The “Fixit Six” Are Back in Action – Unfortunately

The Fixit Six” Are Back! I coined this term last year for the group of MESTA Board Members who voted special interests, and took actions which were not in the best interests of the Citizens of Mayes County at its March 10th. They are currently under investigation by the OSBI for alleged Open Meeting Act violations last year.

Well, they are back in full force, casting votes for special interests, and not making decisions in the best interests of MESTA, or the Public. One of the original six has left, and unfortunately, it appears that Dr. Jason Joice may have replaced him!

The Fixit Six” voted a second time to have MESTA “Indemnify” them for costs and attorney fees arising out of the OSBI investigation of possible criminal action by them. We don’t think it’s a wise use of public funds!

A big controversy arose over a decision on whether or not to move the current MESTA station at Adair to a new station to be built at Rocklahoma. The current Adair station was built by volunteer fireman, without formal plans, inspections, or approval, as a temporary location for MESTA. It was leased for 5 years, which passed 2 years ago, and the cost of the station has been more than fully paid to Adair. Health problems exist there for employees, including mold, and rat infestation, which have gone unremedied.

Rocklahoma has offered to give MESTA land for a substation to be located there, and serve as general contractor there without charge, provide free utilities, and also provide a gift of over $30,000 cash to MESTA. Preliminary plans have included a “Safe Room” so in the event of disaster, Emergency Personnel would be able to respond after a tornado disaster. Total estimated cost to MESTA to build the station would be about $60,000.

MESTA Director Rick Langkamp, and Brandon Hawkins presented a detailed map and spreadsheet showing the number of “Runs” from the Adair station. In 2014 the Adair Unit responded to 926 calls. Of those calls, 669 were to areas South of the proposed Rocklahoma Station, and only 257 were North. In other words, about 2/3 of the Adair runs are to areas which could be reached about 4 minutes earlier than they have been in the past. On those 669 runs, the Ambulance drove past the Rocklahoma Intersection.

Sherman Weaver was vocal in throwing up “smokescreen questions” off subject, during the discussion. Dr. Joice questioned “What’s in it for Rocklahoma?”. Chamber Director Barbara Hawkins answered that question by saying: “Since inception of the park, they have given back over $1 million to our communities, as a part of their commitment and philosophy!”

Seldom in my over 40 years of attending public meetings have I seen more ignorant and partisan voting by those who have sworn to represent and protect the public!! Those voting NO were Dr. Jason Joice, Jamie Starling, Sherman Weaver, Trent Peper, and Rob Foreman. Adair Mayor Steve Hall abstained, which equals a no vote. It appears to me that they were voting FOR the Adair Fire Department not for the best interests of Mayes County and MESTA.

Voting YES were Chairman Brent Crittenden, Kaye Baldridge, Leon Blankenship, Don Berger, and Larry Williams. They understand their obligations and duties as Board members.

Such a shame that Commissioner Darrell Yoder, and former Commissioner Alva Martin have “Stacked the Board” for their personal agendas.

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My Best Images From 2014

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Some really beautiful photography. Click “Follow” to get an email when he posts new stuff. Enjoy, and stay safe. GJD

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What the h*ll am I doing here?

An interesting young man from England, now living in Tulsa. Let me know what you think about my sharing this type of stuff.

Be safe, and stay warm. 😎

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Pryor City Elections

Pryor City Elections are scheduled to be held on Tuesday (of course) February 10th. We hope all of you will vote. Am attending the Candidate Forum tonight, sponsored by the Pryor Daily Times.  I hope to see a lot of friends, and learn something about the Candidates.

I hope the Candidates, you, and their friends will post their thoughts here about the election, and their thoughts.

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Be Safe, and Stay Warm! Judge Dean

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ECN thanks client agencies during First Responder Appreciation Week and National Law Enforcement Day

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2014 in Review

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Video of the Commissioners on Fire Tax Question.

On Monday, December 31st, the Mayes County Commissioners met to discuss Chairman Yoder’s proposition to assess a $300 monthly “Dispatch Fee Tax” on the 12 fire departments served by Mayes County 911.

Click the following link to view the video, it’s about 11 minutes long.   http://youtu.be/dDKh22oOQ2Q

Under intense questioning by members of fire departments, Yoder disclosed the County 911 Center had a “net operating loss” of $500 monthly, or $6,000 annually. Why then was he asking for a tax to raise $43,200 annually, calling it a “Dispatch Tax” when it was to cover operations???

Commissioner Ryan Ball and Yoder got into a “lively” (some may call it heated) discussion. Ball again emphasized that the County should never have taken the Center away from MESTA! Those in the audience seemed to agree. Commissioner Kevin Whiteside didn’t have anything to say, and he usually doesn’t. We hope he will begin speaking up, but are afraid he just votes for anything that Yoder wants. So Sad, Too Bad.

It all ended up with the matter “Tabled” until Yoder could talk to the Fire Departments, and try to reach an agreement on something they could “live with”.  Don’t know when it will be on the Agenda again, but will keep you posted.

Next Monday Ryan Ball will assume the position as Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners. We know he will be a great leader, probably the best we have had in that position for years. We wish him well, and hope Commissioner Whiteside will follow his lead for better government here in Mayes County.

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