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July 2019

The City of Chickasha’s Water System will change from Chloramines to Chlorine during August. Currently, the City of Chickasha uses chloramines for disinfection of our drinking water. Chloramines are created by combining chlorine and ammonia. During this changeover starting August 1 and ending August 31, 2019, the disinfection process will be changed from Chloramines to Free Chlorine. By temporarily changing to Free Chlorine, which is a stronger and faster-acting disinfectant, and combining City-wide flushing to remove sediments from the Distribution System, it will help eliminate sediments that have built up in the Distribution System over the course of the year. Leaving sediments in the Distribution System for too long can lead to the creation of Trihalomethanes (TTHMs) and Haloacetic Acids (HAA5s), which are carcinogenic. Residents may notice open fire hydrants throughout the City during this period and possibly overflowing water storage towers. The fire hydrants will be opened to allow flushing of the system to help remove the sediments from the pipes and distribute the change in disinfectant. Overflowing water storage towers further aid in the flushing process. If you see Hydrants being flushed in your area, turn on your water for approximately fifteen minutes to allow the Sediments in your water lines to pass through. Possible Noticeable Effects: It is important to understand that during this temporary change there may be some discoloration or cloudiness in the water and possibly a slight chlorine odor or taste. If this is experienced you may want to run the water through the tap until it clears. Minor pressure fluctuations and small air pockets may also occur. Fire hydrant flushing should remove a majority of the color and odor, but some may reach Residents lines during the process. Is the Water Safe to Drink? Yes, the water is safe to drink throughout this process. Any odor and color issues will be a nuisance only, which will subside as the flushing is completed. Discoloration in laundry is possible during this time. Cleaning additives are readily available at local stores to help prevent or remove any discoloration that may occur. Customers who use tap water for kidney dialysis at home should consult their doctor to advise them if any changes are necessary in their residual disinfectant neutralization procedures. Customers utilizing the water for aquariums should monitor both free and combined chlorine residuals to ensure the safety of their fish during this process.

Once the City has performed this changeover of the Distribution System Water, Chloramines will be started again, so that the City will be able to provide our Residents with the cleanest and safest water possible. The City will be providing this service each year in August to ensure all sediments are being removed from our Distribution System. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Debbie Segroves, Project Manager, USWUG, Chickasha Water Treatment Plant at (405) 224-0026 or by email: at dsegroves@uswatercorp.net.

UPCOMING EVENTS

August 9 • 7:30 p.m. Listen Local featuring Steelwind Greek Theater, USAO August 15 Chickasha Public Schools begin 2019-2020 school year August 17 • 7 - 9 p.m. Chickasha Chamber of Commerce’s 3C Concert Series featuring Travis Linville 3rd St. & Chickasha Ave. Wednesdays • 10 a.m. & 11 a.m. Preschool Storytime Chickasha Public Library 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. Meeting agendas are posted on the City of Chickasha website. 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 BRIAN ZALEWSKI Brian Zalewski, Fire Chief, has worked for the City of Chickasha for 22 years, serving as Fire Chief since 2015. “Chief Zalewski does a great job running a tough department while always remaining focused on the health and safety of the community at large,” said John Noblitt, City Manager. “Most recently, this was demonstrated by obtaining grant funds for storm sirens around the city. This is just one example of his commitment to his duty to citizens of Chickasha.” Q: Can you share a brief overview of the fire department? A: We are an all hazard response agency, so basically any time the phone rings for an emergency that isn’t law-enforcement related, we are tasked with coming up with the solution. That can be anything from emergency medical, emergency management, fire suppression, fire investigations to fire inspections. Q: What made you decide to go into a career as a fireman? A: It’s all I ever wanted to do, and I was undeterred in achieving that goal. As an elementary school student in Enid at Hoover Elementary, I remember the fire department coming out, getting in the fire engine and checking it out. My high school yearbook said I would be a lieutenant with the LA Fire Department. My path has lead here, and I am very grateful for it. Nonetheless, from the time I can remember having thoughts, I’ve always wanted to be a fireman. Q: How does your department make an impact in Chickasha? A: We help the citizens. We’re intervening on potentially somebody’s worst day. Whether that be medical or fire, typically when we get called, it’s not a good day for them. In Chickasha you have firefighters who are vested in finding solutions and making somebody else’s day better. Q: What is one major project you’re currently working on? A: We just put out for bid the replacement of 4 storm sirens, the addition of one new storm siren at the sports complex, and new controllers for up to 6 of the existing storm sirens. We received a grant from FEMA to do all of this. It’s been over two decades since the city has seen any sort of storm siren upgrade or replacement, and this will have a city-wide impact, all the way from the airport to the far southeast side of the city. It’s a great accomplishment when you can touch the life of every citizen in a proactive way. Q: What is the biggest misconception about the fire department? A: That we spend a lot of time sitting around. Just the way our department is structured and how we ‘live’ here sometimes gives the false impression that it’s all laid back, sleeping and reclining. That’s just not the case. Our department works hard until the end of the workday, and what most people don’t see – they’ll hear it! – is the continuation of our duties goes on well after 5. They’re up all night. Q: What is a priority for the department in the upcoming year? A: Our biggest thing in-house is personnel development and training. We’re trying to do some better live-fire training and education to give our department the best tools possible, so that when they go to a structure fire, they’ve seen it all in training before they have to do it in real life. We are constantly trying to get better. We average 1,500-1,600 training hours per quarter as a department. Q: When you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing? A: I like to watch old movies and spend time with my family. I’ll trap my wife in the car with me for an hour, drive around and talk about our days.


COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATE Best Western Plus, 430 S. Grand Ave. Plumbers doing top out. Engineering

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Grady County Minimum Security Addition, 200 Penn. Ave. TCO to be issued this week. Engineering

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Chisholm Trail Development, Section 2, 2201 S. 4th St. Landscaping completed. Engineering

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Old Williams Shoe Building, 317 W. Chickasha Ave. No inspections this week. Engineering

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Crazy 8 Restaurant, 317 W. Chickasha Ave. No inspections this week. Engineering

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Parkview Christian Church, 2828 S. 9th St. Awaiting fire hydrant installation.. 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 on pause. Engineering

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Pecan Grove RV Park Phase 4, 600 W. Almar Dr. Streets being asphalted. Engineering

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATE The Higher Care, 427 S. 4th St. Complete Engineering

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Double B RV Park, 715 N. 13th St. Permit ready to be picked up. No Maint. Bond. Engineering

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Domino Convenience Store, 1202 S. 4th St. Main building being erected. Engineering

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Brewery, 121 W. Chickasha Ave. Sheetrock installed. Engineering

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Retail Space, 117 W. Chickasha Ave. Interior framing. Engineering

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

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Unnamed Tavern/Bar, 114 W. Chickasha Ave. No inspections this week. Engineering

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Walmart, 2001 S. 1st St. Permit ready. Engineering

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Carwash to Retail Renovation, 420 W. Grand Ave. Permit Issued. Engineering

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATE Grady Memorial Hospital Business Office, 2220 W. Iowa St. Permit Issued. Engineering

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Bates Repair Service, 4328 S. 4th St. Permit Issued. Site dirt Started. 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 Need DEQ Permit and Maint. Bond. Engineering

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Victory Family Church, 901 W. Grand Ave. Permit Under Review. Engineering

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JUNE 2019 PERMITS

Residential Plumbing 14 Permits Issued

Residential Mechanical 13 Permits Issued

Residential Building 12 Permits Issued

Commercial Mechanical 8 Permits Issued

Commercial Electrical 8 Permits Issued

Swimming Pool 1 Permits Issued

Residential Electrical 9 Permits Issued

Commercial Building 7 Permits Issued

Commercial Plumbing 6 Permits Issued

Storm Shelter Permits (Residential or Commercial) 1 Permits Issued

EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH Shae Mortimer, Marketing & Civic Engagement Manager, was named Employee of the Month and presented with a certificate of recognition by City Manager John Noblitt at the July 1, 2019 City Council Meeting. Shae started at the City of Chickasha in November of 2018. In the short time that Shae has been at the City of Chickasha, she has made a huge impact on the City’s public presence, sharing information that is essential and vital to citizens. We appreciate her efforts for the City of Chickasha. Congratulations, Shae!


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 receive 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

Bid Opening

Council Approval to Enter Into Contract

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Notice to Proceed Issued

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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

Contract Signed

Notice to Proceed Issued

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Maple Lane Concrete Repair, 117 Maple Lane Sections of storm drain pipe crossing Maple Lane have to be replaced. This project also consists of repairing the concrete and headwall, which had to be removed to replace the storm drain pipe. Council Permission to Go Out to Bid

Bid Advertisement

Bid Opening

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Ponderosa Drive Concrete Repair, 2401 Ponderosa Drive Sections of storm drain pipe crossing Ponderosa Drive have to be replaced. This project consists of repairing the concrete and curb, which had to be removed to replace the storm drain pipe. Council Permission to Go Out to Bid

Bid Advertisement

Bid Opening

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PUBLIC WORKS BY THE NUMBERS A quick look at city-wide projects completed by Public Works in June: • 1274 cubic yards of limbs picked up • 140 underground utility locates completed • 136 pot holes repaired • 45 water main or service waterline leaks repaired • 5 sewer blockages cleared • 4 water meter leaks repaired • 4 street signs replaced or repaired • 1 fire hydrant repaired

Notice to Proceed Issued

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4TH OF JULY The City of Chickasha would like to thank those who joined together to provide the fireworks display at Shannon Springs Park on July 4: • Bank of Commerce • Ben Milam Heating & Air • Charles Allen Ford • Mike & Lynn Terry • CMS Williwbrook • DeHart Heating & Air • First National Bank & Trust • HSI Sensing • Jay’s Jewelry • John Phillips DDS • Liberty Bank & Trust • Mosley Insurance/Century 21 Mosley • Ouachita Exploration • Physician Housecalls • Standley Systems • Steve LaForge • Arvest Bank • Interurban • McDonald’s

Photo courtesy Suehzen Mosley

REQUEST TRACKER Notice a water leak? Need to report a missed trash collection? Submit a report on our Request Tracker. This tool sends your request to the responsible department, and they’ll keep you updated until the problem is resolved. Get started at chickasha.org/RequestTracker.aspx.

Recent Requests

The following list is a sampling of the 37 requests received by the City of Chickasha in June: • 8 pothole repair requests • 3 reports of water leaks • 4 high grass & weeds reports

ANIMAL CONTROL On July 11, Animal Control Officer Layce Graham worked to save ducklings who were stuck in a storm drain. After several attempts and a lot of work in very hot weather, ACO Graham was able to recover all nine ducklings and reunite the momma duck with six of the ducklings. The last three recovered from the drain are going to Wildcare for a home. Thank you, ACO Graham, for your work!

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