trekkie!
                                                                         OML: What lies in the future for Danny George? Where
Water Plan                                                           do you see yourself in ten years?
                                                                         George: Going out to pasture (laughs). No, I wouldn’t be
(continued from page 1)
                                                                     able to sit still. I may not be in public service any more, but I
cause they represent the public and they have firsthand              see myself trying to make some kind of contribution for as
knowledge of what’s needed in their communities,” he said.           long as I’m able to get up out of a chair.
    In Sayre, city manager Steve Tomberlin said participants
raised issues ranging from pumping regulations to EPA stan-
dards to concerns about selling Oklahoma water to other
states. He said it was time for municipal officials to “get ac-
tive” regarding the state water plan.
    “Water’s a big issue and it’s going to become more and
more important,” he said. “As communities enlarge I think
it’s becoming more essential that we establish things like us-
age priority controls during droughts.”
    “This water plan is going to decide the future of water use
in Oklahoma,” said Cheryl Dorrance, OML director of re-
search. “It is very important that municipal officials partici-
pate. Don’t just go, speak about municipal issues so that your
input is recorded,” she said. Meeting notices will be pub-
lished in this newsletter and at www.okwaterplan.info.

12   Oklahoma Cities & Towns   June 2007
June 2007   Oklahoma Cities & Towns   13
Alva                                                                 rate an interesting chapter in the community’s history. They
(continued from page 4)                                              follow the path Nazi prisoners took when they disembarked
ing the right thing,” Chaffee said. He explained that many           from the train to the camp where they were interred during
people in prison grew up learning that gratification comes           World War II. Chaffee said many of the former prisoners re-
from doing things that are wrong, and that this program at-          turned to Alva in their later years to visit former prison
tempts to turn that around and teach the benefits of doing           guards with whom they had formed friendships during their
right. The 12-step method attempts to “reprogram” the train-         interment.
ees, Chaffee said, and thus far it seems to be working. “Only            The recreational complex partnered with local club
20 percent who take the training end up back in incarcera-           R.A.C.E. — Racing and Cruising Enthusiasts — to sponsor
tion,” he said. “That’s a far better average than in other insti-    the Mudslinger Shootout on May 26. The event pits souped-
tutions where no training takes place.”                              up trucks and ATVs against one another in mud races with
   Alva’s mural society sponsors the ongoing creation of mu-         proceeds benefiting the recreational complex. The event for
rals throughout the community. The latest, which depicts a           which Alva is best known, however, comes the third weekend
marching band in the town square, will be dedicated in the           of September. The Cowboy Beef Jerky Big Cruise and Car
courtyard of the Runnymeade Hotel building, recently refur-          Show is the largest free car show in Oklahoma. Norville
bished as a community cultural center. Subjects for the murals       Ritter, one of the event’s organizers and a founding member
include the Battle of Turkey Springs, the city’s old train de-       of R.A.C.E., said the event gets bigger every year.
pot, a country schoolhouse and an unfinished farming scene              “People come in from all over because it’s so much fun
featuring a Rumely tractor thrashing wheat.                          and it doesn’t cost them anything to enter,” Ritter said.
   Alva is home to Northwestern Oklahoma State University            Rather than use the car show as a money-raiser, he said, or-
(NWOSU), founded in 1897 as a normal school. The                     ganizers opted to make it a tourist attraction instead. The re-
college’s first building was the “Castle on the Hill,” a huge        sult is an annual event that fills up the hotel rooms in Alva
brick building constructed in 1899 in the style of a Norman          and in surrounding communities as well. Contests, games
castle. The castle burned to the ground in a tragic 1935 fire.       and fun races go on throughout the weekend, along with live
Former Northwestern University President Tom McDaniel                music, food and kids’ activities. Information can be found at
has donated a bronze statue of The Ranger, the school mas-           www.bigcruiseandcarshow.com.
cot, by artist H. Holden to be dedicated at a new campus
   Renovations are under way at Share Medical Center.                Triad
Named for local philanthropist Charles Morton Share, the
                                                                     (continued from page 5)
hospital is in the middle of an $8.5 million project that will
add a new outpatient services wing and will completely refur-        the city. In Midwest City, Triad is currently designing im-
bish the existing facilities.                                        provements to the water treatment plant.
   A new transfer station will soon be constructed so that              Triad Design Group has a staff of over 30 licensed archi-
Alva will have an indoor facility where trash trucks can empty       tects, professional engineers and support staff, and the com-
into a transfer trailer for hauling to a landfill. A $250,000 fed-   pany is growing.
eral grant is funding the project. Chaffee said for a commu-            “Our mission at Triad is to provide a quality product that
nity Alva’s size, utilizing such a transfer station is more cost     stays within budget and delivery schedules,” Douglas said.
effective than opening its own landfill.                             “With every project, whatever the scope, our clients are as-
   New walking trails lead from downtown to a 110-acre rec-          sured access to all our resources at all times. This places at
reational center that includes a multipurpose building with          their disposal the benefits and experience of a highly orga-
exercise rooms and offices, two basketball courts, fields for        nized, close-knit team of professionals who are dedicated to
soccer, softball and baseball. The trails themselves commemo-        the success of their project.”

