Collinsville, Oklahoma
June 12, 2009
Miscellaneous News

50th Wedding Anniversary /
Notes On City Budget /
Smoking Legislation

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Howard 50th Wedding Anniversary
The children and grandchildren of Virgil and Barbara Howard hosted a reception in honor of Virgil and Barbara's 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, May 31st at Collinsville Community Church. Virgil and Barbara are lifetime Collinsville residents. They have two children Cindi McGinnis and Chuck Howard and his wife, Rusti. They have five grandchildren, Christopher, Clinton and Colby McGinnis and Tyler and Brinkley Howard along with four great grandchildren, Gracee, Jacob, Zion and Destiny McGinnis.
Virgil retired after 30 years in the fabrication business as a business owner and Barbara worked at Collinsville Public Schools and then joined the family owned business before retiring. This event was celebrated with lots of family and friends from near and far, where special memories were shared and food and cake was enjoyed by all.
Submitted 6/12/2009 by Rusti Howard
(Photo by Joyce Baker)
City Budget -- Misc. Notes
With the public hearing for the new city budget set for Monday June 15 (6:30pm at City Hall) ... and knowing that few if any citizens will take the time to attend or ask for a copy of the budget ... I'll offer a rather random/incomplete set of topics that made my notes from the June 4th work session on the budget. -- Ted Wright 6/12/2009
* Almost flat budget compared to last year with no raises
* Slight increase budgeted included several significnt grants either approved or anticipated
* Anticipating 15% rate increase for GRDA electricity
* City is currently 1 police officer short (of 10 total) with one transfer to Owasso recently
* Police (FOP) contract does have some built-in step increases for salaries
* $5 per traffic ticket goes towards dispatcher training
* Will need jailer training (added to dispatcher duties) when jail completed
* Collinsville dispatchers will soon handle Limestone Fire dispatch also
* S-Curve changes will eventually increase city mowing (right-of-way)
* New mower budgeted
* Backup trash truck budgeted
* Inmate transport van almost paid off
* $750K grant will allow burying a few "critical" electric lines (to avoid future ice/wind storm outages)
* Line of credit has been paid off from Dec 2007 Ice Storm (FEMA reimbursements received but not State's)
* Small amount budgeted for depot museum/caboose repairs
* ... lots of other topics I didn't take time to write down
Senate Passes Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act
June 11, 2009—On June 11, 2009, the United States Senate took the nation one step closer to permanently altering the face of public health in America as it passed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. This groundbreaking piece of legislation – passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on April 2nd – grants the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversight over the manufacture and sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products. It results from decades of long and dedicated work by opponents of Big Tobacco’s unrelenting grip on families across the nation.

“Today marks an historic culmination of a more than 20 year journey to provide the FDA urgently needed regulatory control over the tobacco industry,” said Paul G. Billings , American Lung Association Vice President for Policy and Advocacy. “This long overdue legislation will protect kids and reduce the terrible human and financial burden caused by tobacco use in this country.”

Although differences between the Senate and the House versions of the bill will need to be resolved, thanks to the efforts of Senators Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and Christopher Dodd (D-CT), as well as Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and other steadfast supporters, the bill is now closer than ever to becoming law. The American Lung Association recognizes these Senators and all others whose strong support for this legislation ensured its passage.

The act attests to the hard-won success and effectiveness of a growing bipartisan push to control and regulate tobacco companies by placing restrictions on their ability to target advertising to children, make misleading health claims and manipulate their products to make them more addictive. We hope the Congress will quickly send this legislation to President Obama’s desk.

About the American Lung Association: Now in our second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. Lung disease death rates are currently increasing while other leading causes of death are declining. With your generous support, the American Lung Association is “Fighting for Air” through research, education and advocacy. For more information about the American Lung Association, a Charity Navigator Four Star Charity and holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or visit

Contact: Michelle Bernth
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