Evacuations continue in Sand Springs as flood waters rise, Keystone output surpasses 205,000 cfs

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Sand Springs, OK - The City of Sand Springs is advising Meadow Valley residents and others living in low lying areas along the Arkansas River to expect REAL flooding to occur and to take immediate action. The City is advising residents to take immediate actions to remove or protect property from those areas, and to consider a voluntary evacuation by 6:00 p.m. today. There is no mandatory evacuation in place.

With new information this morning from the USACE of dam releases increasing to 215,000 cfs later today and holding there, the City expects portions of the Meadow Valley neighborhood, and potentially others, to flood. This flood event is expected to last for several days. Highway 51 near 137th West Avenue will likely flood, making vehicular traffic there impossible.

Last night the City of Sand Springs declared an emergency disaster proclamation, with actions to take place designed to protect public health, reduce damage and render emergency services to citizens. Officials from Webco Industries have made changes to their operations at the former “STAR” center until this flood event has passed and are closed. Case Community Park remains closed with warnings for citizens not to enter. City Police and Fire crews are working the various scenes around the clock to monitor.

If an American Red Cross emergency shelter is needed later, plans are in place now for that to happen. The City reminds area residents to monitor the City of Sand Springs Face Book page for real time updates.

City of Sand Springs Advising Citizens for Flood Potential

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Sand Springs, OK - The City of Sand Springs is advising area residents, especially those in the Meadow Valley housing neighborhood to brace for the potential of additional flooding. Although the rain event has stopped for now, the lag time for waters upstream of Keystone Dam to reach Sand Springs can delay flooding activities downstream for several hours.

Last night, City of Sand Springs Police and Fire teams reached out (via phone messages and neighborhood visits) to residents in the Meadow Valley neighborhood, along HWY 51 in Sand Springs to alert residents of the potential for flooding. This area, and others in Tulsa County which may not be in City limits but are near the Arkansas River, may be affected by the planned increases in outflows from Keystone Dam later tonight.

In Sand Springs City limits, Case Community Park has now closed until further notice. All sports and trail related activities are cancelled at this site. The Case Community Center (1050 W. Wekiwa Road) however remains open.

The City urges residents to pay attention to street closures and the accompanying traffic barricades that are placed to protect public safety.

This afternoon, the USACE confirms that 100,000 cubic feet/ second (cfs) of water is being currently, with 20,000 cfs increases planned at 2 p.m.; 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., leaving the discharge at that time to be around 160,000 cfs. The USACE will revise dam operations as needed after that.

Sand Springs Police working on 2019-2020 Community Policing Plan

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Sand Springs Police Chief Mike Carter spoke about the department’s 2019 Community Policing Plan and took public comment at Monday evening’s regular City Council Meeting.

This is the fourth consecutive year that the SSPD has adopted a revised policing plan, and the department received an international award for their work last year. The department will weigh public and City Council suggestions/concerns and adjust their policing plan annually to address the ever-changing community needs.

One change coming to the department in the coming year is that officers will be allowed to have visible tattoos. “We’ve turned away some probably very good applicants because they had visible tattoos,” said Carter. The department recently ran a Facebook poll and found that 93% of respondents have no problem with officers showing tattoos.

The department will also have mandatory autism training for all officers over the next year. “Sometimes when you have a juvenile, or even an adult who suffers from autism, sometimes their behavior can be misinterpreted by a police officer,” said Carter. “That’s led to some bad things in the United States. We want to avoid that.”

Officers recently went through Critical Incident Inoculation with a psychiatrist to help them avoid PTSD and depression. New business cards will be also issued for all officers with a complaint/compliment space on one side of the card.

In other news:

City Council unanimously approved the sale of $6,500,000 in bonds at Monday evening’s regular meeting. Sand Springs citizens approved the bonds in November of 2017 to provide for economic development, aesthetic improvements, park enhancements, public safety, street overlays, and other infrastructure projects.

Council unanimously voted to authorize the pursuit of a BUILD Grant Application from the U.S. Department of Transportation in partnership with OmniTrax. The City and OmniTrax hope to use the grant to improve extensive freight railway conditions and locations throughout the City. The grant would be an 80/20 matching grant up to $25 million.

The BUILD funds could be used to remove railway along Main Street and the crossing at the intersection of Morrow and Main, as well as to expand Main Street to three lanes. It could also be used for constructing a roadway over the Arkansas River levee, upgrades to Broad Street, and railroad upgrades and improvements along Charles Page Boulevard.

Council unanimously approved dilapidation public nuisance findings against 403 North Lincoln Avenue.

Council unanimously approved a $10,000 transfer of funds related to the upcoming 2019 Community Development Block Grant Water Line Replacement Project. The City will be replacing approximately 980 linear feet of 4-inch cast iron water line with 8-inch PVC water line along Lincoln Avenue from 4th Street to 6th Street.

Council unanimously approved the Final Plat for Stone Villa Second Phase I. The subdivision will consist of 45 lots on 9.5 acres south of 51st Street between Bahama Avenue and South 129th West Avenue. Council also approved a Public Utility Easement for the location of landscaping, fencing, and signage along the perimeter of the subdivision.

Councilman Brian Jackson presented a request to have a Masonic Cornerstone installed on the new Billie A. Hall Public Safety Center. The motion died at a previous Council meeting after concerns were raised about the cost of installation. Since then the Masonic Lodge has volunteered to cover the costs, but the motion died once again. Jackson and Patty Dixon voted yea; Phil Nollan, Beau Wilson, Mike Burdge voted nay; Jim Spoon and Christine Hamner were absent.

Council unanimously approved an ordinance declaring various items in the City and Police Department’s possession as surplus, authorizing the destruction of some items and the auction of others.

Council unanimously approved the creation of a Public Utility Easement at Keystone Ancient Forest to deliver water and electric utilities to a planned Visitors Center.

Council unanimously approved a $40,000 change order regarding parking lot additions and infrastructure improvements at the Case Community Park splash pad and baseball facilities.

Council unanimously approved the annexation of a vacant property owned by the City along the State Highway 97 right-of-way to Pond Drive.

Council unanimously approved the closing of a 20 ft. wide easement and right of way access in the Oakbridge Addition. By closing the easement it will allow a neighboring property to construct a single-family residence over the common lot line.

Daniel Bradley presented with John M. Hess Award for Outstanding Citizenship

Former Sand Springs Chief of Police and Assistant City Manager Daniel Bradley was presented with the John M. Hess Award for Outstanding Citizenship at Monday evening’s City Council meeting.

Bradley began his career as a Patrol Sergeant for the SSPD and worked his way up to Chief of Police. He spent 35 years with the department and 20 years in its highest position. He transitioned to the Assistant City Manager position for three years before retiring.

“The early years especially were not fun because I didn’t have the Mike Carters and the Todd Enzbrenners with me,” said Bradley. “Sometime’s it’s not popular and it’s not easy to do right… In the early years things were corrupt in the police department. The real early years, none of those guys are left here anymore. I was just looking for anything I could clean up.”

Outgoing Mayor Mike Burdge presented the award and read a Mayoral Proclamation during his last act as Mayor before his term expired. “There are few people since 1971 that I can honestly say I would go to war with,” said Burdge, a Vietnam Veteran. “Daniel Bradley, I would walk point for you any day.”

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a man do a job with more passion,” closed Burdge. “I served with lot of heroes…but none of them hold a candle to Daniel Bradley.”

Jim Spoon elected Sand Springs Mayor, Patty Dixon Vice-Mayor

Jim Spoon was elected as Mayor of Sand Springs at Monday evening’s City Council meeting, and Patty Dixon was elected as Vice-Mayor. The mostly ceremonial positions are elected from within the Council ranks, and none of the Council positions are paid.