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14   Oklahoma Cities & Towns   June 2007
                                               IN THE COURT

Roberts retires after 37 years as Norman judge, teacher
   The month of June will be the           side of his dual career has been at the
end of an era at the Norman                University of Oklahoma, where he has
municipal court. The city will             taught courses in litigation, and where
commemorate the careers of                 he is now Professor Emeritus. He has
Presiding Judge Ted Roberts and            taught summer law courses at Oxford
                                           University in England and also at the
Court Clerk Judy Simpkins at a city
                                           National Institute for Trial Advocacy, a
hall reception on Thursday, June           national program for trial lawyers. Rob-
28 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Simpkins          erts retires this month after more than
became court clerk in 1967, and            37 years at the Norman Municipal
Roberts ascended the Norman                Court.
bench for the first time two years            Judy Simpkins has been the court
later. Both are retiring at the end of     clerk in Norman during Roberts’ entire
the month.                                 career there. Far from being black-and-
                                           white, she said decisions on the bench
   It was 1969 when Ted Roberts re-        can be tremendously difficult to make
turned to the community where he’d at-     and that Roberts manages to do it with
tended law school. The former Altus        competence, fairness and compassion.
prosecutor and Anadarko county attor-         “He is always consistent and fair in
ney worked as an associate judge for       how he approaches cases,” Simpkins             As director of the law school’s clini-
the Norman municipal court until           said of Roberts. “He’s true blue in his     cal programs for 18 years, Roberts su-
1993, when he became the presiding         judgment and his character is above re-     pervised student lawyers representing
judge for the municipality. The other      proach,” she said.                                         (see ROBERTS, page 20)

        Simpkins says farewell after 40 years at Norman court
   Leo Whinery was tired of breaking       nicipal court clerk in Oklahoma, and        passionate when you talk to them.
in new court clerks. As presiding judge    has been for a long time,” Roberts          That’s one thing I’ve learned over the
at the Norman municipal court, he’d        said. “I think credit should be given to    years: to be compassionate, to be more
trained two in three years. As he inter-   her for all the years of service she has    understanding. I haven’t perfected it,
viewed appli-                              given to both the City of Norman and        but I’ve tried to listen and understand
cant Judy                                  to her profession. The clerks I’ve          so we can work together and help
Simpkins for                               worked with have just been tremen-          them through the process.
the post, he                               dous. They are such a hard-working             OML: Do you ever get to see the
told her he                                group of people who are very dedicated      happy endings, when they occur?
was hoping to                              and who work as a team, and I think            Simpkins: Sometimes we do get to
find someone                               Judy is to credit for that.”                see people get themselves back on
who could                                      OML: Tell us about the day-to-day       track. But it’s kind of an up and down.
stay. Forty                                challenges of the municipal court, and      We just hope that we can present an
years later, it’s                          what you’ve learned over the years.         image that makes a positive impact on
clear he made                                  Simpkins: We see all walks of life.     them during that short time they’re be-
a smart hire.                              It’s difficult to see young people who      fore us. We hope to somehow make it
She outlasted                              have gotten off on the wrong path, be-      a situation that is not so negative for
him and his                                cause we see how easy it would seem         them, because they’re going to form
successor,                                 for them to get their life back on track,   opinions about courts, law enforce-
Tom Lucas, and she’s been court clerk      but for them it’s so difficult to do.       ment and municipal government from
during the entire administration of the    Also, seeing people who get repetitive      their experience here. That is what we
current presiding judge, Ted Roberts,      in the same negative situation, it causes   strive to do.
with whom she’s celebrating her retire-    you to count your own blessings and be         OML: What are some ways the
ment this month.                           grateful that you aren’t in that situa-     court tries to do that?
   “I think Judy is the outstanding mu-    tion. It makes you really try to be com-                    (see SIMPKINS, page 17)

