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CONTENTS CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS Are they out to get you? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .03


LOYD KAUFMAN Ward 4 Commissioner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .06 LAKES vs WELLS Why? Find out the latest study . . . . . . . . . . . . . .08 TODD GING Ward 6 Commissioner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10


MILITARY CO-WORKERS Enid’s job market and Vance spouses . . . . . . . . .12 CITY DIRECTORY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 ON THE COVER: Vance Air Force Pilots' wives, Sara Zumbro, Kayla Maurer, and Leah Smith are active in the Enid community.


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Enid On The Move 401 W. Owen K. Garriott Enid, OK 73701 Mayor - John Criner City Manager - Eric Benson 580-234-0400


Produced by Eagle Marketing, 227 W. Broadway, Enid, OK. Information gathered and written by Liz Cady with contributions by Eva Lightsey. Graphic designer Lynne Benkendorf and photographers Bonnie Vculek and Eva Lightsey. Managing Editor Liz Cady.

A house in need of repairs.

CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS The title has an ominous ring to it. Are these officers out searching for the smallest of violations? Are they out to get you no matter what you do? Many people have the wrong idea about what the men and women working as the City of Enid’s code enforcement officers do for their jobs. Many think these are the bad guys, here to deliver troubling news. However, it is time to reform that idea as these code enforcement officers are here to help, really. Frank Haley, code enforcement officer for the City of Enid, is just about the friendliest guy one could meet. His honest answer of why he’s doing this job: “I wanted a job where I could help people. With this job, I get to see the outcome of my work, and I like dealing with people and finding a situation where we both can be happy.” Haley’s job entails numerous hours of driving and observing. While code enforcers respond to complaints

from people about neighboring houses, many of the code violations they respond to are ones the code officers have observed themselves.

When Haley arrives to a house that has a code violation, he does not arrive ready for a confrontation. Instead, he arrives with solutions and how he can

After complying with code enforcement officers, this house shows a remarkable turnaround. 3

help, which is exactly what the job description entails. And for the most part, Haley attests that 85-90 percent of the people are receptive to what he has to say to them about improvements. It is only a rare 10 percent who think they should be allowed to let their homes or landscape become so rundown that both become a danger to the tenants and community. Yes, Enid is trying to clean up its city surroundings, which includes housing, but it is not all about aesthetics. Haley says a main objective for the City is getting everyone in structurally sound homes too. Another main reason for the code enforcers is to institute a mutual respect between community members, not to mention respect and pride for Enid as a city. Having a home that is falling apart or trees that threaten to fall on a neighbor’s garage is not only unsafe, but also it shows a lack of respect for others. Most people, according to Haley, are not purposely trying to be disrespectful, but sometimes it takes an outsider’s eye to see the problem and point it out. “I work with people when I see there is a code violation. We work out a time table, and as long as I see that you are trying to improve what the violation is, then 4

This house was in drastic need of painting.

With a fresh coat of paint, this house looks brand new.

I’m going to continue working with you,” says Haley. Also taken into account is the season, meaning that during winter, painting is not a high concern due to weather. Instead, during this time of year, as Enid transitions from winter to spring, the focus for code enforcement officers is debris and trash in the yard. This is

also a good time, says Haley, for people to focus on chipping old paint off, getting homes ready for new paint, inspecting the roof and keeping an eye on all of the trim. Prevention is a great way to avoid having a run-in with code officers, and even though Haley and other officers will make the run-in as pleasant as possible, they are all for resi-

dents taking preventative steps. There are some doors Haley knocks upon and it is answered by a person who is physically incapable of doing the necessary repairs. Also, there are some people who are financially incapable of incurring the cost of repairs. This is where Haley’s helping nature comes into play, and he, as well as other code officers, have contact numbers of people who can help. “I’ll let people know to contact CDSA, and they can usually help with the cost of home repairs. Also, some Enid churches call me, asking if I know of anyone who would appreciate some help around the home. Groups from all over are willing to lend physical labor, and there is funding out there that residents can attain in order to help with the cost,” Haley informs. These code officers are also a wealth of knowledge, and simply stopping one on the side of the road can help you with future violations, such as the height limit for trees and bushes, what is acceptable in alleys, what can be visible in the yard and many others. One rule even Haley did not know prior to becoming a code officer: “You cannot sell anything from your home, not auto parts, not animals. You must have a business license to do so.”

