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Archive for: March 2013

Recall petition filed against Vernon Woods

By Roger Pugh and Matt Montgomery

A recall petition was filed Tuesday morning with the Piedmont City Clerk to recall Ward Two City Councilman Vernon Woods.

The petition asks that Woods, who is in his second term as Ward 2 councilman, be recalled from his office and a successor be elected to fill his seat. The document maintains that Woods “has demonstrated an unwillingness to listen to his electors.”

“In this way, Councilman Woods does not accurately represent the opinions of the electors of his Ward,” the petition states.

To begin the recall process, the City Charter requires at least 25 registered voters in Ward 2 to sign the petition.

The petition submitted Tuesday contained 42 signatures. However, five signatures were crossed through.

City Clerk Jennifer Smith now has five days to validate the signatures and officially notify Woods of the petition. Woods will then have 10 days to respond. Read more →

Voters to decide bond issue April 2

By Roger Pugh

Residents living within the Piedmont city limits will go to the polls Tuesday to decide the fate of a $6 million bond issue to pay for major road improvements for up to 10 major Piedmont streets.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Seven roads are slated for major reconstruction if the bond issue is passed and up to three additional streets will also be reworked if any bond funds remain after the first seven streets are completed.

The first seven projects include:
• Washington (164th) west from Piedmont Road to Candice – $670,000

• Ash (220th) east from Piedmont Road to Mustang Road – $785,000

• Stout Drive (Seventh Street) north from Monroe to Edmond Road – $630,000

• Edmond Road west from Stout Drive to the million gallon water storage tower – $260,000

• Moffat west from Piedmont Road to High Meadows Drive – $710,000

• Arrowhead (192nd) west from Piedmont Road ½ miles – $395,000

• Washington west from Sara to Morgan – $750,000

The estimated cost for these seven projects is $4.2 million, or 70% of the total bond amount. State law requires that 70 percent of the total estimated bond expenditures be specified before the election. Read more →

Fina files lawsuit against Boevers

By Roger Pugh

Former Piedmont Mayor Mike Fina has filed a lawsuit in Canadian County District Court against Piedmont developer Phil Boevers and a political committee he alleges Boevers headed.

The suit claims committed False Light-Invasion of Privacy and Intentional Infliction of Emotional Stress on Fina.

In the suit, Fina says some fliers the Boevers’ group distributed during last Spring’s mayoral race contained false statements about Fina. Fina maintains this, combined with other actions by Boevers, cost Fina reelection as Mayor and caused him to suffer embarrassment, severe mental and emotional distress and harm to his reputation in the community.

Piedmont resident Forrest Wells, who was listed as the registered agent for the political committee on the fliers, was also named in the suit. Read more →

Piedmont to hold spring curbside cleanup

Staff Reports

The City of Piedmont is scheduled to have its spring curbside pickup the week of April 1 to 5 with normal trash pickup times.

Piedmont Municipal Authority (PMA) customers will be able to discard larger amounts of trash and waste materials.

Those items this year include heavy plastic sacks or bags of trash with a total weight not exceeding 35 pounds; furniture and other large, bulky waste items; all wood products, printed materials, paper, pasteboard, cardboard, rags, discarded clothing, shoes and boots; all waste materials generated by a residential customer when clearing, mowing edging and maintaining a yard, garden or other landscaped area to include tree trimming, grass cutting, dead plants, weeds, leaves or branches; trash, tree limbs, shrubs, brush trimmings, newspapers and magazines need to be securely tied together forming an easily handled package.

The city asks that all of the larger amounts of trash be placed in a four foot by four foot area and each bag or bundle must be 35 pounds or lighter.

The items the city will not pick up this year are construction debris, dead animals, hazardous waste, metal, mattresses, stable matter, oil and tires.

For additional information about the citywide clean-up, please call 373-2000.

The City of Piedmont is also offering a recycling campaign Saturday, April 6. North Farmers Co-op, north of 164th Street on the west side of Piedmont Road, will host the campaign. Read more →

Council to host road bond ward-specific informational meetings

Staff Reports

Next week the Piedmont City Council will host ward-specific meetings to provide information in regard to the upcoming road bond election set for April 2.

The meetings will provide citizens the ability to ask questions about the upcoming election and interact directly with their council representative. The meetings will feature a presentation by Municipal Finance Services, that will highlight the financial details of the proposal.

Residents who have questions over the bond proposal are encouraged to come.

The meetings will be held at the George Fina Municipal Building located at 314 Edmond Road.

Tuesday, March 26th at 6:30 p.m.
Ward 1 and Ward 3 hosted by Mayor Pro-Tem Larry Gage and
Councilman Al Gleichmann

Wednesday, March 27th at 6:30 p.m.
Ward 4 hosted by Councilman Charles Coffman

Thursday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m.
Ward 2 and Ward 5 hosted by Councilman Vernon Woods and Councilman Donnie Robinson

Citizens who are unsure of the Ward in which they reside should consult the city’s Web site at www.piedmont-ok.gov.

