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Archive for: January 2013

Northwood Homeowners approve four road repairs

By Matt Montgomery
editor@piedmontnewsonline.com

The Northwood Homeowners Association (HOA) voted last Thursday to approve four road repairs totalling $40,725 in fees.

HOA Roads Chairman Craig Guy presented the crowd of about 80 residents with the details of the road repair project. Among the roads on the list of those in need of repair were all of Oak Hill, Alma to Marie, La Cresta from Deer Creek to the Northwest Expressway and Nancy Ann from Marie to Lakeshore.

The proxy vote forms, handed out to residents at the meeting, detailed that the cost of the road repair per resident would be $180 a year. The vote passed by two votes, 43 for the repairs and 41 against them.

Guy told the residents that Oak Hill Road would be the largest road on the list to be repaired. The road repairs will be completed by Howard’s Paving.

He told the homeowners that the Oak Hill project is 1,400 square feet of road to be repaired with a Type-B asphalt at a cost of $16, 800. He said Oak Hill is also the most traveled road in Northwood.

The second series of roads on the repair project is from Alma to Marie. This project is 4, 716 square feet of pot-holed road that will get a two-inch overlay of Type-B asphalt with a cost of $5,660. Read more →

Decision to waive Veterans Annex building fees postponed indefinitely

By Matt Montgomery
editor@piedmontnewsonline.com

The decision came from the Piedmont city council Monday night to postpone waiving the Piedmont Area Veterans Annex building fees indefinitely.

The Piedmont Area Veterans wrote a letter to the City of Piedmont on Dec. 12 asking the city council to wave several fees for the Veterans Annex. The fees the group asked the council to waive were the $20 Lot Split Fee, $200 Commercial Building Permit, $50 Site Plan/Plan Review Fee, $300 Board of Adjustment Fee, $1,650 five-eighths water line fee and $1,050 Sewer fee.

Piedmont Area Veterans Association Chairman Leon Meyer wrote Piedmont Community Development Director Wade Harden that the group was getting close to breaking ground, thanks to the thousands of dollars in cash donations from the public and from local businesses.
However, the Veterans group asked the city to wave the fees saying that doing so would, “Be a tremendous asset to Piedmont and surrounding areas.”

Meyer also wrote a letter to the Piedmont Board of Adjustment Jan. 9. In the letter, he asked the Board of Adjustment to grant variance on the frontage of the Veterans Annex property west of the intersection of Piedmont and Edmond roads. He said, “We are asking the BOA to grant variance on the frontage of this property from 75 feet currently required by Piedmont Ordinance to 70 feet, which is the width of the parcel. A variance would allow a five side setback instead of 15 and a five foot rear setback rather than 30 feet.”

Area Veterans Association spokesman John Bickerstaff asked to the Piedmont city council at Monday night’s meeting to wave the fees outlined in the letter they sent to the city.

City Councilman Al Gleichmann told Bickerstaff that the property the Annex sits on wasn’t right to begin with.

“That lot was not kosher when you got it and you know it,” Gleichmann said to Bickerstaff at the meeting.
The next move for the Piedmont Area Veterans will be to go before the City’s Board of Adjustment.

Council defers deannexation decision

By Matt Montgomery
editor@piedmontnewsonline.com

After an hour-long debate Monday night from the Piedmont City Council and several concerned citizens, an agreement allowing several property owners to deannex from the city won’t happen this month.

Several Piedmont property owners who have leases to construct wind turbines on their land want the city to allow them to deannex. The council heard their case Monday night from an Oklahoma City attorney. However, the majority of the crowd of about 80 people appeared to voice opposition to letting them deannex.

Those who don’t want them to deannex were a group of property owners who would be both directly affected by deannexation and indirectly affected by deannexation.

Attorney Mark Henrickson, who was hired by the group of landowners wanting to deannex, told the council his clients aren’t receiving the same services the city offers as other Piedmont residents are receiving.

He told the council that his clients want royalties from a wind farm on the property their farms are on. Read more →

Elementary student finds fun at Dynamo

By Greg Evans

Brady Meyer, a third grader at Piedmont Elementary, recently won five first place medals at the Boys Dynamo Classic on Saturday, Jan. 5. He won the high bars, rings, floor routine, parallel bars and the all around medals.

“It’s fun,” Brady said. In addition to the events he medaled in, Brady also competes in the vault and pommel horse. “I really like the high bar and floor.”

Brady goes to practice at Dynamo Gymnastics, which is located at Hefner and Rockwell in Oklahoma City, three times a week. He has been involved in gymnastics for around six or seven months.

“My sister started doing it and it looked fun,” Brady said.

“We had just put our daughter Catie in,” Tracy Meyer, Brady’s mom, said. “He said he was interested and he was there just four weeks and his coach asked him to be on the team.”

The Dynamo Classic was Brady’s second competition. He also competed at the Bart Conner Meet on Dec. 1, where he brought home a medal.

“I really like the routines,” Brady said. “I like doing the floor routines and flipping.”

Brady is coached by Binh Le at Dynamo Gymnastics.

“We are so thankful to our friends and the businesses in Piedmont who sponsored Brady,” Tracy Meyer said. “They have really helped him out.