In a battle against wind, snow and rain, this house was on the losing side.

With a new garage door, the new paint and overall TLC, this house is an asset to the community.

If Haley sees anyone selling something from their homes, or tree limbs threatening to crash on a structure, or anything that could cause negative results or attention, he tries to handle everything first in person. If no one is home, Haley takes a picture, writes down what the violation is and sends a letter. Residents are given 10 days to respond to the letter, and if there is no response or the response is unreasonable, Haley must return. As long as people are working with him and updating Haley about their work, Haley attests that he is patient. And for those who comply with what the violation is,

they can expect a sincere thank you letter in the mail from Haley. An even better incentive for residents to completely comply is the Mayor’s Choice award, given to properties which display dramatic turnarounds. The City takes notice of those helping the process of making Enid beautiful both internally and externally, and it is with code enforcement officers like Frank Haley that these properties and residents get the positive notice. So, next time, when that code enforcement truck slowly drives past, wave and smile. These employees are truly here to help. 5

Loyd Kaufman


Commissioner Lyod Kaufman is a self-professed jack of all trades with a hands-on approach to his job as commissioner. Should one of his ward’s residents call with a problem, Commissioner Kaufman appears ready to fix it. From carpentry to plumbing to answering City questions, he is there, willing to be of service to anyone in need of a helping hand. If problems are presented to him and not fixed, it certainly is not due to a lack of trying since he pours his efforts and skills into solutions. He wants to be known as the commissioner who listens to his ward’s residents, which is exactly why he has no reservations about picking up that ringing phone to simply hear a small complaint. He and his wife have devoted their time to family, fostering over 80 children and providing a loving home for all of them. Once considered a troubled child himself, Commissioner Kaufman and his wife took in children who often found themselves having trouble with the foster system, or worse, the law. However, tough love and a great deal of kindness are the only things these kids found in the Kaufman home. In total, he and his wife have seven children, three of which they adopted from the foster program, and he spends a great deal of time talking about the joys they have added to his life. Commissioner Kaufman is an everyday person, even receiving his own notices for code violations, which he has vehemently fought throughout the years. He is the underdog, but as long as he represents his ward to the best of his ability, he has no fear that the underdog will win again.


Commissioner Kaufman’s


On being an unexpected choice for Commissioner:

On how his role as a foster parent has helped shape him into who he is today:

Before I became a commissioner, I thought that the City Commission was too hard on homeowners with all of the regulations for homes and yards. In a five year period, I was fined $11,000 for code violations, and I wanted to help homeowners who disagreed with the violations handed to them. I wanted to represent these homeowners, so I went to apply to run for the position of commissioner, and I was not taken very seriously. I told the Commission that I was not giving up and would be back, and within two years, I was back with the City employees backing me. Through their efforts and mine, I became the Ward Four Commissioner, and I’ve tried to do the best of what has been expected of me.

In between the years of 1981 and 1991, my wife and I were responsible for 85 foster children, most of them having histories of rough childhoods and numerous other homes. I could relate because I also had a rough childhood, and I tried to teach all of our kids that there is no easy road to follow and ten minutes of stupidity can ruin the rest of your life. Laws are here for a purpose, and I think my wife and I helped to get these kids to make good lives for themselves. We adopted three of the children that we fostered, and they are my pride and joy.

