Sapulpa Daily Herald (Sapulpa, Okla.), Vol. 67, No. 260, Ed. 1 Wednesday, July 15, 1981 Page: 1 of 20
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OKLAHOMA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
OKLA. CITY, OKLA. 73105
Water rationing imposed
as mandatory for Tulsans
TULSA, Okla. (UPI) - Water
Commissioner Patty Eaton today or-
dered mandatory water rationing,
citing heavy usage that has taxed the
city’s distribution system.
"It leaves me feeling rather with
mixed emotions,” Ms. Eaton said. “I
would have preferred not to. If we could
have just reduced that usage a little bit
more, we wouldn’t have had to."
Tulsa residents used 12S.6 million
gallons of water Tuesday, down slightly
from Monday's season high of 127
The City Commission earlier
authorized the water commissioner to
impose rationing if consumption ex-
ceeded 125 million gallons on two
The rationing, effective at midnight
tonight, is similar to a voluntary plan
implemented earlier this year.
Residents will be permitted to water
lawns and wash cars once every five
days, at any time except from noon to 6
p m., on a schedule based on house
Ms. Eaton said violators will be
subject to $50 fines, after one warning.
Penalty for a third violation will be set
by the court.
The same rationing plan also was
imposed in Sand Springs, where City
Manager Inez Kirk earlier had asked
residents to reduce consumption. Ms.
Kirk said recent heavy usage had
resulted in serious water level
problems in several areas of Sand
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“What is causing the low pressure
hasn’t been found yet," she said
Water rationing also was ordered to
begin at noon today in Broken Arrow,
where City Manager Jim Whitlock said
pumping has been near the city water
system’s peak capacity.
‘‘The city finds itself in a position
where >1 is pumping almost all the
water that it can, and our water towers
— the level in them is falling quite
iubstantially ” Whitlock said We
Tave the ability of pumping ’0 million
gallons of water, and we’re pumping at
the rate of 9.6 million per day, s<> we’re
reaching the point where our usage is at
an alarming level ”
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Voi. 67-No. 260-26 Pages Wednesday, July 15, 1981 Sapulpa, Okla. 74(K><»
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Construction nears end Lower inflation, higher
on Highway 117 bypass jobless rates are expected
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By JAMES LAUGHLIN
Herald City Editor
The State Highway Department plans
to open the Highway 117 bypass west of
Sapulpa within the next two weeks, If
they can keep traffic of the roadway
long enough to complete the project.
John Rains, the department’s
resident engineer, said workers were in
the process of pouring concrete for
Make vandals aware
they're seen: Block
(EDITOR’S NOTE: IV followtag la the lint hi a aerlea at articles
dealing with vandaHam as the sobjeet. Vandalism Is oaesf the city's most
costly acta ol crime which also could result with human casualties as well
as expensive repair bills)
By ROBERT E. BARBER
Herald News Editor
"We need to mobilize our residents...society needs to work together,”
commented city manager Dale Block as he gave his viewpoints on the
most effective measures to curb vandalism.
Vandalism costs the city of Sapulpa “tens of thousands of dollars an-
nually,” the official pointed out. “That’s money we could spend on other
things the community needs.”
Block said one of the best ways to counter the growing vandalism
problem would be to get the residents involved. He said If people would
casually look out their windows at a nearby public facility such as a city
park, tennis court, or whatever and report anything unusual, then the
first step has been taken toward eliminating the costly crime.
“We encourage people to take part...right at home they can kind of
keep dn eye on these things,” the city official stated. He pointed out that
this procedure is used effectively in other cities in an attempt to curb
“Nine out of 10 times when you see someone around these facilities it
may not mean anything, but look out for that big number 10,” he em-
Block said the pranksters need to be more aware that the city facilities
are being watched. “Don’t you know it would bother these hoodlums to
see curtains wiggle in the house window next door?,” he asked.
The idea of citizens watching public facilities such as dty parks, tennis
courts, golf courses, etc., makes potential law breakers more con-
scientious, Block said, and that in itself is one of the most effective tools
against crime, the administrator stated.
Block noted that due to the nature of most acts of vandalism—most
public facilities are located near homes or other public places—they are
either observed or the person about to commit the act is actually seen
prior to or immediately after the commission.
“I believe there’s witnesses to most of these crimes—maybe not the
actual thing, but they saw someone down there fooling around," he said.