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Simpkins                                     tive from the police department talks to
(continued from page 11)                     them about law enforcement. Then
   Simpkins: It’s important for us to be     they have a mock trial with the young
consistent. At the counter, for instance,    people as jurors, defendant and com-
we greet people with a smile, look           plaining witness, with a real judge and
them in the eye, use their name and          real attorneys. The young people do an
treat them fairly.                           outstanding job.
   OML: You’ve worked under three                OML: What do you do when you
presiding judges and numerous associ-        have spare time to fill, if that ever hap-
ate and acting judges. What does a           pens?                                         F U L L S E RV I C E M A I N T E N A N C E
court clerk hope for in a judge?                 Simpkins: I have three wonderful                       P RO G RA M S
   Simpkins: Not everybody can be a          grandchildren, and I spend lots of time                 GASB 34 Compliant
judge. I’ve been told by many judges         with them. I play tennis; I’m not in a         Interior and Exterior Painting, Repairs
that it’s more difficult than people real-   league now, but maybe I will be after I                  Safety Accessories
ize to make decisions when you’re            retire. I’m in a bridge club and also a       Inspections, Washouts, Disinfections
holding a trial. Being decisive is impor-    book club. We call ourselves the
tant, and also having characteristics like   “Clueless” book club. We read a wide          W I R E L E SS CO M M U N I C AT I O N S
honesty and integrity are very impor-        variety of books. This year, we’re doing                    S E RV I C E S
tant.                                        Centennial books by Oklahoma au-                    Antenna Site Management
   OML: Tell us about some of the            thors.                                                 Antenna Installations
work you’ve done developing legislation          OML: How has the city of Norman           Design Reviews/Project Management
over the years.                              changed over the years?
   Simpkins: I worked with OML to                Simpkins: It has really grown.                TA X E X E M P T F I N A N C I N G
change the law so that we could request      Norman is so special; everybody says         Asset Acquisition and Infrastructure Growth
juror names directly from the Supreme        that about our city. I don’t know if it’s          Extremely Competitive Rates
Court. Before, we had to go through          the many cultural things we have here,                     No “Red Tape”
district court and the district court had    or maybe it’s the number of educated
                                                                                                  N E W TA N K S A L E S
to get juror names for us.                   individuals who live and work here, or
   OML: How important is it for court        the beautiful parks that we have, or the               Expedited Delivery
clerks to be aware of legislation that’s     many festivals – it’s just a wonderful             Any Style, Design, Capacity
being developed?                             community.
   Simpkins: It’s very important. It can         OML: What about the job of court
be so disheartening when a law gets          clerk. How has the position changed
passed and it’s obvious that they did        over the last 40 years?
not consult with the people who have to          Simpkins: We certainly have grown,
apply the law. Legislators are trying to     by case load and by employees. Tech-                     C O N TA C T :
do what is right, but we have to help        nology has changed, of course. One                      Steve Woodward
them understand what these changes           thing I regret is that our space has not               Cell: 918-812-3006
will mean for the courts. If you stay in     changed enough. We are in a corner of
touch with bills that are pending and        the building with the police depart-
you give input, you’ve done your part        ment. That is not a good image; we
                                                                                           USCI SERVICE CENTER – KANSAS:
trying to make sure that what gets           should not appear to be an arm of the
passed is helpful and appropriate.           police department – we should have a                      PO Box 362
   OML: Tell us about Youth Law Day,         separate facility.                                   Pittsburg, KS 66762
the program in Norman you helped es-             OML: Any words of wisdom for the                Phone: 800-835-0145
tablish.                                     up-and-coming generation of court                        620-231-2160
   Simpkins: We partnered with               clerks?                                               Fax: 620-232-1558
Norman Public Schools to have a day              Simpkins: Accountability is so im-
each spring where middle school stu-         portant. You have to follow the law and           C O R P O R AT E O F F I C E :
dents meet at the Bell Courtroom at the      the rules, and you have to do it in such                  P.O. Box 1350
University of Oklahoma law center.           a way that you could be examined by                      Perry, GA 31069
Students learn what it takes to get ad-      anybody. It’s all about the integrity with            Phone: 800-223-3695
mitted to law school and they learn          which you run that office. Being con-                   Fax: 478-987-2991
about the different roles – judge, pros-     sistent is hard to do, but you have to be
ecutor, court clerk. They learn about        consistent. You have to treat your em-            www.utilityservice.com
the juvenile program and a representa-       ployees fairly too, as well as the public.

                                                                                          June 2007   Oklahoma Cities & Towns           17
                State’s air clean enough for compliance, but just
   Pollution in Oklahoma comes from a        city under a “dirty air” designation,      heart disease, and the American Lung
hodgepodge of sources: cars and              means that metropolitan region would       Association reports that in Oklahoma
trucks, lawnmowers and weed eaters,          be required to develop a plan to regain    alone, more than 66,000 people may
power plants and dry cleaners. Wide          clean air status. Church said measures     be susceptible to the effects of air pol-
open spaces and plentiful wind mean          could include regulatory controls on in-   lution due to asthma.
air pollution can travel easily, affecting   dustry, large employers and on the driv-       Church said there is hope that in
even the state’s least populated areas. In   ing public.                                time, many residents of Oklahoma’s ur-
Oklahoma, “mobile sources” such as              “A resolution would not happen          ban areas will choose mass transit for
cars and lawnmowers account for close        quickly, and the implementation plan       at least part of their daily travels. There
to 65 percent of our air pollution, ac-      would take years to develop,” Church       are other things Oklahoma can do to
cording to Association of Central Okla-      said. “The stigma of being a ‘dirty air    reduce ozone levels, he said.
homa Governments (ACOG)                      city’ would brand us for a long time.”         “You need to be able to drive to live
spokesperson Jerry Church.                      Oklahoma’s wide-openness plays          your life, but there are little things you
   “We’re very close to having the           into its pollution problem in another      can do to reduce air pollution,” he
ozone readings that would put us in          way: it means many of us have long         said. Gassing up at night and leaving
noncompliance with federal ozone stan-       distances to travel between home and       the lawnmower in the garage on ozone
dards,” said Church said. He said the        work or school.                            alert days makes a significant differ-
Tulsa area is in more or less the same          Even at very low levels, ozone trig-    ence in pollution levels. “We try to pro-
situation, and that if the two leading       gers a variety of health problems. It      mote that if you have two cars, try to
metropolitan areas were “dirty air” cit-     may cause permanent lung damage            use the newest, because new cars are
ies, the effects could be felt statewide.    after long-term exposure and can           cleaner,” he said. Annual ACOG sur-
   A designation of non-attainment, or       damage crops, plants and ecosystems.       veys conducted following ozone season
when the federal government places a         A 2001 report released by the Ameri-       indicate that Oklahomans try to reduce
                                             can Heart Association illustrated a        their driving on alert days. Church said
                                             correlation between air pollution and                             (see AIR, next page)
(continued from page 10)
sent care packages, letters and even a
huge banner signed yearbook-style with
messages of love and support.
   “Within the next year, there’s going
to be a large contingent of Oklahoma
National Guard troops from all across
the state who are going to be deployed
to Iraq and Afghanistan,” Edwards
said. “I challenge every city, every
town, every community in the state of                    Service
Oklahoma to adopt its hometown Na-
tional Guard unit so that their friends,                   in
their neighbors, their sons, daughters,
husbands and wives know that at least                    Motion!
one town in Oklahoma thinks about
   When the troops come home, com-
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18   Oklahoma Cities & Towns   June 2007
                                       OKLAHOMA CENTENNIAL