On how his opinion of the Commission has changed: Once I became a commissioner, I got to look at everything from a different viewpoint, and my views on some things have changed. Our current City Manager Eric Benson is a really good city manager, bringing changes to our community. I have supported most of the changes that he has brought about, but I truly believe that I am in touch with the people of my ward, and I have to support their views. It has been said before, but it is true that what is good for the city is good for all of the wards. City Manger Benson takes the time to meet with me, so we can discuss issues I may have or ideas. It is great to have a good relationship with both the city manager and the other commissioners. We all need to work in harmony to achieve the best possible outcomes for the city as a whole.

On getting his ward involved in Enid: In the last election, only one percent of my ward voted. I try and tell my ward’s residents that if they are really concerned about what is happening in the city, then they have to get out and vote. I am only a single commissioner, so it’s hard for me to really accomplish anything alone. I can only be truthful and direct and hope that gets people involved, especially when it comes to voting.

On paying for Enid’s future: The needs of our city are great, but people don’t want to spend money to improve it. With the little money we have to spend on fixing roads, by the time you fix all of the roads on one side of town, the other side’s roads need drastic repair. It all comes down to money, and most people don’t want to have to pay for fixing problems out of their own pockets. I used to think that it was a waste of money for all of the commissioners to take a trip to Washington D.C. But we learn so much there, and the people in D.C. really listen to us when we go up there. They like to learn about smaller cities and how our own government accomplishes goals and budgets.

On jobs and economic development in Enid: Advance Food Company has been well worth Enid’s investment in it due to how much the company has repaid Enid through taxes and employment opportunities. We give these big companies tax breaks and incentives, so they can make Enid their home and return the favor, just like Advance has. As for our City employees I would like to see all city workers make a minimum wage of $10 an hour. This would only cost the City another $1 million a year, but it is well worth our investment as well.


LAKES VS. WELLS Water seems to be on everyone’s minds these days. Why? The latest study shows that Enid has a 30 year timeline in which to implement a replacement for the City’s water needs. While the City relies predominantly on wells, these wells are quickly reaching the end of their water tables, not to mention, these wells do not belong to the City. Instead, the City pays water rights, but even these water rights come with stipulations. First stipulation is the City has a cap of how much water it can take from the wells, whereas some of the other sharers do not have caps. Second stipulation is that the owners of the wells can decide not to sell the rights, leaving the City in a quick bind. The city is now faced with two choices. The first is to pick an area and have additional wells dug, but that is a solution that will have to be revisited every 60 to 75 years, certainly not a long term answer to Enid’s water queries. The second choice for Enid is to build a lake, which is a solution that is considerably more expensive in the short term, but the long term benefits drastically outnumber that of well drilling.


Commissioner Don Rose: “I believe a lake has numerous more long-term benefits to the city than extending our existing well fields. However, a lake could come at a higher price, and it takes more time and effort to accomplish it. A lake would offer an enhanced quality of life and provide a long term water source, but the negatives to a lake are the price of building one, the longer time it would take to construct and possible environmental issues.”

Commissioner Jim Crabbs:

“We need to find a solution for our kids and our grandkids. The City uses millions of gallons of water a day, so it is a very important issue for Enid’s future. We need to stop taking our water for granted.”

Here, some of Enid’s Commissioners give their thoughts on what Enid should do in the future… Commissioner Daron Rudy:

“I would consider the lake option for three reasons. First are the increased recreational opportunities. Second, it is a long-term solution as it would last for a very long time and be difficult to deplete once full. Third, a lake would help alleviate flooding downstream of it, which means that Enid could probably find ways to attain federal money to help build it.”

Commissioner Lyod Kaufman:

“I’m not sure Enid will ever see a lake here because it will take too much money to do. There are a lot of things to consider, but ultimately it comes down to asking if we want to dig wells deeper or keep paying other people for the water rights or if we want to put in the initial money to build a lake.”

