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February 2020

HAYS RECOGNIZED AS KEY CITIZEN On Monday, February 17, 2020, Mayor Chris Mosley recognized Darci Hays as Chickasha’s first Key Citizen of the Quarter. “Darci volunteers at the school on a daily basis, and through that, she is helping to make our kids better, which in turn makes our community better,” Mosley said. “She is a great example for others of how through simple actions we all can make our community so much better.” Hays began volunteering at Chickasha Public Schools in 2012, helping with everything from organizing dances, Santa stores and food drives to serving as a parent representative on various committees. “I’m just there to help children and staff as much as I possibly can,” Hays said. “Sometimes that might even mean helping out in the cafeteria during lunch or being present during picture day to help with the kids.” Hays was nominated for the honor by Miranda and Joe Molder. A new initiative in 2020, the Key Citizen of the Quarter program will recognize four Chickasha citizens for their service each year. To nominate a citizen, send an email to info@chickasha.org sharing why you believe he or she should be recognized. “The Key Citizen program was created because behind the scenes there is always someone working feverishly to make things better, without looking for any sort of recognition,” Mosley said. “I think those people should be recognized for going above and beyond, because I appreciate what they are doing for our community.” At left: Mayor Chris Mosley presents Darci Hays with a proclamation recognizing her as Chickasha’s Citizen of the Quarter.

EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS Friday, February 28 • 5:45 p.m. Votes for Women in the 21st Century: An Insider Perspective USAO Ballroom Admission is free Saturday, February 29 and Sunday March 1 USSSA Icebreaker 7GG Softball Tournament Chickasha Sports Complex Monday, March 2 • 6:30 p.m. City Council Meeting Council Chambers, City Hall Please note: there is only one City Council Meeting in March. Thursday, March 5 - Saturday, March 7 • 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 8 • 2 p.m. Chickasha Community Theatre presents 26 PEBBLES Washita Theater Thursday, March 12 • 7:30 p.m. Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series: DLUX Puppets USAO Add your family-friendly event to our calender at chickasha.org. To add, click the “Submit an Event” button under the calendar. Events may be included in the newsletter, space permitting.


CITY OF CHICKASHA HIRES JIM COWAN AS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR The City of Chickasha is excited to announce the hiring of Jim Cowan as the Economic Development Director. “We are very excited to add Jim Cowan to our team,” said John Noblitt, Chickasha City Manager. “As a Chickasha native, Jim understands some of the challenges Chickasha has had. He will be a great asset in helping increase the quality of life for Chickasha citizens.” In this role, Cowan will develop and lead strategies to attract new businesses and encourage expansion and retention of existing businesses, helping to promote a diversified local economy. “When I come back to Chickasha and look at things here, I don’t like to look at things how they are, I like to think what it could look like in a couple of years,” Cowan said. “What excites me most so far is the commitment from people here locally. When you have a community that believes in itself and everyone is willing to work together, amazing things can happen.” Cowan graduated from Chickasha High School and started college at USAO before earning a degree at SWOSU in Weatherford. Cowan worked at Steak & Ale and as a manager at the Waterford Hotel in Oklahoma City, before being transferred to hotels in South Carolina then to California. In 1992, Cowan moved back to Oklahoma to open the Bricktown Brewery as the General Manager, before eventually buying the company. Cowan said he feels this time at the Bricktown Brewery helped prepare him for a career in economic development. “When you talk about economic development, I got a chance to live it firsthand, opening, running and owning a business,” Cowan said. “During my 17 years at the Bricktown Brewery, I voluntarily served as President of the Bricktown Association three times. I tried to keep the merchants actively involved and stressed the importance of working together to grow the district.” After selling the Bricktown Brewery in 2007, Cowan served as director of the Bricktown Association for three years. During this time, the New Orleans Hornets temporarily relocated to Oklahoma City then the Oklahoma City Thunder moved to town. “The neatest thing about Bricktown was watching it blossom right before your eyes,” Cowan said. “There were so many people who said ‘that’ll never happen, that’s not possible’ – even me. I never dreamed [OKC] would have an NBA team.” In his youth, Cowan’s first job was at the Dixie when he was 14 years old, then, at 16 years old, he was one of the first two employees at Jake’s Rib. In 1978, while working at Jake’s Rib, he was one of the first male waitstaff in Chickasha. Outside of the office, Cowan describes himself as a crazy sports fanatic who enjoys playing golf with his wife and watching Thunder basketball and OU football. He said he is looking forward to getting involved in the Chickasha community and finding a new hobby. Tamara Carlson will continue working as the Economic Development Analyst for the City of Chickasha.


COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATE Best Western Plus, 430 S. Grand Ave. Sheetrock 80% completed. Painting third floor. Engineering

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Old Williams Shoe Building, 317 W. Chickasha Ave. Project on hold. Engineering

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Bordwine Project Medical Marijuana Grow House, 827 Pikes Peak Rd. New extractor added to plans. Engineering

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Papa John’s Pizza, 2209 S. 4th St. Construction on pause. Engineering

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Double B RV Park, 715 N. 13th St. Drywall installed. Engineering

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Retail Space, 117 W. Chickasha Ave. Electrical service inspected. Sheetrock installed. Engineering

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ETI Relocation, 1217 S. 4th St. No inspections this week. Engineering

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Car wash to Retail Renovation, 420 W. Grand Ave. Construction on pause. Engineering

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Grady Memorial Hospital Business Office, 2220 W. Iowa St. Permit issued. Construction on pause. Engineering

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Bates Repair Service, 4328 S. 4th St. TCO awaiting final sealed parking. Engineering

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATE Victory Family Church, 901 W. Grand Ave. Painting. Awaiting final inspection. Engineering