            Tulsa’s buried Belvedere to be unearthed this month
    In 1957, thousands of Plymouth                                                                  official population of Tulsa, will win
Belvedere Coupes rolled off the pro-                                                                the car and its contents. Perhaps the
duction line. Today, some are rust-                                                                 most valuable prize inside the car is
ing away in junkyards and many are                                                                  a $100 trust fund which has been
collectors’ items. Only one is buried                                                               gathering interest for 50 years. As
outside the Tulsa County Court-                                                                     for the car itself, it wasn’t until years
house.                                                                                              later that the 1957 model Belvedere
    In 1957, Oklahoma was celebrat-                                                                 Coupe was found to be unusually
ing 50 years of statehood. Tulsa was                                                                prone to rust. At the time of burial,
in the midst of “Golden Jubilee                                                                     it was sealed in a substance for pres-
Week” in honor of the milestone                                                                     ervation and placed in a concrete
event. The celebration included the                                                                 bunker. Since then it has been un-
burial of a brand new Belvedere                                                                     derground with no additional main-
Coupe. The car contains items in-                                                                   tenance.
tended to show a new generation of          Local dignitaries show off items that will later be        Today, web sites are counting
Tulsans what life was like in the           placed in the 1957 Plymouth Bevedere prior to be-
                                                                                                    down the minutes until the “capsule”
                                            ing buried.
1950s. Included are items such as                                                                   once again sees the light of day. The
the contents of a woman’s purse,                                                                    event has drawn notice from car col-
aerial photos of the city, flags, state-                                                            lectors and history buffs across the
ments from city officials and tran-                                                                 nation and around the world. While
quilizers. Before the burial, event                                                                 visibility and attendance at the actual
chairman Lewis Roberts Jr. said the                                                                 unearthing is limited, the Belvedere
car was chosen because of its “last-                                                                and its contents will be on display at
ing appeal that will still be in style                                                              the Tulsa Convention Center begin-
50 years from now.”                                                                                 ning at 6:30 p.m. on June 15, 2007.
    As a part of the festivities, citi-                                                             The unearthing kicks off a car
zens were asked to guess the popula-                                                                fanatic’s dream weekend in Tulsa.
tion of Tulsa in the year 2007. The                                                                 The Tulsarama Open Car Show will
guesses were recorded on microfilm                                                                  take place throughout downtown
and sealed in the car. When the car                                                                 Tulsa on June 16 and 17. The
is unearthed on June 15, 2007 the                                                                   Tulsarama Invitational Car Show
person (or heir of the person) with         Luther Williams, of Sunray DX Oil Company,              will take place in the Convention
the population guess closest to             places oil, gasoline and other items in the trunk of    Center and feature the 1957 Belved-
393,000, the U.S. Census Bureau’s           the 1957 Belvedere.                                     ere Coupe through June 17. For
                                                                                                    more information visit www.

(continued from preceding page)                 average reading of eight parts per mil-                      Towns
high gasoline prices could affect pollu-        lion measured over eight hours. To be                         and
                                                in violation of the standard, EPA looks
tion levels by changing people’s driving
                                                at the fourth highest reading at each
                                                                                                            Cities ...
   “Some people are already impacted            site and averages it over three years.                    Oklahoma’s
by $3 gasoline,” he said. “Eventually, it       Currently, all regions of Oklahoma are                     Economic
will impact a substantial number of             designated “attainment” regions,
people.”                                        meaning that the entire state is in full                    Engines!
   The federal standard for ozone is an         compliance with EPA standards.