The numbers to call to report tnusual observations are either 224-3862
for the city police, or 224-4964 for the county sheriff’s office.
faces district charge
Charges of assault and battery with a
dangerous weapon were filed in district
court Tuesday against Billy Joe Hill, 31,
in connection with the Sunday morning
beating of Sapulpa police officer Mike
Hill is reportedly a former Sapulpa
resident who now has a Drumright
Bresnen, who was attacked and
beaten with a boot heel on the patio of
his apartment1 at approximately 3:15
a.m. Sunday, was released Monday
from SL Francis Hospital In Tulsa
where he was treated for a severe
Bresnen is scheduled for a
neurological checkup In Tulsa today,
according to police chief Howard K.
Jones. Jones said the police department
is waiting for a release from the
Bresnen’s neurosurgeon approving the
Injured officer’s return to duty.
Barbra Hill, the alleged assailant’s
former wife, was with Bresnen at the
time of the assault and gave the police a
report of the incident. Hill, she said,
banged on the door of the Bresnen
residence for about five minutes before
Bresnen opened it.
Hill reportedly hit Bresnen several
times knocking the officer unconscious,
then kicked him and hit his face several
times with the heel of a boot The report
said the suspect then grabbed the un-
conscious officer’s hair and beat his
head several times against the con-
Officers summoned by Mrs. Hill saw
Hill leaving the scene in his automobile
with two women companions.
Recognizing Hill as someone with
whom Bresnen had been having
trouble, the officers detained the
Drumright man and arrested him when
Mrs. Hill identified him as Bresnen’s
A preliminary hearing in the case has
not yet been set, the district attorney’s
median strips, installing signs and
completing final details on the four-lane
bypass, which connects Highway 117
with U.S. 66 west of Sapulpa.
Construction on the $1.8 million
project began August 20, 1980 and is
being funded through a State Aid
Work on the bypass has been ham-
pered by motorists who drive around
the “Road Closed” signs and speed past
construction workers, Rains said.
“We can’t hardly work because of the
traffic," the engineer Mid. “We’re in
the process of construction, and It’s
dangerous. We can’t seem to keep
people off It All we can do is put up
signs and caution them to slow down.”
When completed, the four lane high-
way will consist of four 12-foot driving
lanes with 10 foot shoulders on the
outside and four foot shoulders on the
inside of the highway.
The bypass will narrow to 56 feet at
the Rock Creek bridge, and remain that
width through Sapulpa, for now, Rains
Rains noted this is only the first phase
of construction planned for the 117-66
During additional phases of the
project, U5. 66 will be widened to four
lanes for several miles west of the
bypass interchange, and an overpass
will be constructed at the current In-
Until the planned construction is
completed, the 117-66 intersection will
be controlled by stop signs. Turn lanes
for west-bound traffic, and accleration-
deceleration ramps for east-bound
traffic are also planned.
Plans to widen Taft Street west of
Main have already been made, and bids
should be let for that construction
project within the near future, the
Transportation Department Engineer
That project will include im-
provements to the intersection at Taft
and Main. The plans call for the
widening of the intersection to four
lanes, and turn bays and new traffic
signals will also be installed.
The City of Sapulpa is also currently
working with the state Transportation
Department on a plan to widen Taft
east of Main to four lanes.
Survey crews are reportedly working
on the initial steps for the Taft widening
project, but no starting date has been
set for that construction, Rains said.
When all phases of the Taft-117
project are completed, motorists will
be able to remain on a four-lane
roadway from one side of Sapulpa to the
WASHINGTON (UPI) — Inflation ministration reported today in its
will run lower than expected, but midyear forecast,
unemployment will rise slightly and The Office of Management and
economic growth, if any, will be Budget report said consumer prices are
sluggish for the rest of 1981, the ad- expected to average 9.9 percent higher
its economy at
WASHINGTON (UPI) - The ad-
ministration set the scene for next
week’s seven-nation Ottawa economic
summit by rejecting Western European
charges the United States is rebuilding
its economy at the expense of its part-
President Reagan planned to spend
six hours today “cramming” — to use
his word — for the two-day meeting in
Canada, the first summit for him and
for the new leaders of France, Japan
Thfe most influential of the Western
Europeans — Francois Mitterand of
France and Helmut Schmidt of West
Germany — said they agreed in their
meeting Monday in Bonn to urgently
tell the American president his
monetary policy, with its resulting high
interest rates, is hurting Western
Europe by attracting European in-
vestments to U.S. financial markets.
