Updated: May 25, 2021
The Community Focus Update
Date: March 4th, 2020
Note: This is a working document information may change. Missing numbers means stories were dropped.
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Mike: Welcome to our 47th episode of the Community Focus Update. I’m Michael Woodruff.
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Mike: In this week’s program we'll.. learn about a boil order in Afton, tell you about the tax date change for those affected by the recent winter storm, and later we learn how medical marijuana has become an economic force in Oklahoma.
Before we dive into what's going on around Ottawa County let's talk about our sponsors.
-The Community Health Clinic
Mike: As the number of suicides national experts are looking at ways to address the problem and you can be part of the solution. Coming up on Wednesday morning, March 10th from 9 to noon, The Community Health Center is hosting a zoom conference with several nationally recognized experts to include folks from the CDC, local health clinics, faith leaders, and policy experts. For details visit chcneo dot com slash special dash virtual dash event dash suicide dash prevention. This livestream event will also be broadcasted here on the Woodruff Media Management Facebook page.
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Mike: Coming up on March 19th at 7pm live from the Afton Community Center. Woodruff Media Management will be hosting “The Afton Candidate Q&As”, this Facebook live will feature questions about the United States and Oklahoma Constitution, Ethics and Procedures, and questions from the audience. To learn more about this upcoming broadcast visit Woodruff Media dot com slash events. Sponsorship for this event is only $15. Current sponsors include Unity of Joplin, Elegance Unleashed, Nowhere on 66 Barbecue, and Route 66 Truck & Trailer.
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Mike: Last week we reported the Town of Afton had an issue with their water lines during the recent winter storm while the lines are working there are still issues with water quality. While the water is currently clean it doesn’t fit the guidelines set by The Department of Environmental Quality. According to Afton Town Clerk Rebecca Collins the water has been tested and the town is awaiting results. Until then a voluntary boil order has been issued.
According to the Center for Disease Control there are three ways to ensure clean drinking water; boiling, chemical treatment, and filtering
When it comes to boiling water needs to be a rolling boil for 1 minute or more then cooled and stored in a clean sanitized container. If the water is cloudy you can run water through a coffee filter, paper towel or a clean washcloth.
For chemical treatment you can use unscented household chlorine bleach. For a gallon of water you will need to add a little less than 1/8 teaspoon of bleach. Stir and let sit for 30 minutes. As a personal tip this water tastes like something from the pool so add your favorite drink mix.
For Filtering great care needs to be considered because not all tap filters are equal. As a rule of thumb anything that does not remove Cryptosporidium (Say that five times fast) or known as crypto, a microscopic parasite that causes diarrheal disease needs to be used with caution. Consult the filter box before using.
Mike: To learn more you can visit the links on the screen or visit our transcript.
Other things to consider: hot water from a coffee maker or the tap is not considered boiled. While water can be bathed in, people with children need to be careful and ensure the kiddos don’t accidentally swallow the water.
(IRS and Storm Recovery/Covid-19)
Mike: Recently the IRS announced victims of winter storms that began on February 8, 2021 now have until June 15, 2021, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments. This includes Individuals and households affected by severe winter storms that reside or have a business in any of the 77 counties in Oklahoma qualify for tax relief. Affected taxpayers in a federally declared disaster area have the option of claiming disaster-related casualty losses on their federal income tax return for either the year in which the event occurred (2021 in this instance), or the prior year (2020). If an affected taxpayer receives a late filing or late payment penalty notice from the IRS that has an original or extended filing, payment or deposit due date that falls within the postponement period, the taxpayer should call the telephone number on the notice to have the IRS abate the penalty. For information on services currently available, call 866-562-5227 or visit IRS.Gov
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Mike: The Fairland High School parents are accepting auction items and cash donations for the after prom party. Sponsorships are $20 and go as high as you like!!
The After Prom Party will be on May 7, 2021 and will feature a safe, alcohol-free, drug-free and fun environment for Fairland High school Juniors and Seniors. All donations will help provide entertainment, games, prizes and food for all students present. You can send your cash donation to Fairland After Prom 53701 East 170 Road Miami OK 74354 or call Christy Jones at 918-964-0132 to make arrangements for the donated items. To bid on items visit the Facebook page “AUCTION - Fairland Owls After Prom” Woodruff Media Management has donated an advertising package worth $480.
