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November 2020

NOVEMBER IS NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH Mayor Chris Mosley issued a proclamation recognizing November as Native American Heritage Month in Chickasha, to celebrate and honor the accomplishments of the Native American community. There are 575 native nations that are legally recognized by the United States government as independent and sovereign bodies, with distinct cultures, language, governmental bodies and religious beliefs. For the proclamation signing, Mayor Mosley was joined by members of Chickasha’s JohnsonO’Malley Program, which is an organization with educational objectives to address the needs of the eligible American Indian and Alaska Native students. Johnson O’Malley programs offered to American Indian and Alaska Native students vary, and may include such programs as culture, language, academics, and dropout prevention. Native Americans played a critical role in the foundation of not only the state of Oklahoma but also the United States of America, and we honor their vibrant cultures and support their efforts in selfdetermination, cultural revival, through the arts, business as well as service to the nation.

Back: Parent Jamie Bowman, City Councilman Dr. Ashanti Alexander, Parent Stormy Bennett, Indian Education Coordinator Donya Charlson, Mayor Chris Mosley, and Parent Melanie Raasch Middle: Jaxon Bowman, Wichita and Affiliated Tribes; Tyler Levias, Comanche Nation & Kiowa Tribe; Hayden Raasch, Comanche Nation & Kiowa Tribe; and Kaden Levias, Comanche Nation & Kiowa Tribe Front: Adley Bennett, Comanche Nation & Kiowa Tribe; and Chloe Bennett, Comanche Nation & Kiowa Tribe


6TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CARROLL 5K RUN DAY December 5, 2020 will be known in Chickasha as The 6th Annual Christmas Carroll 5K Run Day, as proclaimed by Mayor Chris Mosley earlier this month. The Chickasha Optimist Club invites the Chickasha Community to participate in the 6th annual Christmas Carroll 5K, on Dcember 5 beginning at 8 a.m. at the Southern Oaks Church of Christ. Following the run, Optimist members will serve a pancake breakfast and host the awards presentation. The Chickasha Optimist Club serves the youth of Chickasha through various fundraisers and community events. Since December 2015, the organization has worked to fund a Chickahsa High School Memorial Scholarship to honor the memory of Rod Carroll, who was a member of the Club at the time of his death. Rod Carroll was a resident of Chickasha for many years and raised his family in our City. He lived out his passion for helping and serving others through his work as a Licensed Professional Counselor, School Counselor and as a Minister in the Chickasha and Ninnekah communities. On March 1, 2014, Rod lost his life when he stopped to assist a car that had wrecked on the HE Bailey Turnpike. The Christmas Carroll 5K/Fun Run was established as an annual community event to raise funds for the scholarship founded in his memory. Mayor Mosley urges all citizens to honor those who dedicated their lives to random acts of kindness, and to take time to be kind each and every day.


PERMIT SPOTLIGHT If you are remodeling or making updates to your home, make sure to obtain a building permit prior to starting construction, and be sure any contractors you hire are registered with the City. We want to make sure the people working in your home are legal and reputable. To register, contractors can call (405) 222-6010 or email rachel.bernish@chickasha.org. Contractors must have an updated state license and drivers license before registering. Some minor repairs do not require a permit. If you are unsure if your job requires a permit or would like to request a free consultation with one of our building inspectors, reach out to Community Development at (405) 222-6010.

OPERATION PORCH PIRACY The Chickasha Police Department wants to remind our citizens that it is the time of year where porch pirates or package thieves thrive due to the holiday shopping. If you must have your packages delivered to your residence, please try to have a location where the delivery person is able to hide or blend the package in so the package is not as visible to anyone passing by. Of course, it is always preferable to have someone at home to accept deliver immediately from the driver. In the spirit of the season, the Chickasha Police Department is offering to be a safe package delivery location for our residents. Due to space limitations, please do not have refrigerators, riding lawn mowers or similarlly large sized packages sent to our office, as we do not have the space available for those size objects. If you choose to send smaller packages for pickup at the Chickasha Police Department, please do so with the following requirements: 1. Packages should be addressed as follows: Your name (or the name of whoever will pick up the package) c/o Chickasha Police Department 2001 W. Iowa Ave Chickasha, OK 73018 2. Please track your own packages. Chickasha Police Department employees will not track packages, and employees will not call, email, text, or otherwise notify someone that their package has arrived. 3. Pick up times are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday. The front office is closed weekends. Only front office staff or Administration will verify ownership and release packages to the owner picking up their package. Police officers will not release packages after hours, so please do not request this. 4. You must bring valid identification which matches the name on the package. No packages will be released to any person not named on the shipping label.


PUBLIC WORKS BY THE NUMBERS • 179 cubic yards of limbs picked up - As of July 1, there is a $55 minimum fee for this service, which covers up to 4 cubic yards. Each additional cubic yard is $7.70. There is no fee to drop off limbs at Public Works. - To aid in cleanup and recovery from the recent ice storm, the City will temporarily be picking up limbs damaged due to the storm at no cost to residents. Limbs will need to be cut to a manageable size and placed by the curb. There is no need to call City Hall for limb pickup; trucks will be running routes throughout town over the next few weeks. City employees will not come on to private property to pick up or cut limbs. It is important that limbs are not placed under power lines or other trees. - Residents may also drop limbs off at Public Works free of charge with the proof of a water or utility bill for the City of Chickasha. The Public Works facility is located at 502 N. Genevieve St. • 530 water and sewer line locates completed • 49 street signs or traffic signal balls and arrows replaced or repaired • 27 pot holes repaired • 11 sewer collection system repairs or cleanings • 7 street cuts repaired • 1 water distribution system leaks repaired

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Are you looking to get involved in your community? Sign up on our website to be connected with opportunities to help your neighbors! Group and individual volunteers are needed. To get started, visit chickasha.org/volunteer. If you have questions about volunteer opportunities or if you need to request help, contact Tracey at tracey.austin@chickasha.org. Together, we can make an impact in Chickasha.

REQUEST TRACKER 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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City of Chickasha Newsletter | November 2020  

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