                                                                                                   June 2007   Oklahoma Cities & Towns    19
Roberts                                      sions quickly. You cannot do that as a        Norman, there were about 25 lawyers
(continued from page 15)
                                             judge. Personally, I think the practice       who resided here. Now there are over
clients in Cleveland County.                 of law is more fun than being a judge.        500. I think the economics over the
    “It was good experience for students         OML: You also were director of            years have dictated some of the things
to learn how to practice law under the       clinical programs at the law school –         that are done in the legal profession.
supervision of an attorney,” he said.        tell us about that.                           Lawyers are becoming much more in-
    OML: With so many years on the               Roberts: That started in 1972. We         volved in things than they were earlier
bench in Norman, you’ve probably seen        had an in-house clinic where we set up        on, because I think society has become
some interesting things.                     legal aid for Cleveland County. Stu-          much more litigious than it used to be.
    Roberts: There was the Lewis the         dents would represent clients under               There’s a lot more demand for law-
Pig case. A person brought a pig to his      our supervision. We represented clients       yers now, and more women are enter-
office in Norman. This was a violation       in both criminal and civil cases. It was      ing the profession. Women have gotten
of the zoning ordinances. The defense        good experience for students to learn         much more involved in the practice of
was that it was a pet, not livestock, but    how to practice law under the supervi-        law than they were 40 years ago.
I found him guilty. The case went on         sion of a licensed attorney.                      OML: How will you spend your
for about a year. They appealed all the          OML: How do you feel about the            time after you retire later this month?
way to the court of criminal appeals,        direction in which Norman is moving?              Roberts: I’m going to teach course
where they upheld my decision that               Roberts: As a citizen, I’m a little       this fall here (at OU). I plan to travel a
Lewis was livestock. Lewis was a             concerned that we may not be looking          little bit; we enjoy going over to Eu-
three-legged pig, by the way.                at the progress of the city as much as        rope and to England where I taught
    OML: Did Lewis get to testify in         I’d hope. I don’t think we can retain         twice in the summer program at Ox-
his owner’s defense?                         our small town (character) like we had        ford. I’d like to do more travel in the
    Roberts: They wanted to bring him        at one time. We’re able to do it in a         United States also.
in, but I didn’t think that would help       way, but you’re not going to stop de-             OML: How has the municipal
me determine if he was livestock or          velopment. I would like to see con-           court changed over the years?
not.                                         trolled development. I think we need              Roberts: When I started, our court-
    OML: How has being a judge af-           to see new things, but we need to con-        room was the city council chambers on
fected your teaching?                        trol that and not let it get out of hand.     the second floor above the police de-
    Roberts: It was obviously very help-     But that’s me as a private citizen. As        partment. One time when it was rain-
ful. It certainly kept me in contact with    to the court, I think we ought to look        ing pretty hard during court, the roof
the practicing bar. My area is trial prac-   strongly at going to a court of record.       began to leak and the electricity went
tice, and my work as a judge helped me       To do that, there’s going to need to be       out. Judy (Simpkins) lit a bunch of
keep students abreast of what is going       a new court facility.                         candles and we went right on. Things
on. Over the years, trial techniques –           OML: Some words we’ve heard to            like that don’t happen now – it’s very
which is what I taught – changed con-        describe you include ‘fair,’ ‘consistent’     professional. The court has evolved
siderably.                                   and ‘decisive.’ What do you feel are          considerably over the years, and it’s go-
    OML: Has being a teacher affected        the most important qualities for a per-       ing to have to evolve in the future also.
your work as a judge?                        son entering your profession?                     OML: What about the city of
    Roberts: I think so. Again, I’ve had         Roberts: Well, I think those are the      Norman – is it the same city you re-
to keep current in the law because I’m       essential qualities. You have to make         turned to in 1969?
teaching it to the students. The litiga-     decisions, and you have to be consis-             Roberts: Over the years we’ve seen
tion area I teach is exactly what is done    tent. When I tried cases as a lawyer it       different people come in as mayors and
in the courtroom. The big difference is      was very frustrating to be in front of a      city council members, and the budget
that as a judge in the courtroom, you        judge who was not consistent in his           has grown considerably. The city has
have to be impartial and can’t take ei-      rulings. And fairness – you have to be        grown from a rural small town to a
ther side. As a litigator you’re repre-      fair to all parties involved. It’s very im-   metropolitan area.
senting a client and you’re advocating       portant to permit a defendant, espe-              I’ve served under ten mayors and I
that position.                               cially one who is not represented, to         give them a lot of credit. They’ve all
    OML: Having done both, would             be heard in court.                            been able to separate the municipal
you say one is more difficult than the           OML: Tell us about the character of       court from the other branches of gov-
other?                                       the up-and-coming generation of attor-        ernment. Their appointments have not
    Roberts: I think being a judge is        neys and judges. Any trends that you          been political. No mayor has ever pres-
more difficult than being a lawyer who       see?                                          sured me to do anything other than my
represents one side. Being impartial is          Roberts: Firms are so much bigger.        job as a judge. They’ve been really
not easy, because as a human you do          The practice is not as personal as it         good, in my opinion, and I hope it will
make assumptions and jump to conclu-         used to be. When I came back to               continue that way in the future.

