CC)--The Enid Mayor and Board of Commissioners is scheduled to vote on an art project at the corner of Garriott and Grand, plus a number of purchases and other items during their regular meeting tonight. Commissioners will vote on whether to approve the art project "Lazy Circles in the Sky" at an estimated cost of $46,807. The project was approved and recommended by the Public Arts Commission of Enid. PACE member and artist Michael Shuck created the project, which would include a number of hawks flying over the corner, along with a sidewalk and other details. Other items on the regular meeting agenda include, consideration of a resolution to give notice of the city's regular general municipal election and of a potential runoff election to be held in 2019; appropriation of funds for the purchase of equipment, the approval of a contract for the purchase of property at 611 S. Cleveland, and approval of a professional engineering services agreement for the design of the Leona Mitchell bridge deck replacement.
During their study session, Commissioners will learn more about an agreement with AirMedCare to provided discounted air ambulance memberships to Enid residents, as well as discussion of upcoming events, including haunted gym and Christmas in the Park. The study session will be 5:00 p.m. in the Lower Level Conference Room in the City Administration Building, 401 W. Garriott. The regular meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers. Both meetings are open to the public.
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SB)--An update on a middle school configuration study was heard Monday night by the Enid Public Schools Board of Education. District officials launched the study to determine if the district wants to divide sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students into separate grade-specific sites for schooling. Superintendent Darrel Floyd provided the update on the study, which will conclude Nov. 5. "No decisions have been made on this topic at all, we are simply gathering information with this study," Floyd said. According to Enid News and Eagle, Floyd later added that reconfiguring Enid's middle schools would come with a considerable price tag. "I am leaning in the direction of making no change, mostly because it looks like it will be cost prohibitive in terms of transportation," he said. "I can't in good faith recommend a half million or a million more in expenses for our transportation every year." A special board meeting and planning session is scheduled for Nov. 5, when the full middle school configuration report is ready. In other business, board members discussed a proposed partnership with Tyson Foods. Tyson Upward Academy provides an opportunity for employees who speak little or limited English to take classes and improve their English with EPS using its adult education teachers to provide the lessons. Also announced at the meeting is a groundbreaking date and ceremony for an upcoming EPS and Northwestern Oklahoma State University early childhood center, set for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 15.
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PC)--The Metropolitan Area Planning Commission Monday night approved the rezoning of property for a women's transitional housing program. The rezoning request made by Forgotten Ministries involves property at 301 E. Iowa, on the southeast corner of 3rd and Iowa. It allows for a boarding house with a maximum density of 12 people. The Enid City Commission will either approve or deny the rezoning request in its Nov. 6 meeting, and will take into consideration MAPC's approval recommendation.
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OL)—We have experienced record setting cold locally the past couple of mornings. A record low was tied this morning, one day after the Enid area set a record for lowest temperature on Oct. 15. The temperature dipped to 33 this morning at the Mesonet weather-recording site at Breckinridge, which tied the record low for Oct. 16 set in 1943. On Monday, a low of 33 broke the record of 36 set in 1905. Other area location lows on Monday fell into the upper 20’s. The average date of the first autumn freeze is between Oct. 28 through Nov. 2 for the Enid area, according to the National Weather Service. Counties north of Garfield normally see the first freeze between Oct. 23-27, while the northwest region sees colder air as early as Oct. 15, the NWS reports.
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FF)--Public Library of Enid and Garfield County, 120 W. Maine, will host a free six-week financial fitness course beginning Thursday. The classes will take place noon to 1:00 p.m. each Thursday, Oct. 18 to Nov. 29, with the exception of Thanksgiving. Classes, led by OSU Extension Educator Lesa Rauh, will cover how to budget, understanding credit scores and how to have them corrected, borrowing and money management, dealing with debt and smart retirement decisions. Participants should plan to attend all six sessions, and lunch will be provided. Registration is required to attend the course, by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (580) 616-7183. For more information, visit financial-fitness.oklibraries.org.
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If you thought you missed The Commons’ Classic Benefit Car Show last weekend you didn't. They had to reschedule it to this weekend due to weather. It will be Saturday from 9:00am – 3:00pm at 301 S. Oakwood. The money raised will go toward the RSVP’s Santa For Seniors program. And, because the car show has been moved to this weekend that means there's still time to get an entry into the show. Any make, year, or model is welcome to enter the show. Jeff Jackson at The Commons for entry information. There will be a People’s Choice Award, door prizes, $5 lunch specials and lots of family fun! There will also be event t-shirts for sale and door prizes. The car show is free to the public and family friendly.
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BO)--Applications are currently being accepted to fill vacancies on the Construction Board of Appeals. Vacancies to be considered for this board are as follows:
• One registered design professional who is a registered architect.
• One licensed electrical contractor or a licensed electrical journeyman.
• One registered design professional with mechanical experience, or a licensed mechanical contractor.