Prior to the Mayoral elections, Dixon and outgoing Vice Mayor Phil Nollan were administered the Oath of Office for a new three-year term. Dixon won a February election for the Ward 2 seat 64 votes to 8, while Nollan ran unopposed.

Outgoing Mayor Mike Burdge decided to take a break from Mayoral duties. He has been on City Council since 1996, has served thirteen terms as Mayor, and six terms as Vice-Mayor.

The electoral process is a simple “yea” or “nay” vote on a single nominated candidate at a time. Council members aren’t allowed to discuss their potential votes outside of meetings, and aren’t allowed to take any informal polls of their peers.

Spoon was nominated to replace Burdge by Councilman Beau Wilson. Spoon has held the At-Large Council position since 2015. He has owned the Spoon Drug pharmaceutical chain for forty years, and is a twenty-year member of the Oklahoma Board of Pharmacy, appointed by multiple State Governors. He has previously served on the Sand Springs Board of Education, and was a founding member of the Sand Springs Education Foundation.

Spoon was elected six votes to one, with Nollan casting the sole “no” vote. Nollan later stated he was confused over the electoral process and expressed regret for his vote against Spoon.

Following Spoon’s nomination, Dixon addressed the Council regarding her opinions on the electoral process. Dixon stated she would like to see any Council members interested in being mayor or vice-mayor give a list of credentials and qualifications prior to any nominations in the future. She also gave her own background and expressed her willingness to serve in a more executive position.

Dixon previously held a Council position from 1990 to 1996, and returned to office in 2016. She has experience on the Parks Advisory Board, Museum Association, HEAL Committee, Sertoma Club, and Oklahoma Municipal League. She is retired from the Tulsa County Parks Department and co-owns Dixon Auto Glass with her husband. She is also heavily involved in the Sand Springs Community Theater.

Following Spoon’s election, Councilman Brian Jackson nominated Christine Hamner for Vice-Mayor, but Hamner declined the nomination and Jackson instead nominated Dixon. Dixon was unanimously elected to the position.

In Other News:

Daniel Bradley was presented with the 2019 John M. Hess Municipal Award for Outstanding Citizenship. Click here for more information.

Outgoing Mayor Mike Burdge proclaimed Municipal Clerks Week in appreciation of City Clerk Janice L. Almy and Deputy City Clerk Kristin S. Johnston.

A proposal by Jackson died without a second. Jackson proposed the instillation of a Masonic Cornerstone at the new Billie A. Hall Public Safety Center. The stone would have cost between $500-$1000 to install and would have enshrined the names of various City officials on the front of the building.

This Week in Sand Springs (5/5 - 5/12/19)

Monday

  • 8:00 a.m. Boys’ Regional Tennis Tournament.

    • Union Intermediate High School
      7616 South Garnett Road
      Broken Arrow, OK 74012

  • 12:00 p.m. Sand Springs Chamber of Commerce Open Forum - RSVP required.

    • Tulsa Tech
      924 East Charles Page Boulevard

  • 7:00 p.m. Sand Springs City Council Meeting.

  • 7:00 p.m. Sand Springs Board of Education Meeting.

Tuesday

  • 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Junior High Girls Basketball Tryouts.

    • For players entering 7th/8th Grade.

    • Ed Dubie Field House
      600 North Adams Road

Wednesday

  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p..m. Keystone Kids Wrestling Practice.

    • Special practice with University of Oklahoma Assistant Coach Hunter Stieber, a two-time NCAA All-American, Big Ten Champion, and Pan American Champion.

    • Cost is free for registered Keystone Kids club members, and $10 for guests.

    • Charles Page High School
      500 North Adams Road.

Thursday

  • 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. High School Girls Basketball Tryouts.

    • For players entering 9th-12th Grades.

    • Ed Dubie Field House
      600 North Adams Road

  • 6:00 p.m. BINGO

    • American Legion - Billie A. Hall Post 17
      500 North Main Street

Friday

  • 7:00 a.m. West Side Alliance Annual Golf Tournament.

  • 8:00 a.m. Boys Tennis State Tournament.

    • Oklahoma City Tennis Center
      3400 North Portland Avenue
      Oklahoma City, OK 73112

  • 10:00 a.m. Track and Field State Tournament.

    • Moore High School
      300 North Eastern Avenue
      Moore, OK 73160

  • 7:00 p.m. Unity Praise - “Fire on the River”.

    • Case Community Park
      2500 South River City Park Road

Saturday

  • 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Open Hike Day.

    • Keystone Ancient Forest
      160 Ancient Forest Drive

  • 8:00 a.m. Boys Tennis State Tournament.

    • Oklahoma City Tennis Center
      3400 North Portland Avenue
      Oklahoma City, OK 73112

  • 10:00 a.m. Track and Field State Tournament.

    • Moore High School
      300 North Eastern Avenue
      Moore, OK 73160

  • 7:00 p.m. Charles Page High School Graduation.

    • Mabee Center
      7777 South Lewis Avenue
      Tulsa, OK 74171

Sunday

  • Mother’s Day.

Ongoing

  • 3/16-6/3 - Unseen India exhibit at Charles Page Cultural and Historical Museum.

On The Horizon

  • 5/18 - May Town Hall with Senator Ikley-Freeman.

  • 5/19 - Pokemon Go Community Day.

  • 5/24 - RESCHEDULED - Incredibles 2 at Case Community Park.

  • 5/27 - Memorial Day.

  • 6/15 - CPHS Class of 1994 - 25 Year Reunion.


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This Week in Sand Springs (4/14 - 4/21/19)

Monday

  • 8:30 a.m. Sandite Golf at Sapulpa Tournament.

    • Sapulpa City Golf Course
      1200 West Dewey Avenue
      Sapulpa, OK 74066

  • 6:00 p.m. Sandite Baseball vs. Jenks.

    • Jenks High School Baseball Field
      950 North 3rd Street
      Jenks, OK 74037

Tuesday

  • Sand Springs/Sapulpa Joint Board Meeting - CANCELED.

  • 8:00 a.m. Lady Sandite Golf at Bishop Kelley Tournament.

    • LaFortune Park
      5501 South Yale Avenue
      Tulsa, OK 74135

  • 12:00 p.m. Lent Devotional Time and Lunch.

    • St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church
      601 Lake Drive

  • 5:00 p.m. Sandite Softball vs. Jenks.

    • Sandite Sports Complex
      408 West 55th Street

  • 6:00 p.m. Sand Springs Cultural and Historical Museum Trust Authority meeting.

  • 6:00 p.m. Sandite Baseball vs. Jenks, Youth Night.

    • Free admission for kids in jerseys. Youth are invited to join the high school team on the field for the national anthem.

    • Sandite Sports Complex
      408 West 55th Street

  • 6:00 p.m. Lady Sandite Soccer vs. Owasso.
    8:00 p.m. Sandite Soccer vs. Owasso.

    • Owasso High School
      12901 East 86th Street North
      Owasso, OK 74055

Wednesday

  • 9:00 a.m. Sandite Golf at Owasso Tournament.

    • Bailey Ranch Golf Course
      10105 Larkin Bailey Boulevard
      Owasso, OK 74055

Thursday

  • 8:00 a.m. Lady Sandite Golf at State Preview Tournament.

    • Earlywine Park Golf Course
      11600 South Portland Avenue
      Oklahoma City, OK 73170

  • 8:00 a.m. Lady Sandite Tennis at Claremore Tournament.

    • Claremore High School
      201 East Stuart Roosa
      Claremore, OK 74017

  • 5:00 p.m. Lady Sandite Softball vs. Owasso (Double-Header).

