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Oologah board meetings stay put

[ 4 ] July 23, 2014 |

By CHRIS EDENS
City Editor

Oologah Town Board members on Monday rejected an idea to change its meeting time and continued a search for a new police chief.

A small crowd attended the special meeting to support moving the board’s meeting time from the morning to the evening. Supporters of the time change said more people would be able to attend evening meetings. Currently, the board meets at 9 a.m. on the first Tuesday of the month.

Board member Mat Shockley made a motion to change meetings to 7 p.m. on the first Monday of the month.

The motion died when no other board member would offer a second. They said morning meetings are easier for business people to attend and when meetings were held in the evening it didn’t increase attendance.

For more on this story look for the Oologah Lake Leader on newsstands Wednesday and in your homes on Thursday. Newsstands available in Oologah, Talala and Tacora Hills.

Individuals attending the meeting in favor of the time change gathered in the town park Tuesday night to discuss the issue.

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  1. mat shockley says:

    This is what it states in our ordinances. If you go to town hall and pay the clerk a quarter this is what you can make a copy of. It’s on file in our offices. In the meeting I couldn’t even get a second to follow our own rules set by your town board.

    SECTION 2-103 MEETINGS OF THE TOWN BOARD

    2003 Supplement

    A. The Board of Trustees shall meet regularly on the first Monday of each month at 7:00 P.M. Or immediately following the conclusion of the Regular Monthly Meeting of the Oologah Municipal Authority. In addition to this regular meeting, the Town Board shall also meet at such other times as it may prescribe by Ordinance, Resolution, or otherwise, at the Town Hall in Oologah, Oklahoma. Where the day for a meeting falls upon a day which is a legal holiday in the State, the meeting shall be held on the next succeeding day which is not a holiday. Special meetings may be called by the Mayor or any three (3) Trustees. A majority of all the members of the Board shall constitute a quorum to do business, but a smaller number may adjourn from day to date. (Ord. No. 98-1, 02/02/1998)

  2. Ben Chapman says:

    The one meeting I attended had less than 10 people. If you subtracted the police officers, newspaper, and city workers then the number was less than five. I am sorry but alot of us commute to work and I know for me evening times would allow me to make it to more meetings.

    • Lisa says:

      I know that if meeting times were moved to the evening I would be attending. Unfortunately as of right now if I wanted to go I would have to use vacation time and take half a day.

      They know that a lot of people work and are unable to attend at these times. That’s why they are held then.

  3. caitlin says:

    This is crazy, we as citizens have a right to be able to attend the town meetings. Everything being voted on at these meetings pertains to the citizens of this town. I feel ashamed of our leaders that they are blind to these problems and it goes to show that we need more than ever for young people to be apart of the solution. This is something that should not be ignored, we must continue to draw attention to this problem and pray that our leaders see a new meeting time would be more beneficial to the community.