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Ted Wright -- last update 6/2/2011 (ChamberRepEarlSears.html)
Copyright 2011 -- Collinsville, Oklahoma
Chamber of Commerce
June 2, 2011
State Rep. Earl Sears Spoke
Chamber "Meeting" is July 7th at City Hall "Plaza"
VP: Jim Dolton
Sec/Tres: Billie Francis
Pres. Elect: Bill Johnston
Beth Ann Langston
Corbi Wells Goddard
Ernie Davis (Past President)
Pam Polk (City Manager)
Stan Sallee (Mayor)
Terry Due (School Supt.)
John Smaligo (Tulsa Co. Comm.)
Earl Sears (Stare Representative)
Rick Brinkley (State Senator)
Budget Balenced With Additional Cuts
Re-Districting Nearly Shifted Sen. Brinkley Away From Collinsville
in part by:
are an active part of the communities we serve because they are the places we
call home. The members we serve live, work and play in the lush rolling hills
of northeastern Oklahoma.
in Collinsville, Oklahoma, VVEC is a distribution electric cooperative. We provide
electric service to residential, commercial and industrial consumers through more
than 32,000 meters and more than 4,500 miles of electric line in portions of Nowata,
Osage, Rogers, Tulsa and Washington counties.
the 26 electric cooperatives operating in Oklahoma, VVEC is the third largest
based on the number of meters served by the co-op. Ninety-two employees cover
the Cooperatives more than 3,200-square mile service territory daily maintaining
the electric system and providing consumer-oriented service.
Life Saving Decision
-- Tony Mathis (holding the Governor's Proclamation) and Jessica Leake were
recognized at the Chamber meet here Thursday for saving the life of a six year
old boy by refusing to allow the youth's apparently drunk father from driving
away with the youth. Not long afterwards that father was dead in a single vehicle
crash near 113th E. Ave. and 166th St.North May 24th. OHP Lt. George Brown (right)
and on their left are Mayor Stan Sallee & Rep. Earl Sears who also participated
in the presentation including a proclamation from Governor Mary Fallin.
I don't have names for the kids. (Related TV 6 News Coverage: http://www.newson6.com/story/14710795/man-killed-in-tulsa-county-crash)
Nyberg (Chamber Secretary, right) accepted a plaque from Kris Rush of the Oklahoma
Prosperity Program (of the State Chamber) for the Collinsville Chamber's
involvement with the 2010 elections. The Prosperity Program provides voter guides
based on candidates answers to questions.
State Representative Earl
Sears continues to say it is "an honor to represent Collinsville".
He summarized what he termed his busiest legislative session yet as he was directly
involved in resolving the budget deficit wrangling between every state agency
to share the ~$500 million shortage the state faced this year. Sears said improving
state revenue so far this year reduced the original estimated $1.1 billion deficit
and hopes the deficit will be even less next year.
Other significant changes
this session noted by Sears were tort reform, prison reform, pension reform,
enconomic development, education reform. Rep. Sears also noted taxes were
not raised and 386 bills were passed. As a result of the 2010 Census federal
and state redistricting allowed District 11 to still contain Collinsvile so
he will continue to represent Collinsville. He noted there was a period in
the process when it appreared our State Senator Rick Brinkley's district would
be shifted away from Collinsville but that was finally resolved with Brinkley
& Collinsville remaining together.