(R-OK) Steve Harrison, sitting councilman is running for Mayor of McAlester, Oklahoma. He feels council members should at least make a good impression while sitting on bench at meetings for the sake of public appearance. He said his rival John Brown (another councilman) shows up wearing shorts. But when Harrison shows up to city council, he dresses up in suit & tie.
Harrison also answered questions about the McAlester landfill that the council had previously imposed a restriction on its use. Harrison explained that the landfill was full & that the city had to comply w/DEQ rules.
About the matter of McAlester council passing city law that conflicted w/state law in regulating the sale of over the counter cold medicine, Harrison said that the city council rescinded their ruling after its passing due to ruling from Oklahoma Attorney General. The initial reason given by the council in trying to regulate the cold medicine was to clamp down on meth labs. But Oklahoma attorney general Pruitt said towns can’t regulate sale of cold pills.
Steve Harrison, who is a republican, is currently a city councilman for ward 2 McAlester, OK. He seeks to win the office of Mayor, as the outgoing mayor – Kevin Priddle, is retiring. John Browne, a democrat is also running for mayor.
Election for the mayor race is super Tuesday – March 6, 2012.
At this Rural Water District meeting, the directors said that contractors were not working, but I heard them vote to pay them anyway.
I understand that a lot of this money the rural water district got came from Federal & State. So if the contractors are not working, then why would the board vote to pay them? Is this an example of government waste?
This Hughes County Rural Water District 2 regular meeting was held by it’s directors on January 16, 2012 in Stuart, Oklahoma at the Senior Citizen Center.
The following is video taken on July 25, 2011 where an Oklahoma state representative Brian Renegar spoke to the town’s citizens about this Rural Water district would be getting government money.
Also, according to USDA Rural Development July 20, 2011 news release, Hughes County Rural Water District #2 secured a $1.48 million USDA Rural Development grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The press release also said: “The “stimulus” grant, coupled with an $840,000 loan and technical assistance from USDA Rural Development, will be used to rehabilitate three existing wells and develop two additional wells within the district”.
At a January 26, 2012 annual meeting of Hughes County Rural Water District #2 in Stuart Oklahoma, the minutes of 2011 annual meeting that was read by Secretary/Treasurer Janet Frederick were disputed by water customer (member). After this dispute, membership voted not to approve those minutes until the board of directors produced the handwritten minutes for the membership to review. The member disputed the legality of the election of the water district’s chairman – Jim Wilson in reference to term of office. Secretary of the rural water district read minutes of 2011 annual meeting that mentioned that Jim Wilson was re-elected at a 2011 annual meeting.
Another member – Ronda Talley, at the January 26, 2012 meeting made motion to not approve the 2011 annual meeting minutes. The motion overwhelming carried to not approve those minutes.
Prior to this January 2012 annual meeting, most of the board of directors told the membership that they did not know when their term of office expired. Many water customers in this water district had been questioning the legality of the term of office and elections of the district’s board of directors that the board claims to had occurred at an alleged prior meeting.