    • Sandite Sports Complex
      408 West 55th Street

  • 6:00 p.m. Sand Springs BMX Free Open House.

    • Case Community Park
      2600 South River City Park Road

  • 6:00 p.m. BINGO

    • American Legion - Billie A. Hall Post 17
      500 North Main Street

  • 6:00 p.m. Lady Sandite Soccer vs. Capitol Hill.
    8:00 p.m. Sandite Soccer vs. Capitol Hill.

    • CB Speegle Stadium
      698 Southwest Grand Boulevard
      Oklahoma City, OK 73109

Friday

  • 3:30 a.m. Sandite Track and Field at Muskogee Classic.

    • Indian Bowl
      402 North South Street
      Muskogee, OK 74403

  • 7:00 p.m. Sandite Baseball vs. Union, Senior Night.

    • Sandite Sports Complex
      408 West 55th Street

  • 7:30 p.m. Free Concert featuring Halo Jordan, Jim Barritt, Pastor Pudge and Sister Sludge Redneck Revival.

    • 5 West Outpost
      5 West 41st Street

Saturday

  • 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Open Hike Day.

    • Keystone Ancient Forest
      160 Ancient Forest Drive

  • 6:30 p.m. Sandite Baseball vs. Sapulpa.

    • L.D. Lawson Stadium
      1004 West Bryan
      Sapulpa, OK 74066

  • 7:30 p.m. Free Concert featuring Halo Jordan, Jim Barritt, Pastor Pudge and Sister Sludge Redneck Revival, Branded, Sonny and Trish Moody, James and Vanessa Lacey.

    • 5 West Outpost
      5 West 41st Street

Ongoing

  • 3/16-6/3 - Unseen India exhibit at Charles Page Cultural and Historical Museum.

On The Horizon

  • 4/25 - 30th Annual Sand Springs Education Foundation Hall of Fame Banquet.

  • 5/1 - Opening Day at Sand Springs Splash Pads.

  • 5/3 - Incredibles 2 at Case Community Park.

  • 5/3 - Mayor’s Cup Softball Tournament.

  • 5/3 - 5/4 - 9th Annual 100 Mile Yard Sale.

  • 5/3 - 5/5 - WSA Cup.

  • 5/6 - Sand Springs Chamber Open Forum (Speaker: Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell).

  • 5/7 - Junior High Girls Basketball Tryouts.

  • 5/9 - High School Girls Basketball Tryouts.

  • 5/10 - Unity Praise: Fire on the River.

  • 5/11 - Charles Page High School graduation.

  • 5/12 - Mother’s Day.


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This Week in Sand Springs (4/7 - 4/14/19)

Sunday

  • 2:30 p.m. Sand Springs Community Theatre presents Dan Neidermyer’s Aladdin.

    • Central Ninth Grade Center - Auditorium
      14 West 4th Street

Monday

  • 8:00 a.m. Sandite Tennis at Bartlesville Tournament.

    • Bartlesville High School
      1700 Hillcrest Drive
      Bartlesville, OK 74003

  • 9:00 a.m. Lady Sandite Golf at Owasso Tournament.

    • Owasso Golf & Athletic Club
      13604 East 84th Street North
      Owasso, OK 74055

  • 1:30 p.m. Sandite Softball vs. Jenks.

    • Jenks Softball Stadium
      1701 North Birch Street
      Jenks, OK 74037

  • 4:00 p.m. Sand Springs Planning Commission meeting.

  • 5:30 p.m. Sand Springs Public Schools District Dialogue.

    • CPHS Performing Arts Building
      600 North Adams Roads

  • 6:00 p.m. Sand Springs Board of Adjustment meeting.

  • 6:00 p.m. Sandite Baseball vs. Ponca City.

    • Ponca City High School
      927 North 5th Street
      Ponca City, OK 74601

  • 7:00 p.m. Sand Springs Public School Board of Education meeting.

Tuesday

  • 8:00 a.m. Sandite Golf at Bishop Kelley Tournament.

    • LaFortune Park
      5501 South Yale Avenue
      Tulsa, OK 74135

  • 8:00 a.m. Lady Sandite Tennis at Bartlesville Tournament.

    • Bartlesville High School
      1700 Hillcrest Drive
      Bartlesville, OK 74003

  • 12:00 p.m. Lent Devotion Series and Lunch.

    • St. Patrick’s Catholic Church
      204 East 4th Street

  • 6:00 p.m. Sandite Baseball vs. Ponca City.

    • Sandite Sports Complex
      408 West 55th Street

  • 5:00 p.m. Lady Sandite Soccer vs. Shawnee.
    7:00 p.m. Sandite Soccer vs. Shawnee.

    • Shawnee High School
      1001 North Kennedy Avenue
      Shawnee, OK 74801

Wednesday

  • 8:30 a.m. Lady Sandite Golf at Sapulpa Tournament.

    • Sapulpa Municipal Golf Course
      1200 West Dewey Avenue
      Sapulpa, OK 74066

  • 11:30 a.m. Sand Springs City Council meeting.

Thursday

  • 8:00 a.m. Sandite Golf at Frontier Valley Conference Championship.

    • Page Belcher Golf Course
      6666 South Union Avenue
      Tulsa, OK 74132

  • 1:30 p.m. Sandite Baseball vs. Booker T. Washington.

    • Bixby High School
      601 South Riverview Drive
      Bixby, OK 74008

  • 5:00 p.m. Lady Sandite Softball vs. Broken Arrow.

    • Broken Arrow High School
      1901 East Albany Street
      Broken Arrow, OK 74012

  • 6:00 p.m. BINGO

    • American Legion - Billie A. Hall Post 17
      500 North Main Street

Friday

  • 10:00 a.m. Sandite Track and Field at Yukon Classic.

    • Yukon High School
      1777 South Yukon Parkway
      Yukon, OK 73099

  • 4:00 p.m. Sandite Baseball vs. Jenks.
    6:30 p.m. Sandite Baseball vs. Bixby

    • Bixby High School
      601 South Riverview Drive
      Bixby, OK 74008

  • 6:00 p.m. Lady Sandite Soccer vs. Union.
    8:00 p.m. Sandite Soccer vs. Union.

    • CPHS Veterans Memorial Stadium
      600 North Adams Road

Saturday

  • 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Case River Run 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run.

  • 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Open Hike Day.

    • Keystone Ancient Forest
      160 Ancient Forest Drive

  • 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 30th Annual Herbal Affair and Festival.

  • 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 2nd Annual Westival.

  • 1:00 p.m. Sandite Baseball vs. TBA.

    • Bixby High School
      601 South Riverview Drive
      Bixby, OK 74008

  • 2:00 p.m. Sandite Golf at Jenks Tournament.

    • Southlakes Golf Course
      9253 South Elwood Avenue
      Jenks, OK 74037

  • 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Pokemon Go! Community Day.

Ongoing

  • 3/16-6/3 - Unseen India exhibit at Charles Page Cultural and Historical Museum.

On The Horizon

  • 4/25 - 30th Annual Sand Springs Education Foundation Hall of Fame Banquet.

  • 5/3 - Incredibles 2 at Case Community Park.

  • 5/3 - Mayor’s Cup Softball Tournament.

  • 5/3 - 5/4 - 9th Annual 100 Mile Yard Sale.

  • 5/3 - 5/5 - WSA Cup.

  • 5/6 - Sand Springs Chamber Open Forum (Speaker: Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell).

  • 5/10 - 3rd Annual Unity Praise event.

  • 5/11 - Charles Page High School graduation.

  • 5/12 - Mother’s Day.


