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Chamber of Commerce
January 3, 2008
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County Commissioner Mike Helm Addressed Collinsville Chamber of Commerce
The Collinsville Chamber
of Commerce heard an energized presentation from Mike Helm Thursday at their
monthly luncheon meeting. With county commissioners in attendance from Tulsa
County (John Smaligo), Washington County (Mike Dunlap) and Rogers County (Helm),
cooperative efforts between these and other northeastern Oklahoma counties
was stressed. Other topics included road and bridge improvements and funding
challenges; housing and business growth potential; victory gardening, the
contributions of Senator Robert S. Kerr to make the Port of Catoosa possible;
and ice storm damage / brush removal options.
Some other items I found
- Rogers County does
not use salt on icy roads, but uses bottom ash from the PSO plant instead
- Without DEQ approval
to burn ice storm brush, Rogers County is chipping wood which will be sold
to the (now closed) plant in Tulsa that had formerly burned trash to produce
energy. Helm indicated that plant would reopen.
- The curb & gutter
design on the newest 4-lane Highway 20 construction (near Highway 169) was
forced by EPA requirements to collect sediment rather than let it run into
streams (with the spoonbill catfish being a contributor to that requirement).
Helm stated that troopers would push disabled cars to the next curb cut
to clear lanes.
- The county jail is
a significant portion of the Rogers County budget.
County Commissioner Mike Helm (center)
Chamber Officers To Be Installed At Jan. 26th Banquet
VP: Don Hutchison
Sec/Tres: Billie Francis
Pres. Elect: Cory Slagle
Sallee also announced that the state would begin removing houses and building
from the right of way for the S-Curve improvements beginning Jan. 9th,
2008. That based on a meeting with ODOT earlier Jan. 3rd.
- Helm is a former
Owasso city commissioner and mayor
- Most of Collinsville
was in Rogers County from 1907-1918
- Now just a small
(mostly rural) portion of Collinsville is in Rogers County