Need your Help and Attendance !

We need your help and attendance at the MESTA Board Meeting at 5 pm at MESTA offices in the Industrial Park Tuesday May 12th.

The question of locating a new Station at Rocklahoma will be again considered by the Board. Last month the “Fixit Six” [5 originals now joined by Dr. Joyce] voted against the move.

I talked with Dr. Joyce this afternoon, and he still seems dead set against any approval of the station at this time. If you are his patient, or know him, please call and ask him to support the Rocklahoma station. Contact info: (918) 824-6407 (Office)(918) 824-6408 (Fax); email jjoyce@gmail.com.

I sent him the following email after our meeting today:

Dear Doc Joyce:

I certainly appreciate your taking the time to visit with me this afternoon concerning the proposed Rocklahoma Station. I hope you will take a few minutes to read this email, and give it your very careful consideration!

Your desire for a “Professional Survey” is certainly understandable, and the estimated $5000 cost is not unreasonable. But you also advised me that the Survey spokesman told you that EMS Staff “Generally” had a pretty good idea as to the best location for a Station. I submit that Rick and Brandon have the experience, and knowledge which can, and should, be relied upon by the Board at this critical time. Certainly a computerized or on site survey could move the station a bit,  perhaps a half mile or so in any direction. The way computers work, that could possibly be in the middle of a Section! Grin.

Please consider what MESTA has to lose from no positive decision now:

  1. Totally free utilities over the 50 plus years life of the Station. This means tens of thousands of dollars in cost savings. Think of free electric heat for the winter, and free air conditioning for the Summer. That means a lot for MESTA costs over the years.
  1. Dave has many “Partners” I know will donate thousands of dollars worth of time and materials if constructed on this site.
  1. The $32,000.00 PLUS cash contribution will definitely be gone if the Board does not approve this location Tuesday.
  1. The health and safety of MESTA employees is at risk from continued occupancy of the Adair Station. Some of their complaints have been:
  1. Mold and mildew in the Station. The Sheetrock was never pulled after water damage, and employees with allergies complain that being at that Station causes their allergies to worsen.
  2. Mice and rodent infestation.
  3. Trash dumpster located right outside the Station entrance. Reported gnats in the Summer, with maggots and flies.
  4. Carbon Monoxide from running fire trucks in the adjoining station.
  5. Firefighters in bunker gear sitting in MESTA recliners in day room, when your employees have to sit elsewhere.

Doc, I sincerely believe that considering ALL of the above, your wanted Survey simply is not worth it to MESTA, and face loss of the above.  I hope that after discussion, and possible citizen input tomorrow, your will vote in favor of the relocation.

Below are some portions from Dave’s letter which you will receive tomorrow night.

  1. “First, I want to say that our organization has nothing to gain from this proposal. Since the beginning of our business, MESTA has provided full on site services at all of our events. The new building will not change how we handle our events.
  1. We propose to deed to MESTA, or enter into a 99 year lease, 1 acre of our property, free and clear of liens, along Road 450 on the North edge of our property. The only restriction being that construction begin within 1 year, and that the site only be used as an ambulance or emergency services station at all times, unless we grant permission for other uses. (This would need to be done by our lawyers, the offer is simple AS LONG AS IT IS USED FOR AMBULANCE-EMERGENCY SERVICE LOCATION for the County you will have the property.)
  1. We shall furnish to the station, free water, electricity and sewer, provided you shall be responsible for the costs of laying line to reach our sewer, as well as any electrical or water hook ups to our current system, for which we will give permission to lay.
  1. We will use our best efforts to secure from our many “partners” donation of labor and materials to help reduce the cost of construction, provided that your contract with the General Contractor will permit this.
  1. I will NOT serve as a General Contractor, but will fully cooperate with the Contractors you may choose. (My original offer included that I would help General contract this project at no cost. I now feel that some will think I have something to gain by it and make controversy, so I have removed that part of the original offer.)

Regarding the Donation of Funds

  1. The following is a bit of history on our raising funds by auction of items, mostly autographed guitars, at our concerts.
  1. The first major donation was given to Joplin tornado Relief, the second year funds were used to help with construction but specifically the radio control system for a tornado Siren at Lakeland serving that surrounding community as well as Salina High Banks Speedway. Also Radio controls were added to the Siren on 450 road to make the siren on our site a year round asset for our community. The 3rd year a large amount of funds went to help with the devastation around Oklahoma City.
  1. The funds still being held are from last year and should have been used a long time ago. I would personally like a decision before Rocklahoma begins on May 22nd so that if questioned on last year’s funds by media we can tell where they went. We will again build a fund at this year’s event and hopefully there will be no major disasters.
  1. Since we are so lucky to have had no nearby disasters this year, our organization decided to donate the approximately $32,000 we have to help with the cost of a New MESTA Station on our property should you elect to do so.
  1. If you decide NOT to build the station, we will review numerous worthy organizations for us to make the grant to.

Once again, we did not initiate this offer. Mr. Langkamp approached us about this after his study as to possible new locations for a station.”

Thanks again for your careful reconsideration. Please call me if you have any questions.

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We Need YOUR HELP !

Had a great meeting this afternoon with Dave Giencke​, one of the owners of Rocklahoma​. He is going to write a letter to the “Fixit Six” on the MESTA Board to clarify his offer of land for a new MESTA Station.

Rick Langkamp​, his staff, and Don Berger, Board Member, have done an extensive study as to where MESTA needs to locate a new station. Rocklahoma fits their need, No strings, except getting construction underway, and use property as Ambulance station. FREE UTILITIES forever, and free land. Locating a new station there is in the best interests of ALL of the citizens of Mayes County.

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The “Fixit Six” [5 of the original 6 are still on the Board] have always had an “Agenda” to serve special interests, and are not acting in the best interests of citizens of our county. If you know Board Member Dr. Stephen Joyce, Owner of Doc’s Gun Store, please contact him and urge him to blindly follow the “Fixit Six” and vote for the Rocklahoma station.

WE HOPE that all residents of Mayes County will attend the MESA Board Meeting next Tuesday at 5 pm at their headquarters in the Mid America Industrial Park, just behind the park headquarters, and show your support for locating a new station at Rocklahoma.

Call me at 918-373-4055 if you have any questions. I would love to see many of my friends at the meeting.  
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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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An interesting young man from England, now living in Tulsa. Let me know what you think about my sharing this type of stuff.

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

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