VERDIGRIS — Twin Oaks residents Sherry and Jimmie O’Brien are living in fear, and they wanted Verdigris trustees to know about it.
Sherry O’Brien told the story of being allegedly attacked by her neighbor’s dogs when she attend the regular Verdigris City Council meeting last week.
Trustees discussed how best to deal with the larger issue of animal control in the growing residential town.
City manager, Dick McGuire and trustees said they can’t rectify what has happened in the past, but they want citizens to feel protected in the future. Each trustee knew of past incidents where dog bites have been a problem, and they voiced determination to find a solution.
McGuire said he hopes to meet with authorities from Claremore to discuss contracting for animal control services, and will study ordinances from other towns and cities.
Louie Stewart, who has served on the Board of Trustees for years, cited the existence of a current ordinance, stating that it has long been a concern of Verdigris that citizens be safe from vicious animals.
Trustees and McGuire will study the existing statute to see if it is adequate to deal with the problem once authorized persons are in place to enforce it. They said they will consider enacting further measures if necessary.
In other council business, trustees annexed a tract of land known as Red Oak Park II. The possible annexation of property in the Twin Oaks area with a zoning change from agricultural to multi-family “did not come to fruition” according to McGuire. He explained that the owner wants to put senior citizen apartments on the site and is dealing a “credible company” that has built other such facilities in the state. At this time, TOD Development, which owns the property, is investigating whether to go through Rogers County for the zoning change.
Trustees discussed setting a date for a public hearing regarding a dilapidated building at 25855 South Highway 66. City officials will consult with the city attorney and publish the date of the hearing.
Council member Kalli Clark’s letter of resignation from the Verdigris Planning and Zoning Commission was accepted. Clark cited demands on her time as a newly appointed city council member along with the need to avoid any appearance of conflict of interest as reasons for her resignation.
“Living here and becoming involved in the community is something I’ve really enjoyed,” said Clark, who plans to run for the council at the next election in April.
The council voted to notify Rogers County Election Board of the upcoming April election to be held for Town Treasurer and Trustees for Wards 1,2, and 3. Though usually the election of trustee positions are staggered, because both Clark and Mayor Keith Crawford are serving in appointed positions, all three Wards will come up for a vote in April.
Approval was granted for McGuire to make final needed editorial changes to the Verdigris Newsletter to be mailed out in January.
In the meeting of the Verdigris Public Works Authority, trustees approved acquiring property from Lindsey Perkins Development Company. A soccer field will be built on the site.