Sapulpa Daily Herald (Sapulpa, Okla.), Vol. 92, No. 243, Ed. 1 Tuesday, August 21, 2007 Page: 1 of 8
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Council discusses adding utility fee
py IAMI MATTOX
Herald Managing Editor
Discussion was held las« n'?hl
on a proposed utility fee that
would help fund a federally man-
dated stormwater management
program at a regular meeting of
the Sapulpa City Council.
While no one from the commu-
nity attended the meeting to dis-
cuss the fee. councilors discussed
the Phase 11 stormwater manage
mem program and its purpose and
impact on the city.
According to City of Sapulpa
David Wyatt, the S2 fee amouni
was recommended by the city *
administration and finance com
mittee He said that amount i
comparable to surrounding citie
that have already approved a lee u
help fund the stormwater manage
•The amounts range fmm M t
$4.63” Wyatt said.
He said that the $2 w ould appl
to single-family households, whil
a $10 fee would be assessed t<
An engineering study that to t
conducted this year will he
determine a more accurate rate I
commercial businesses based <
the measurement of imperv io
surfaces such as parking lo
rooftops and sidewalks. Wy«
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extent of the damage will not be Lm'wnun . ^ ^ a constiluent raised the point of tng Sept. 4.
the engineering study has been c grass clippings clogging up the storm sewer --
Councilman John Anderson expressed system s ge,tjng blown into the Mm******"
concern over the rising utility bilk in,” the storm drains is a prob-
• Wc all pay city taxes, and each year we street anu
increase the water fee.” he said. “You just Iem
Hot topics cause
py |OHN SWAItS
Herald Staff Writer
The Sapulpa City Council met last night to
discuss several hot-button issues.
Due to some disagreement amongst the
council members, a motion to adopt an ordi-
nance that would increase parking and immo-
bilization fees was tabled .. _ .
According to the ordinance, parking tick-
ets would increase from $5 to $7.
In addition, parking violations not_paid
within 15 days would increase to $15 and
vehicles that are immobilized using tire-boot8
would be subject to a $35 fee instead of
Councilman Alan Jones staled that the
council should look at the entire parking
problem in the downtown Sapulpa area
before raising the cost of parking tickets
City Manager Tom DeArman said that he
had no problem tabling the issue in order to
do more research.
"The problem we face is the cost of main-
taining parking enforcement while we dtscuss
this.” said DeArman. “We are losing our shirt
on this one.” .. ,__
In other action, the council voted in favor
of a resolution that will request the Oklahoma
Department of Transportation (OK** ) to
determine whether the traffic signal at the
intersection of Dewey and Walnut can be
removed. ... __ ... „
According to the council s reports, mere
have been several traffic accidents at that
intersection due to sight visibility which is
unpaired by the sun in the after noon for
"TfSfgta^r^ved. stop signs would be
placed on the southeast and northwest comer
of the intersection.
The council also voted in favor of:
. An ordinance that will allow the dis-
charge of fireworks within the city limits by
individuals subject to obtaining apemAand
other restrictions. The fee would be estate
and commercial pit burning under certain
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SPD: Number of city meth labs on the decline
fty If SWAIIS
Herald Staff Writer
According to the Detective Division
of the Sapulpa Police Department, the
department has seen a decrease in the
amount of meth labs running ms.de uty
"We are finding fewer meth labs
operating in Sapulpa," said Detective
Brett Henson "That is due partly to the
restrictions set in the pseudophedrine
laws that were passed in 2004.
Methamphetainine is a psychostimu-
lant that temporarily increases alertness
and wakefulness and releases an
increased amount of euphoric hor-
"Meth use keeps the user up to al
hours of the night." said Sergeant Bret
Bolling of the Detective Division
‘They can’t sleep and they are prone to
large amounts of hyperactivity.
Since it stimulates the brain, causing
euphoria and excitement, it is prone to
abuse and addiction.
Users may become obsessed or per-
form repetitive tasks such as cleaning,
hand-washing, or assembling and disas-
-tSSSSTli characterized by
excessive sleeping, eating and depres
sion-like symptoms, often accompanied
by anxiety and drug-craving.
y According to Detective David Jones,
cheap drugs like meth have become
much more attractive due to the expense
of other drugs such as heroin
Meth is an inexpensive drug that is
more attractive to people who can t
afford the more expensive narcoticv
said Jones. "People are going to find a
way to get their fix. We are even seeing
an increase in prescription drug abuse
as well. Due to the decrease in labs that
we are seeing, our concern has shitted
to the individual drug offenders them-
"The problem with meth is it is high-
ly addictive.” said Henson. "I don t
know anyone who has been hooked on
this stuff who has been able to walk out
The detectives also said that many
people who are addicted to metham-
phetamines age at a advanced rate.
"Once someone has been on meth
for a few years, you might have trouble
recognizing them." said Henson. "Meth
will rot someone’s teeth right out ot
their head. And typically meth users
develop a skeletal look in their bodies
with gaunt faces and sunk-in eyes.
Bolling said that getting information
from people in the community has
helped the department crack down on
meth labs in the city.
“Now we are focusing our efforts on
meth use. " said Bolling. "When con-
cerned citizens report suspicious behav-
ior it helps us do our jobs of keeping
these harmful substances away trom
our citizens and especially from our
John Swata 224-5185 Ext 201
biy decreased since 2004.
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Mattox, Jami. Sapulpa Daily Herald (Sapulpa, Okla.), Vol. 92, No. 243, Ed. 1 Tuesday, August 21, 2007, newspaper, August 21, 2007; Sapulpa, Oklahoma. (https://gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc1509191/m1/1/: accessed January 26, 2020), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, https://gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.