Commissioner Todd Ging:

“A great thing about building a lake is that it adds a recreational quality of life, as well as providing water. That recreational benefit could greatly help us in the recruitment and retention of businesses and people. Also, we would have sole rights to the lake, as opposed to having to share ground water with anyone else who lives on top of that ground water or owns the rights.”



Todd Ging


A former Army sergeant, the low-key Todd Ging utilizes the diplomatic and organizational skills he gained in the military to weave his way through the obstacles that come with being a part of the City Council. Using the GI Bill to pay for college, he learned the academic terminology for the real-life experience he had already gained. Entering his second term unopposed, Ging is thankful for Ward 6’s vote of confidence. Looking towards Enid’s future and hoping to secure the interest of Enid’s next generation of leaders, Ging feels fortunate to serve a city that has been so good to him. As an instructor at Northern Oklahoma College’s Enid campus, Ging appreciates the opportunity to engage with students to learn about their interests and concerns in the City and to offer them ways in which they can participate in Enid’s volunteer activities, such as community clean-up days. Enid’s appearance is one of Ging’s concerns. He is excited about the new trail system and hopes Enid will be seen as an attractive and clean place to raise families and develop businesses.


Commissioner Ging’s


On being a commissioner for a second term… This time around I think it was more of me seeing how I could make a difference and have input in how our community develops in the future. I think it really takes two years of learning how to be effective and then two years forming a direction. You know some people show up on a commission with plans and something they wanted to do. For me, I just looked at it in the beginning as being about the infrastructure and the whole idea of what we could do more with that has developed from being on a couple of years.

On the City Manager… We’re really lucky having Eric Benson as City Manager. I think he’s very much someone who has an excellent work ethic and a lot of energy, and we get a lot done. Not all of it is something we do. Sometimes we decide not to do something, but we at least have the conversation and make a decision. I’ve heard comments from others that the commission has achieved a lot of things that have needed to be done for a long time and they ask how we did it. You just look at Eric and say, “Well, he asked us to make a decision about it.“ He just does it. We’re a commission of action and it’s really due to his leadership.

On leadership… I look at my time as limited. I’ve got four years and I’m done, and someone will replace me. I don’t say that I want a young person to replace me, but I do say I want someone youthful in their outlook to replace me. I think that’s very important in the growth of the City of Enid to have someone that’s got that youthful mindset that says, “I need to make Enid what I want it to be.” I’d like to see someone youthful in mind take my place in four years that would create this community the way they would like, with what they would enjoy, with the hopes that people outside of here would look at the community and say, “You know, I would enjoy those same things and that’s where I want to live.” If we make it how we would like to live in it, there’s always going to be other likeminded people. Then if it doesn’t work as far as an economic development plan, then at least we have a nice place to live. Working with the students at NOC, you meet people when they’re young and they’re still very idealistic. They haven’t been worn down by the world yet. And the hope is that they’ll hold on to that as long as they can or create a world where that idealistic view of the

world can exist.

On the trail system… I see it as a tremendous draw, something that transcends age groups. There’s a national trend to getting back to healthier lifestyles. And we’re all getting healthier, or trying to at least, and that’s what really I think transcends the ages because that’s where you see the older generations and the younger generations using walking or other activities to stay in shape. You can also go back to the safety issue that has been demanding a lot of our conversations of late among the commission. Sometimes you see people running along on the sides of the street. On the east side they’re right in the middle of the street; on the west side they’re jogging in and out of ditches if they go down a road, and that’s not safe. That’s not safe for the bicyclists, runners or the walkers and it’s not safe for the cars either. So it’s one of those things especially young people look at when they come in to a community and they size it up for whether this is a community they want to commit their efforts to or not. A trail system tells someone outside of the community that this community cares enough about itself to invest in itself. So beyond all the benefits you can put down on paper and show where you’ve become healthier, there’s also just an image that a community can get from having something like a trail system that you really couldn’t put a price tag on.