20   Oklahoma Cities & Towns   June 2007
                       Upcoming State Water Plan Meetings
  July 12 – Oklahoma City                 July 31 – Ardmore               September 13 – Broken Arrow
      Oklahoma County                  Ardmore Convention Center            Nienhuis Community Center
      Extension Office                        Salon D&E                           Meeting Space

     July 17 – Sulphur                   August 7 – Shawnee                September 18 – Okmulgee
 Murray County Expo Center               Gordon Cooper Vo-Tech             Okmulgee County Fairgrounds
        Hilliard Hall                       Seminar Center                        Exhibit Hall

      July 19 – Norman                   August 23 – Kellyville              October 25 – McAlester
 Cleveland County Fairgrounds           Creek County Fairgrounds          Eastern Oklahoma State College
       North Classroom                        Banquet Hall                      Conference Center

     July 24 – Chandler
  Lincoln County Fairgrounds
       Agri-Civic Center
                                                                                 All meetings
                                                                               begin at 6:30 p.m.

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                   Engineering Technical Assistance
                    for Water/Wastewater Systems
                           OML & OMUP are now offering free
               limited technical assistance to water/wastewater systems
            thanks to a grant from the Department of Environmental Quality.
     It will provide technical advice but not serve as the community’s engineer.
                       The following are the goals of the program:
(1) Explore options for community public utility facilities/treatment before committing to a specific
    system. Assist in understanding of the costs for various options.
(2) Provide an opportunity for OML to facilitate problem resolution or mediation with DEQ for
(3) Help with analysis for problems and possible assistance with development of RFP/RFS. The
    objective of this project is to provide community water/wastewater systems with engineering
    assistance to allow them to make informed decisions to the benefit of their citizens and water
    quality in Oklahoma.

                   Please contact Cheryl Dorrance at OML for further information,
                  1-800-324-6651 long distance or 528-7515 in the OKC metro area.
                            Or e-mail your request to cdorran@oml.org.

