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H| JN IfilR HNINHNI iHUlHHUI| HNLJ I U ImJNiH1 lml lalln! Illi]luPqmm rapt .... ~!ii! Weekly Section of 7he Perkins Journal, and Abm:t Stilha'ater Lakeview Church breaks ground on new auditorium. Page A3 Q Angles slither into Stillwater Public Library. Page A5 .! By Michelle Charles seasons, generating $1,400 Journal Staff Writer in team fees for the city. He Stillwater's new mayor, said he fears the extra $200 to Nathan Bates, faced a full $300 for non-resident players agenda and a packed house at on theirteams will keep people his first city council meeting, from playing. "I've been told the adult leagues alone are down 30 teams from last year," he saicL Rhoads said he had retumed to address the council again so the newspapers could get it right this time. He said his remarks as quoted last week weren't wrong but were incomplete. A report in last week's edi- tion of The Stillwater Journal quoted Rhoads questioning Bates has been busy since his election, familiarizing him- self with meeting protocols, attending college classes and conducting interviews. Since the election he has been inter- viewed by an Australian tele- yision program and recently appeared on the Fox and Friends morning program in Oklahoma City. Several individuals addressed the council during the public appearance portion of the meeting. Calvary Assembly ,Of God pastor Rusty Rhoads repeated his arguments against imposing an additional $25 fee for adults who live outside the Stillwater city limits and participate in parks and rec- reation sports. Rhoads said he lives outside the city limits but spends his money in Still- water and is an active part of the community. He said he is offended and upset by the city's distinction between residents and non-residents. "I am a citizen of this commu- why adult non-residents had to pay an extra fee while youth players did not. He said he thought the practice was dis- cfiminatory and questioned its legality. At the April 20 council meeting, he clarified his views, saying he didn't think anyone should have to pay the non-resident fee. He asked for an immediate reversal of the policy, saying the imposition of the fee has destroyed the senior softball league. His sentiments were echoed nity regardless of what anyone by Lowell Candidate, a former thinks , he sald = . Park"Bo d Chair, whosaldthe I an3" ........................... . Rhoads said both resident non-resident fee was having a and non-resident players have helped pay for improvements to the parks and playing fields over the years. He said his church sponsors up to four teams over three softball severe impact on a number of programs. He also ques- tioned its legality, saying the Softball Association, which included both residents and non-residents, had paid $100,000 toward improving city ball fields. He said other improvements were paid for with federal land and water conservation grants. He said he didn't accept the reasons he had heard for differentiating between residents and non- residents. "It's not just differentiation; it's discrimin fion," he said. Candidate said the city's actions have had a significant public relations cost and driven away charter members of 'the senior league, like the team from Ponca City, which decided $750 extra dollars added to a one hour drive meant is was no longer feasible to play in Stillwater. He said the loss of that team had killed the league. "I've met people through the league and attended funer- als but I never thought I'd be standing up here doing a eulogy for the league itself," he said. JeffHolly appeared on behalf of city employees represented by the Communication Work- ers of America local No. 6012. He read a prepared statement that said the CWAis asking for across the board cost of living increases for all employees because the three percb-nt given lately has not kept pace with inflation. He also said they want a longevity bonus for all employees who are topped out and not eligible for step increases. See CITY, Page A2 Pat Murphy, outgoing president of the Starting Point II board of directors, signs a memorandum of understanding that merges the chemical dependency treatment center with Payne County Drug Court. Board members said the merger will help ensure Starting Point II continues to operate. Looking on are: Drug Court board member Ron Thrasher, Starting Point II Administrative Director Sally Gilbert, Starting Point II treasurer Cindy Washing, Starting Point II board member Mary Rupp, Drug Court board member Thad Leffingwell, Starting Point II board member Ernie Tye and Starting Point II board member Don Hutchison. II board and has been on the Drug Court board for over 10 years. He said he feels like both organizations are his family. "I'm excited at the prospect of having two families and having them come together," he said. Pat Murphy, outgoing president of the Starting Point I/board said the facility has been serving people strug- gling with addiction for over 40 years. It started in a small house on Duck St. and moved several times before former Stillwater Mayor Christine Salmon helped them find a way to build their current facility, which is located at 608 Highpoint Dr. Murphy said in the past people didn't have many options for help. "People with substance abuse issues were the joke of the community," he said. "'There was no treatment. The cops would pick them By Patti Weaver Journal Correspondent A Payne County Jail inmate who drank bleach water that was in his cell for cleaning purposes was treated and released at the Stillwater Medical Center emergency room last week. Sheriff R.B. Hauf said Monday. Donte Johnson. 