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(Miami Trash Cleanup) Mike: Attention Residential customers of Miami Utilities. It’s time for spring cleaning. If you live in the Northwest and Southwest section of the city. Have you items placed curbside no later than 7am Monday March 22nd. For the folks who live Northeast and Southeast of the city you need to have your items placed curbside at 7 am Monday March 29th.
Please ensure all items are placed close to the street curb as possible away from any obstructions like water meters, gas meters,mailboxes, poly carts, parked cars, trailers, trees, utility poles and landscape features. Items should not be placed curbside until the weekend prior to your scheduled pickup.
Hazardous waste like paint, fuel oil, chemicals, and automobile batteries will not be picked up.
Building materials will not be accepted.
Air conditioners and other refrigeration must have compressors removed.
For more information please call The Solid Waste Department at 918-541-2368
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Mike: The town of Quapaw is looking for a full time water wastewater employee. Applications can be picked up at Quapaw City Hall at 410 Main Monday through Friday from 9am to 4:30pm
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Mike: After the break, we’ll be telling you about how medical marijuana became a cure for a state problem . Until then here's a list of upcoming government meetings open to the public.
Upcoming Government Meetings
Ottawa County Commissioners Monday March 8 , 9am (online)
Fairland City Council Thursday March 11, 6pm (In person)
Miami City Council Monday March 15, 6pm (online)
Afton Town Council Tuesday March 16th, 6pm (In person) Commercial Break (Ottawa County Farmers Market :30, Paid)
Mike: Welcome Back everyone.
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(Medical Marijuana Boons State Taxes) Mike: Oklahoma State Treasurer Randy McDaniel recently announced February Gross Receipts to the Treasury are down by less than one percent compared to collections from last year, but sales tax receipts are up by almost 8 percent, Collections from all sources in February total $950.8 million, down by $6 million, or 0.6 percent, from February 2020. Since March of last year, monthly gross receipts have been below prior year collections every month except one, and that was due to the delayed income tax filings in July.
February sales tax collections exceed those of the prior February by $28.2 million, or 7.9 percent. It marks only the second time in the past year that sales tax receipts have exceeded those of the same month of the prior year. Both instances are likely due to expenditure of the two rounds of federal stimulus payments; The first one was given last year via the CARES act where every adult 18 and over was given $1,200 and $500 per child under 17 years old – or up to $3,400 for a family of four. The second payment was via The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 which authorized additional payments of up to $600 per adult and up to $600 for each qualifying child.
Combined income tax receipts for the month dropped slightly, with individual income tax collections up by 2.2 percent and corporate receipts down by 56.4 percent. Gross production collections are down by 45.9 percent and motor vehicle receipts are off by 9 percent.
The largest percentage of revenue growth for the month and past year is from the medical marijuana tax. The marijuana tax produced $5.5 million in February, a 64.7 percent increase over the year. For the past 12 months, the marijuana tax has produced $60.3 million, a jump of more than 100 percent from the trailing period. According to Lamont Laird of the Flying Pig Dispensary this news isn’t a surprise.
Lower third: Lamont Laird, Owner, The Flying Pig Dispensary
Mike: Coming up after the break, we’ll let you know what we’re working on for next week. Until then here's a piece of trivia you may not know.
Did you know trivia
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Mike: Welcome Back everyone.
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Mike: Due to our livestream with the Community Health Clinic on Wednesday March 11th we’ll be uploading the community focus update on Friday Night the 12th. During this program we plan on reporting on the status of Fairland Parks Trustee Kelli Shelton’s seat as decided at the March 11th Fairland city council meeting. At that time Mrs. Shelton and her attorney are welcome to stay afterward for an in depth unedited interview.
Mike: Well that’s it for this week’s program. Be sure to like and share this video and become our friend on Facebook. Thanks again for watching. We’ll see you next week!
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