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Weekly Section of The Perkins Journal, Fr and About Stillwater 75 .......... ...... Scout's ..... Hono00 Boy scout rroop SO2 ho00ds Page )rmer Strode owner p00:oposes green cemetery By Michelle Charles Joumal Staff Writer Bill Bernhardt Jr., the former owner of Strode Funeral Home, is seeking approval to develop Oklahoma's first environmentally friendly "green" cemetery west of Stillwater. If approved, Green Haven Cemetery would occupy about three acres south of the inter- section of S.H. 51 and Coyle Rd, with land set aside to allow expansion. Unlike conventional cem- eteries, it would not have individual grave markers or allow pre-purchase of plots. Plots would instead be sold as needed, making it impossible for family members to reserve spaces next to each other. Instead of traditional grave stones Green Haven would have a monolith at the entrance, where the names of those buried could be inscribed. Green Haven would keep a record of where each indi- vidual is located, Bernhardt said. The cemetery would be fenced and maintained as a natural meadow, surrounded by trees. It would be mowed once per year to discourage weeds and might be over seeded with wildflowers, he said. Green or natural funerals are part of a trend that is spreading across the country, he said. The website for the Center for Natural Burial identifies 13 active green cemeteries in the U.S. and Canada with six more under development. Memorial Ecosystems, a finn located in South Carolina, claims to have established the first green cemetery in the U.S. in 1998. Some natural cemeteries are protected by conservation easements to prevent future development but Bernhardt said that isn't necessary because Oklahoma law requires that land remain a cemetery once it has been dedicated as such. Green Haven's slogan is "Back to nature - naturally" Its burials would be different in several ways from conven- tional burials. The deceased will be buried in shrouds rather than coffins and without concrete vaults. Other green cemeteries allow native wood coffins, wicker baskets and recycled paper boxes but Bernhardt said whatever the body is enclosed in can't increase its volume by more than 10 percent to prevent excess settling. "Once we bury someone we don't plan to touch them again," he said. The deceased can be buried in any clothing the family prefers. Embalming is optional although some other green cemeteries don't allow burial See GREEN, Page 94 First 'listening session' tonight With the removal of "New Business" from the Stillwa- ter City Council agenda, the mayor and city councilors will begin to hold periodic listening sessions. The first "Listening Ses- sion with Stillwater City Council: A Moderated Conversation" will be held Thursday, Oct. 14 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the second floor auditorium of the Stillwater Public Library, 1107 S. Duck. Councilors John Bartley and Darrell Dougherty will be in atten- dance. City Manager Dan Gallo- way said, "We want to pro- vide an opportunity where residents can provide input and ask questions. I think a moderated conversation will allow for a productive meeting. Traditionally, our city council meetings have served this purpose, but because of laws concerning open meetings we needed to make a change." The Community Relations Committee (CRC) will moderate the first session, which will be modeled on the League of Women Voters' forums. Citizens will be asked to write their questions or comments onto index cards, which will be provided. CRC members will read the questions. Staff from the City of Stillwater will get back to residents for any questions that could not be answered immediately. For more informa- tion, contact the City Manager's Office at (405) 742-8209 or e-mail news @ Jeanine Campbell, president of the Tan-Tar-A Homeowners Association, appeared at the October 11 Payne County Commission meeting to thank District No. 3 commissioner Jim Arthur for resurfacing the roads in the addition, which is west of Stillwater near Lake Carl Blackwell. Campbell said she was relentless in her efforts to get something done about the streets in the housing addition that is home to about 40 families. "1 called him three times a week until he was probably ready to just have them tell me he wasn't there," she said. "1 nagged him like a fishwife." Her gift of a shirt was symbolic. "He practically gave us the shirt off his back," she said. Journal photo by Michelle Charles County officers turn down raise By Michelle Charles