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2016, Week of Feb 20th, though 24th

Will Some City of Chickasha Employees Face Layoffs in the Coming Year?

     Some workers for the city of Chickasha could lose their jobs. That's according to former city manager Stewart Fairburn, now working as a consultant for the city. Fairburn says a reduction in sales tax revenue over the last couple of years is the reason. On our Real Estate Today program this past weekend, Fairburn said sales tax revenue is expected to be down about 3 1/2 percent from last year. Some positions could be lost through attrition, where if someone leaves their job, it won't be re-filled. Some city services may also be cut, and some planned projects will have to be put on hold. Fairburn said, he thinks sales tax revenues will rebound in the coming months, since there are signs that Oklahoma's economy seems to be on the rebound.

 

It's going to be a long night for the Chickasha City Council.

       Much of their discussion will be behind closed doors, and six issues will be reviewed during an executive session, including a lawsuit filed by former city manager Alan Guard. Other matters to be talked about in private are the hiring of a new city manager; collective bargaining agreements with the police and fire unions; and the petition challenging the city council candidacy of Dustin Payne.

     Discussion of topics that will be open to the public are approving the final payment for the installation of the sprinkler system in the Washita Theatre; and allowing Grand Assembly of God to hold a community Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 15th.

 

Officials have identified the man they say committed suicide by driving his car into a park semi last Friday.

     Authorities say 40-year old John Douglas Hayes of Mountain View was the driver of a car that led police on a chase from El Reno to Union City that morning. Motorists on I-40 near Weatherford called in reports that the driver of a car was shooting at other vehicles on the interstate. Authorities did find a shotgun and ammunition in his vehicle. Officials say there was nothing in Hayes criminal background to suggest a motive, and he didn't have any outstanding warrants.

 

February is teen dating violence awareness month.

Officials with the Intervention Crisis and Advocacy Network say about 1.5 million teens are victims every year. Kari Taylor with ICAN says victims of teen dating violence, or anyone who may be a victim of domestic violence can call the ICAN 24-hour crisis line. The number is 222-1818.

 

NYMEX

Crude oil up to $53.40 a barrel.

London-based Brent Crude up to $55.81.

Natural gas down to $2.83 per million BTUs.

Gold is $1,236 and silver is $17.97.

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