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City Revenues, Expenses Increased; Net Position Diminished

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July 1, 2017. The city’s net position decreased by a total of $84,698.

“The city’s combined net position decreased from $5,388,935 to $5,303,697 between fiscal years 2018 and 2017,” the report read. “Net position of both governmental and business-type activities showed a decrease when compared to prior year.”

The loss in net position occurred despite a marked increase in city revenues, of which only about half was consumed by increasing expenditures.

 

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Wed
24
Apr
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County Considering Opioid Lawsuit

Earlier this week the Washita County commissioners met in closed session with representatives from the Fulmer Sill law firm to hear a proposal to file suit against as-yet unnamed drug manufacturers and distributors involved in what has been termed Oklahoma’s “opioid epidemic.” According to the proposal given to the commissioners, Fulmer Sill is partnering with the firm of McAfee & Taft to pursue litigation separate from the suits already filed by Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter.

Last month Hunter announced a $270 million settlement deal reached with Purdue Pharma, one of the companies sued by the state. Under the settlement agreement, $12.5 million will be earmarked for Oklahoma cities and counties, but to date no details about the distribution formula or process have been made public.

Wed
17
Apr
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Lankford Attends Cordell Civic Club Luncheon

By Bob Henline

Oklahoma’s junior United States Senator, James Lankford, was in Cordell earlier this week as part of a whirlwind tour around the state during one of his rare breaks from Washington, D.C. Lankford attended the Cordell Civic Club luncheon at the Sunshine Cafe Tuseday afternoon and answered questions from the roughly two dozen attendees on a number of subjects of interest to local citizens.

Lankford didn’t deliver any formal remarks, instead opening the floor to questions from those in attendance. The purpose of his visit, he said, was to engage his constituents in a dialogue about issues relevant to the people of Cordell.

Wed
10
Apr
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Municipal Election Participation Less Than 35 Percent

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Voter turnout in last week’s Cordell municipal election was less than 35 percent of registered voters, according to data provided by the Washita County Election Board.

According to voter records, there are 1,635 registered voters in Cordell’s two voting precincts. Of that number, just 556 cast ballots during the April 2, 2019, municipal elections, representing just 34.7 percent of registered voters.

Cordell’s precinct 750004 is the city’s largest precinct, with 1,234 registered voters. Of those voters, 412 participated in the municipal election this year. Voter participation within the precinct was slightly higher among registered Republicans, with 199 voting as compared to 179 registered Democrats, 32 independents, and two Libertarians.

 

Wed
10
Apr
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Beech Prepares For New Role As Mayor

Jerry Beech will be sworn in as the next mayor of the City of New Cordell Monday, April 15, 2019, but he’s not waiting until then to get started in his new role. Beech, who serves as executive director of Multi-County Youth Services, has taken some time off this week to familiarize himself with the city’s government and operations prior to beginning his new job as mayor.

At the top of Beech’s todo list as the new mayor, he said, is to get a handle on the city’s financial situation. With just over two months until the beginning of the next fiscal year, preparing and passing the city’s next budget is Beech’s top priority.

“First, I’m going to look at the city’s financials,” he said. “We’re going to do some trending and see what can be done. I’m going to look at utilization and the efficiency of our expenditures.”

 

Wed
03
Apr

Construction Season Hits The Square In Cordell

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation highway construction project in Cordell will necessitate temporary changes in the city’s traffic flow in and around the town square for the next month or so, depending upon the weather.

Construction crews have recently completed work on State Highway 152 west of Cordell and have shifted their attention to the intersection of highways 152 and 183. Once the intersection project is complete, construction will begin around the square itself, which will require closing the road on each side of the square in turn and opening the road up to two-way traffic.

 

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03
Apr

Stolen Vehicle Pursuit Ends South of Cordell

A high-speed pursuit which began in Hobart ended just south of Cordell last Friday afternoon.

The pursuit involved a Cadillac Escalade, stolen in Hobart, and reached speeds estimated in excess of 105 miler per hour. Cordell Assistant Police Chief Steven Haga ended the pursuit by deploying a spike strip on northbound Highway 183 south of Cordell, which disabled three of the vehicle’s four tires.

 

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03
Apr

Beech Elected As Cordell’s New Mayor

The Washita County Board of Elections have announced the unofficial results of the Tuesday, April 2, 2019, municipal elections, and Jerry Beech has been declared the winner in the Cordell mayoral election. Also victorious in Tuesday’s election were city council incumbents Steven McLaughlin (Ward 1), Zetta Penner (Ward 2), Kelly Maddox-Tilley (Ward 3), and Cheryl Wedel (Ward 4). James Newman, Jr. was elected to the remaining two years on the Ward 3 seat vacated by Joseph Boecker in his unsuccessful challenge of Maddox-Tilley.

Incumbent city treasurer Lawana Price and city marshal Brandon Rogers were also handily re-elected over challengers Sarah Lau and TImothy Maines, respectively.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Beech carried 333 votes to Oliver’s 220, a 60-40 split.

 

Wed
27
Mar
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Spring Arrives In Cordell

The moon slowly sets behind the Washita County Courthouse Saturday, March 23, 2019, in the calm after the previous night’s lightning and hail storm.

 

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Candidates Pitch Ideas, Positions To Voters

Several of the candidates for Cordell mayor and city council participated in a question and answer forum hosted by The Cordell Beacon last week. Both mayoral candidates, Rickey Oliver and Jerry Beech, appeared to answer voters’ questions, as did council candidates J.D. Banks, Cheryl Wedel, James Newman, Jr., Kelly Maddox-Tilley, Amy Riggs, Zetta Penner, Clinton Henley, and Steve Mc-Laughlin.

At the beginning of the forum, candidate Selena Gideon announced that she was withdrawing from the race due to questions about her eligibility to run for office based upon her voter registration. Because she announced her withdrawl after the official withdrawl and challenge period closed, her name will appear on the ballot for the April 2, 2019, election. She said that if she were to be elected, she would immediately resign the seat.

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