The Woodward News

Local News

July 2, 2013

County sets hearings on rezonings

Woodward, Okla. — Two requests for public hearings on zoning change considerations were held at Monday's county commission meeting at the courthouse.

The requests, made by two separate entities, are for lots located south of Woodward just off of State Highway 270. It is an area where several industrial businesses have begun to locate.

James a Slattery is requesting a zoning change from Agricultural (A-1) to General Industrial (I-2), while Fisher-Baker Limited Partnership is requesting a change from General Commercial (C-2) to General Industrial (I-2) for a total of six lots.

The public hearings will be held at the commission meeting on July 15.

In conjunction with those changes, one of the owners of Fisher-Baker Limited Partnership, Carmen Collins, requested information about any possible code enforcement regarding aesthetics in that area.

Collins had concerns regarding how Woodward appears to outsiders as they drive into town from the south.

She asked if the county had any code enforcement arm and if they did, would they begin to apply those codes.

According to County Clerk, Charolett Waggoner, however, the county does not have codes related  to how private owners keep their property.

"You would have to include covenants in the sales agreement of your land when you sell," said District 3 Commissioner Vernie Matt.

A legal covenant restriction is a legal document made a part of the contract of sale for the property, said Edmond Real Estate expert, Victoria Caldwell. For instance a seller can put some restrictions into sales contract.

Caldwell said, however, problems with covenants such as these are that there is only one way to enforce them and that's by going to court.

Counties can, and some do have codes, however, for a county to have codes like the City of Woodward has, the issue must come up for a vote of the public.

While Matt and the other two commissioners agreed that there was a desire for landowners to consider the appearance of their land, the only way to begin to address the problem is through neighbors working together voluntarily.

"I agree, we all want Woodward to look good as people come in here," Matt said.

Commissioners also acted on a request from Oklahoma Natural Gas for a permit to bore a gas pipeline under Hunter Road, east of Jim's Salvage.

"The request was approved with a fee for the permit," Matt said.

In other business, Oklahoma Department of Health, Local Emergency Response Coordinator, Kerry Stafford requested guidance on how he should properly manage $4,000 in grant funds issued by the state for items such as folding chairs, storage containers with lids, vests, a television with a dvd player and a canopy.

The commissioners brought into the meeting County Treasurer Sonya Coleman to explain the proper process through which Stafford can access the funds.

Also in other business-an update regarding the office USDA Soil Conservation Office's move from the Woodward County Fair Grounds office complex to the old Knight's of Columbus building near the south end of Woodward.

Commissioners also approved the budget for the OSU Extension Office. They also addressed a recent concern in an earlier meeting in June, regarding the ongoing work between the Woodward Municipal Authority and the FAA to clarify land use agreements entered into more than 20 years ago on the plot of property where the Juvenile Detention Center is now located.

"That document (the letter) was delivered to the D.A.'s office for an opinion," Matt said.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Boy, 7, drowns in weekend accident

    A seven-year-old boy died over the weekend when he fell into a swimming pool at a private residence in the Wheatridge addition, according to Woodward police reports.

    July 29, 2014

  • Commission OKs grader financing

    Monday morning in their weekly meeting, Woodward County Commissioners approved the financing on a new John Deere motor grader and discussed in detail the upcoming County Officers and Deputies Association meeting the county will host this October.

    July 29, 2014

  • Deal reached to improve veterans' health care

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan deal announced Monday would authorize about $17 billion to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat veterans and make it easier to fire executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    July 29, 2014

  • Western Plains sets school supplies drive

     As the beginning of the school year approaches, so does the need for new school supplies.

    July 29, 2014

  • Area woman recovering from West Nile

    It wasn’t too many years ago when West Nile Virus was a scary word everyone hoped never happened to them and most of the time, that was true.

    July 27, 2014

  • Dedication set for art pieces

    Woodward’s collection of public art pieces will grow by two this week.

    July 27, 2014

  • ‘Support YOUR Cause Tour’ making stop in Woodward

    A musician is looking to raise $5,000 at an upcoming local concert.
    But Scott Helmer isn't raising the money for himself.  He is hoping to collect money to help support the Woodward Arts Theatre.

    July 26, 2014

  • Experts offer important tips on grilling

    When Roy Lenz prepares his grill for one of his famous steak nights at the Brandin’ Iron in Laverne, he does so with meticulous care and cleanliness, almost to the point of being compulsive.

    July 26, 2014

  • Light agenda set for county

    County commissioners will see a light agenda for their final meeting in July on Monday.

    July 26, 2014

  • State board votes again to delay education plan

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's State Board of Education voted on Wednesday for a second time to delay a formal plan for adopting new education standards in math and English amid opposition to the proposal from three education groups that represent public school boards and administrators across Oklahoma.

    July 24, 2014