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WATER WORRIES City of Enid water demands


ENID YOUTH JOB CORP Summer program highschool students


PARKS MASTER PLAN Quality of life opportunities for Enid residents


TRASH PASS How does it affect you?




This magazine is an effort by the City of Enid to better communicate with Enid residents. If you have suggestions or topics you’d like to see addressed in future editions, please write: Eagle Marketing Attn: Enid On The Move 227 W. Broadway Enid, OK 73701 Mayor - Bill Shewey Ward 1 Commissioner - Ron Janzen Ward 2 Commissioner - Mike Stuber Ward 3 Commissioner - Lewis Blackburn Ward 4 Commissioner - Drew Ritchie Ward 5 Commissioner - Tammy Wilson Ward 6 Commissioner - Todd Ging City Manager - Eric Benson (580) 234-0400 Produced by Eagle Marketing, 227 W. Broadway, Enid, OK. Information gathered and written by Jacob Foos, with contributions by Liz Cady, Whitney Box, Alaina Ward and Alisa Humphries Graphic Designer Lynne Benkendorf Photographers Cammeron Kaiser, Bonnie Vculek, Mike Klemme and Derrick Silas ON THE COVER: Brand new Champion Splash Pad located at Chestnut Avenue and 10th Street. (Photo by Cammeron KAISER)

WATER TIP: Grab a wrench and fix that leaky faucet. It’s simple, inexpensive, and you can save 140 gallons of water per week.

WATER WORRIES When you turn the water on to wash your hands, should you ever have to wonder if it will work? Multiple times during this summer, the City of Enid’s wells pumped at 100% capacity in an attempt to meet an unexpected and often overwhelming challenge to meet customer demand. While Enid was not in emi-

by Jacob Foos

nent danger of running out of water, the supply of the water was impacted. Current infrastructure allows for approximately 17 million gallons per day to be pumped to users. However, the demand for water, exceeded 18 million gallons per day. The City of Enid services two main consumers: industrial users and resi-

Photo by Cammeron Kaiser

dential/business customers. Industrial users account for approximately half of our water production with a monthly consumption that is consistent and predictable year round. Summer water use, especially in a dry, hot year, is a direct result of increased residential/business demand. In fact, this group often doubles or 3

triples water consumption during the summer to water lawns, trees and ornamental shrubs. These water demands create a burden on the delivery system that cannot be sustained in a drought. As a result, the City of Enid implemented Ordinance No. 2012-12, which entails mandatory water conservation phases. During Phase 1, which involves only watering on the odd/even schedule, water usage actually went up. This was caused by individuals choosing to water more than twice their regular amount to compensate for the lost day of watering. While those efforts may have preserved some lawns, it hurt the entire community by putting an additional strain on Enid’s water supply. Once Phase 2 and Phase 3 were initiated, residents and businesses began taking the initiative to aid the community by appropriately limiting water usage. As part of that effort, the City of Enid took multiple steps to limit the City’s use of water. This included reducing the hours of the two splash pads, which equaled a 1.5 million gallon savings per week, along with multiple other efforts. Daily usage decreased from over 17 million gallons per day to 13 million gallons per day. While usage has decreased, supply of water is still inadequate as a result of thee continued drought. Many concerned citizens inquired about the City’s efforts to drill new water wells and improve the water delivery infrastructure. In the past five years, the City has added seven new wells and continually seeks out new water rights. “Conserving water is something that people should do every day of their lives. There is a limited amount of fresh water available on the earth, and it should be treated as a valuable resource.” –Bruce Boyd, Water Production Supervisor. 4

Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb addresses the Youth Job Corps group, along with his father, Norman Lamb, former Oklahoma Secretary of Veterans Affairs. (Photo by Derrick SILAS)

