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Cover photo by Brooke Gillespie. If you would like to submit a photo to be featured, email it to info@chickasha.org.

May 2019

Welcome!

Hello, Chickasha! Welcome to this month’s City of Chickasha’s Newsletter. In this newsletter you will find information about ongoing projects around town, upcoming events and get to know employees serving the City of Chickahsa. The newsletter is also published on our website. To receive a copy of the newsletter in your email inbox as soon as it’s published, subscribe at bit.ly/ChickashaOK-Newsletter.

Wings & Wheels Fly-In & Car Show

The 2019 Wings & Wheels Fly-In & Car Show will be held at the Chickasha Municipal Airport on Saturday, June 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission to the family-friendly event is free. The Father’s Day Weekend event will feature B-25 Bomber “Maid in the Shade,” a 1944 warbird flown in WWII. Brought by the Arizona Commemorative Air Force, the plane will be available for photos, and those interested will have the opportunity to buy a seat on a flight in the Maid in the Shade. Local EAA volunteers will offer free Young Eagles flights for children ages 8-17. Registration for Young Eagles flights begins at 8:30 a.m. with the first flight at 9 a.m. Wings & Wheels attendees will have the opportunity to watch flight demonstrations, drone races and other contests, take photos with airplanes, and enjoy food from food trucks. Those interested in participating in the fly-in and car show are asked to arrive by 11 a.m. for registration. Awards will be presented at 1:30 p.m. The Wings & Wheels Fly-In & Car Show is sponsored by the City of Chickasha and Chickasha Wings. If you are interested in sponsoring the event, please contact Shae at 405.222.6021 or shae.mortimer@chickasha.org. For more information about the event, visit bit.ly/FlyChickasha.

UPCOMING EVENTS

May 27 Memorial Day City of Chickasha Offices Closed May 30 • 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Free Summer Reading Program Signup Day Chickasha Public Library June 15 • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 2019 Wings & Wheels Fly-In & Car Show Chickasha Municipal Airport June 22 • 6 p.m. Chamber of Commerce C3 Summer Concert Series featuring Levi Parham 3rd Street & Chickasha Avenue 1st & 3rd Mondays City Council Meetings are held on the first and third Monday of each month, except for March & December, at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, on the second floor of City Hall. If you would like your event listed in this newsletter and/or on chickasha.org, email the details to info@chickasha.org. Only family friendly events will be listed. Requests must be received by the first day of the month to be included in the newsletter, space permitting.


Q&A WITH GENE WINSETT Each month, we are putting the spotlight on one of our City employees, starting with department directors, to help citizens get to know the individuals working hard to serve the city. Gene Winsett, Community Development Director, has worked for the City of Chickasha for 42 years. “When I arrived in 2017, I realized Gene was an untapped resource for the city,” said City Manager John Noblitt. “Gene is a valuable member of our team because of his skill set and his ability to not just accept change but also to implement change within our systems. Q: How did you get your start with the City of Chickasha? A: I got my start in 1977 when I signed up to be a firefighter. I put 26 years in with the fire department, holding a varity of ranks and titles. I got into that becuase it was just one of those childhood desires that happened to present itself at the right time. I retired in 2003, and, in 2004, I was approached by the City Manager and Community Development Director to be the Building Inspector. Then I worked up to Plan Reviewer and Chief Building Officer, and now I’m the City Planner and Community Development Director. Q: What does the Community Development Department do? A: Community Development covers a wide range of items, including city planning and flood plain administration. City planning is one of the most important parts of my job. We are trying to move the city forward in a manner that is progressive, and we do this by zoning, flood plain development and platting new additions. We oversee every aspect of developing the city. Q: Chickasha has more areas prone to flooding than other communities. How does that affect city planning? A: We have to be cautious when issuing permits in flood prone areas. Flood plains are controlled by FEMA regulations and the Oklahoma Water Resources Board. We do issue permits in flood prone areas, but we have to be mindful of what the base plate elevation is. We have to ensure that any structure built is above the base plate elevation. Q: What are three projects you’re currently working on? A: Three projects currently in the works include the Best Western Hotel on Grand, the downtown revitalization project, which currently has six buildings being renovated,and the Shadow Valley housing addition. I am excited about the influx of new homes the Shadow Valley addition will bring to Chickasha, which will provide a great selection of new homes with an updated design and curb appeal for those looking to move in or to Chickasha. We’ve also been working on updating the City’s website with accurate, interactive zoning and city limit maps, making the maps easier to share with those requesting copies. Q: What is the biggest misconception people have about Community Development? A: That we’re the bad guys. People hear stories about strict requirements you have to adhere to in order to construct or build something. Our job is not to tell you no, it’s to tell you how we can accomplish the same goal, within those requirements. We are here to help. Q: Are there any questions that I should have asked you? A: Well, the most common question I get is when I’m retiring. I don’t have a definitive date, but I’m sure it’ll be next year sometime. Q: You know, I avoided that question for a reason. Do you have retirement plans? A: Oh yes. I’ll relax and travel with my wife. We love going to Colorado.


COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATE Best Western Plus, 430 S. Grand Ave. All three floors framed, electrical started. Engineering

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Grady County Minimum Securty Addition, 200 Penn. Ave. Framing completed, sprinkler system tested. Engineering

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Chisholm Trail Development, Section 2, 2201 S. 4th St. Tenant spaces started finish outs. Engineering

Plan Review

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Old Williams Shoe Building, 317 W. Chickasha Ave. Part of the Downtown Restoration. Engineering

Plan Review

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Crazy 8 Restaurant, 317 W. Chickasha Ave. Construction started in first floor of Old Williams Shoe Building. Engineering

Plan Review

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Parkview Christian Church, 2828 S. 9th St. Awaiting final inspections. Engineering

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Bordwine Project Medical Marijuana Grow House, 827 Pikes Peak Rd. Awaiting final inspections. Engineering

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Papa John’s Pizza, 2209 S. 4th St. Construction in progress. Engineering

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Braums, 2029 S. 4th St. Complete except for canopy. Awaiting final inspections. Engineering

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATE The Higher Care, 427 S. 4th St. Awaiting final inspections. Engineering

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Pecan Grove RV Park Phase 4, 600 W. Almar Dr. Awaiting final inspections. Engineering

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Double B RV Park, 715 N. 13th St. Engineering review completed. Engineering

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McDonalds, 2027 S. 4th St. Permit issued. Engineering

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Domino Convenience Store, 1202 S. 4th St. Underground tanks installed. Engineering

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Brewery, 121 W. Chickasha Ave. Permit issued. Engineering

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Retail Space, 117 W. Chickasha Ave. Permit issued. Engineering

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ETI Relocation, 1217 S. 4th St. Permit issued. Engineering

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Unnamed Tavern/Bar, 114 W. Chickasha Ave. Permit issued. Engineering

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATE Walmart, 2001 S. 1st St. Permit ready. Engineering

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Fairfield Inn, 2812 S. 4th St. Completed Engineering

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Highland Trails, LLC, Various Addresses Completed Engineering

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Tropical Smoothie Café, 2201 S. 4th St. Completed Engineering

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The Shoe Dept., 1702 S. 1st St. Completed Engineering

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Travel Agency, 515 S. 4th St. Project on hold. Engineering

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Sleepy Hollow 3rd Addition Phase 1 Sewer line extension completed. Engineering

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Shadow Valley Addition Dirt moving equipment on site. Engineering

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Valley View Duplexes Phase 2 Assigning contractors Engineering

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APRIL 2019 PERMITS

Residential Building 11 Permits issued

Residential Plumbing 17 Permits issued

Commercial Mechanical 6 Permits issued

Residential Electrical 4 Permits Issued Residential Mechanical 7 Permits issued

Commercial Building 3 Permits Issued

Storm Shelter Permits (Residential or Commercial) 5 Permits Issued

Commercial Plumbing 3 Permits Issued

Commercial Electrical 3 Permits Issued

RECENTLY COMPLETED Below are pictures of two recently completed developments, Tropical Smoothie CafĂŠ and Fairfield Inn.


PUBLIC WORKS UPDATE Shannon Springs Electrical Work, Shannon Springs Park Through this project, we are repairing and bringing up to code all existing outside electrical located within Shannon Springs Park. New electrical capacity will be added to the north side of the park to allow for expansion of the Festival of Light. Council Permission to Go Out to Bid

Bid Advertisement

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Shannon Springs Bath House Renovation, Shannon Springs Park Through this project, the Shannon Springs Bath House will recieve a complete interior and exterior renovation. All electrical will be brought up to code, and new cabinets and shelving will make the facility more accommodating to those using the facility. Council Permission to Go Out to Bid

Bid Advertisement

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Rock Island Train Depot Roof Repairs, 1st Street & Chickasha Avenue This project is for the repair of the existing clay tile roof system on the Rock Island Train Depot. The area to be repaired is the high slope facing north, measuring approximately 1625 square feet. Council Permission to Go Out to Bid

Bid Advertisement

Bid Opening

Council Approval to Enter Into Contract

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Pool Rehabilitation, Shannon Springs Park This project to refurbish the pool will address operational issues experienced in the summer of 2018. The filter was completely rebuilt in-house by Public Works and an emergency call box has been added. This call box will dial 911 with the push of a button. Filter Rebuilt & New Media Installed

Emergency Call Box Installed

New Chemical System Installed

Kiddie Pool Repaired

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Right: Repainted Kiddie Pool Below: Before (left) and after (right) pictures of the filter that was rebuilt by Public Works. By Public Works rebuilding the filter, the City saved thousands of dollards in contractor costs.


PUBLIC WORKS BY THE NUMBERS A quick look at city-wide projects completed by Public Works in April: • 69 catch basins cleaned • 49 pot holes fixed • 35 locates completed • 8 signs replaced or repaired • 7 water main leaks repaired • 5 water meter leaks repaired • 1 sewer call • 1 fire hydrant repaired

REQUEST TRACKER Using our Citizen Request Tracker, you can submit questions, comments or concerns to the City of Chickasha. These requests go directly to the responsible department, so they can be addressed in a timely manner. View a list of categories and submit a request at chickasha.org/RequestTracker.aspx.

Recent Requests

The following list is a sampling of requests received by the City of Chickasha in April: • 9 pot holes reported - all patched on 4/1 • Speed limit sign knocked over on 8th St. - repaired on 4/22 • Report of broken water meter box - repaired 4/23 • Drainage issue on Kansas Ave. - debris cleared on 4/25 • Southbound turn lane red arrow burned out at 4th & Grand - fixed on 4/26 • 13 high grass and/or weeds reports • 9 abandoned vehicles and/or homes reports

CODE ENFORCEMENT Please remember, when mowing your lawn, do not blow the grass clippings into the street. This is covered by city ordinance 46-8 Illicit Discharge and Illegal Dumping: No person shall conduct, allow, or permit the direct or indirect discharge of any material other than stormwater into the MS4, the watercourses in the city, or the waters of the state of the United States. The following director or indirect discharges are examples of prohibited discharges. this list is not all-inclusive: (19) Yard waste such as grass clippings, leaves or limbs. Pictured below are examples of grass clippings on the street and in street drains:

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