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Sheilah Bright and Scott Palk to be inducted into Sand Springs Education Foundation Hall of Fame

The Sand Springs Education Foundation recently announced its 2019 Hall of Fame inductees. Sheilah Bright (Class of 1979) and Scott Palk (1985) will be honored at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet on Thursday, April 25th at 6:00 p.m. in the Ed Dubie Field House.

The SSEF provides district teachers with grants for special equipment, supplies, and student projects. The Hall of Fame Banquet is one of their biggest annual fundraisers. Table sponsorships are available at $400 for eight seats, and individual tickets are $50. The dinner will be preceded by a silent auction at 5:30 p.m.

To purchase tickets or request further information, contact Tirita Montross at 918-798-1517.

Bright is a forty-year veteran journalist, publishing her first article at 15 years of age. She has contributed to numerous magazines and newspapers and was part of an Emmy Award-winning script-writing team for Narrative Television Network. She was a driving force behind Operation Gold Pride, which raised more than $600,000 for Sand Springs Public Schools. She also recently opened the Bright Morning Farm event center.

Palk graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science from Oklahoma State University in 1989 and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma in 1992. He served as an Assistant District Attorney for Cleveland County from 1992 to 2002 and was an Assistant United States Attorney from 2002 to 2011. He has worked as Deputy Criminal Chief and Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council Coordinator. From 2011 to 2017 he was Assistant Dean of Students and Assistant General Counsel at the University of Oklahoma College of Law before being commissioned as a U.S. District Judge. Palk won Prosecutor of the Year awards in 1993 and 2004. In 2011 he was awarded the Director’s Certificate of Appreciation for Assistance to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Hall of Fame inductees are required to have attended Sand Springs Public Schools for at least three years after the Sixth Grade, or to have spent at least eight total years in SSPS, or to have spent the last two years of high school in SSPS and to have graduated from the district.

They must have attained a position of “unusual respect, impact, or influence in the community,” or have attained regional prominence in their field, or to have attained an exception level of accomplishment in their field.

Previous inductees include:

Michael Dale Case
Cleta Evans
Mary Helen Burke (1932)
Tot M. Brown (1934)
Bessie Crawford Zackery (1934)
Opal Clark (1934)
Al Dodson, Sr. (1936)
Marshall Vaughn Perry (1937)
L.W. Welch Jr. (1939)
James A. Sanders (1941)
Johnnie Mae Young (1941)
Marques Haynes (1942)
Robert D. Simms (1943)
Clyde Boyd Jr. (1943)
Erwin D. Phillips (1946)
William R. Pogue (1947)
Charles Gray (1947)
George Everett (1947)
Montie R. Box (1947)
Thomas S. Crewson (1950)
Richard Courter (1951)
William Means (1951)
Charles Marvin Hughes (1952)
Jack B. Johnson (1952)
Jerrold Lawless (1952)
John H. Rudy (1953)
Ken Neal (1953)
Charles Jestice (1953)
Jerry Adair (1955)
M. David Riggs (1955)
Barbara Guynn Smith (1956)
Bennie Osborn (1956)
J. Dean Speer (1956)
John Beck (1956)

James E. Palmer (1956)
Jerry L. Halcomb (1957)
Jan Hagara (1957)
George Paden (1957)
Charles E. Buchner, III (1957)
Billy Allen Hall (1957)
Jerry A. Hanner (1958)
Carolyn Morrow Cheney (1958)
Clarence “Scratch” Purser (1959)
Randal Wayne White (1959)
Harlan S. Pinkerton, Jr. (1960)
Gerrie Holliday (1961)
Ward Sherrill (1963)
Danny Lee McDonald (1964)
William R. White (1965)
Lotsee Spradling (1966)
John Wolf (1967)
Larry Glen Hurst (1967)
Richard Neal (1967)
I.J. Ganem (1969)
Mike Burdge (1969)
Forrest C. Crawford (1970)
Dianne Dinkel (1970)
Chris Thurmond (1971)
Deborah Browers Barnes (1972)
Linda L. Robertson (1973)
Cathy Lynn Burdge (1973)
Janet Rutland Eicher (1975)
John Fitzgerald Blake (1979)
Sam Harris (1979)
Eric Bloom (1982)
Stacey Ford Butterfield (1985)
Timothy Wright (1988)

This Week in Sand Springs (3/31 - 4/7/19)

Monday

  • 9:00 a.m. Sandite Golf at Coweta Tournament.

    • The Club at Indian Springs
      16006 East 131st Street South
      Broken Arrow, OK 74011

  • 12:00 p.m. Sand Springs Chamber of Commerce Open Forum.

    • RSVP Required.

    • Tulsa Tech - Sand Springs Campus
      924 East Charles Page Boulevard

  • 5:30 p.m. Sand Springs Parks Advisory Board meeting.

  • 6:00 p.m. Sandite Baseball vs. Broken Arrow.

    • Sandite Sports Complex
      408 West 55th Street

  • RESCHEDULED: Sand Springs Public School Board of Education meeting.

    • Regular monthly meeting set for April 8th.

Tuesday

  • 5:00 p.m. Lady Sandite Softball vs. Barnsdall.

    • Barnsdall High School
      200 8th Street
      Barnsdall, OK 74002

  • 6:00 p.m. Sandite Baseball vs. Broken Arrow.

    • BAHS Tiger Field
      1901 East Albany Street
      Broken Arrow, OK 74012

  • 5:00 p.m. Lady Sandite Soccer vs. Edmond Santa Fe.
    7:00 p.m. Sandite Soccer vs. Edmond Santa Fe.

    • Edmond Santa Fe
      1901 West 15th Street
      Edmond, OK 73013

Wednesday

  • 8:30 a.m. Lady Sandite Golf at Jenks Tournament.

    • South Lakes Golf Course
      9253 South Elwood Avenue
      Jenks, OK 74037

  • 12:00 p.m. Sand Springs Women’s Chamber meeting.

    • Crescent Cafe
      3417 South 113th West Avenue

Thursday

  • 4:30 p.m. Lady Sandite Softball vs. Kellyville.

    • Kellyville High School
      14903 Maple Drive
      Kellyville, OK 74039

  • 6:00 p.m. Sandite Baseball vs. Bartlesville.

    • Doenges Memorial Stadium
      115 East Hensley Boulevard
      Bartlesville, OK 74003

  • 6:00 p.m. BINGO

    • American Legion - Billie A. Hall Post 17
      500 North Main Street

  • 7:00 p.m. Sand Springs Community Theatre presents Dan Neidermyer’s Aladdin.

    • Central Ninth Grade Center - Auditorium
      14 West 4th Street

Friday

  • 10:00 a.m. Sandite Track and Field at Reasor’s Track Classic.

    • Tahlequah High School
      591 Pendleton Street
      Tahlequah, OK 74464

  • 6:00 p.m. Lady Sandite Soccer vs. Norman.
    8:00 p.m. Sandite Soccer vs. Norman.

    • CPHS Veterans Memorial Stadium
      600 North Adams Road

  • 6:15 p.m. Sand Springs Band Boosters BINGO Night.

    • Charles Page High School - Cafeteria
      500 North Adams Road

  • 6:30 p.m. Family BINGO Night.

    • Angus Valley Elementary School
      412 West 55th Street

  • 7:00 p.m. Sand Springs Community Theatre presents Dan Neidermyer’s Aladdin.

    • Central Ninth Grade Center - Auditorium
      14 West 4th Street

Saturday

  • 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Chipper Days.

    • Free chipping on limbs up to 2” in diameter. Free wood chips and firewood while supplies last. Must bring City water bill to prove residency.