Enid Youth JOB CORPS By AlainaWARD and AlisaHUMPHRIES

The City of Enid’s Youth Job Corps started last summer from an idea of high school student Michael Walker. The summer program was designed for students ages 15 to 18. This year over 40 students applied for the program yet only ten were selected. For most of the group this was their first job, and with that came a work schedule of Monday through Thursday, 8am to 5pm. Program leaders Jacob Foos, Misty Helber, and Alisa Humphries interviewed a majority of the applicants and selected the ones right for the job. The first day on the job students participated in a scavenger hunt where they went around the City Hall building meeting various employees and finding out about their job functions. The student’s daily schedule consisted of working in various departments. Throughout the seven-week program, students were expected to display a manner of professionalism. “The first two weeks were utilized for orientation and giving the students a rapid submersion into how the City operates”, says Youth Job Corps Coordinator Jacob Foos. After the initial two weeks on the job, students received a new schedule correlating with city jobs they preferred to work in which varied from welding to answering calls with the city manager’s assistant. Students who worked in the Fire Department got to experience how fire fighters prepared for a call. At the Solid Waste Department students spent the morning in a the trash truck and then went to the landfill to pick up debris. Students also worked at the Police Department where they rode along with a traffic officer and then went to the Animal Shelter where they cared for the animals and cleaned the cages. These are just some of the many work assignments students experienced! “This experience has opened my eyes and showed me things that I never thought existed. For instance, the Waste Water Plant, which takes the sewer water and sends it through many processes and then puts it into the creek,” said Youth Corps student Kimberly Shuman. Mondays consisted of “classroom days” where students made presentations,

participated in team building activities, and listened to various speakers such as photographer Mike Klemme. As part of the program each student was entrusted with a Kindle Fire to aid in work-related tasks including reading the book, Little Things Matter, by W. Todd Smith. The students were assigned specific chapters from the book to study and present in front of the group. This allowed for not only improved comprehension of the material, but also an opportunity to practice their public speaking skills. “Presenting in front of the group helped me overcome my fear of public speaking. Additionally, it required me to fully grasp the material to show that I knew what I was talking about,” said Youth Corps student Justyn Reese. As part of the program students took a trip to Oklahoma City where they toured the State Capitol and the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. They also met many community leaders including Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb, City Manager Eric Benson, and City Commissioner Tammy Wilson. In these meetings the students learned about the jobs of the individuals and what hurdles they overcame to get there. The students have remarked that their time at the City of Enid has been “a great experience” and how they have learned an immense deal about

Kurt Hobbs,III and Michael Walker,III are seen here trying on firefighter equipment. (Photo by Bonnie VCULEK)

how the City operates. The experience gave them a chance to develop a sense of professionalism and even helped some students realize new possible career paths. The Youth Job Corps program provided an opportunity to invest in the future success of ten individuals, as well as the future of the community as a whole. PICTURED AT RIGHT: Members of the Youth Job Corps tour the Oklahoma City Memorial and State Capitol. Seen on the steps of the State Capitol are from left to right: Back Row: Julian Johnson, Zarin Bell, Alaina Ward, Justyn Reese and Derick Silas. Middle Row: Sean McClendon, Kurt Hobbs,III; Kimberly Shuman, Brittany Binion and Roxene Karben. Front Row: Alisa Humphries, Misty Helber and Jacob Foos. (Photos Provided)

My Youth JOB CORPS EXPERIENCE By AlainaWARD This is my first job and I’m grateful that I was picked to be in it! I was so nervous before the interview and was almost too afraid to go and do it but I never backed out of it and I am glad that I didn’t because it has been such a great program. One of my favorite departments was Emergency Management.

When I was there I got to hang with Mike Honigsberg and he is a really cool guy, he took Julian and me to the National Weather Center, which I was super excited about because someday I want to become a meteorologist. Another interesting department was the City Clerk’s office because it keeps you busy the entire

time. I made new friends during this program and they are very inspiring and admirable people. I hope they follow their dreams and don’t let anyone stop them. All of the employees that I met at City Hall are very positive and encouraging people, including the program managers Jacob, Misty, and

Alaina Ward. (Photo Provided)

Alisa. From this program I learned a tremendous amount about Enid this summer and I hope that the students next summer do too!