                                                                         June 2007   Oklahoma Cities & Towns   21
                                        Employment Opportunities
DIRECTOR OF GOLF: Come and                        CITY MANAGER: Ottawa, KS (pop.                    Finance Director/City Clerk, 6407
work at the most beautiful golf course in         12,600). Independent, full-service city           Avondale Dr., Nichols Hills, Oklahoma,
the Oklahoma Panhandle! The City of               with electric, water and wastewater utilities     73116. Applications will be accepted until
Guymon is now taking applications for the         is accepting applications for the position of     position is filled. The City of Nichols Hills
position of Director of Golf. This salaried       City Manager. Ottawa is located on I-35           is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
position includes outstanding health and          southwest of Kansas City. For additional
retirement packages in addition to an em-         community information visit www.                  CLEET CERTIFIED POLICE CHIEF:
ployer assisted housing opportunity. We are       ottawakansas.net/. The city has a $38 mil-        The Town of Tipton (pop, approx. 1000)
seeking a business minded individual with         lion budget, 160 full-time employees, and         is taking applications for a CLEET certified
strong communication and management               has operated under a 5-member Commis-             Police Chief. The successful applicant for
skills. For full job description and qualifica-   sion/Manager form of government since             this position will have documented pro-
tions, go to www.guymonok.org. Applica-           1970. The ideal applicant should also have        gressive supervisory experience in patrol, in-
tions and resumes will be accepted at the         a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field at least   vestigative and administrative functions of a
HR office, City Hall, 219 NW 4th St.,             5-10 years of municipal government expe-          modern law enforcement agency. Superior
Guymon, OK 73942 or emailed to                    rience, Master’s Degree preferred. Must pos-      communication and leadership skills are
hrdir@guymonok.org. Please call 580-              sess strong management, communication,            particularly desirable. Salary depends on ex-
338-1857 with questions. The City of              budgetary and personnel skills. Back-             perience. Interested persons shall submit a
Guymon is an Equal Opportunity Em-                ground should include exposure to all as-         letter of interest, resume and list of five (5)
ployer.                                           pects of a full-service community. Essential      personal and professional references to the
                                                  qualities include strong communication,           Town of Tipton Clerk, PO Box 460,
ELECTRICAL LINEWORKER: The                                                                          Tipton, OK 73570. Applications will be
                                                  leadership, financial management, housing,
City of Kingfisher, OK is seeking applica-                                                          taken until July 9th, 2007. Any questions
                                                  economic development, utilities and con-
tions for the position of Lineworker (pref-                                                         call Diana Rogers at Town Hall 580-667-
                                                  sensus-building skills as well as a friendly,
erably journeyman). The successful                                                                  5211. Town of Tipton is an “Equal Op-
                                                  innovative and analytical approach to man-
applicant must have a high school diploma                                                           portunity Employer.”
                                                  agement. The applicant should be an objec-
and Lineworker experience. The applicant
                                                  tive and visionary individual with an             WATER & WASTEWATER OPERA-
should have knowledge of power systems,
                                                  understanding of how to work effectively          TOR: The City of Wilson is taking applica-
including substations, protective devices,
                                                  in a dynamic community. Salary $90,000            tions for a Class C Water and Wastewater
and primary and secondary electrical distri-
                                                  negotiable depending on qualifications.           Operator skilled in water and sewer line re-
bution systems. Applicant must be knowl-
                                                  Generous benefits package. Send resume            pair, water sampling, and other aspects of
edgeable of principles and practices, and
                                                  and 3 professional references to LEAPS-           water and wastewater operations as re-
have a valid Oklahoma State CDL driving
                                                  Ottawa, 300 SW 8th, Topeka, KS, 66603.            quired. Salary negotiable. Apply in person
license. Applicant will be given a pre-em-        EOE. Open until filled. Resume review be-         at 1065 U.S. Highway 70A, Water Dept.
ployment physical and drug test. Position         gins July 8, 2007.
will be open until filled. The City of King-                                                        LINEMAN: City of Blackwell seeking ap-
fisher is an Equal Opportunity Employer.          DEPUTY CITY CLERK / ACCOUNTS                      plications for Lineman in Electric Depart-
Application may be obtained from King-            PAYABLE CLERK: The City of Nichols                ment. Previous verifiable experience
fisher City Hall, 301 N. Main St., King-          Hills is accepting applications for a Deputy      required. Completion of approved appren-
fisher, OK 73750.                                 City Clerk/Accounts Payable Clerk. Candi-         tice program preferred. Responsibilities in-
                                                  dates will be responsible for preparation of      clude construction, maintenance and repair
CLEET CERTIFIED POLICE OF-                        agendas, public notices, publications, and        of overhead and underground electric dis-
FICER: Must respond to police calls, rou-         meeting minutes for City Council, Board           tribution systems. Have physical ability to
tine traffic patrol, enforce the laws of the      of Adjustment, and Planning Commission            climb poles, work in extreme weather con-
State of Oklahoma, maintain the peace,            and will, in the absence of the City Clerk,       ditions and work at high elevations. Rota-
protect life and property, prevent and deter      be responsible for attending meetings and         tion on stand-by schedule required.
crime. The skills required are you must be        recording the proceedings. Also responsible       Required high school diploma or equiva-
full-time CLEET certified, 21 years of age,       for payment of all invoices for entire orga-      lent and possess valid Oklahoma class A or
able to pass criminal background, possess         nization and monitoring of budget bal-            B commercial drivers license or required to
valid drivers license, able to pass pre-em-       ances for all city departments. Responsible       acquire CDL during 6 month probation
ployment exams, which include drug                for maintaining document imaging files for        period. Physical examination, including
screening, police pension physical, must          personnel and other city files as assigned.       drug screen, required prior to employment.
have high school diploma or GED. College          High school graduate and proficient in            Resume including specialized training and
degree preferred but not mandatory. State         Microsoft Word and Excel. Preference              job history required to be considered for
Police Pension, good starting salary, hours       given for previous municipal clerk and/or         interview. Complete job description avail-
and benefits. Compensation is above aver-         deputy clerk experience, municipal ac-            able on request. Pay dependant on qualifi-
age starting salary, state pension ret. Contact   counts payable experience or Certified Mu-        cations. Contact Dave Keen at (580)
name: Chief BJ Dudley, Prague Police De-          nicipal Clerk status. Beginning salary range      363-2121 or dkeenpublicpower
partment, 1116 Jim Thorpe, Prague, Okla-          of $28,000 to $33,000 with excellent              @4grc.com, PO Box 350, Blackwell OK,
homa 74864. Email is praguepolice                 benefit package. Educational pay incentives
2003@yahoo.com. Phone: 405-567-                                                                     74631. Applications accepted until posi-
                                                  given to college graduates. Qualified appli-      tion is filled.
2239, Fax: 405-567-4732
                                                  cants should send resume to Cathy Keller,
                                                                                                            (see EMPLOYMENT, next page)

