The Norman Transcript

Government

October 2, 2012

County discusses wildfire recovery

NORMAN — A disaster recovery center will soon be set up for victims of the Aug. 3-4 wildfires, Safety Emergency Management Director Dan Cary announced Monday at the Cleveland County Commissioners meeting.

Cary said the center will open Wednesday at the 12 Corners Baptist Church and will run for about three weeks.

Families and individuals will be able to go to the center and register to receive assistance from various groups. There will be around 10 to 15 agencies to assist individuals affected by the fire with whatever they need, Cary said.

“The county and the town of Slaughterville have been working diligently since the fire,” in order to accurately document all of the fire damage and report it to the state for them to send to the President’s office, Cary said.

Gov. Mary Fallin announced Thursday that Cleveland County had been approved to receive assistance from the federal government.

An initial request was sent in on Aug. 13 for Cleveland, Oklahoma and Payne counties, which was denied. Fallin appealed the FEMA denial, but Oklahoma and Payne counties were again denied.

To apply for disaster assistance, individuals and business owners must call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or go online to www.disasterassistance.gov. Cleveland County residents who have already called FEMA to report damage prior to the appeal are asked to call again to confirm their registration.

After calling FEMA, Cary said fire victims should call the county commissioner’s office at 366-0200.

Fire mutual aid grant: Another thing the Emergency Management office is looking at is getting a grant for agencies who responded to the August wildfires.

Cary said all agencies who responded to the fires will be meeting Wednesday afternoon to discuss the grant.

If the grant is approved, the agencies will receive some reimbursement from the costs and expenses accrued while fighter the fire.

Burn ban: Last week during the commissioner’s meeting, Cary discussed looking at putting a county-wide burn ban back into effect but with recent rains, they decided against it. Fallin lifted the burn ban last week.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Government
  • Oklahoma Water Resources Board grants Norman low-interest loan for facility upgrade

    Norman has been authorized for a $50.3 million loan from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board to fund Phase 2 of the Norman Water Reclamation Facility upgrade. “It’s the single largest loan OWRB has made,” Norman Mayor Cindy Rosenthal said. ...

    April 17, 2014

  • General fund continues to decline as expenses exceed anticipated revenues

    Norman’s expenses will again outstrip projected revenue in the current budget before the city council. The budget for the fiscal year that starts in July and ends June 30, 2015, projects $210,982,020 in total revenues and $213,436,778 in ...

    April 16, 2014

  • County hears presentation on employment opportunities

    The Cleveland County Board of Commissioners listened to a presentation Monday to consider partnering with a nonprofit that provides employment opportunities for prison inmates re-entering the community. Patrick Viklund, Center for ...

    April 15, 2014

  • Drilling operation shows policy gap

    While Norman residents are being encouraged to use rain barrels, a Texas oil and gas company is pumping thousands of gallons of treated drinking water into the ground. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission controls permits for drilling, ...

    April 12, 2014

  • Filings finished

    In addition to Ward 2 Norman City Council candidates Clint Williams and Aliesha Karjala several federal, state and county officials will be on the June 24 ballots. Filing for offices that serve Cleveland County residents are: · ...

    April 12, 2014

  • Fracking review online

    The Oklahoma Hydraulic Fracturing State Review is available on the Corporation Commission’s website, occeweb.com. Completed in 2011 by a non-profit, multi-stakeholder organization, State Review of Oil and Natural Gas Environmental ...

    April 12, 2014

  • Candidates file for state and federal positions Thursday

    New filings on Thursday include: ; ...

    April 11, 2014

  • City briefs

    Egg hunt today  Norman’s Easter Egg Hunt will be today at Andrews Park. Activities — including moon bounces, games, giveaways and Easter Bunny photos (bring your own camera) — will start at 5:30 p.m....

    April 11, 2014

  • Norman residents among those seeking to run for county, state offices in first day of filing

    Filing for county and state offices started Wednesday and continues from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Friday. A handful of Democrats and a trickle of Independents vye with a field heavy-laden with Republican candidates. There are few ...

    April 10, 2014

  • Fallin seeks aid for businesses affected by closure of memorial bridge

    Purcell business owner Greg Lucy wrote to the governor this week. Lucy owns Purcell Farm and Ranch Supply, a business that depends heavily on trade from Lexington and surrounding areas. The recent closure of the James C. Nance Memorial ...

    April 10, 2014