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June 2019

Centennial Park StoryWalk

The Chickasha Public Library held a ribbon cutting on Saturday, June 1 to celebrate the opening of the recently completed Centennial Park StoryWalk. At the ribbon cutting, Mayor Chris Mosley invited children and their families to walk around the park to read June’s featured book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. In addition to the StoryWalk, library staff provided games and the Chickasha Arts Council provided a caterpillar craft station. More than 40 children and adults participated on June 1. Children who participate in the StoryWalk will receive a free book. To pick up the free book, visit the Chickasha Public Library after you complete the StoryWalk and fill out a short survey. The library is located at located at 527 W. Iowa Ave. A new book will be featured on the StoryWalk in July. The displayer frames for the StoryWalk were purchased using a Health Literacy Grant through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Funds to provide free books to children were provided by local organizations, the Friends of the Chickasha Public Library, AAUW, Altrusa, Lions Club and PEO Chapter FV. The Chickasha Public Library would like to thank Public Works for their work installing the StoryWalk.

UPCOMING EVENTS

June 20 • 6 to 8 p.m. Game Night for Adults, featuring a new board game each month. Chickasha Public Library June 22 • 6 p.m. Chamber of Commerce C3 Summer Concert Series featuring Levi Parham 3rd Street & Chickasha Avenue Wednesdays & Thursdays Space themed summer reading program for new readers, children and tweens, featuring books, games and crafts. Visit the library to learn the time slot for each age and additional information. 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. 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 LILLIE HUCKABY 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. Lillie Huckaby, Library Director, has worked for the City of Chickasha for 15 years, serving as Library Director since the summer of 2014. “Lillie is an outstanding Library Director who understands that the needs of our community go beyond the doors,” said John Noblitt, City Manager. “During the 2018 Teacher Walkout, Lillie organized daycare at the library for school children. The new StoryWalk in Centennial Park came directly from Lillie and her staff. She’s not just a commendable public servant, Lillie is a great leader in our community.” Q: What made you decide to go into a career as a librarian? A: I like to read. I like books, I like to handle books–I knew what to do with them. As a child, I was always taken to a library, and I thought everyone should have books and have access to them. My mom always told me to read, read, read. I taught kindergarten for 18 years in Colorado before I became a librarian. I taught the little ones to read, and that’s what I loved: seeing that lightbulb go off in their head! Q: How does the library make an impact in Chickasha? A: The Chickasha Public Library, as all public libraries, proves free services to everyone. One of the major free services that is needed and useful to the community is free internet access, including both wifi access on an individual’s personal device and on library computers. The history of public libraries is rooted in providing equal access, so everybody can access information and be a part of the community. Q: What are three projects you’re currently working on? A: We just installed Kanopy, a video streaming service, which went online earlier this month. We are very excited about that. We are in the middle of a health literacy grant which allowed us to install the StoryWalk at Centennial Park. As part of that grant, we are also doing lunch & learns through the month of August. We also offer programs through the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative, including Tai Chi and health information for older adults. Q: What is the biggest misconception people have about the library? A: That you have to be quiet! It’s not always very quiet, especially when we have children’s programs going on–we’ll have 50 kids in here at a time. Modern public libraries are not quiet anymore. We do strive to provide an atmosphere where lots of different people can do lots of different things, so most of the time it is quiet. But, we don’t work really hard at keeping it really quiet anymore because we have a lot going on. Q: What can Chickasha citizens expect to see from the library in the next few months? A: This fall we will have the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics present a workshop on drug use and abuse, and the potential side effects and signs to look for. We will also have six beginner computer classes starting in the fall. Q: Is there anything else you want Chickasha to know about the library? A: The library is multi-faceted, we’re here to help, and almost everything here is free. We do a lot of business services like copying, faxing, scanning and notarizing. If your printer breaks, you can come print here. If you’re on the road, you can come fax or scan here. Readers don’t think about that because they come here to read. We have a lot of good free e-resources, including free online classes, a language learning database, a job search database and online tutoring.


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

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Grady County Minimum Security 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

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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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Braums, 2029 S. 4th St. Complete. Engineering

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATE The Higher Care, 427 S. 4th St. Final inspections complete, awaiting Health Department. Engineering

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Pecan Grove RV Park Phase 4, 600 W. Almar Dr. Underground utilities installed.. 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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McDonalds, 2027 S. 4th St. Permit issued. Engineering

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Domino Convenience Store, 1202 S. 4th St. Main store footing installed. Engineering

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Brewery, 121 W. Chickasha Ave. Underground utilities installed. Engineering

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Retail Space, 117 W. Chickasha Ave. Underground utilities installed. 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. Permit issued. Engineering

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

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

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Grady Memorial Hospital Business Office, 2220 W. Iowa St. Permit Ready. Engineering

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Bates Repair Service, 4328 S. 4th St. In Engineering 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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MAY 2019 PERMITS

Residential Building 12 Permits issued

Residential Plumbing 12 Permits issued

Residential Electrical 10 Permits Issued

Residential Mechanical 6 Permits Issued

Commercial Mechanical 9 Permits issued

Commercial Building 5 Permits Issued

Commercial Electrical 3 Permits Issued

Commercial Plumbing 4 Permits Issued

Storm Shelter Permits (Residential or Commercial) 3 Permits Issued

EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH Zachary Nickels, Communications Specialist, was named Employee of the Month and presented with a certificate of recognition by City Manager John Noblitt at the June 3, 2019 City Council Meeting. Nickels’ coworkers say he exemplifies the ‘Chickasha Way’ by putting citizens first, always doing the right thing and displaying a high level of integrity. He is knowledgeable in his duties and is always willing to assist others, even before being asked. Nickels goes above and beyond to help his coworkers. Nickels dreams of becoming a Police Officer and is using his career as a Communications Specialist as a tool on his path to achieving that dream. Congratulations, Zachary!


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

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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

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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

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Pool Rehabilitation, Shannon Springs Park This project was to 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, which will dial 911 with the push of a button. This project is complete and the pool is open for the summer. Filter Rebuilt & New Media Installed

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New Chemical System Installed

Kiddie Pool Repaired

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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

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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

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PUBLIC WORKS BY THE NUMBERS A quick look at city-wide projects completed by Public Works in May: • 271 storm drains cleaned • 172 pot holes fixed • 1104 cubic yards of limbs picked up • 9 street signs replaced or repaired • 137 underground utility locates completed • 19 water main waterline or service waterline leaks repaired • 11 water meter leaks repaired • 9 sewer blockages cleared • 3 fire hydrants 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: • 4 pot hole repair requests, resulting in 18 repairs • Missing School Zone sign reported - installed 5/16 • 11 high grass and/or weeds reports • 1 report of street names broken off of stop sign - repaired on 5/24

ANIMAL CONTROL As stated in city ordinance 8-62, any person owning, keeping, harboring, possessing or having custody of any pet over six months of age within the corporate limits of the city shall pay an annual licensing fee. All pets must wear the license tag at all times when off the premises of the owner. If an animal is lost or running loose, the license tag helps Animal Control return the animal back home. Pet tags are $5 for animals who are spayed or neutered and $10 for intact animals. You must bring a current rabies certificate, issued by a licensed veterinarian, when purchasing your tag. To purchase a pet tag, visit the Chickasha Animal Shelter, located at 203 N. Genevieve.

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