How Can I


by SheriWISE

The City of Enid is composed of many different departments, offices and positions. There are meetings going on all day, every day where people are discussing how to make our city a better place to live. People are constantly going in and out of the Administration Building paying bills and fines, applying for garage sale and building permits, reserving park pavilions, buying pool passes, filing paperwork and all sorts of other entertaining and fun-filled activities. Those are just some of the things that happen when people actually walk through those glass doors and pass the reception desk. The phone never seems to stop ringing with people wishing to talk to animal control about the stray cat population, wanting to know why their water is shut off, and wondering where they can get their driver’s license renewed. 6

The receptionist has to know everything about everything. We have to know what meeting is going on where and when it starts. We also have to know what was reported in the newspaper each morning so if someone has any questions, we can help them find the answers that they seek. We received a plethora of calls about the Water Conservation Ordinances that have been implemented recently. While we have been accused of personally going out and shutting off someone’s water, I promise that you will never see us doing that. It is also not uncommon to have a call about such topics as: the need to thin out ducks at City parks, whether the individual received a fair deal on their mortgage rate, and the City’s involvement with the mass death of birds that occurred last summer.

“I love my job as being a receptionist for the City of Enid; my great co-workers make it easy to look forward to coming into work every morning. I also, truly enjoy meeting all the different faces and personalities that come across City Hall; it’s always a pleasure to help everyone as much as I can” - Janice Pinero

The receptionists are hard working, all knowing people that get to see the very best and the not so best in our great city. Next time you call or come in, don’t be shy, we are here to help you!

Runway extension project at

WOODRING REGIONAL AIRPORT Although not obvious to the casual observer, the project to extend the primary runway at Woodring Regional Airport from 5,600 feet to 8,000 feet has been underway for several months. In fact, it will be several more months before construction begins. The project started with an environmental assessment which has multiple objectives: The first phase was to examine the land for any issues that would need mitigation before commencing the project. No problems were identified however there will be an ongoing, indepth, environmental assessment. That piece includes a noise assessment study to identify the effect that increased jet traffic will have to the area. Additionally a wildlife hazard study is underway, at the request of the FAA, to identify any wildlife dangers that may exist at the airport or surrounding area. The team conducting the year long study

will then recommend methods to mitigate any identified hazards. Running concurrently with the environmental assessment was an extensive topographical survey. A team using the latest in satellite survey techniques to analyze both the current runway for exact slope and the land area to be used for the extension. Next, technicians will complete the topographical charts needed to begin the design process. The next steps will be to design the runway and taxiway extension, extend the “clear zones� or areas near the runway that must remain obstruction free for safety purposes, and then design the plan for relocating Southgate Road. Once land is purchased for the relocation of Southgate Road and a design is completed, construction is expected to begin next spring. As with any project of this magnitude, there will be hiccups that will require astute collaboration. The


final result will be a critical asset for the community and Northwest region of Oklahoma.

(Photo by Mike KLEMME)


The Meadows. (Photo by Cammeron KAISER)


This year the City of Enid examined Quality of Life issues in the community. The success of the trails system encouraged City staff to capitalize on the momentum and one of the first steps was an assessment and inventory of the parks system. Various members of the public and City staff brought issues to the table to be addressed. In order to help prioritize the vital improvements, Howell & Vancuren of Tulsa, Oklahoma was hired to conduct a Parks Master Plan. With their experience and expertise in the field as well as their previous work in Enid, they were best 8

By WhitneyBOX

suited to complete this study. The final plan will provide an adequate inventory of all park property, asses each park and its amenities, survey the public on their wants and needs of the park system, and find opportunities within the community. The overall plan will provide goals and the direction needed to ensure that the Parks and Recreation system is improved to its maximum potential for the city. The inventory phase consisted of looking at the existing conditions and classifying each park into a certain type of park. The classifi-

cation was done in order to better assess what amenities should be in each park. This phase also included a survey that was sent out to 5,000 randomly selected residents in order to receive adequate scientific data on the needs of the community. Highlights of the survey included: • Lack of time and cost of participation were the largest barriers to participation in recreational activities. • Parks and Recreation is an essential service to the city.

