The Norman Transcript

March 9, 2014

Ward 5 issues up for discussion

Transcript Staff
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Norman City Council member Lynne Miller will host a Ward 5 meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at Fire Station 9, 3001 E. Alameda St. The main topic of discussion will be Public Safety Sales Tax renewal and other issues related to Ward 5.

More information is available from the city’s Action Center at 366-5396.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for citizens to receive education and answers to their questions regarding issues included in the upcoming election,” Miller said. “I hope all Ward 5 residents will join me at this informational meeting.”

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Candidates for the Norman City Council, Ward 2, will appear in a forum at the Tyner Cornbread and Beans luncheon on Friday. The candidates participating are Aleisha Karjala and Clint Williams.

Williams, after graduating from the University of Oklahoma, began a career in the non-profit sector. He has been active in several non-profit management roles and is the executive director of the Mary Abbott Children’s House.

He has served on various boards for the City of Norman and OU. He is serving on United Way’s Health and Safety Committee, OU’s Friends of Music Board and Norman’s TIF District No. 2 Oversight Committee.

Karjala is an associate professor of political science at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma.

She has served as a volunteer for the Norman PTA and became the president of the Norman High School Boys Soccer Booster Club. She is on the Norman Library Board and has recently been chosen as a 2014 Fellow for the DaVinci Institute of Oklahoma.

The event will be held at Catering Creations, 3750 W. Main St.

The luncheon is sponsored by the Cleveland County Democratic Party and begins at 11:15 a.m. with the speakers beginning about noon.

Guests will select lunch from Catering Creations’ full course buffet. The meeting is open to the public.

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Cleveland County Commissioners Darry Stacy and Rusty Sullivan represented the county’s interests in the nation’s capital during the National Association of Counties (NACO) 2014 Legislative Conference, March 1-5, in Washington, D.C.

Commissioner Stacy serves on the Community and Economic Development steering committee, and Commissioner Sullivan serves on the Justice and Public Safety steering committee.

More than 1,500 county officials from across the country demonstrated to Congress and federal officials that the nation’s 3,069 county governments provide the essential building blocks to create healthy, vibrant and safe communities. This includes key public infrastructure, transportation and economic development; creating and sustaining a skilled workforce; ensuring public health and public safety and implementing federal, state and local programs in a cost-effective manner.

The focus of this year’s conference was transportation.

“Whether you’re talking about transportation, housing and economic development, health care or justice and public safety, it’s important that Congress and federal officials hear directly from county officials about our local needs in Cleveland County and how we can work together to effectively serve the public,” Stacy said.

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