    • Sand Springs Street Department
      8620 West 21st Street

  • 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Hike With Your Dog Day.

    • Keystone Ancient Forest
      160 Ancient Forest Drive

  • 1:00 p.m. Sandite Baseball vs. Yukon.

    • Yukon High School
      1777 South Yukon Parkway
      Yukon, OK 73099

  • 7:00 p.m. Sand Springs Community Theatre presents Dan Neidermyer’s Aladdin.

    • Central Ninth Grade Center - Auditorium
      14 West 4th Street

Sunday

  • 2:30 p.m. Sand Springs Community Theatre presents Dan Neidermyer’s Aladdin.

    • Central Ninth Grade Center - Auditorium
      14 West 4th Street

Ongoing

  • 3/5-3/31 - All-Black Towns of Oklahoma exhibit at Charles Page Cultural and Historical Museum.

  • 3/16-6/3 - Unseen India exhibit at Charles Page Cultural and Historical Museum.

On The Horizon

  • 4/13 - 30th Annual Herbal Affair & Festival. - Read More.

  • 4/25 - 30th Annual Sand Springs Education Foundation Hall of Fame Banquet.

  • 5/3 - Incredibles 2 at Case Community Park.

  • 5/3 - Mayor’s Cup Softball Tournament.

  • 5/3 - 5/5 - WSA Cup.

  • 5/6 - Sand Springs Chamber Open Forum (Speaker: Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell).

  • 5/11 - Charles Page High School graduation.

  • 5/12 - Mother’s Day.


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City Council approves measures related to infrastructure and development

Sand Springs City Manager Elizabeth Gray provided an update on the Sheffield Crossing Development Infrastructure Construction project at Monday evening’s City Council meeting.

The City purchased 18 acres of Highway 97 frontage from OmniTrax in December of 2017, on the former site of the Sheffield Steel Mill, with the intent of constructing a commercial development. City leaders hope to attract a large lumber/hardware store as an anchor for the Sheffield Crossing development.

Craig & Keithline Inc. has developed the initial infrastructure package, including an entry roadway, traffic signals, and storm and water facilities.

Two new traffic signals will be installed on Highway 97 as part of the project. One will be located at the entrance to Sheffield Crossing, and one will be located at the future intersection of the Main Street expansion. That intersection will join Main Street and Highway 97 with the new road planned along the top of the levee in Case Community Park.

Council approved a resolution waiving competitive bidding for certain traffic signal components for the development. The project deadline has already been pushed and the City hopes to save a few weeks on the delivery and installation of the traffic signal poles by purchasing them directly.

Gray commented that the massive piles of demolition rubble currently on the site will be used as filler within the development.

A representative from the City financial department gave an update on capital projects for fiscal year 2019-2020. The Capital Projects Fund will see an increase of $9.6 million in new funding, allocated to the following projects…

  • $50,000 Golf Course Pond Improvements

  • $15,000 Downtown Tree and Sidewalk Replacements

  • $10,000 River West ROW Mowing Contract

  • $100,000 Municipal Building Remodel - Furnishings & Equipment

  • $16,000 Municipal Building Badge System Replacement

  • $7,000 Sheffield Crossing Design Costs

  • $100,000 Traffic Signal Upgrades (Highway 97 Coordination Timing)

  • $25,000 Roadway Striping

  • $10,000 Project Design Assistance

  • $30,000 Speed Humps

  • $400,000 Sheffield Crossing Boulevard

  • $780,000 Street Overlays

  • $550,000 HWY 97T Rehab (Design and Construction)

  • $435,000 81st Weset Avenue Trail Connector (Design and Construction)

  • $100,000 Pratt Interceptor (32nd Street)

  • $20,000 Broadway WL Replacement (Main to Washington)

  • $150,000 WTP Improvements

  • $150,000 Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements (Pumps)

  • $318,000 Highway 97 12” Water Ling

  • $850,000 Sheffield Crossing Water & Wastewater Infrastructure

  • $250,000 SRWCS One-Way Tank

  • $300,000 Charles Page Water BPS Upgrade

  • $300,000 East 41st Street Water BPS Upgrade

  • $150,000 Wastewater Treatment Plant VFD Upgrade

  • $50,000 Arc Flash Electrical Safety Improvements (SRWCS, WTP, WWTP)

  • $250,000 Diamondhead Tank Rehab

  • $30,000 Airport Construction Fund

  • $20,000 Fueling Thermal Upgrades

  • $15,000 Ray Brown Park Stormwater Detention

  • $1.35 million Sheffield Crossing Stormwater Infrastructure

  • $41,000 Golf Course Improvements

  • $140,000 New police vehicles

  • $50,000 Downtown Street Overlays

  • $75,500 Case Park Levee Roadway

  • $250,000 Golf Course Renovations

In other news:

SEE RELATED: City Council approves permits for two new Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Council approved a resolution declaring the City’s intent to apply for a Community Development Block Grant from Tulsa County Community Development Urban County funds. The City expects to be allocated approximately $94,748 which will be used for a water line replacement project from 4th Street through 6th Street on Lincoln Avenue. The City will be replacing 980 linear feet of 4” cast iron line with 8” PVC line.

One of the conditions for receiving CDBG funds is that recipients must implement an action to further fair housing. To comply, Council unanimously approved a resolution proclaiming April 2019 as Fair Housing Month.

Council unanimously approved $46,769 for the purchase of park amenities from Happy Playgrounds. The funds will provide for five park benches, 30 trash can sets, and 14 picnic tables for Case Park. $6,354 will come from the existing Case Park Project fund, and $40,415 will come from the remaining 2014 GO Bond funds.

Council unanimously approved a resolution affirming Dilapidation Public Nuisance administrative hearing findings for buildings at 104 North Franklin Avenue, 810 1/2 North Franklin Avenue, 313 North Industrial Avenue, and 704 1/2 North Washington Avenue. The resolution authorizes the City to demolish the buildings on or after May 13, 2019 at the expense of the property owner.

Council unanimously approved an expenditure of $5,250 to We B Trees for stump grinding and the planting of five trees in the downtown Triangle District. The funds will be taken from the General Fund Economic Development-Marketing budget.

Council unanimously approved the Final Plat for a single-family gated subdivision on nine acres South of 51st Street and East of Skylane Drive. The Villas at Stone Creek Estates will include 39 lots on two blocks.

Council unanimously approved the appointment of Justin Tockey to the Sand Springs Development Authority for an unexpired term to July 2021. Tockey is a Charles Page High School graduate and U.S. Navy veteran. He has experience as a Development Officer for a Methodist non-profit and is currently pursuing a certification in Financial Planning. He is an active member of the Sand Springs Rotary Club, and has previously participated in the Sertoma Club and the American Legion.

Council unanimously approved the selection of Daniel Bradley as the 2019 recipient of the John M. Hess Municipal Award for Outstanding Citizenship. Bradley retired in 2018 after 38 years with the City. He spend 35 years at the Police Department, working his way up to Chief of Police before transitioning to Assistant City Manager. The award has been presented annually since 2003.

Council unanimously approved an amendment to a Franchise Agreement with CoxCom, LLC for E-911 services. The City has a non-exclusive franchise agreement with Cox for cable services, and the City collects a 5% franchise fee of approximately $220,000 per year. The amendment will provide an extension to the existing agreement for an additional five years.

Council unanimously approved the use of public funds for the following:

  • $2,100 for participation in the Oklahoma Municipal League Conference.

  • $1,310 for participation in the Mayors Council of Oklahoma.

  • $250 for participation in the OneVoice Day at the State Capitol.

  • $360 for participation in Sand Springs Chamber of Commerce Open Forums.