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Grady Memorial Hospital Pediatric Clinic, 2220 W. Iowa Ave. In permit review, sent back to architect. Engineering

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USAO Ballfields, 23rd & California Ave. 80% complete Engineering

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Burger King, 2212 S. 4th St. Underground plumbing completed Engineering

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Crazy 8 Restaurant, 424 W. Chickasha Ave. Rough-in electrical started. Partial sheet rock. Engineering

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Retail space, 117 S. 4th St. Building permit issued. Engineering

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Burkes Outlet Store, 1840 S. 4th St. Project 80% complete. Awaiting final inspections. Engineering

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

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USAO Art Studio, 2108 W. Chickasha Ave. Permit issued. Engineering

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATE N&G Renovations, 520 Penn. Ave. Project 75% complete. Engineering

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LSPI, 2500 W. Highway 62 Permit issued. Engineering

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Next Door Liquor, 1523 Steward Dr. Permit issued. Engineering

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Life Church, 601 W. Grand Ave. In permit review. Engineering

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USAO Trout Hall, 1727 W. Alabama. In permit review. Engineering

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Sleepy Hollow 3rd Addition Phase 1 Streets are under construction. Engineering

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Shadow Valley Addition Permits issued for 10 homes. Engineering

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Valley View Duplexes Phase 2 Permits ready for 5 duplexes. Engineering

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Parkview Christian Church, 2828 S. 9th St. Certificate of occupancy issued. Engineering

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JANUARY 2020 PERMITS

Residential Building 12 Permits Issued

Residential Plumbing 16 Permits Issued

Commercial Mechanical 5 Permits Issued

Residential Mechanical 15 Permits Issued

Residential Electrical 12 Permit Issued

• Additional Permits • 9 Roof Permits • 4 Residential Occupancy Permits • 4 Mobile Vendor Permits • 4 Sign Permits • 3 Driveway Permits • 2 Revocable Permits • 2 Commercial Occupancy Permits • 1 Siding & Window Permit • 1 Demolition Permit

Commercial Plumbing 5 Permit Issued

Commercial Commercial Electrical Building 3 Permits 3 Permits Issued Issued

• Registrations • 5 Electrical • 3 Roofing • 3 General Contractor • 2 Mechanical • 1 Plumbing

CODE COMPLIANCE • Courtesy letters sent • 94 for Abandoned or Non-Operable Vehicles in Yard • 27 for Piles of Limbs in Yard • 13 for Trash & Debris in Yard • 2 for High Weeds & Grass

PARKS & RECREATION The Chickasha Sports Complex is still accepting registrations for youth and adult sports leagues. Through March 7, you can register for the leagues in person at the Sports Complex weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or on Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. You can also register online at bit.ly/ChickashaOK-Leagues. Questions? Call the Sports Complex at (405) 574-1028.


PUBLIC WORKS UPDATE Country Club Road Repair Replacing storm drainage pipe crossing Country Club road, due to a washout caused by heavy rains in the spring. Also repairing the concrete and curb which had to be removed to make the repair. Council Permission to Go Out to Bid

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Rock Island Train Depot Roof Repairs Repairing existing clay tile roof system. Council Permission to Go Out to Bid

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2020 Street Resurfacing Project This is part of a continuing effort to resurface asphalt streets based on a Guernsey Engineering report from 2015, which is used as an aid for identifying and prioritizing which streets are the best candidates for our annual overlay program. Council Permission to Sign Bid Package Development Task Order with Chisholm Trail Consulting Bid Advertisement

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PUBLIC WORKS BY THE NUMBERS • 340 storm water basin cleanings • Storm water catch basins are the inlets along the curb that collect storm water then carry it to the storm water system. • 258 water and sewer line locates completed • Request an underground utility locate when you need to dig. By locating utilities before digging, unnecessary damage to the infrastructure can be avoided. • 29 street signs or traffic signal balls & arrows replaced or repaired • Traffic signal balls & arrows are the green, yellow and red signals at stoplights. • 28 street cuts repaired • Stret cuts are intentional cuts to the street to access a water or sewer line for repair. • 17 limb drop offs • While there is a fee to have limbs picked up at your house, you can drop off your limbs at public works for no charge. Call (405) 222-6085 for more information. • 11 fire hydrants repaired • 11 sewer collection system cleanings • Sewer collection cleaning can either be clearing a stoppage in the sewer main lines or used as a preventative measure in problem areas. • 10 pot holes repaired • The best way to report a new pothole is using Request Tracker, available at chickasha.org/RequestTracker.aspx. • 10 water distribution leaks repaired • 9 water meter leaks repaired


REMINDER TO PROPERLY DISPOSE OF FATS, OIL AND GREASE The Chickasha Waste Water Treatment Plant is asking residents to help keep F.O.G., or fats, oils and grease, out of our city’s drains. Improper disposal of fats, oils and grease leads to costly sewer backups and overflows. In turn, this can cause house damage, increased sewer rates and environmental hazards. Fats, oils and grease should not be poured down the drain or flushed. Instead, it should be allowed to solidify then thrown in the trash. Fats, oils and grease are beneficial to the landfill, where it will break down and help in the biodegrading process. Examples of fats, oils and grease not to pour down the drain include meat fats and juices; canola, cooking and vegetable oils; grease; lard; shortening; and butter and margarine. Other items that should not be put down the drain or flushed include food scraps, baking goods, flushable wet wipes, feminine hygiene products and anything solid. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Chickasha Waste Water Treatment Plant at (405) 224-0026.

REQUEST TRACKER Don’t forget to use the Citizen’s Request Tracker to report concerns and ask questions. If you see a pot hole that needs filled, have a question about a city park, or need to report a missed solid waste collection, you can communicate directly with the responsible department on Request Tracker. To get started, visit chickasha.org/RequestTracker.aspx.

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