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City Council Meeting

All ten voting members of the Sapulpa City Council were present for proceedings Monday August 17, 2020, this being the first public meeting since several employees at City Hall have undergone quarantine due to the COVID. The meeting of August 3rd was halted due to at least one city hall worker testing positive for the Sars-2 Coronavirus.
One quiet measure undertaken to combat the covid plague, was the surreptitious install in the front west corner in city hall, of a whole room body temperature scanning device, jury rigged to a small square sign attached to a post chest/shoulder height.
City Administrator Joan Riley and Vice Administrator Steve Hardt participated in the meeting via Zoom teleconferencing, as did SCC trustees Vickie Beyer and Marty Cummins. Present in person to vote were Sapulpa Mayor Craig Henderson, Vice Mayor Carla Gunn and councilpersons John Suggs, J. Brian Stephens, Bruce Bledsoe, Hugo Naifeh, Joseph Hale and Louis Martin Jr. Sapulpa Boy Scout Troop 224 led the Pledge of Allegiance to our U.S. flag. Troop 224 has continually served the community based out of the First Presbyterian Church 98 years and counting. Pastor Scott Gordon provided the invocation.
During the (pre-meeting) study session City Attorney David Widdoes, reminded that the decades old 1/2 cent sales tax is sunsetting in 2021 and he urged action to call for an election to determine the continuance of the tax. Widdoes stated that no later than December the city should notify the county election board as to intent to call a sales tax election in March of 2021.
Three new police officers were sworn in for duty with Sapulpa City Police. Judge Laura Farris led the trio in their peace officer duty oath. Officers Josh Moreno, Hayden Vernon and Randal Arnold Jr., each pledge to serve the citizenry honorably at the price of their own lives if need be.
The new cannabis economy has and is cause for the review by council of business people already licensed by the state to produce or sell marijuana related medical products, but now seeking SUP’s (special use permits) to open farming, processing or retail sales.
A local company The Legal Plug 918, sought an SUP to establish a cannabis processing facility at 505 West Johnson Avenue.
City planning office stated that this was a primarily residential area and that the 2030 Comprehensive Plan’s future land use map, designated this area as solely residential despite the existence of several commercial ventures that have done business or are presently conducting business.
Legal Advisor Widdoes commented, “the comprehensive plan has been violated many many times. Perhaps (council) should consider amending it to reflect reality?”
Councilman John Suggs directly asked Nikki Howard of the planning office if Sapulpa’s Master Plan had “inconsistencies” in other areas? Howard answered “yes” and provided an estimate of around six areas in which the comprehensive plan has not been followed.
Suggs then made a motion to table Legal Plug 918s SUP application. Seven ‘no’ voters shot down Suggs motion.
A compromise was reached when legal counsel suggested to approve the SUP as asked, but tie this in with a city council directive to review (potentially) change the comprehensive plan where it concerns mixing commercial properties in residential zoning. The board voted 7 in favor of granting the SUP and to review the future land use mapping.