  • $250 for participation in Oklahoma Municipal League Day at the Capitol.

  • $1,500 for participation in the Mayoral Council of Oklahoma Board Meetings in Oklahoma City.

  • $3,500 for participation in the Tulsa Metro Chamber Washington D.C. Fly-In.

  • $2,200 to cover administrative expenses for Council/Administrative Workshops and the City Budget Fair.

  • $800 to cover City Manager/City Council Lunch Meetings.

  • $2,000 for membership in the Sand Springs Chamber of Commerce.

  • $3,000 for membership in the Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce.

  • $535 for membership in the Homebuilders Association.

  • $4,000 for membership in the Indian Nations Council on Government Coalition of Tulsa Area Government.

  • $16,000 for membership in the Oklahoma Municipal League.

  • $500 for membership in the Mayoral Council of Oklahoma.

  • $1,000 for miscellaneous membership dues.

City Calendar:
3/30 Keystone Ancient Forest Open Hike Day
4/4-4/7 Sand Springs Community Theater presents - Aladdin
4/6 Keystone Ancient Forest Hike With Your Dog Day
4/13 30th Annual Sand Springs Herbal Affair and Festival
5/3 Friday Flicks Outdoor Movies - The Incredibles 2
5/3-5/4 9th Annual OK 100-Mile Yard Sale Tour

City Council approves permits for two new Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

The Sand Springs City Council unanimously approved four Special Use Permits for medical marijuana facilities at their Monday evening meeting.

Council approved permits for a Cultivation Facility, a Processing Facility, and a Dispensary at 200 East Morrow Road. LightHeart Farms plans to open sometime in April in the building that formerly housed the historic Morrow Gill lumber yard.

Council also approved a permit for Oklahoma Harvest Health to open a Medical Marijuana Dispensary in the Wellston Park industrial center at 1104 West Wekiwa Road. In November Council approved a growing facility at the same location.

Council previously approved a slate of marijuana-related SUPs at their January meeting. Dr. Cannabis, LLC was approved for a cultivation facility and a dispensary at 3417 S. 113th W. Ave., Suite B3. Therapeutic Herbal Care, LLC was approved to open a dispensary at 1126 E. Charles Page Blvd. The Herbin’ Joint was approved to open a dispensary at 3417 S. 113th W. Ave., Suite A2.

30th Annual Sand Springs Herbal Affair and Festival quickly approaching

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The 30th annual Sand Springs Herbal Affair and Festival will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, April 13th, rain or shine. The beloved festival attracts nearly 30,000 individuals to the historic Sand Springs Triangle District every year. With nearly 150 vendor booths, live music, kids activities, and delicious foods, the event has something for the whole family.

“We’ll be sharing a wide variety of products from plant growers, vendors and craftsmen for this very special 30 year anniversary event,” stated Grant Gerondale, Community Development Director for the City. “Event goers should find even more great food options, arts and crafts and even a live pottery demonstration by budding artists at the Tulsa Boys Home.”

The public event will offer free shuttle services from Charles Page High School at 500 North Adams Road. Leashed pets are welcome. Church That Matters will provide a Kids Zone with a petting zoo, arts and crafts projects, and more.

Special 30 year commemorative Sand Springs Herbal Affair posters (11”x17”) will be available for $5.00 each as well as colorful “30 Years and Growing” Herbal Affair T-shirts for $10.00 while supplies last. All proceeds benefit the event.

“Whether you’re just looking a unique heritage tomato variety for your garden or a hand-made coffee mug for yourself or a friend, this year’s Herbal Affair should not be missed,” said Gerondale. ”Grab a friend, find some Amish chicken and noodles and kick back in our historic downtown to the tunes of some truly great local music. The Sand Springs Herbal Affair is truly one of the coolest things that happens each spring in Oklahoma.”

Event Schedule:
8:00 a.m. Sand Springs Herbal Affair opens, shuttle service begins.
8:30 a.m. Dulcimer Magic.
9:30 a.m. Monica Tayler.
11:00 a.m. Anna Massey.
12:00 p.m. Hometown Hero Award presented.
12:30 p.m. Janet Rutland and Shelby Eicher.
2:00 p.m. And Then There Were Two.
4:00 p.m. Event closes, shuttle service ends.

For a full list of vendors, click here to visit our Event Page.

Just a few blocks down the road from Herbal Affair, OkieSpice and Trade Co. will be hosting their 2nd Annual Westival event from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 501 West 2nd Street. The free outdoor event will feature free tasting of products sold at the business year round.

Click here for a full list of Westival vendors.

This Week in Sand Springs (3/24 - 3/31/19)

Monday

Tuesday

  • 12:00 p.m. Lent Devotion Series and lunch.

    • First Presbyterian Church
      222 North Adams Road

  • 4:30 p.m. Lady Sandite Softball vs. Sapulpa.
    5:30 p.m. Double Header

    • Sapulpa Softball Field
      631 North Brown
      Sapulpa, OK 74066

  • 6:00 p.m. Winter Guard and Drum Line Parent Show.

    • Charles Page High School auditorium.
      500 North Adams Road

  • 6:00 p.m. Lady Sandite Soccer vs. Sapulpa.
    8:00 p.m. Sandite Soccer vs. Sapulpa.

    • Memorial Stadium
      600 North Adams Road

Wednesday

  • 8:30 a.m. Lady Sandite Golf at Bartlesville Tournament.

    • Adams Municipal Golf Course
      5801 Tuxedo Boulevard
      Bartlesville, OK 74006

Thursday

  • 12:30 p.m. Sandite Baseball vs. Tahlequah.

    • Pryor High School
      1100 Southeast 9th Street
      Pryor, OK 74361

  • 5:00 p.m. Lady Sandite Softball vs. Owasso.
    6:00 p.m. Double Header

    • Owasso High School
      12901 East 86th Street North
      Owasso, OK 74055

  • 5:30 p.m. Army of Stars Banquet.

    • HillSpring Church
      8801 West 41st Street

  • 6:00 p.m. BINGO

    • American Legion - Billie A. Hall Post 17
      500 North Main Street

Friday

  • 8:00 a.m. Sandite Tennis at Muskogee Tournament.

    • Muskogee High School
      3200 East Shawnee Bypass
      Muskogee, OK 74403

  • 2:00 p.m. Sandite Baseball vs. Coweta.

    • Pryor High School
      1100 Southeast 9th Street
      Pryor, OK 74361

  • 3:45 p.m. Sandite Track and Field at 36th Annual Ram Relays.

    • Owasso High School
      12901 East 86th Street North
      Owasso, OK 74055

Saturday

  • 8:00 a.m. Sandite Tennis at Claremore Tournament.

    • Claremore High School
      201 East Stuart Roosa
      Claremore, OK 74017

  • 8:00 a.m. Lady Sandite Tennis at Muskogee Tournament.

    • Muskogee High School
      3200 East Shawnee Bypass
      Muskogee, OK 74403

  • 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Open Hike Day.

    • Keystone Ancient Forest
      160 Ancient Forest Drive

  • 10:00 a.m. Sandite Baseball vs. Booker T. Washington.
    12:00 p.m. Sandite Baseball vs. TBA.

    • Pryor High School
      1100 Southeast 9th Street
      Pryor, OK 74361

Ongoing

  • 3/5-3/31 - All-Black Towns of Oklahoma exhibit at Charles Page Cultural and Historical Museum.

  • 3/16-6/3 - Unseen India exhibit at Charles Page Cultural and Historical Museum.

On The Horizon

  • 4/5 - Sand Springs Band Booster BINGO Night.

  • 4/6 - Hike With Your Dog Day at Keystone Ancient Forest.