• One licensed mechanical contractor, or a licensed mechanical journeyman.
• One register design professional with plumbing experience, or a licensed plumbing contractor.
• One licensed plumbing contractor, or a licensed plumbing journeyman.
Applications are also being accepted to fill vacancies on the Enid Joint Recreation Triad (EJRT), ADA Access Board (citizen with a disability), Historic Preservation Commission (Resident of Waverly Historic District), and Public Access Television Advisory Board (ETN).
Applications will be accepted until 5:00 P.M. local time on October 24. It is intended that appointments will be made by the Mayor and Board of Commissioners at their meeting of November 6. The City Commission may, at its discretion, conduct interviews with applicants prior to such appointments. Information and applications may be obtained in the office of the City Clerk, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Municipal Complex, 401 West Owen K. Garriott Road, Enid, Oklahoma, 73701 or by calling 580-616-7275. Application forms can also be downloaded from the City’s web-site, www.enid.org.
FF)—The public is invited to an upcoming free event. Calvary Baptist Church, 831 E. Broadway, will hold their annual Fall Festival on Monday, October 29th, from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Games, candy, free drawings in a safe, family-friendly environment.
NS)--Salvation Army of Enid is seeking families, businesses and civic groups to sponsor its annual Spruce Up a Life Christmas program for families in need. Spruce Up a Life gives donors the opportunity to buy a Christmas tree for $75 and decorate the tree with their own decorations. Each tree is paired with a family in need, and the tree sponsor purchases gifts for the family. Donors also can choose to sponsor just the tree or just the gifts. UPS packages and delivers the trees and gifts to area families in need in early December. Sponsors will decorate their trees in the open retail space south of the food court at Oakwood Mall, Nov. 5-9, culminating in a kickoff event Nov. 9. Demand also has been up in enrollment for the Silver Bells and Angel Tree programs, which allow donors to purchase Christmas gifts for, respectively, low-income seniors and children in the community. To donate to these programs, or to volunteer with the Salvation Army, contact Sarah or Charlotte in the Salvation Army of Enid social services office, 516 N. Independence, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. weekdays, at (580) 237-1910.
WS)--A half-day workshop on how to implement more family positive workplace policies and practices will be held from 8:00 to 11:30 AM on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at the Association of General Contractors, 636 NE 41st Street in Oklahoma City. The Potts Family Foundation, which has incorporated the Family Positive Workplace into its annual program of work, is hosting the event and it is free of charge and open to the public.
“We are excited about sharing best practices by some of Oklahoma’s most qualified human resources professionals. This will be an excellent session for those businesses and organizations passionate about becoming a more family positive workplace for their current and prospective workforces,” said Craig Knutson, president and CEO of the Potts Family Foundation.
The workshop will include sessions on polices considered family positive, flexible workplace schedules, childcare resources, parenting tips for the first five years, and the role management can and must play to ensure success. The presenters come from a wide variety of companies and organizations, from Sunbeam Family Services and the United Way of Enid to Nextep and PIVOT.
“Each presenter brings professional expertise and perspective on topics critical to creating a positive workplace environment. We are very fortunate to have them together on one program to share their strategies of implementation and subsequent outcomes,” said Linda Turner, director of the Family Positive Workplace program for the foundation.
For more information about the foundation’s overall early childhood strategy and our Family Positive Workplace efforts, please visit www.ok25by25.org or contact Linda Turner or Craig Knutson at the Potts Family Foundation at 405.486.4955.
CR)--The City of Enid has partnered with SeeClickFix to announce a new platform called “Enid Citizen Request Center” that will allow citizens to report quality-of-life issues and request City of Enid services. With the free SeeClickFix mobile app and web tools, Enid citizens will now be able to provide City of Enid staff with pictures, videos, specific descriptions, and valuable information needed to get the job done efficiently. In addition, the SeeClickFix platform provides City of Enid officials with a centralized issue management system to manage issues from creation to resolution engaging Enid citizens throughout the process. This partnership not only allows Enid citizens to report problems, but also to view, comment on, and vote to fix problems submitted by their neighbors. Citizens can even create their own “watch areas” to receive notifications about all the issues reported in their community, enabling them to follow the progress of all service requests, not just the ones they report. The SEE CLICK FIX mobile app is available for download on Android and iPhone. In addition to the mobile apps, citizens can send reports to the City of Enid’s website [http://www.Enid.org/RequestCenter] or at www.SeeClickFix.com.
PP)--Christ United Methodist Church, 2418 W. Randolph, is hosting its annual Pumpkin Patch with sales of pumpkins and free family activities scheduled through October. The Pumpkin Patch is open seven days a week. Hours are 2:00-8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8:00 p.m. Sunday. Volunteers still are needed to help staff the pumpkin patch, with volunteer shifts in two-hour segments. Proceeds from the annual pumpkin patch fund church missions, charitable work and operations. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Christ UMC pastor Michael Robnett at email@example.com.