Sapulpa Public Schools
pushes back start date

Sapulpa Public Schools has pushed back the start of classes from Thursday, Aug. 20 to Monday, Aug. 24.
Throughout the summer, we have been steadfast in our approach to follow the calendar for the 2020-21 school year, however, it is in the best interest of everyone that we delay the year by two days.
On July 1, we introduced our instructional options for the upcoming school year. Those options included full-time enrollment in our virtual program, Sapulpa Virtual Academy. Since that time, we have experienced a significant increase in full-time virtual enrollments. In order for us to process those enrollment requests, adjust schedules, reallocate resources, and position ourselves to best serve our students, this is a necessary adjustment to our school year.
On July 30, Governor Kevin Stitt announced a plan to supply Oklahoma school districts with personal protective equipment (PPE) including reusable masks, disposable gowns and gloves, and face shields with a delivery date of Aug. 14. Unfortunately, the PPE has been delayed.
“Our intention has been to offer a traditional, in-person setting and to do it with the health and safety of our students and staff as our first priority,” said Superintendent Rob Armstrong. “We have already implemented safety protocols district-wide, including the purchase of face coverings for those who will be in our facilities, but the addition of the PPE from the state is another level of safety for the students and staff who will be in our schools.”
We have been advised our shipment of PPE will arrive prior to Aug. 24.
SPS has a plan in place to use Aug. 20 and 21 for our teachers and administrators to receive more health and safety training as well as additional time preparing for the possibility of a Distance Learning situation in the future. Those days will also be used to distribute the incoming PPE to our schools and conclude the enrollment process.
The two-day delay to start the beginning of the school year will not affect the end of the year. The last day of school will be prior to the Memorial Day weekend.
We understand the new start date may not be ideal for everyone, but it is our goal to do everything we can to provide the safest possible environment for those who will return to our school buildings. This school year will be unlike any other. Decisions about transitioning to Distance Learning may be made with short notice. This announcement about our new start date of Aug. 24 is an example of that and how flexibility and communication will be key as we navigate the current health climate.

Ex-Con arrested child sex abuse allegedHERALD STAFF REPORTS Sapulpa Police on Thursday August 13, arrested a Sapulpa man...

Ex-Con arrested child sex abuse alleged

Sapulpa Police on Thursday August 13, arrested a Sapulpa man on the criminal allegation of child sexual abuse, at his Sapulpa home last Sunday.
Sapulpa sex crime detective Amy Nichols, placed under arrest Adam Michael Kaser, age 33, of Sapulpa.
This saga began when the mother of a 14 year old female victim made contact with Sapulpa uniformed patrol officer Cady Byrnes on Sunday August 9, 2020. The victim’s mother spoke of events after the juvenile spent two days visiting her biological father, here in Sapulpa. The mother said her daughter began texting her on the afternoon of Sunday August 9 for pickup from the dad’s home. Once home the juvenile told the mother she had been molested while watching television in bed with the biological father and his current girlfriend.
Among the details provided by the victim was that the father smoked marijuana prior to the incident allegation and that the father has smoked reefer on prior occasions with his juvenile daughter, although not on this particular date.
The victim’s mother reported information to police, as soon as she learned of the allegation on Sunday.
Later the mother spoke to Kaser about returning to retrieve a cellphone charger left by the juvenile. When the mother arrived to pick up the charger, she told police that Kaser was outside when she arrived and that he was carrying a rifle. The mother told police this was not normal behavior by Kaser and it further fanned the mother’s suspicions of the possibility/likelihood of a crime having occurred.
The mother told police that Kaser has been incarcerated for much of the juvenile's life and that since March of this year, had been regularly spending time with the 14 year old victim.
Post arrest and after Miranda constitutional rights warnings were read to Kaser, police confronted him on the allegations made. He denied “remembering” any of the actions, words or behaviors alleged. He informed police that he left prison two years ago and that on occasion he carries a pellet rifle about the property due to the residence being in a ‘high crime’ area of Sapulpa.
Police extensively interviewed Kaiser live-in girlfriend. She stated that she had complained about Kaser and the juvenile being too “touchy freely” and the juvenile sleeping at times in the bed with Kaser. She told police that several times after August 9, she had heard Kaser stating that “he had a bad feeling in his stomach about going back to prison.”
Kaser already had several felony convictions prior to this most recent arrest. A 2010 conviction (with a suspended sentence) within a Creek County courtroom of manufacture of a controlled and dangerous substance, appears to have several revocations of the light sanction sentence. Kaser was convicted of false declaration of ownership in pawn in 2009 and he faced criminal charging out of Okmulgee County of falsely reporting a crime in 2015.