• The City of Enid should have a dedicated person responsible for coordination and management of Parks and Recreation. • Restrooms were the highest rated amenity needed in parks. • 90% of people believe that wellmaintained parks add to the quality of life in the community. Community members are encouraged to contribute to the process by going to the online survey on

nity which will remain open until July of 2013. The needs assessment is the second area that is being finalized. This section outlines the goals and objectives of the plan and compares Enid parks with communities that are relatively similar in demographics and to the national standards for parks. A comparison of park acreage with other cities in Oklahoma shows that the City of Enid has set aside ample park land over the years. The distribution of parks throughout the city, however, does show that there is a lack of park acreage in the Northwest quadrant and the Northeast quadrant of the city. Following the needs assessment, a finalized Capital Improvement Plan and four to five Individual Master Park Plans will be completed. The Capital Improvement Plan will provide a 10 year forecast of what improvements should be completed in each fiscal year. This will include meeting any deficiencies, such as the distribution needs and the needs assessed from the surveys, as well as those needs analyzed by the consultants. The City of Enid will then be able to focus improvement efforts in order to best serve the community. The Individual Master Parks Plan will give a vision for the highest used parks. Throughout the completion of the plan there have been many public meetings and focus groups that have come together to ask questions and gain information and there will be many more opportunities for the public to come voice their concerns and opinions in the future. A major part of this process is public input and the City of Enid would like to have as many people as possible involved in this process. The goal is to make this plan a plan of the citizens of Enid and in order to do that resident input is vital. All meeting times and locations will be posted on the City’s website as they are scheduled. For further information or if you have questions concerning the Master Parks Plan efforts, contact Whitney Box, Director of Strategic and Long Range Planning, at or 616-7229.




PICTURED ABOVE: From left, Shawna Stapleton, Accounting Clerk; Chelsi Dotson, Event Coordinator; Adrianna Seiger, Housekeeping Associate; Lindsey Nash, Housekeeping Associate; Kristen Vencl, Director of Sales; Back Row: Aaron Mayfield, Operations Manager; and Keller Taylor III, General Manager. Not pictured: Carmelita Quinn, Housekeeping Supervisor; Kara Bowers, Sales Manager; and James Marrow, Director of Food and Beverage/Chef. (Photo by Cammeron KAISER)

With customer service at the top of their priority list, Global Spectrum is hard at work as the Grand Opening date of the Convention Hall is mere months away with the Taste of St. Joe’s public event set to be held on November 10th. Events for Global Spectrum don’t end as soon the lights are out since guest feedback is just as important in booking future events and new customers, so it is standard procedure for Global Spectrum to send out surveys to all attendees. On average the score has been a 4.8 out 5, and Global Spectrum is set on continuing that fantastic score with Convention Hall and the Spring 2013 opening of the Event Center. With over a hundred facilities operated all over the world, Global Spectrum has a great deal of experience and knowledge to successfully open and operate the new facilities. After having managed numerous City events, the Global Spectrum team is well adept at knowing what is needed for continued success. In addition to being involved in indus-

try organizations, such as the Society of Government Meeting Planners and the Oklahoma Society of Association Executives, Global Spectrum has developed the Bring Your Meeting Home campaign. “This campaign will solicit group business directly within the city’s own leadership,” explains Global Spectrum Director of Sales Kristin Vencl. “In working with the Enid Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Greater Enid Chamber, we intend to create incentive packages that will encourage local citizens to host their next meeting in Enid.” Not only will the campaign encourage local citizens, but also to spread the word to others around the state to view Enid as an ideal meeting location in Oklahoma. As the team prepares for the fast approaching opening of Convention Hall and Event Center, Global Spectrum is preparing its list of which future events to solicit to host events in Enid. The pitch doesn’t simply rely on Enid’s attributes but also Global Spectrum’s ability to offer services that other 11