The most direct response to that
concern came from Secretary of State
proves a success
★ Forecast ★
Clear to partly cloudy with hot af-
ternoons. High this afternoon and
Thursday will be In the mid-90s. Low
tonight will be in the upper 70s.
Wednesday noon 91
Overnight low...................... 81
GI.ENPOOLr- Anytime a motori: \
comes speeding along in a residentti
neighborhood, or if that motorist fails t
stop at a stop sign, then something ii
And such was the case in Glenpool
just five months ago.
But when Steve little was named as
the Chief of Police things changed.
Little instituted a program called
Selective Enforcement Program (SEP)
which is designed to make residents
more aware of traffic violations in their
And the program has been very
Since the program began, in late
April, Glenpool has not experienced
any fatality or injury accidents. Before
the program was begun, in a one-month
time period one fatality accident oc-
curred, two pedestrians were run over
and two youths riding bicycles were hit.
But with SEP that has all changed.
The way the program works is,
should a resident see a speeding
motorist, then that resident phones the
police department and reports the
Chief IJttle examines the reports and
if a significant number of reports are
made for one particular area, then
Little assigns an officer and a radar
unit to work that section of town.
"Just seeing a police officer in the
area helps the neighborhood,” says
Little. But it wasn’t always that way.
When the program was first in-
stituted it was received slowly by the
citizenry. But with more and more
frequency residents are calling the
Glenpool PD reporting various traffic
violations. The cause for the slow
beginning was the program was not
“It was received a little bit slowly at
first. It didn’t gain importance real
fast,” states Little.
But that has changed.
“We’re getting a very positive
response. They (the public) see a need
and when we respond they feel safe.
And the officers like the program.”
To make the streets even more safer
IJttle is considering putting up stop
signs and various other traffic warning
signs, especially with school set to start
in less than two months.
“Drivers have become more aware of
what is In the area. They are seeing
more. The community has become
. “The cooperation and the response by
the citizens has been good,” Little
states. “The fast success of this
program is due to the citizens of our
during 1981 than last year. In March,
the administration projected an 11 1
The administration said declines in
inflation rates for fuel and oil coir
tributed to the lowerthaii-expec ted rate
However, the report highlighted two
effects of its antiinflation policies that
will be less welcome to Americans.
—’’Little or no real output growth is
ei»KUd durini the remainder ol the
year," the report said. The ad-
ministration expects unemployment to
average 7.5 percent this year, rising as
high as 7.7 percent in the final quarter.
Unemployment recently stood at 7 3
—Interest rates are running higher
than it projected in March, the ad-
ministration noted. Interest on three-
month Treasury bills is expec ted to
average 13.6 percent for the year,
compared with 11.5 percent last year.
However, the report noted these rates
recently have dropped from their
peaks, and it anticipated further
declines in the second half of this year.
The report showed that higher than
expected interest rates are hurting the
government’s poeketbook, just as they
affect people who buy cars or houses or
take out business loans
MOUNDS—Vapors from a flam-
mable liquid are thought to be the cause
of an explosion in Mounds on July 1 that
totally destroyed the residence f ,
Sapulpa police officer.
Assistant State Fire Marshal John
Guest said a preliminary report filed by
Shelley Phillips, of the Tulsa branch
Fire Marshal’s office, indicates that a
flammable liquid was present in the
home of Steve Bright and that vapors
from the liquid exploded.
At the time of the incident, 1 15 a.m .
July 1, Bright was not at the residence
Guest said that lab reports to confirm
the findings by Phillips would not be
available for approximately two w eeks
There are kittens for giveaway at 31C
W. Burnham ... The Esther Class of the
First Baptist Church will meet Thur
sday for a 9 a.m. breakfast at the Little
Gem Restaurant... Happy birthday t<
Nina Styers ... Congratulations tc
Goodyear’s David Isbell on his m>
coming marriage. Isbell mentioned he
is leaving his “ ‘111 blarit book" to his
assistant James White... Mr. and Mrs
James Davis are celebrating their
twenty-sixth wedding anniversary .
Happy birthday to Rle Boyn.- The
Herald invites William Claude Morris
S06 Mockingbird lane, to see The Fox
and the Hound or Superman n at the
Creek Hills Twin Theatre.
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