January 2016 News & Briefs

Edition 307

January 2016

ASCOG Offices Closed:  ASCOG offices will be closed Monday, January 18 for Martin Luther King Day.  Offices will open for business Tuesday, January 19.

Public Safety:  Inventory has been completed for ALL fire departments. Training will start the New Year off with the 6th Annual” Destry Horton” wildland and EMS Regional School, February 12-13-14 at Fort Sill Post.

Bob Skiles, former mayor of Empire City was presented a plaque and Proclamation from the town council for his 20 plus years of service and leadership to the community.

Area Agency on Aging Public Forums:  ASCOG staff will host public forums to receive comments on the Area Plan on Aging.  For more information, contact Cathy Crockett at 580.736.7978. The public forums for January are scheduled as follows:

  • January 6, Duncan North nutrition site, 11:30 a.m.
  • January 13, Chickasha nutrition site, 11:00 a.m.
  • January 19, Lawton North nutrition site, 11:00 a.m.

Walters Municipal Judge Retires: Gerald R. Hayes has retired as Walters Municipal Judge after 25 years of service.

New ASCOG Trustee: Jesse R. Cross, president and CEO of Red River Science & Technology, is the new Comanche County minority rep on the ASCOG board. Jesse is a retired Brigadier General and replaces Larry Jefferson who passed away last year.

Workforce Development Division (WDD) enters the month of January having completed its first six months under the new Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) program. Budget constraints has kept the program from evolving the way it was intended to evolve, but WDD plans to move forward with many innovative ideas this new calendar year.

Expected CDBG Applications Due Dates:

CDBG-REAP – Feb. 26, ‘16

Community Revitalization (community buildings, streets, sidewalks, equipment, fire trucks, etc.) – Mar. 25, ‘16

Water and Wastewater Engineering and Construction – May 6, ‘16

Oklahoma Department of Commerce will not accept any application unless it includes a copy of the completed FY2015 Audit or Agreed upon Procedures. Please contact ASCOG CED staff early for assistance in submitting CDBG grant applications!

2016 REAP – A list of recipients is posted on ASCOG’s website, www.ascog.org.

Free Ombudsman Volunteer Training: The training is on January 27th and 28th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Great Plains Technology Center, room 623B, 4500 Lee Blvd, Lawton. A long-term care ombudsman advocates for rights of persons in long-term care settings like nursing homes and assisted living facilities. You may become an ombudsman volunteer or learn about long-term care issues by attending this training. For detailed information, contact ASCOG ombudsman supervisors Ruben Sotelo, direct: 580-736-7975, sote_ru@ascog.org, or Darin Terry, direct: 580-736-7974, terr_da@ascog.org.

Are Your Codebooks in Compliance with State Laws? 11 O.S. Section 14.109 requires municipalities to compile and publish their penal ordinances in a permanent form every ten (10) years. It also requires the municipality to publish biennial (every other year) supplements for any changes to the codebooks’ penal ordinances.  11 O.S. Section 14.111.E states that no municipality may levy a fine or deferral fee in lieu of a fine of over Fifty Dollars ($50.00) until it has compiled and published the ordinances as required.  If your municipality is not in compliance with the law, please contact Susie Lindsay in the community and economic development division.

Public Safety reminds every that with the mild weather, the area will become very dry and have the potential to cause land fires. Please be cautious through the holidays.