  • 4/13 - 30th Annual Herbal Affair & Festival. - Read More.

  • 4/13 - 2nd Annual Westival.

  • 4/25 - 30th Annual Sand Springs Education Foundation Hall of Fame Banquet.

  • 5/3 - Incredibles 2 at Case Community Park.

  • 5/11 - Charles Page High School graduation.

  • 5/12 - Mother’s Day.


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Senate Review by Senator Allison Ikley-Freeman

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The following article contains opinions from the author that do not necessarily reflect those of Sandite Pride News or its staff. To submit an Op-ed contact Sanditepridenews@gmail.com

Last Thursday was the final day for third reading of bills in the House of origin. This simply means bills not passed off the Senate floor are dead for this session. We start the next step in the legislative process as we begin to consider House bills in Senate committees. Last year, the Legislature considered 2,289 bills, of which only 324 became law. This year, 1,061 SBs and Senate Joint Resolutions have been filed, with 429 passing off the Senate floor in time for last week’s deadline.  

I currently serve on five Senate committees; Education, Appropriations, Budget & Rules, Health & Human Services and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. 

Ensuring access to quality health care and mental health care services are just two of my passions and my professional experience as a mental health therapist brings a unique perspective and skillset to my role as a legislator. Focusing on the importance of mental health, I authored several measures this year that would be another step in helping students in Oklahoma schools.

Senate Bill 266 requires each school district to adopt policies related to suicide awareness and training and the reporting of student drug abuse. This includes adopting a training program and providing the program made available by the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (ODMHSAS). Teachers, students, and administrators are granted immunity from employment discipline and civil liability for carrying out certain actions detailed by the measure. I authored this bill because it’s essential for more people to understand depression and suicidality and the importance of increasing awareness in our district and across the state. Just within our Senate district, schools report seeing an average of eight suicide notes a day. This is an eye-opening statistic that supports the need for increased education, programming and funding to address mental health care for Oklahoma’s students.

A second bill I authored this session is Senate Bill 452, which was created as a result of an interim study between the Department of Juvenile Affairs, DMHSAS and the Department of Education to create alternatives to school suspension for students. SB 452 directs school districts to consider restorative practices instead of out-of-school suspension for students who assault school personnel. Restorative practices could include community service, requiring the student to apologize, assessment for mental health, and referrals to mental health professionals and would be made available to all students of the district. The measure specifies that school districts must provide for a student’s reengagement if suspension or alternative school settings are utilized and also asks school districts to create a threat assessment for a student convicted of a violent crime.

If you are excited or concerned about any piece of legislation moving into the Senate from the House in the coming weeks; especially related to the committees I serve on, please reach out and let’s talk. Don't forget include your address so we know you are a constituent of our district. If you need help determining your Senate district, we would be happy to assist you. If you are visiting the Capitol and would like to stop by, our new office is located in Room 524.

As always, on any issue please feel free to contact my office at 405-521-5600 or at Allison.ikley.freeman@oksenate.gov. Please let me or my assistant, Audra, know if we can be of assistance to you. It is an honor to serve Senate District 37 and I look forward to continuing to represent you.  

This Week in Sand Springs (3/17 - 3/24/19)

Monday

  • 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Community Cleanup Day.

    • Meet at the Triangle. City will provide gloves, safety vests, and trash bags. Contact 918-246-2579 to sign up.

  • 4:00 p.m. Planning Commission meeting.

  • 4:00 p.m. CPHS Baseball vs. Davidson Academy (Tate Aggie Classic).

    • Tate High School
      1771 Tate Road
      Cantonment, Florida 32533

Tuesday

  • 8:00 a.m. SCORE Women’s Leadership Breakfast.

    • Crescent Cafe
      3417 South 113th West Avenue

  • 12:00 p.m. Lent Devotion Series and lunch.

    • Legacy Chapel - Woodland Memorial Park
      1200 North Cleveland Avenue

  • 1:00 p.m. CPHS Baseball vs. Nolensville (Tate Aggie Classic)

    • Ft. Walton Beach High School
      400 Hollywood Boulevard Northwest
      Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, 32548

  • 6:00 p.m. Cultural & Historical Museum board meeting.

Wednesday

  • 7:00 p.m. CPHS Baseball vs. Navarre.

    • Navarre High School
      8600 High School Boulevard
      Navarre, Florida 32566

Thursday

  • 4:00 p.m. CPHS Baseball vs. TBA (Tate Aggie Classic).

    • Tate High School
      1771 Tate Road
      Cantonment, Florida 32533

  • 6:00 p.m. BINGO

    • American Legion - Billie A. Hall Post 17
      500 North Main Street

Saturday

  • 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Open Hike Day.

    • Keystone Ancient Forest
      160 Ancient Forest Drive

Ongoing

  • 3/5-3/31 - All-Black Towns of Oklahoma exhibit at Charles Page Cultural and Historical Museum.

  • 3/16 - Unseen India exhibit at Charles Page Cultural and Historical Museum.

On The Horizon

  • 4/6 - Hike With Your Dog Day at Keystone Ancient Forest.

  • 4/13 - 30th Annual Herbal Affair & Festival. - Read More.

  • 4/13 - 2nd Annual Westival.

  • 4/25 - 30th Annual Sand Springs Education Foundation Hall of Fame Banquet.

  • 5/11 - Charles Page High School graduation.

  • 5/12 - Mother’s Day.


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Senate Review by Senator Allison Ikley-Freeman

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The following article contains opinions from the author that do not necessarily reflect those of Sandite Pride News or its staff. To submit an Op-ed contact Sanditepridenews@gmail.com

As the end of the fifth legislative week comes to a close, our focus has now shifted to hearing bills on the Senate floor. Last week was the deadline for Senate bills to be heard in committee, and at the end of that deadline there were still 511 bills in committee, with 9 failing in committee. As of the end of this week, there were 333 pending bills on Senate General Order, with 201 already passed on the Senate floor and sent to the House. Our next deadline is March 14, which is the last date for bills and joint resolutions to be heard in their chamber of origin. Any measures not heard by this date are generally considered dead for this legislative year.

Many of you know one of my strongest areas of interest and focus is mental health. Before being elected to the Senate, I worked as a mental health counselor. It’s always been my belief that it’s less expensive to address mental health issues early, so early intervention in public schools is a logical place to start. 

Oklahoma has some of the highest rates for mental illness and substance use disorders. In 2012, Oklahoma ranked third in the nation (22.4%) in any mental illness and second in the nation (11.9%) for substance abuse disorders. This means that between 700,000 and 950,000 adult Oklahomans need services, but most are not receiving the care they need to recover from their illnesses. As the years have passed, the statistics haven’t changed much, and in some regards, have grown more even more concerning.

This week, the full Senate approved Senate Bill 257, which increases the full-time employee limit from one to two employees for the State Board of Licensed Social Workers. The Board currently utilizes one full time employee and two temporary employees to supervise almost 1,500 licensed social workers. Licensure boards assist the government in fulfilling one of its main covenants to the public- protection from harm. By having specific occupations regulated through licensing government can help its citizens know when someone offering goods or services in this area is meeting basic expectations for safety of their consumers. An understaffed board translates to less thorough supervision and can lead over time to a lack of meeting the public's expectations. This change will help the State Board of Licensed Social Workers continue to meet your standards for public safety in the profession. 

It’s an honor to serve Senate District 37 and I look forward to continuing to represent you in the days ahead. As always, I welcome your input on concerns and issues. If you are visiting the Capitol and would like to stop by, our new office is located in Room 524. My office number is remains (405) 521-5600 and my email is allison.ikley.freeman@oksenate.gov. Please let me or my assistant, Audra, know if we can be of assistance to you.

