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February 2021

SAMANIEGO NAMED FIRE CHIEF The City of Chickasha recently announced that Tony Samaniego would serve as the City’s next Fire Chief. Samaniego served as Interim Chief since 2020 prior to his promotion on February 1. “What drew me to Tony is how consistent and business-minded he is,” said Chickasha Mayor Chris Mosley. “He understands both the firefighter position and the management position, and although we had multiple very good candidates, Tony rose to the top. He seems very excited about his new role and I am excited about our future with him.” Samaniego started his career in the fire service in 2005 as a volunteer with the Newcastle Fire Department, moving up the ranks within their department before being hired as Chickasha’s Deputy Chief in 2019. For 8 years he has worked as a Field Instructor for OSU Fire Service Training, teaching classes in confined space rescue, trench rescue and more. Samaniego said his interest in becoming a firefighter began after initially going to school to be a teacher and football coach. “My uncle retired as Assistant Chief in Moore,” Samaniego said. “I figured out teaching and coaching wasn’t for me, but I missed the team atmosphere of sports. I started applying to fire departments but didn’t have my EMT certification, so I asked my uncle what I needed to do to get an interview.” His uncle said he needed to get his EMT certification and suggested applying to be a volunteer fireman. “I lived in Moore at the time, and the only place that would accept people outside of their own city limits was Newcastle,” he said. “On my first day as a volunteer I caught a grass fire.” After that grass fire, Samaniego knew firefighting was his future. On his way home from his full-time job as a restaurant manager, he passed Moore Norman Technology Center and decided to pursue this career change. “On my way home from work I decided I need to take that EMT class,” Samaniego said. “I spent $500 to secure my spot in the class to start EMT school, then picked up extra shifts at work to cover rent the next week!” Samaniego described himself as an adrenaline junkie, and said he enjoys the team atmosphere of firefighting as well as the change every day brings. As he settles into his new role as Fire Chief, Samaniego said he wants to talk to the firemen and see what is important to them and changes or tweaks they believe need to be made. “The fire department is the ultimate team sport in my mind, so as with any team, we have to have buy-in from everyone involved,” he said. “I’d like to get our guys’ opinions and viewpoints on where they think the Chickasha Fire Department can and should be.” Samaniego said the Chickasha Fire Department is unique because of the wide range of services the department covers. “We are the only department in the state that handles emergency management in-house,” Samaniego said. “We have the ambulance service, a HAZ-MAT team, a technical response team, and of course we fight fires. We also do fire inspections and arson investigations, so we truly cover all aspects of an emergency.”

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATE Car wash to Retail Renovation, 420 W. Grand Ave. Permit Requested

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATE Legends, 3127 S. 4th Permit Requested

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PROPERTY MAINTENANCE REMINDERS Storage Reminders Code Compliance would like to remind residents that it is unlawful to store items outdoors that are not meant for outdoor use, including refrigerators, freezers, furniture, building materials and various other discarded household items. All of these items must be stroed in an enclosed building. The storage of these items is enforced because when improperly stored these items can cause fire hazards, harbor rodents and insects, and can cause stagnant water, which can be a health and safety concern. If you have questions about storage, please reach out to Community Development at (405) 222-6010.

PUBLIC WORKS UPDATE Major Projects in Progress • Douglas Street Asphalt Pavement Rehabilitation • Proecssing the existing base and surface, repairing the street base, resurfacing and related elements. This project is taking place on Douglas Street between Elm Avenue and Ada Sipuel. • Utah Avenue Concrete Repairs • Removing existing pavement and constructing new concrete pavement, curb and pipe underdrain and related elements. This project is taking place on Utah Avenue between 8th & 9th Streets. January Statistics • Potholes Repaired - 50 • Street Cuts Repaired - 2 • Storm Water Catch Basins Cleaned - 4 • Limbs Picked Up - 1,536 cubic yards • Limbs Dropped Off - 1,135 • Street Signs and Traffic Signal Balls & Arrows Replaced or Repaired - 8 • Water & Sewer Line Locates Completed - 463 • Meter Repairs or Replaced - 38 • Water Distribution Leaks Repaired - 3 • Water Distribution Taps - 8 • Sewer Collection System Repairs - 1 • Sewer Collection System Cleanings - 9 Public Works is still working though town to pick up limbs from the October ice storm. If you would like to drop your limbs off at Public Works, they are open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. There is no charge to drop off limbs, but you must show proof of residence with a City of Chickasha utility bill. At right: Line Maintenance crews perform a sample tap for USW in Verden. The tap will be used to sample the raw water after the addition of chemicals to monitor dosage rates.


SAMANIEGO (CONT. FROM FIRST PAGE) Through Oklahoma Homeland Security, the Chickasha Fire Department operates a regional response truck and trailer, and over the last couple of years, a technical rescue team has been assembled and trained to respond confined space rescues, trench rescues, dive rescues, structural collapses and swift water rescues. In addition to responding to emergencies, Samaniego wants the department to be active and visible in the community. “A few months ago, a crew stopped at a lemonade stand on the side of the road here in town,” he explained. “The impact our department can have on children through these interactions is something they’ll remember. Our team is very excited to continue to get out and do more in the community.” Several members of the department also helped with a day of ringing bells to fundraise for the Salvation Army last December. Samaniego said he is excited for the future in Chickasha. “We have really hardworking, talented firemen,” he said. “I am excited to build upon the foundation that has been set here and move forward with our team.” When he’s not at the fire station, Samaniego enjoys helping his wife, Cecily, at the business she owns and playing basketball with their children.

LIBRARY UPDATES Chickasha Public Library Introduces New Online Library Management System The Chickasha Public Library is excited to announce the switch to a new online library management system. Patrons can now search the library’s virtual and physical material all in one place. There is also an option to create and save book bags, or lists of books, and navigate through format and content with ease. New patrons can begin the library card application process online, and there will be a new self-checkout unit available in the library. While the layout of the catalog is different, your login information will not change. You will still access the online catalog using your library card number and PIN. If you have any questions or need assistance, please call the library at 405-222-6075. Access the catalog at chickashapl.okpls.org.

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