Lawsuits Filed Against the City of Chickasha to be Reviewed by City Council Monday.
Two lawsuits will be among the discussions in a closed door session of the Chickasha City Council later today. One of them is a lawsuit over an agriculture lease at Lake Chickasha. Phillip Willis claims his family has had an agreement with the city for 60 years; allowing him to lease the land. Last summer, the council awarded the lease to someone that submitted a higher bid. Willis says his family's agreement allows him to match the bid.
Another confidential matter to be discussed with city attorneys is an Equal Opportunity Claim filed by former police officer, Anna Van Dyck. The council will also meet in private regarding negotiations with the Fraternal Order of Police Local 129; and the International association of Firefighters, Local 2041.
Also in the closed door meeting, discussion about hiring a new city judge. The previous judge, Kory Kirkland, was named Grady County District Judge last month. During the open portion of the afternoon's council meeting, the panel is expected to put its stamp of approval on a proposed $15 million budget for Fiscal year, 2018, which starts next week. The group is also expected to OK an independent contract with retired city employee Steve Chapman, to serve as a part time public safety coordinator. The group is also scheduling a July auction of mineral rights leases in Grady County; and present a commendation to animal control officer, Layce Graham.
Construction of the New Surgery Wing at G. M. H. Appears to be on Schedule.
Administrator Kean Spellman says some vertical construction is underway, as the new addition begins to take shape. Spellman talks about what visitors can expect to see when the work is completed.
Spellman says he is anticipating a mid-January opening. There have been no invasive surgeries at the hospital since August of 2014, when state and federal health officials shut down the old surgery rooms.
New Appointments for Military Academies
A number of recent high school graduates have been accepted into various military academies. Students require a nomination from their congressman, and 4th district Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole announced the appointments in a news release. Two students are from Tuttle. Beau Guffey has been accepted into the U.S. Military Academy, and Tanner Johnson has been accepted into the Air Force Academy. Makenzie Brooke Mabry of Bridge Creek has also been accepted into the Air Force Academy; and Tyler Gregory Cox has been accepted into the Naval Academy. The nomination process is quite competitive. Applicants are evaluated for academic performance which includes class rank; SAT/ACT scores, and school records. Other considerations include leadership potential; extra-curricular activities; recommendations; athletics; and physical fitness.
Local cowboys and cowgirls can get their names in the hat for the 78th annual Chickasha Open Rodeo this weekend. Entries into the rodeo are open tonight and tomorrow with stock contractor, Rafter D Rodeo of Sterling. Bull riding, team roping, barrel racing; calf roping and other events are on tap. Call Rafter D at 580-512-4682 this evening.
Crude oil on the up Friday, but down for the week to $44.74 a barrel.
London-based Brent crude is $47.37 a barrel.
Natural gas held steady for the week, at $3.03 per million BTUs.