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Transcript: The Community Focus Update (11/25/21)

Updated: Dec 4, 2021

The Community Focus Update

Date: Nov 25, 2021

Note: This is a working document information may change. Mike: In this episode of the Community Focus Update We’ll be sitting down with Ottawa County District Two Commissioner, Steven Chasteen to discuss the county’s new maintenance barn, the method behind the madness of road repairs, and preparations for the upcoming winter season. Later in the program we’ll be diving down to the bottom of the well with Commerce Mayor Elijah Redden and local daycare owner Jennifer Montoya in response to an E. Coli bacteria scare with the city's water supply. All of this and more on the Community Focus Update.


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Mike: Welcome to our 64th episode of the Community Focus Update. Before we dive into what's going on around Ottawa County let's talk about those folks who help make this program possible..

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Mike- After the break we’ll be visiting with Ottawa County District 2 Commissioner Steven Chasteen. Until then, here's a list of upcoming events. Upcoming events Quapaw Public School, Indian Education Parent/Tribal Meeting Dec 1, @ 5pm Picher Christmas Parade Dec. 4 @ 10am Commerce Christmas Parade Dec. 4 3pm Miami Christmas Parade Dec 4. 6pm Grand Lake Christmas Light Boat Parade Dec. 11 @ 3pm

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Interview with Steven Chasteen, Ottawa County Commissioner District 2 Topics: New Operations barn, road construction rumors, records keeping, 2022 road maintenance plan

Lower Third: Steven Chasteen, Ottawa County Commissioner District 2 Ottawa County District Two Roads Graded Roads Record

Roads Graded 2021
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-Camera Mike: After the break we’ll be sitting down with Commerce Mayor Elijah Redden to discuss contaminated water and infrastructure bonds. Here’s a piece of trivia you may not know.

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-Mike: After the break we’ll be sitting down with Commerce Mayor Elijah Redden to discuss contaminated water and infrastructure bonds. Here’s a piece of trivia you may not know.

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#2 (One shot/Graphic/Video) E. Coli Scare in Commerce Mike: Back in June the City of Commerce discovered E. Coli in its water supply. Upon this discovery the violation was reported to The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality commonly referred as DEQ. Commerce water customers were advised via a mention on their water bill. Unfortunately local media and non-customers were not notified. It wasn’t until recently we learned about this issue via the social media rumor mill. As a news agency our interest was peaked. According to the CDC, Each year in the United States, E. coli bacterial infections cause approximately 265,000 illnesses and about 100 deaths. While statistically this appears a minor issue, in Northeast Oklahoma, water issues have been an ongoing concern especially in light of legacy lead mining runoff in tar creek which runs through the entire county. This rang true back in late 2000 when Commerce got a LEAD Copper warning in their water supply. Following the E. Coli report another rumor came to light, children at a local daycare and an elderly gentleman had E. Coli symptoms. By this point on November 12th, the City of Commerce issued a statement assuring everyone the water was safe. While this was good news. Many questions still lingered. We went to the source and got an interview with Commerce Mayor Elijah Redden to get a clearer picture of the situation.

Sit Down Interview with Commerce Mayor Elijah Redden Topics: False Positives of E Coli in city water, addressing limited response to issue by city, Upcoming bond issues, Main Street Oklahoma enrollment, Mayor drinks water.

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Sit Down Interview with Tiny Tigers Daycare Owner Jennifer Montoya Topic: The coincidence of daycare children with E Coli symptoms and Town of Commerce water issue. Town, County, and State response. Parental Response.

Mike: If you want to see the water report mentioned in both interviews you can visit our transcript at Woodruff Media Management dot com slash news

#4 (One shot/Graphic/Video) E Coli Prevention, symptoms, treatment (Dropped due to time)

-Camera Mike: Of Course no conversation about E Coli would be complete without an actual description of the illness. According to the Centers For Disease Control:


Escherichia coli (abbreviated as E. coli) are bacteria found in the environment, foods, and intestines of people and animals.

Most E. coli are harmless and are actually an important part of a healthy human intestinal tract. However, some E. coli can cause diarrhea, urinary tract infections, respiratory illness, bloodstream infections, and other illnesses. The types of E. coli that can cause illness can be transmitted through contaminated water or food, or through contact with animals or people.” -Graphic Mike: E. Coli symptoms vary for each person, but often include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting. Some people may have a fever, which usually is not very high (less than 101˚F/38.5˚C). Most people get better within 5 to 7 days. Some infections are very mild, but others are severe or even life-threatening.

Most people with E coli poisoning start feeling sick 3 to 4 days after eating or drinking something that contains the bacteria. However, illnesses can start anywhere from 1 to 10 days after exposure. Contact your healthcare provider if you have diarrhea that lasts for more than 3 days or diarrhea that is accompanied by a fever higher than 102˚F, bloody diarrhea, or so much vomiting that you cannot keep liquids down and you pass very little urine. -Graphic Mike: To prevent exposure to E Coli the CDC suggests: -Practicing proper hygiene, especially good handwashing.

  • Wash your hands thoroughly after using the bathroom and changing diapers.

  • Wash your hands thoroughly before and after preparing or eating food.

  • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with animals or their environments (at farms, petting zoos, fairs, even your own backyard).

  • Wash your hands thoroughly before preparing and feeding bottles or foods to an infant or toddler, before touching an infant or toddler’s mouth, and before touching pacifiers or other things that go into an infant or toddler’s mouth.

  • Keep all objects that enter infants’ and toddlers’ mouths (such as pacifiers and teethers) clean.

  • If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol (check the product label to be sure). These alcohol-based products can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in some situations, but they are not a substitute for washing with soap and running water.

  • Follow the four steps to food safety when preparing food: clean, separate, cook, and chill.

  • Wash fruits and vegetables well under running water, unless the package says the contents have already been washed.

  • Cook meats thoroughly:

  • To kill harmful germs, cook beef steaks and roasts to an internal temperature of at least 145°F (62.6˚C) and allow to rest for 3 minutes after you remove meat from the grill or stove.

  • Cook ground beef and pork to a minimum internal temperature of 160°F (70˚C).

  • Always use a food thermometer to check that the meat has reached a safe internal temperature because you can’t tell whether meat is safely cooked by looking at its color.

  • Don’t cause cross-contamination in food preparation areas. Thoroughly wash hands, counters, cutting boards, and utensils after they touch raw meat.

  • Avoid raw milk, unpasteurized dairy products, and unpasteurized juices (such as fresh apple cider).

  • Don’t swallow water when swimming and when playing in lakes, ponds, streams, swimming pools, and backyard “kiddie” pools.

Water Resources: E Coli Information: Commerce Water Violation Report More Commerce Water Documents

Consumer Confidence Report Water Reports for communities and wells in Ottawa County Biden Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Overview

Mike: I admit we were really interview focused this week. Initially we had other stories; among them was the 100 year anniversary of the Miami library and the recent holiday market at the Miami Civic Center. Those stories will be in next week's episode.

Mike: Well that is it for our program we want to thank you for watching. We’ll see you next week.

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