On what he’s proud of… Streets, roads, bridges, the appearance of the town is always something we have to strive for. I’ve seen a lot of good in four years I’ve been in office. The polycarts have really lowered the amount of trash blowing on the streets. One of the things I’m proudest of is that we’ve made humongous strides in our safety program. We’ve cut safety incidents by at least 30 percent for City of Enid employees. We’ve also cut down the time it takes to resolve code violations on a house. That’s something we’ve done that’s taken a lot of time—keeping Enid cleaned up. I’m also proud of the way we’ve worked with the private industry. Specifically in the clean up that we did a couple of years ago, a big massive push to work on the east side and help them out. Probably more than half that came from private industry for the labor and the amount of money put into it. The City put in quite a bit, but it was also a good effort from the private sector as well.


Kayla Maurer, an NOC-Enid spouse, loves her classes and hopes to pursue a career in nursing. (Staff Photo by BONNIE VCULEK)


Co-Workers Enid and Vance Air Force Base have always been “partners in the sky”, and now, another partnership is being publicly commended, which is the mutually beneficial relationship between Enid’s job market and Vance spouses. Vance is home to both students and permanent party military members, meaning some military members are here for as little as six months, some are here for over three years. These military members rarely arrive alone. Instead, they have spouses, children and a way of life they need to continue to support. For many military members, supporting their way of life means having a working spouse, which means that the first thing these spouses do upon arrival is start searching the job market. Bob Farrell, Vance Air Force Base community relations chief, furthers, “Military spouses are like anyone else who has moved to the area. They are trying to fit in the community and trying to integrate themselves. Most of the 12

spouses went to college and have bachelor’s degrees or are continuing their education.” Enid offers great opportunities for spouses to continue their educations, and one such spouse, Kayla Maurer says, “At Vance, we were in a more stable situation where I could focus on school while my husband went through pilot training. Plus, the Enid Scholarship was a very nice perk that made it possible!” Maurer is not the only spouse getting to attend college due to the Enid Scholarship, and many spouses find that Enid is the perfect place to be stationed to do just that. For those spouses who have already attended institutions of higher education, a lot of businesses see the wealth in hiring them even though it may be for a relatively short period of time. Another plus according to Farrell is that Vance spouses are stable employees, who are not bound by making a certain income or receiving a good benefit package since the military covers all benefits.

For Wing Commander Colonel Mark C. Nowland, the key word is relationship when it comes to Enid and Vance AFB working together, and that relationship certainly is strong for the job market. “I could go on and on about how spouses impact both the Enid and Vance communities. There are multiple examples of how these spouses enrich the communities as they arrive with education, diverse backgrounds and incredible work ethics,” explains Colonel Nowland. When Colonel Nowland arrived at Vance AFB, he met attorney Stephen Jones, who told Colonel Nowland that he chose to live in Enid because he wanted to live in a diverse population with people moving in and out. With the military nearby, it made for a perfect scenario for Jones, and he has hired numerous military spouses. Colonel Nowland is quick to remember just how much Vance, military members and military spouses benefit from Enid as well, saying,

“We certainly appreciate the city of Enid and its business community for taking risks and putting non-permanent employees into their payroll. It really is a win-win situation for both sides.”

As Colonel Nowland points out, there are many reasons why Vance is thankful to have such a supportive community, and the community-base relations are certainly enviable. Whether a spouse has chosen to work outside the home, continue his or her education or decided to stay at home, all can agree that Enid’s biggest charm is its tight knit community. Many military members are relocating from larger cities, and to come to a place where the pace is slower and the people have time for relationships is heartwarming. Sara Zumbro, Enid High School World History teacher and head volleyball coach says, “I enjoy the community of Enid because of the positive atmosphere. Enid is a great com-

Liz Cady with husband Mike and their two favorite companions Wrigley and Harlan. (Photo provided)