Sand Springs voters overwhelmingly approve School Bond Propositions

Voters in the Sand Springs Public School District overwhelmingly voiced their support for a pair of general obligation bond measures Tuesday.

Proposition No. 1, totaling $32.85 million, passed with 92.83% in favor. 1,774 voted yes with only 137 against.

A second proposition totaling $1.3 million passed with 91.43% in favor to provide for new school buses. The measure received 1,749 “yes” votes and 164 “no” votes.

The new bonds won’t be sold until existing bonds are paid off, so the millage rate will remain the same and property taxes will not increase.

Totaling more than $34 million, the two measures will provide funding for a number of projects, most notably the construction of a new freshman wing on the Charles Page High School campus.

The new $14.28 million building will conjoin with the high school through the existing lobby, but will keep the freshmen separate from the upperclassmen for the majority of the day. Currently more than 75% of Central Ninth Grade Center are shuttled from downtown to the high school every day for athletics and other activities.

The new wing would also include several classrooms dedicated to the district’s STEM Initiative, enhancing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics curriculum.

$7.2 million will go to technology enhancements throughout the district. Computer software systems will be updated to protect student data and provide mobile tech support, and WiFi will be improved and expanded throughout the district.

$825,000 will go to the district’s thriving athletic programs. Memorial Stadium will get new turf, the baseball and softball fields will be regraded, and wrestling mats and other athletic equipment will also be purchased.

Other Proposition No. 1 projects include:

  • New gymnasium/storm shelter at Angus Valley Elementary.

  • Bleachers for Garfield Elementary gymnasium.

  • Electrical upgrades at Limestone Elementary.

  • Playground upgrades at Northwoods Fine Arts Academy.

  • Playground equipment for Early Childhood Education Center.

  • ADA Accessible bathroom at Pratt Elementary.

  • Removal of louvers on front windows at Clyde Boyd Middle School.

  • Kitchen equipment at all district sites.

  • Band uniforms and elementary music equipment.

  • Additional space for Drama Department.

  • Sound system upgrades to auditoriums and Ed Dubie Field House.

  • District HVAC and roofing maintenance.

  • Books and digital curriculum for all sites.

  • Media Center materials.

  • Painting, pavement, electrical, and plumbing maintenance.

This Week in Sand Springs (3/3 - 3/10/19)

Monday

Tuesday

  • 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Election Day.

    • Sand Springs Public School District.

  • 6:00 p.m. Lady Sandite Soccer vs. Tahlequah.
    8:00 p.m. Sandite Soccer vs. Tahlequah.

    • CPHS Memorial Stadium
      600 North Adams Road

Wednesday

  • 12:00 p.m. Sand Springs Women’s Chamber meeting.

    • Crescent Cafe
      3417 South 113th West Avenue

Thursday

  • 2:00 p.m. No. 6 Lady Sandite Basketball vs. No. 12 Norman.

  • 6:00 p.m. BINGO

    • American Legion - Billie A. Hall Post 17
      500 North Main Street

  • 7:00 p.m. Shrek: The Musical.

    • CPHS Auditorium
      500 North Adams Road

Friday

  • 9:00 a.m. OSSAA 6A Girls Basketball State Tournament Semifinals.

    • Mabee Center
      7777 South Lewis Avenue
      Tulsa, OK 74171

  • 6:00 p.m. Sandite Baseball vs. Shawnee.

    • Sandite Baseball Complex
      408 West 55th Street

  • 7:00 p.m. Shrek: The Musical.

    • CPHS Auditorium
      500 North Adams Road

Saturday

  • 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Open Hike Day.

    • Keystone Ancient Forest
      160 Ancient Forest Drive

  • 12:00 p.m. OSSAA 6A Girls Basketball State Tournament Finals.

    • Mabee Center
      7777 South Lewis Avenue
      Tulsa, OK 74171

  • 1:00 p.m. Sandite Baseball vs. Memorial.

    • Sandite Baseball Complex
      408 West 55th Street

  • 7:00 p.m. Shrek: The Musical.

    • CPHS Auditorium
      500 North Adams Road

Sunday

  • Daylight Savings Time begins.

  • 2:00 p.m. Shrek: The Musical.

    • CPHS Auditorium
      500 North Adams Road

Ongoing

  • 3/5-3/31 - All-Black Towns of Oklahoma exhibit at Charles Page Cultural and Historical Museum.

On The Horizon

  • 3/16 - Unseen India exhibit debut at Charles Page Cultural and Historical Museum.

  • 3/16 - March Town Hall with State Senator Allison Ikley-Freeman, at Pratt Library.

  • 3/23 - Pokemon Go! Community Day.

  • 4/6 - Hike With Your Dog Day at Keystone Ancient Forest.

  • 4/13 - 30th Annual Herbal Affair & Festival. - Read More.

  • 4/13 - 2nd Annual Westival.

  • 4/25 - 30th Annual Sand Springs Education Foundation Hall of Fame Banquet.


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Board of Education presents award to Stephen West, Brittany Pride, and Lance Beckner

Stephen West was presented with a Sandite Spirit Award after being nominated by Head Football Coach Dustin Kinard. Kinard, who is battling pancreatic cancer, said West was an inspiration to him this past season. West is diabetic, and not quite athletic enough to see action on the varsity team. Despite this, he still showed up to every practice and was one of the hardest working players on the team. Kinard said if West could be there giving his all, then he had to show up too.

Brittany Pride was presented with a Pacesetter Award for her work on the Central Ninth Grade Center yearbook. Pride is the yearbook teacher, and this year’s book was recognized by the publisher as one of the best in the nation. In addition to presenting Pride with an award, the publisher will also be using the CNGC yearbook as an example material for districts across the country.

Lance Beckner was presented with a Pacesetter Award in recognition of a large financial donation to the Sand Springs Special Olympics program. Beckner’s annual donation helps send student athletes to the Special Olympics in Stillwater every year.

District officials discussed the recent school grading system released by the State. According to Director of Special Services Sherry Rooks, many of the grades can be misleading due to Bell Curve grading and inconsistent criteria across school sites. For example, there are no State tests at the ninth-grade level, so the only criteria used for assessing Central Ninth Grade Center’s performance was chronic absenteeism. On top of that, the site scored an A initially, but it was dropped to a C because of the curve.

According to Track and Field Coach Mike Burdge, the City of Sand Springs Parks and Recreation Department is donating their time and expertise to construct a throwing surface for the high school discus and shot put teams.

The Board accepted the resignations of Rebecca Price and Lance Beck and the retirements of Becky Hatchett and Janie Abernathy.

The Board approved the appointments of Greg Morris as Board Treasurer, Terri Kennedy as Assistant Treasurer, and Lynne Graves as Encumbrance Clerk.

Board approved a lease agreement with the Mabee Center at Oral Roberts University for the CPHS Graduation ceremony on May 11, 2019.

Board approved the purchase of two fourteen-passenger Type-A Mini Buses, a Special Education Bus, and two 71-passenger Regular Education Buses.

Board approved the following out of state travel:

  • Shawn Beard and JJ Smith to attend the International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) Conference in Philadelphia in June.

  • Lauren Hamilton, Paige Vann, and Amy McAllister to attend the Trauma Informed School Conference in St. Charles, Missouri in June.

  • Megan Sowers, Rachel Ellis, and Sallem Tullis to attend the National I Teach 2nd Grade Conference in Las Vegas in July.

  • Chris Corbin to attend CrossFit Kids Training in Fenton, Missouri in April.

  • Andrea Campfield and Jaden Salazar to attend the National Shakefest Competition in New York City in April.