companies are unable to. Global Spectrum General Manager Keller Taylor shares, “We will be able to enhance the tourism impact on the community by bringing state associations, government meetings, professional and entertainment events to Enid, as well as enhance their experiences here with our upgraded service offerings and continued community growth.” Taylor doesn’t just stop there as it is his goal to host over 400 events each year between the two facilities and have nearly 200,000 people in attendance. From family shows, concerts, trade shows, athletic tournaments and state and local functions, there are many opportunities to show off Enid’s advancements and the community. Already, the impact on Enid’s economy from Global Spectrum’s management of City facilities has been felt. Assistant City Manager Joan Riley attests, “Hotel room rentals have increased with each year Global Spectrum has managed the City’s facility events, along with gross revenue.” Riley continues to explain how placing the Convention and Visitors Bureau under Global Spectrum management has already paid off. “The Visitor Center allows visitors a place to inquire about our city and share their stories with us. We have been pleasantly surprised with not only the amount of visitors who stop by, but also the affirmation of how great our city really is.” Since the Visitor Center has been such a success, Riley is excited to see the impact the opening of the Event Center and Convention Hall will bring. Luckily, Enid doesn’t have to wait long as November is just around the corner. For booking information on the Enid Event Center, contact Keller Taylor, General Manager, at 580-616-7361 or For booking information on the Convention Hall, contact Kristen Vencl, Director of Sales, at 580-616-7362 or Also, check out the new website at or “Like” the Enid Event Center and Convention Hall on Facebook.

as well as paint, oil, antifreeze, appliances, brush and grass, computer monitors and tires. Q. HOW MANY POUNDS OF TRASH ARE DUMPED IN THE LANDFILL IN A YEAR? A. The Landfill has accepted 75 thousand pounds of refuse this year. “Mt. Enid” is one of the highest points in Garfield County. Q. RESIDENTS HAVE GROWN ACCUSTOMED TO SHOWING THEIR WATER BILL TO TO ENTER THE LANDFILL. IS THAT STILL AN OPTION?

Q. WHAT IS THE TRASH PASS and how does it affect the way residents visit the landfill? A. All trash pass cards have now been mailed out to City of Enid residents. As with anything new, we had some issues at first with the transition but the system is fully operational now and has allowed us to expedite the process when citizens enter the Landfill. The process is very user friendly – when someone pulls onto the scales, they slide their trash pass card through the card reader. Once the account information and vehicle weight show up in our software, the customer is then given instructions where to dump their items. A quick weigh in on the scale on the way out and that’s it – it’s really that simple. Q. WHAT IS ALLOWED TO BE DUMPED AND WHAT IS NOT? A. Currently the City of Enid Landfill accepts non-hazardous residential and commercial trash


A. Since the city ordinances were changed we no longer accept driver’s licenses or water bills to dump at the landfill using a residential account. A trash pass is the only way to utilize the 12 free dumps per year per household. For anyone that did not receive a trash pass, they can be obtained at City Hall from the Utility Services Department. Q. WHAT ARE THE DAYS/HOURS OF OPERATION? A. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday 7am to 7pm and Saturdays 8am to 4pm. During the winter we close at 6pm on weekdays.

Answers: By Jason Orr


PICTURED ABOVE: Richard Wallace, Ana Grayson, James Rosson, Bobby Smith, Blake Wynkoop, David Cross, Jason Orr, Roberta Downing. (Photo by Cammeron KAISER) by CarmenBALL, Enid Resident

Most women you know are likely to have a dress shop or clothing store in their cell phone address book, possibly even on speed dial. I am not one of those women. I have the Enid Landfill’s number in my cell phone. Now we’re not talking just the phone number, we’re talking hours and general info. A big task is just not complete in my book unless you make the final step; a trip to the landfill. For me the project can be the last stage of directing a play at Gaslight, a home improvement challenge, or the culmination of a gardening weekend. The feeling of accomplishment of a hard task completed when you pull away from the landfill and are on your way to get a large coke – priceless! There have been many changes over the years at the landfill to improve

service or keep up with federal regulations. The new trash card and swipe machine system is very cool – no longer do I have to keep a wrinkled water bill in my glove box. Regardless of the changes, one thing remains the same. The City employees at the landfill are great! These people deserve big kudos! I realize not everyone has the same chipper attitude about going to the landfill as I do. From the person at the gatehouse to the guys on the dozers, the employees are consistently helpful and professional. They definitely take it all in stride!



Please note that any extension can be dialed directly when using the 616 prefix.