Brady’s dad is George Meyer and he has numerous relatives in the Hydro, Weatherford, Eakley and Colony areas. Brady’s grandparents are Robert and Glenda Taylor of the rural Colony area.

Bob Barry, Jr. gives live broadcast from Piedmont Great Plains National Bank

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WWLS The Sports Animal broadcaster Bob Barry, Jr., left, gave a live broadcast Jan. 25 at the Piedmont Great Plains National Bank branch during the bank’s grand opening. Bank President Jamie Allison, right, cut the Piedmont Chamber of Commerce’s ribbon, welcoming Great Plains to the Piedmont business community.

Great Plains National Bank cuts the ribbon on their Piedmont branch

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The Piedmont Chamber of Commerce joins Great Plains National Bank employees and board directors as Great Plains Nation Bank Piedmont Branch President Jamie Allison cuts the ribbon Jan. 25 at the Piedmont Great Plains National Bank branch.

Piedmont resident shows off antique tool collection, shares love of history

By Matt Montgomery
editor@piedmontnewsoline.com

Piedmont resident Craig Guy has been collecting antique tools since the mid-1980s and has amassed a collection upwards of 8,000 tools.

Most of Guy’s collection is comprised of Civil War era and pre-Civil War era tools.

He said collecting antique tools which date that far back give him a sense that he is literally holding a piece of history in his hands when he picks one up.

He said area workers from the late 1800s used tools to build the communities they lived in and cherished their tools.

“Piedmont had its own blacksmith shop. And there was another blacksmith shop in Richland, and those were necessary vocations in the community. Today we kind of look at them as a hobby or something that someone does in retirement,” he said.

Guy said a lot of the tools he has are tools that were specially made by the craftsmen of the past for particular jobs.

He said he finds these kinds of tools interesting and also finds tools interesting that were made from another tool like a saw blade or file.

He has just about every type of antique tool imaginable, from anvils to hammers to saw blades. He even has tools that were used to repair buggy axles in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Read more →

Nedra Funk newest inductee into the Piedmont Hall of Fame

By Roger Pugh
publisher@piedmontnewsonline.com

Nedra FunkNedra Funk was inducted Saturday into the Piedmont Hall of Fame.

She became a member of the illustrious group during the Piedmont Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet festivities. The Hall of Fame was started by the Chamber in 1990, and inductees are now selected by the previous inductees. At least one person has been named to the Hall each year, except in 1995, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

“I first met her a number of years ago at our mutual friend’s home. We both moved here from other states and belonged to a religious denomination that the women didn’t wear makeup or wear what was considered superfluous adornment. Her homemade clothes were something to be admired,” said 2002 Hall of Fame inductee Lois Dickerson as she announced Funk’s selection Saturday.

Dickerson said it has always been apparent that Funk had a love for Piedmont.

“Her foresight, expertise, talent community service and personal commitment were always directed to making Piedmont a better place to live,” Dickerson told the audience of some 200 banquet attendees. Read more →

Piedmont’s dry condition spells rough road for future water use

By Matt Montgomery
editor@piedmontnewsonline.com

The City of Piedmont announced last Thursday that they would implement a odd/even water rationing schedule that started at 8 a.m., last Friday.

For those residents who live inside the city limits and whose house number ends in an even number, they will be allowed to use their sprinklers or outdoor watering devices on even days, according to the City. The same goes for those whose house number ends in an odd number. The odd number houses will be allowed to water on odd number days.

Even though some might think there isn’t much grass to water and some might not water during the winter months, the city said there are some residents who still use their sprinkler systems regularly to water their landscapes and fresh sod that’s been laid, especially in the subdivisions.

The City said they received an email from the City of Oklahoma City after 5 p.m., last Wednesday alerting them of the change. And since Piedmont uses some Oklahoma City water, they must follow the same schedule as Oklahoma City.

The email from Oklahoma City to Piedmont said the reason they implemented the new water rationing schedule was due to extreme drought conditions in Oklahoma City and surrounding communities.

Piedmont City Manager Jim Crosby said if Piedmont doesn’t get the water it needs in the coming months then it will be a rough summer and year for the city. Read more →

Piedmont issues odd/even water rationing schedule

By Matt Montgomery
editor@piedmontnewsonline.com

The City of Piedmont announced Thursday that there will be a water rationing schedule implemented starting at 8 a.m., Friday. Jan. 18.

For those residents who live inside the Piedmont city limits and whose house number ends in an even number, they will be allowed to use their sprinklers or outdoor watering devices on even days, according to the City of Piedmont. The same goes for those whose house numbers ends in an odd number. The odd numbers will be allowed to water on odd number days.

Even though some residents might think there isn’t much need to water grass, Piedmont officials said there are some residents who still use their sprinkler systems regularly to water their landscapes and fresh sod that’s been laid.

The City said it received an email from the City of Oklahoma City after 5 p.m., Wednesday alerting it of the change. Since Piedmont uses some Oklahoma City water, it must follow the same schedule as Oklahoma City.

The City also didn’t specify on how long the odd/even schedule will last, but did say it could last for some time and could change in the near future. Read more →

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