Piping Crude under County

This week Commissioners of Creek County carried forward with governmental business by two voting members Monday August 17, 2020, Bristow’s Lane Whitehouse and Drumright’s Leon Warner, the Sapulpa commissioner was absent.
A big utility permit request to lay down a 16 inch crude oil pipeline, with 25 county road crossings was reviewed, discussed and eventually granted permission by board vote. The pipeline network owned by Cushing Connect Pipeline Holdings LLC., seeks to link petroleum producers in Cushing to the Holley Refinery Tulsa via a path that crosses through Creek Commissioners District 2 territory.
This type of permit normally requires start/completion within a 60 day time, however with the vast distances and number of under roadway bores needed, commissioners alluded that this project start to finish would likely require time extensions be granted in the weeks ahead.
“It will probably require them four or five days to complete each crossing,” County Construction Supervisor Paul Farris said Monday. Farris also indicated that due to the large diameter pipe being installed that the bores beneath county roads would be buried deeper down (at four feet below grade) than most ‘ordinary’ utility bores.
The full list of the county roads under which the crude pipeline will burrow below in crossing includes: Old Shamrock Road, West 131st Street South, West 131st Street, S. 513th West Avenue, West 116th Street South, S. 449th West Avenue, West 101st Street South, N. 3688 Road, N. 4688 Road, S. 433rd West Avenue, S. 417th West Avenue, S. 409th West Avenue, West 91st, King Camp Road, S. 337th West Avenue, 241st West Avenue, S. 193rd West Avenue, West 71st Street 1, 177th West Avenue, West 71st Street 2, S. 161st West Avenue, West 71st Street 3, S. 145th West Avenue, S. 129th West Avenue, S. 97th West Avenue and West 61st Street.
A long planned big county/state bridge replacement took more haltering steps towards starting the District 3-Bristow Three Bridges project. Monday a Utility Relocation Agreement between Creek County, ODOT and (Ma Bell) AT&T.
“This has been in the works for quite some time. This should finish it up,” the Bristow Commissioner Whitehouse said. Additionally ODOT utility specifications are in place to be followed as well as county rules and regs for such jobs.
The Drumright commissioner, finalized a vendor selection to asphalt overlay West 81st from State Highway 97. The District 2 roadwork will be performed by the selection of Dunham Asphalt company to apply a two inch road surface topping.
Monthly the BOCC reviews the state of Oklahoma’s alcoholic beverage tax re-imbursement to the Creek County Treasurer’s Office. Commissioners review and approve the divvy of dollars to twelve county communities.
“We have had a busy month (alcohol beverage sales). It is a (dollar figure) as high as I have seen in a while,” Commissioner Warner said of the $36,457 collected in July. The dollars are divided based on local town population figures derived from the decennial (every 10 year) national census of the United States populace. Sapulpa as the largest group of people gets the lions share of the alcohol allocation and for July Sap-town is awarded $20,452. Bristow as the second biggie for people persons will gain $4,198 thanks to consumers of brewed and distilled intoxicating beverages.
Other communities benefitting from the latest monthly (July-2020) alcoholic tax disbursements are: Kellyville-$1,144; Kiefer-$1,677; Mounds-$1,163; Mannford-$3,062; Depew-$473; Drumright-$2,894; Lawrence Creek-$149; Shamrock-$102; Slick-$131 and Oilton $1,009.

Judge Swears In New Officers – SCCJOHN BROCK PHOTORIGHT HANDS RAISED new Sapulpa Police Officers underwent the law enfor...

Judge Swears In New Officers – SCC

RIGHT HANDS RAISED new Sapulpa Police Officers underwent the law enforcement oath recitation, led by Judge Laura Farris (far right) during Sapulpa City Council’s August 17, 2020 Public Meeting. Officers sworn in Monday were from left; Randal Arnold Jr., Hayden Vernon (center) and Josh Moreno at right. Arnold is the oldest at age 34. He said this is his second stint with the city department. Additional pictures of the SCC happenings within today’s edition of the Herald.

Lady Trojans win Championship NAKIEA STRECKER PHOTOKIEFER LADY TROJANS softball team beat Sallisaw 14-to-4 final Saturda...