CITY HALL 580-234-0400 ADMINISTRATION City Manager: Eric Benson: Ext. 7245 Asst. City Manager: Joan Riley: Ext. 7281 Exec. Assistant: Katie Dembek : Ext. 7246 Director of Strategic & Long Range Planning: Whitney Box: Ext. 7229 Public Relations Director (Interim): Jacob Foos: Ext. 7257 FIRE DEPARTMENT Fire Chief: Joe Jackson: Ext. 7152 For Emergency Dial 911 POLICE DEPARTMENT Chief of Police: Brian O'Rourke: 616-7001 For Emergency Dial 911 EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT Severe Weather/ Disaster Preparedness:

Certified Director: Mike Honigsberg: 249-5969 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT Planning, building permits, codes

Planning Administrator: Chris Bauer: Ext. 7217 Assistant City Planner: Karla Ruther: Ext. 7218 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT Coordinator: Stephanie Carr: Ext. 7211 CODE DEPARTMENT Code Official: Toby Pritchett: Ext. 7216 Code Assistant: Angela Rasmusan: Ext. 7221 Office Assistant: Rose Kukuk: Ext. 7213 Property Inspector: Frank Haley: Ext. 7219 Property Inspector: Vanessa Burchardt: Ext. 7228 Property Inspector: Mark Nichols: Ext. 7230

Property Inspector: Jay Graves: Ext. 7220 Electrical Inspector: Doug Brintnall: Ext. 7214 Building Inspector: Don Dorrell: Ext. 7222 CHEROKEE STRIP CONFERENCE CENTER Director: Keller Taylor: Ext. 7361 CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU Director: Marcy Jarrett: Ext. 7368 Communications Coordinator: Rob Houston: Ext.7369 Visitor Information Specialist: Shala Miller: Ext. 3643 ENID PUBLIC LIBRARY Director: Michelle Mears: Ext. 7185 ENGINEERING Director of Engineer Svcs: Robert Hitt, P.E.: Ext. 7231

WATER TIP: Water your plants deeply but less frequently to encourage deep root growth and drought tolerance.

Executive Assistant: Kathleen Cossin: Ext. 7261 EPTA TRANSPORTATION Kim Watkins 233-7433 or 233-RIDE FINANCE Director: Jerald Gilbert: Ext. 7280 LEGAL DEPARTMENT Ext. 7204 City Attorney: Andrea L. Springer Assistant City Attorney: Jennifer O'Steen ADA Coordinator: Chris Stein: Ext. 7279 Municipal Court: Court or Ticket Inquiries: Ext. 7265 CITY CLERK'S OFFICE City Clerk: Linda Parks: Ext. 7271 GRANTS RESOURCE MANAGER Andrie Winters: Ext. 7247

HUMAN RESOURCES Employment Director: Sonya Key: Ext. 7205 MEADOWLAKE GOLF COURSE Public Golf Course Golf Pro: Cody Lack: 234-3080 PEGASYS Public Access Television Director: Wendy Quarles: 237-0099 PUBLIC SERVICES Water, Streets, Sewers, Parks Public Services Director: Jim McClain: Ext. 7303 Deputy Director: Robinson Camp: Ext. 7304 Fleet Mgmt. Spvr: Kim Letteer: Ext. 7305 Parks & Storm Water Spvr: Melvin Key: Ext. 7310 Solid Waste Services Spvr: Tiffiney Walls: Ext. 7315 Streets & Traffic Spvr: Jerry Crawford: Ext. 7326

Technical Services Spvr: Bill Hole: Ext. 7336 Water Distribution & Waste Water Spvr: Ron Osmos: Ext. 7346 Water Prod. Services Spvr: Bruce Boyd: Ext. 7341 SAFETY DEPARTMENT Safety Director: Billy McBride: Ext. 7277 UTILITY SERVICES Water Bill, New Residents Utility Services Manager: Scott Morris: Ext. 7251 WOODRING AIRPORT Director: Dan Ohnesorge: Ext. 7386 Operations Manager: Samantha Gaines: Ext. 7387


THE CITY OF ENID THANKS DR. VIKI RESLER for keeping ENID beautiful, by landscaping her business on the downtown square.

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Enid on the Move (Summer 2012)  

The official bullentin for the citizens of Enid.

Enid on the Move (Summer 2012)  

The official bullentin for the citizens of Enid.