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again, I want to begin this week with some outstanding news. We were
selected by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, and Keep Oklahoma
Beautiful as an "Oklahoma Clean Community." We held the ceremony at
City Hall this past Monday, and this is a huge honor for us. Our Parks and
Recreation/Community Development Coordinator Debbie Vega has hit the ground
running doing an excellent job implementing our city-wide strategic plan
"Project V.I.E.W" (Visions of Individuals Empowering Wilburton). A
major facet of this plan is to work to clean up our community. We have had a
lot of success in my tenure in doing away with dilapidated structures, and
doing a better job cleaning up the gateways to our city and keeping our grass
mowed in our right of ways. However,
there is a lot of work left to do, and we do not intend to slow down anytime
soon. Debbie worked with Keep Oklahoma Beautiful, myself and several volunteers
adopting a highway from the city park on the East end of town down Highway 270
to the city limits, and we picked up thousands of pounds of trash. Debbie also worked with volunteers with enable
midstream to pick up highway right of way trash west of town on Highway 270
totaling 12 miles. We intend to continue
doing this a couple times a year.
The other part of the award was the huge
tire trash-off that Debbie held at the Recycling Center. Tires are a hassle to dispose of correctly,
and harbor pests and mosquitoes. Fifteen hundred tires were collected and
properly disposed of with the help of the Department of Environmental Quality.
The DEQ was impressed with our efforts and had high praise for the community in
taking part. With all of this going on, we still were moving forward with our
$20,000.00 playground equipment grant through KaBoom which we plan to use for
the City Park next to City Hall really soon.
I’ve received several calls from
concerned citizens who heard that we were doing away with our recycling
program. This isn't true. We have partnered with the Choctaw Nation to give
them our recycled materials. We are,
however, doing away with our processing center. This program was costing tax
payers about $90,000.00 a year, and we weren't even coming close to raising
enough money from the materials we sold to justify continuing to process the
material ourselves. The Choctaw Nation
has really vamped up their efforts in recycling and have processing centers in
McAlester and Poteau. Since we are in
the middle, we will continue to utilize our containers as well as the Choctaw
Nation containers, to collect and send our recyclables to their facility. So please do not stop recycling! If you have
any questions about our changes, give Debbie Vega a call at City Hall
918-465-5361 and she will be able to assist you.
want to thank the staff and auxiliary out at Latimer County General Hospital
for recognizing and appreciating the hard work and dedication our police
officers have for the community. It is
one of those jobs that doesn't get much recognition, and I appreciate that they
took to effort to do so.
In closing, I would say that summer is
coming to an end because school is starting back this week. But with the scorching heat ongoing, I'm not
sure I could go so far as to say it is ending. However, to the enjoyment of
most parents, and a huge bummer to most kids, school kicks off this week. I wish our teachers and kids the best of luck
Until next time, thanks for reading
and as always, if we can help, give us a call at City Hall at 918-465-5361.
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