Piedmont Area Veterans to hold organizational meeting

Staff Reports

The Piedmont Area Veterans are continuing to move forward in their efforts to get a museum built in town.

The group announced this week they will hold an organizational meeting the first part of April 4 in an effort to elect a board of directors.

Spokesman John Bickerstaff said donors of the veterans group have decided to keep their donations with the group and as of the first part of the week the group had $18,000 worth of those donations in the bank.

The veterans group is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m., on April 4 in the barn behind F&M Bank on Piedmont Road.

Piedmont plagued by burglaries

By Matt Montgomery

The Piedmont Police Department is working to identify a suspect who broke into seven vehicles on the east side of town and stole items from them.

Police Chief Alex Oblein said Tuesday that the alleged suspect in this case may also be a suspect in Blanchard and Piedmont Police are actively working with Blanchard to identify the suspect.

Seven separate reports of auto burglary were reported in the early morning hours of March 6. A suspect or suspects targeted the east side of the city near Sara Road between 164th and 192nd.

Oblein said the suspect in some cases broke out car windows to take laptops or whatever was of value from the cars.

Oblein said metro area police identified a suspect Tuesday, but may or may not have made an arrest.

Oblein said Piedmont Police Det. Brian Dawson is working with the Blanchard Police Department to try to identify and capture the suspect in connection.

“Some guy in Oklahoma City provided a tape on the burglary of his vehicle,” Oblein said. “The Blanchard detective saw it (the tape) and said that’s the same (guy) doing my burglaries.”

Oblein said there was some evidence found in a suspect’s vehicle that would indicate that the robberies in Blanchard and the robberies in Piedmont were connected.

The seven separate instances of auto burglary that were reported March 6 all occurred between a time span of several hours and all occurred on Faint Ridge Road, Whispering Creek Court and Silver Crossing Circle on the east side of Piedmont.

Watch for updates.

Mayor says ‘Best schools, worst roads in Oklahoma’

By Roger Pugh

“There are two things I think of when I think of Piedmont,” Mayor Valerie Thomerson told the Piedmont Chamber of Commerce last week while discussing the upcoming $6 million bond issue election to improve several major roads in the community.

“First, Piedmont has some of the best schools in the state. Second, Piedmont has some of the worst roads,” she told the audience.

She said Piedmont people came together to make sure the community had the best schools.

“I don’t have kids in our schools, but I pay a lot for schools, and I’m proud of the school system,” she noted.

Her message seemed to imply that if Piedmont residents want improved local roads, the community must come together to approve the bond issue like she sees it comes together to make the school district an outstanding district. Another undertone seemed to be that it will require those who do not often utilize the roads proposed to be improved to also support the bond issue if Piedmont is to ever get on top of local road repair.

Piedmont City Manager Jim Crosby told the audience every community survey showed that people want the roads fixed. Read more →

Bixler named Piedmont Teacher of the Year

By Matt Montgomery

Northwood Elementary Reading Specialist Amy Bixler was recently award the Piedmont School District Teacher of the Year Award.

Bixler was earlier honored with the site Teacher of the Year Award, and was recognized along with other site winners at the January Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet.

She has been a reading specialist at Northwood for three years, taught in the school district for nine years and has been a teacher in the Oklahoma City area for 20 years.

She said being recognized in a school district like Piedmont is an honor to her.

“I think being recognized in Piedmont is a privilege,” she said. “The district has an administration, staff and families that are committed to the education of our students and I think that makes Piedmont a wonderful place to work.”

As a reading specialist at Northwood Elementary, one of Bixler’s assets as a teacher is her ability to work one-on-one with her students. Read more →

Jo Lynn Hall passes away

Jo Lynn Hall

Jo Lynn Hall, 81, of Piedmont, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 11, 2013, at Mercy Hospital following a brief illness.

Jo Lynn was born July 19, 1931, in Mustang to Claude Bertram and Adelia Adeline (Davis) Hughes. She was raised in the Jones area, first attending a one room school and graduating from Jones High School. She met the love of her life, R. C. Hall, while he was working at his family’s gas station and grocery store. They were married in Crutcho on June 27, 1953.

They were stationed in Germany while R. C. was serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, then returned to Oklahoma City, where they began raising their family. They moved to Piedmont in 1970, where she helped her husband in the Farmers Insurance Agency. She was a devoted mother and grandmother, and carried her love of children over to the Mother’s Day Out program of the Methodist Church, where she enjoyed working for several years.

She was a long time member of the Piedmont First United Methodist Church.

Jo Lynn was the biggest Elvis fan; her family always knew what kind of Christmas or birthday gift to get her, anything to do with Elvis! She loved all the various cats of her life, most recently Princess. She also enjoyed reading, working crossword puzzles, and playing the slot machines. Read more →

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