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Chaffee                                        residents, but Chaffee said it was a       nings cruising through town in one of
(continued from page 5)                        necessary move.                            his hobby cars, and he looks forward
schedule that attracts the very best and          “If Northwestern doesn’t make that      to the Big Cruise each September.
brightest.”                                    move, other universities will,” he said.       Chaffee got more than a hobby from
    A certified instructor of social stud-     “There’s always been a fear that           Henry Ford. The automotive pioneer
ies and science, Chaffee taught for 26         Northwestern would move, but it’s a        also made a remark that Chaffee has
years at Alva Middle School. He jokes          land grant college and we hope we’ll al-   adopted as his motto. Of his two favor-
that one of his most challenging assign-       ways have the headquarters here in         ite quotes, one is attributed to Ford:
ments as a teacher came when his               Alva.” He makes no attempt to dis-         “You can’t build a reputation on what
daughter Marisa became a cheerleader           guise his pride in the college. “Our       you’re going to do.” The other quote
and the squad needed a driver.                 campus here is just gorgeous,” he said.    that resonates with Chaffee comes
    “They needed someone to drive the             With an annual free car show that’s     from a very different character — a
Suburban and break up the fights,” he          the biggest of its kind in the state,      cartoon character, to be specific.
said, joking that some of the young la-        Alva is a great hometown for a guy         Elliott the dragon said it in the Disney
dies rode many a mile with their hands         with Chaffee’s hobby: building hot         film Pete’s Dragon, and it’s one that
on the vehicle’s ceiling — a behavior-         rods. His latest pride and joy is a 1927   rings true for Chaffee in each of the
modification technique he found effec-         Model T touring car he’s doctored up       varied roles he has played throughout
tive on the squad’s longer trips. When         with a Corvette engine. Chaffee said       his life: parent, educator, elected offi-
Chaffee’s younger daughter Miranda             he has added seatbelts to the back         cial and community volunteer. “Only a
followed her sister as an Alva cheer-          seats, where he hopes one day he’ll        dragon is born knowing everything he
leader, he continued his post as squad         have grandkids to buckle in. Another       needs to know.” Chaffee said those are
driver, enjoying both the games and the        recent project is a ’49 Chevy pickup       words to the wise for just about any-
camaraderie.                                   with a chopped top and a V8 engine         body.
    You can’t have a very long conversa-       painted in military colors.                    “We all need to keep on learning,”
tion with Chaffee before he mentions              “That’s to commemorate our ser-         he said. “There is always a need for
his two daughters. Marisa is a nurse           vice men and women,” he said. He           education. That has always been my
anesthetist with a Masters degree from         frequently can be spotted in the eve-      philosophy.”
Texas Christian University, and
Miranda is a teacher in Laverne who
earned her Masters degree at South-
western Oklahoma State. That his                          Douglas D. Henley & Arland V. Perkins
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Northwestern’s biggest rival chafes a
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could have.
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      Tuesday, September 11, 2007
            Tulsa Convention Center
             100 Civic Center, Tulsa

        Thursday, October 4, 2007
        Great Plains Technology Center
        4500 West Lee Blvd., Lawton
       Thursday, November 1, 2007
        High Plains Technology Center
        3921 34th Street, Woodward
       Thursday, January 17, 2008
          Kiamichi Technology Center
         301 Kiamichi Drive, McAlester
         Saturday, March 8, 2008
              OSU Alumni Center
         201 Conoco Phillips, Stillwater
      For more information, call1-800-324-6651
          long distance or 528-7515 locally.
       Or, check our website, www.oml.org.

             MAYORS                                                       Calendar of Events
          SUMMER RETREAT                         JUNE 21 – 23, 2007                       AUGUST 7, 2007
            June 21 – 23, 2007                   Mayors Retreat, Woodward                 State Water Plan Meeting
               Woodward                                                                   Gordon Cooper Techology Center, Shawnee
                                                 JULY 11 – 13, 2007
                                                 CMAO Summer Conference, Clinton          AUGUST 7, 2007
             TOPICS INCLUDE                                                               EPA Drinking Water Rule Training
                                                 JULY 12, 2007
 •   Legislative Update                                                                   Tulsa Technology Center, Broken Arrow
 •   Hot Topics for Mayors Roundtable            State Water Plan Meeting
 •   Idea Raiser – 100 Questions                 Okla. County Extension Office, OKC       AUGUST 8, 2007
 •   Transportation Update                                                                EPA Drinking Water Rule Training
                                                 JULY 17, 2007
                                                                                          Stillwater Community Center
                      PLUS                       State Water Plan Meeting
                                                 Murray County Expo Center, Sulphur       AUGUST 9, 2007
 • Reception at Stine-Bradbury
                                                                                          EPA Drinking Water Rule Training
   Home                                          JULY 19, 2007
                                                                                          Great Plains Technology Center, Lawton
 • Historic Tour of Fort Supply &                State Water Plan Meeting
   OG&E Wind Farm                                Cleveland Co. Fairgrounds, Norman        AUGUST 23, 2007
 • Reception at Plains, Indians                                                           State Water Plan Meeting
                                                 JULY 24, 2007
   & Pioneers Museum                                                                      Creek Co. Fairgrounds, Kelleyville
                                                 State Water Plan Meeting
 • Dinner & Entertainment at
                                                 Lincoln Co. Fairgrounds, Chandler        SEPTEMBER 11, 2007
   Josie Adams Cultural Center
                                                                                          Institute for New & Experienced Municipal
                                                 JULY 31, 2007
                                                                                          Officials, Tulsa Convention Center
            For more information,                State Water Plan Meeting
     call1-800-324-6651 long distance            Ardmore Convention Center, Ardmore       SEPTEMBER 13, 2007
             or 528-7515 locally.                                                         State Water Plan Meeting
                                                 AUGUST 3, 2007
           Or, check our website,                                                         Nienhuis Community Center, Broken Arrow
                                                 Employment Seminar
                www.oml.org.                     Okla. Regional Training Institute, OKC

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