Journal Staff Writer The elected officers of Payne County unanimously rejected pay increases Oklahoma House Bill 2573 mandated for them. The legislation was spon- sored by State Representa- tives Trebilcock, Ritze, Sithson, Tibbs and Duncan and Senators Coffee and Gumm. It directed the basic salary of county officers in every county in Oklahoma be increased, according to the 2010 Session in Review Stillwater teen to boot camp By Patti Weaver Journal Correspondent A Stillwater teenager was ordered into prison boot camp Friday after pleading guilty to breaking into an OSU police officer's car east of town, concealing stolen property taken from another vehicle at a Stillwa- ter apartment complex and stealing cough medicine boxes at a Stillwater drug store. Trenton Wallace Reed, 18, who had earlier been freed on bail on his two felony charges, has been in the Payne County Jail for the past four months since his misdemeanor shoplifting arrest, court records show.. Reed could be incarcer- ated for 12 more years or released from custody when he is returned from the state's Regimented Inmate Discipline (RID) prison boot camp program to court for sentencing on April 22, 2011. before Associate District Judge Stephen Kistler. Reed admitted Friday that he had broken into an OSU police officer's car in May at the officer's residence east Downtown Car Show Classic cars, customized cars and cars destined to be classics lined Main St. for three blocks when the downtown Business Improvement District hosted it's annuai car show Saturday. Jourr photo by Miche Chaa of Stillwater from which an assault rifle assigned to the officer was stolen -- along with a laptop computer, four keys, a GPS unit and other items, court records show. Two weeks after that burglary, Reed told Payne County Sheriff's Deputy George Disel that he was with a juvenile and another youth when the theft occurred, according to the deputy's affidavit. Reed showed the deputy a pond where Reed said that he saw the juvenile throw the assault rifle --which was recovered the following day, the affidavit said. Reed also admitted in court Friday that about three weeks before that car burglary, he possessed an I-pod, battery charger, necklace and cologne that had been stolen from an See TEEN, Page 94 report for the Oklahoma House of Representatives. The pay for elected county officers is determined by a base rate, to which a formula based on property valuation and population is added. The Payne County Board of Comnussioners passed a resolution decreasing their base pay rate to compensate for an increase in the amount mandated by the formula. Their goal was to ensure their total pay didn't increase. "Maybe later on if things look better but right now we just don't have it," Commis- sioner Gloria Hesser said. She said the Association of County Commission- ers of Oklahoma (ACCO) See COUNTY, Page $4 Payne County Commission 10104110 Regular Meeting Utility ts oFHA Investments, LLC- dnee inda flow line insix inch casing located .25 miles east of Ripley(2,800  we, t of Parone R& and Oltman Rd.)-approved 3-0 Discussion and Possible Action -Morgan Carter, son.of Dave Carter and Heidi carter, rmuest m- $1,200 Grounds profes- sional surveying $8,010.96 City of Stillwater utilities o$6,780IDCityofStillwater utilities o$7,628.01 City of Stillwater utililies o$15,145.03 E911 AT&T services 10t 11t10 Regular Meeting sion to clean up Clayton .......... ::: ashisEagleSct project, rr- .s of  equipmem- ta ship and county's ability to Iowa and and Fox tnesin oppos- anewof rides that wmld reduce fed- erat  funding to Native American tn'bes -aRxed 34) ,Requesting $77,362.83 from Oklahoma Depart- ment of Transportation account for rock to repair damage to Payne County District No. I roads- approved 3-0 *Requesting $34,000 from oklalm  of Tmnspoaafion accotmt for engineering services on two mile scmegel R - aptoved 30  Reports ,Sheriff-jail food $21,821.44 Purchase  inelud- Ulility  DCP Midstream-tabled ,Javalon-24   :oil pipeline  storage .10 miles west of Norfolk Rd. on TexacoRd,.25 east of Linwood on Texaco Rd. and .5 miles  on Harmony Rd. - approved 3-0 Bkl Double chip and seal of Fairgror Rt north  S.H. 51 to McElroy, to cracking asphalt and pre- vent  damage during Public Hearing *Application by Bill Bern- hardt Jr. to establish Haven Cemetery west of Stillwater off Coyle Rd - no on pending more information from applieam Discussion and Possible Action -Donation from Ernie Bales-178   sol] @$10 per load - approved 3-0 :! 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