Dear Enid on the Move Readers, Arriving in Enid in June of 2006, I was uncertain of how I could best use my education and further my experience in the job market. I moved from a large city, unsure of how to go about a job search in what I thought was a “town”. Through the wonderful services at Vance AFB Family Support and Greg Waide, I was given Frank Baker’s name and the number for Eagle Marketing. I walked into that office confident but inexperienced. Frank gave me a chance, and I started as a small contributor to Eagle Marketing, and now, almost three years later, I leave as the managing editor for this publication. In this issue of Enid on the Move, we show just how important the relationship between Enid and Vance Air Force Base is in the aspect of jobs available for Vance spouses. For me, Enid has been a true blessing, a way for me to get my foot in the door and a way for me to gain invaluable experience in the world of writing and editing. I cannot say I would have been given this chance elsewhere. City Manager Eric Benson has been integral in encouraging me to dig deeper into the issues, to truly find out how city government works and how to use creative skills to put forth a product that has an extremely diverse readership. Without Enid’s community and businesses, Vance AFB would not be as great of an assignment as it is. Here, in Enid, spouses can find good jobs, gain experience, integrate themselves into a wonderful community, explore numerous churches and find out exactly what small-town hospitality is all about. And this does not stop with just spouses. Whole families find their niches here in Enid, which is why so many return to make Enid their permanent home. In case you, the Enid community, do not hear it enough, thank you. Thank you from this Vance spouse. I will carry all of these experiences with me, to every base we go. Elizabeth Cady Managing Editor, Enid on the Move 13

munity full of fantastic morals, values and a huge sense of pride.

“To be a part of a small community has been fabulous.”

When Zumbro first became a teacher in Enid, she was in the same position as every student spouse; she could be in Enid for as little as a year. However, her husband was assigned to be a First Assignment Instructor Pilot (FAIP), and Zumbro was able to capitalize on that chance the Enid Public Schools System gave to her. Now, when she leaves, she will have three years of experience with the Enid Public Schools. That is the type of resume builder that so many spouses are thankful to have when they leave for the next assignment. For many spouses, leaving Enid is bittersweet due to their enjoyment and fulfillment of working here. Gaining experience and establishing friendships with coworkers makes leaving not as easy to do. Krystal Supper, who currently works for Opportunities Inc. and will be relocating to Phoenix for her husband to fly F-16’s, did not expect to make the kind of bonds she did, and now, she shares, “I have been working alongside some amazing colleagues, who I will always remember. Though military orders may take us all over the world, I know I will keep in touch with some of the friends I have made while working here.” Taking all of these examples of spouses who have benefitted from Enid’s higher education opportunities, open minded businesses and welcoming population, there is one thing in common with all of them: community. Vance and Enid work together harmoniously to create a community that is intertwined and intermeshed with one another, and certainly, it is the people, both military and civilian, who benefit together.

Leah Smith is a marketing assistant and writer for Etown Magazine. (Staff Photo by BONNIE VCULEK)

“Working in Enid provides opportunities to see what the community has to offer and in which ways I can contribute. Enid is a diverse town, and I am fortunate to have met so many wonderful people through my work.”

–Leah Smith, marketing assitant and writer for Etown Magazine


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Manager: Jeff Krausse Ext. 1600 LEGAL DEPARTMENT Court, Tickets

City Attorney: Andrea Chism Ext. 1030 City Clerk: Linda Parks Ext. 1200 PUBLIC SERVICES Public Services Director Water, Streets, Sewers, Parks

Jim McClain Ext. 4300 Assistant Director Rob Camp Parks & Storm Water Spvsr Melvin Key Ext. 4410 Fleet Mgmt. Supervisor Ben Painter Ext. 4700 Solid Waste Supervisor Kim Letteer Ext. 4110 Streets & Traffic Spvsr. Jerry Crawford Ext. 4500 Safety Director Billy McBride Ext. 2410

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Enid On the Move (Spring 2009)  

The City of Enid's official bulletin to the residents.

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