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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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.

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2014 in Review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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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.

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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County 911 Wants Fire Departments to Pay!!


The County Commissioners have an Agenda Item 9 for 9:30 am Monday, December 29th. It is entitled “Discussion and proposed action concerning approval of annual dispatch fee for Mayes 911 from Mayes Fire Departments”.

Could be the Commissioners didn’t really know what they were getting into when Darrell and Alva voted to take over the center from MESTA. Guess they thought that they were going to get rich over the tax money that comes in from our telephone bills. We think that may be decreasing because of loss of landlines in the County.

Still problems existing with the lack of training and experience of Ms. Pennywhatever’s dispatchers. We hear that they are still making a lot of fundamental mistakes. Wonder if she has sent any of them to the National Dispatcher Training and Certification Schools like Rich Langkamp did? Maybe she needs to tax the fire departments to get that done!

At the next MESTA Board Meeting, 5 pm Tuesday, January 13th, at the MESTA headquarters in the Industrial Park, the Board will consider moving their dispatchers out of the County 911 Building, into the MESTA building. A committee has been studying the problem for a couple of months. A number of dispatchers, and other MESTA employees have been interviewed, and their attorney Jim Orbison has been consulted. He initially recommended the study.

The Problem is, as I have been told is this: It is a very hostile work environment for the MESTA Dispatchers. It all started when Alva Martin came in the center, shortly after the County took it over, and was, as I am told, yelling, cussing, and screaming at everyone, including saying a few unkind words about me! The problem has continued with Ms. Pennywhatever giving bad instructions and advice to her dispatchers, and the MESTA folks having to keep their mouths shut. The County 911 Director has absolutely no experience as a 911 Dispatcher! Her experience is in preparing the 911 addresses. Wonder why the Commissioners hired a Director without a very necessary experience??

That’s about it for now. Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas, and we wish you a Happy New Year.

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It’s Election Time Again!

Well it’s Election time again. Next Tuesday is the day for November General Elections. Congress is expected to have some turnover from the Obama Backlash, the the Republicans are expected to take control of the Senate according to some of the cable news experts. Won’t be much of a Senate contest here though.

On the local front: We have a couple of races, and my choices are as follows:

Associate District Judge

Shawn Taylor is my choice. According to all I know, and reports from attorneys who practice before him, and some litigants, he is doing a good job as Judge, and is fair, impartial, and competent as a Judge should be. Although Tammy Ward is a good person, and attorney, there simply is no reason to replace Shawn with someone with no judicial experience.

County Commissioner

Ryan Ball is our choice in this race, although we won’t be able to vote for him. His district lies East of Lake Hudson, and the Grand River. Ryan is doing a good job. He spoke up when Darrell and Alva tried their takeover of MESTA. I have attended most County Commissioner Meetings since January, and Ryan is a level headed one, who makes good decisions. He has more hours of County Commissioner Training conducted by OSU than almost any Commissioner in the state. There simply is no reason for a change.


Governor Mary Fallin, or “Sugar” as Terry of “The Pooper” calls her, is doing a lousy job in my opinion, and that of many. She has been particularly destructive her positions on education, and I know that most teachers want to see her go.

Joe Dorman the Democrat in the race is NOT an Obama supporter. We don’t know too much about him, but can find out more at his website, ( Click the link to go there) He is clearly the best choice this year.

Second District Congress

Mark Wayne Mullins is doing a good job we believe. He has gotten a bum rap on continuing his plumbing business. We enjoy listening to him on KRMG radio Saturday mornings. I don’t really know much about anyone else in the race, so add your comments to discuss other candidates.

Did you know that the 2nd Congressional District in Oklahoma is both the largest, and the poorest economic district in the nation? Sad but true. We must all work together to try to increase employment and wages in Eastern Oklahoma. Give us your thoughts.

State Superintendent of Schools.

Dr. John Cox of Grove is the candidate supported by all educators in this area that I know of. He is well qualified, and deserves your vote. Click here to visit his website. Ms. Hofmeister is a good candidate and you can visit her website here: But I believe Dr. Cox is best for us.


Early Voting Changes

There is no longer early voting on the Monday before Election Day. Early voting hours are Thursday and Friday from 8 am to 6 pm, and Saturday from 9 am until 2 pm, all at the Courthouse of course. As they used to say in NE Oklahoma: “Vote, and Vote Often, as Many Times as You Can!”


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CodeRED makes a difference during summer 2014

CodeRED makes a difference during summer 2014.

You can download Code Red to any cellphone. Mayes County Emergency Management uses this program for alerts. There is a link to it on the Mayes County Website.

CodeRed publishes Amber and Silver Alerts, Weather Alerts,  and other important safety information. wpid-20140728_115003.jpg


Congratulations to Rita,  our new Court Clerk elect. 

Everyone have a safe and fun Labor Day Weekend!