21, of safety reasons, it's diluted to where it's fairly safe for jail- ers as well," the sheriff said. Inmates can request such materials with which to clean their cells, but "when this type of stuff happens, we usually remove them from their cell and have the trustee clean." the sheriff said. By Michelle Charles Journal Staff Writer After several years of increasing financial insecurity, Starting Point II substance abuse rehabilitation center has merged with Payne County Drug Court. The merger brings Starting Point 1I under the umbrella of Drug Court. stabilizing its finances and providing support services for its administrators. Drug Court Executive Director Rebecca Fincher gave an example. "We have a team that handles national accreditation," said Fincher. "They won't have to go through the process alone. They'll have the team to help them." Fincher said Starting Point II's board is dissolving and the Drug Court board will be overseeing both organiza- tions. Stillwater's Assistant Police Chief Ron Thrasher has been involved with both organizations. He served over 20 years on the Starting Point II rural community centers. Elm Grove School drew $12,334 for its new metal roof, Progress School closed out its grant with a.draw of $598 for air conditioning and Ingalls School drew $777.56 for new carpeting. The community centers are former rural school build- ings that are now used for community gatherings and meetings. They receive rural development grants to maintain and improve their facilities. The commissioners also approved a plan by the Payne County Sheriff's Department to stop using its fuel storage tank in favor of buying Oklahoma City, is cur- rently being held in a single cell under close observa- tion in the main jail located in the basement of the Payne County Courthouse. the sheriff said. Johnson was in custody on drug charges Thursday after- noon when he drank some bleach water in a bucket and was taken by ambulance to the emergency room. the sheriff said. "We supply the inmates with bleach water periodi- cally to clean their cells. For By Michelle Charles Journal Staff Writer The Payne County Board of Commissioners declared April 20 through 24 Com- munications Officers Appre- ciation Week in honor of law enforcement and other emergency dispatchers. Moving on, they agreed to pay the Sac and Fox Nation $21.11 per day and Pottawat- omie County Regional Juve- nile Detention Center $20.39 per day for housing juvenile offenders from Payne County in the coming fiscal year. The contract renewals will take effect July 1. 2009. They also approved a bid evaluation for a metal roof to be applied to Elm Grove community center. The center board received three bids ranging from$ 7.895 to $12.334. The board selected PC Steel. the only bidder located in Stillwater. even though that company's Journal photo by Michelle Charles Arts & Heritage Festival Fun Wild west entertainer Kowboy Kal entertained the crowd at last weekend's Arts and Heritage Festival with trick roping display. At one time, Kal was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for making the largest wedding ring loop at 100 feet. Photo provided bid was the highest. They said they made their selec- tion based the company's workmanship, performance and reliability. The commissioners approved draws from grants received by several up and drop them off at their homes. Homes, they knew very well." Payne County Drug Court shares the mission of providing treatment for people struggling with substance abuse. The spe- cial court has been operating outside the District Court since 1993. It provides treatment and supervision of non-vio- lent drug offenders, to help in their rehabilitation and reduce jailove Towding. Participants undergo regular drug testing, participate in counseling and group meetings, make court appearances, submit monthly reports and pay their fines and court costs. Starting Point II provides a seven-day, non-medical detoxification facility for drug and alcohol abusers. After completing their detoxifica- tion. clients go to a rehabili- tation program as quickly as space can be found. The facility has room for up to 12 mixed-gender detox clients. They also offer out-patient addiction treatment in a group setting. Starting Point II Administrative Director Sally Gilbert said they served about total clients last year. The majority of their clients seek treatment for alcohol, meth- amphetamine and marijuana abuse. Gilbert said Starting Point II has been struggling in the last several years, ,with patient ntmabers declining. She said she believe a state mandate making facilities like theirs smoke-free has had a negative impact because many sub- stance abusers also smoke. "When they're going through detox it's just too hard for them to make a double stop," said Starting Point 1/Detox Coun- selor Tricia Smith. "It's hard to get them to make gasoline as needed using the a voluntary commitment." department's cr [card, . added Gilbert. They also passed a res0tu] . incher saidthe merger with tion announcing' e 'ia @ ing Point II will allow tion to pave Fairgrounds 'Payne County Drug Court to Rd. from Lakeview Rd. to 0ffer a fuller range of services Airport Rd. with an asphalt and help ensure the treatment overlay. . facility's survival. THE JOURNAL slIII]ILI!!UIII!IU U!]II3 Powered by