Lady Trojans win Championship

KIEFER LADY TROJANS softball team beat Sallisaw 14-to-4 final Saturday at the 2nd Annual Gore Fastpitch Tournament during the championship game. They went undefeated for the tournament improving to 5-1 on the season. Friday the Kiefer girls defeated Wister 9-1, Roland 12-0 and Heaverner 5-0 to advance to the championship game. Kiefer plays in the Okmulgee Tournament Thursday through Saturday. Team members include Kiefer Seniors include Emily Cummins, Molly Dolan and Katie Factor, Juniors Bailey Kidd, Macey Parker and Lauren Wroten, Sophomores Halli Kiddy and Jaelyn Nunley, freshman Kaidince Calvert, Kamiren Daniels, Nicole Dunmire, Mazie Flud, Mckenzie Hunter, Gracie McIntosh, Katelyn Mitchell, Allison Newman, Grace Strecker, Emma Sutton and Faith Williams.

2020 Sapulpa Fastpitch Lady Chieftains drop openerDARREN SUMNERHERALD PUBLISHERSAPULPA  –– The Sapulpa Lady Chieftain so...

2020 Sapulpa Fastpitch Lady Chieftains drop opener


SAPULPA –– The Sapulpa Lady Chieftain softball team hosted the Shawnee Lady Wolves Thursday afternoon on the diamond for their season opener.
Hailey Dye got the start in the circle for the Lady Chieftains with as pitchers Caitlyn Looney suffered a season ending injury and Kylissa Williams is also currently out with a minor knee injury.
Shawnee scored a pair of runs in the top of the first inning to get on the scoreboard first. The Lady Wolves extended its lead to 5-0 in the top of the second inning. Sapulpa kept Shawnee scoreless in the third before Makayla Littlebear singled in the bottom of the inning. Daniah Blation hit a bomb to center field as it appeared the Lady Chieftains would get on the scoreboard before Littlebear was tagged out at home plate. Blation was left stranded on third as the Wolves maintained its 5-0 advantage heading into the fourth. Shawnee went on to post an 8-0 victory over Sapulpa in the first game and completed the sweep of the doubleheader in the second game with an 11-1 victory over the Lady Chieftains.
Sapulpa host its Highway 97 rival the Sand Springs Sandites Tuesday afternoon at 5 pm.

Sapulpa Lady Chieftain Volleyball falls in season openerDARREN SUMNERHERALD PUBLISHERBARTLESVILLE  –– The Sapulpa Lady C...

Sapulpa Lady Chieftain Volleyball falls in season opener


BARTLESVILLE –– The Sapulpa Lady Chieftain volleyball team traveled to Bartlesville Tuesday night for their season opener and came home with a three set loss against the Lady Bruins.
Bartlesville won the first set 25-13 for taking control of the match in the second set with a 25-11 victory. The Lady Bruins closed out the match with a hard fought third set win 25-21. Sapulpa plays in the Sandite Invitational thursday through Saturday before traveling to Muskogee on Tuesday to face the Lady Roughers in a best of five match.


Lady Trojans win season opener over Davenport

KIEFER –– The Kiefer Lady Trojans softball team opened the 2020 fastpitch season Monday at home, with an impressive 11-2 victory over the visiting Davenport Lady Bulldogs.
Mazie Flud got the start in the circle and struck out the first two batters as Kiefer forced Davenport into a quick three up and down. Grace Strecker hit a triple. Kamiren Daniels, got to first after being hit by a pitch. Davenport got the tag at home plate after a pass ball before a single by Faith Williams placed runners on the corners.
Flud’s RBI standup double put Kiefer on the scoreboard before Katie factor switched places with Flud with another double for the 3-0 score. The Lady Trojans got two more RBI doubles from Wroten and Jaelyn Nunley, to build a 5-0 advantage over the Bulldogs before Davenport could manage the third out to get off the yard.
Kiefer took care of business the remaoinder of the game to post the 11-2 win. The Lady Trojans, travel to Okmulgee Monday to face the Bulldogs before hitting the road again on Tuesday to play the Depew Hornets.
Kiefer lost against Henryetta lady Knights 11-2 Tuesday on the road to fall to 1-1 on the season.


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