GOP – Steve Harrison Runs for Mayor of McAlester Oklahoma to Dignify the office

(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conflicted w/state law in regulating the sale of over the counter cold medicine, Harrison said that the city council rescinded their ruling after its passing due to ruling from Oklahoma Attorney General.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.

 

 

Rural Water District 2 Cut off Water 2 Livestock?

At a chaotic Rural Water District # 2 meeting, a resident said that the water operator told him that he was advised that anyone with livestock to shut their water meter off.  Another resident told board members that it would be cold day in hell before they shut water off to his livestock.  Rural Water district manager, Vivian Moody replied “.. what’s more important?  people’s lives or their livestock?

Part of the problem is that residents mostly in Stuart, Oklahoma are not getting any water or water that comes out to a trickle.  Some of them wanted to know that if they are not getting water, if they have to pay the water bill.  Board member replied yes.  Residents complained that when they turn on water, air pressure causes the meter to register & that they are getting charged for it.

Also at this meeting, it was revealed that Rural Water District 2 (RWD #2) has only 2 guys working in the field.  RWD # 2 chairman acknowledged that the money spent on chemicals is going down the drain.

Another resident complained that it took RWD #2 six months to fix water leak.

Vivian Moody started complaining about Oklahoma DEQ because it was inspecting her Water District which she felt had deprived her of putting the maintenance guys to work.

This Rural Water District meeting was held at the Senior Citizens Center in Stuart, Oklahoma on July 18, 2011.  Approximately 60 people attended.

McAlester News:
“Stuart Under Boil Order”
http://mcalesternews.com/local/x202403489/Breaking-News-Stuart-under-boil-order

NewsOK news article:
Water woes plague Hughes County residents
http://newsok.com/water-woes-plague-hughes-county-residents/article/3586653?custom_click=rss

McAlester News Capital:
“Stuart residents told to stop watering livestock”
http://mcalesternews.com/local/x967738301/Stuart-residents-told-to-stop-watering-livestock

McAlester News Capital:
Stuart Oklahoma water district has history of violations
http://mcalesternews.com/local/x1241069150/Stuart-s-water-has-history-of-violations

NewsOK
Water Wells in Store for Rural Oklahoma
http://newsok.com/water-wells-in-store-for-rural-hughes-county/article/3587520

McAlester News Capital:
Stuart water downgraded; board ouster

http://mcalesternews.com/archive/x1926597510/Stuart-water-downgraded-board-ouster-planned

McAlester News Capital:
State cites Hughes Co. water district – Donations pour in for Stuart area residents 
http://mcalesternews.com/local/x1443109611/State-cites-Hughes-Co-water-district