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Cordell Water Department Running At A Loss

Records provided by the New Cordell Utility Authority show Cordell’s water department lost nearly $50,000 between Jan. 1, 2018, and Dec. 31, 2018. According to the city’s financial reports, Cordell’s water billing during the 2018 calendar year totaled $645,618.21, but expenses were $694,184.90, creating a net loss of $48,566.69. The expenditures do not include expenses for the city’s customer service department, which handles the water, sewer, garbage, and electrical departments, as the department is accounted for as a single cost center for the entire utility authority.

The water department’s single largest expense is 2018 was the purchase of water from Foss Reservoir. In 2018, the city paid $301,956.68 for the water it resold to Cordell ratepayers.

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City Council Considers Pet Ordinance Changes

Fueled by citizen concerns, the New Cordell City Council instructed city attorney Johnny Beech to draft a new pet ordinance during its March 15, 2019, meeting.

Several concerned residents appeared before the council last Friday to express their concerns about the city’s current pet ordinance. The concerns were focused upon the presence of multiple caged dogs on a property in the area of 11th and West in Cordell.

Under the current city ordinance, residents are limited to four dogs and/ or cats per person. In order to legally house more than four pets, a so-called pet hobbyist license must be obtained from the city.

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Parents Address School Board Following Assault, Discipline

The parents of two Cordell students involved in an alleged assault on the high school campus last month addressed the Cordell Public Schools Board of Education March 11, 2019, expressing their concerns for the way school administration handled the situation.

Immediately following the Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, assault, which occurred on the Cordell High School football field, Cordell Public Schools Superintendent Brad Overton told The Cordell Beacon the school district wouldn’t be taking any disciplinary action.

“It is my opinion that this is an issue more suited to be dealt with through the local police department,” he said at the time.

 

 

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Cordell Board of Education Honors Jim Price For 16 Years of Service

At the Monday, March 11, 2019, meeting of the Cordell Board of Education, Jim Price was presented with a plaque recognizing his 16 years of service with the board.

The plaque was presented by newly-appointed board president Ronnie McKee.

 

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Ward 4 Candidate May Be Ineligible

Selena Gideon, a candidate for New Cordell City Council in Ward 4, may be ineligible for the April 2, 2019, municipal election because she failed to update her voter registration when she moved to her current address.

According to the candidate declaration Gideon filed with the Washita County Election Board, she resides on West First Street in Cordell, inside the boundaries of Ward

4. Her voter registration, however, indicates residence at an address on North Crider Street. The voter registration, Gideon’s first ever, was dated July 16, 2018, and places her residence in the city’s Ward 2.

Oklahoma law requires a candidate for municipal election to not only reside in the specific ward, but also to be registered to vote at an address within the ward in order to be eligible.

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2019 Washita County Junior Livestock Show

The Washita County Junior Livestock Show champions, from left: Caden Church (Sentinel) - Champion Goat Showman, Colt Randall (Canute) - Champion Lamb
Showman, Marlie Farris (Sentinel) - Champion Swine Showman, Landon Ringo (Burns Flat-Dill City) - Champion Beef Showman.
 

 

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Where The Money Goes: Cordell’s 2018 Expenditures

Editor’s Note: This is the third in an ongoing series about the City of New Cordell’s 2018 revenue and expenditures. The previous report (Feb. 13, 2019) highlighted the revenue generated by the New Cordell Utility Authority.

Bob henline

Editor

The New Cordell Utility Authority spent nearly two million dollars on municipal utility services during the 2018 calendar year, excluding the costs of water and electricity purchased for resale.

As noted in the previous installment of this ongoing series (Feb. 27, 2019), payroll expenses made up the city’s single largest expenditure category, which also holds true in the utility authority’s six accounting departments - water, electrical, sewer, garbage, customer service, and miscellaneous. Of the $1,809,159 in total expenditures, more than one-third ($656,983.38) was attributed to personnel costs.

 

 

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Cordell Schools Earn B Grades

Bob henline

Editor

Cordell’s public schools all earned “B” grades for the 2017-2018 academic year, according to the public school report cards released last week by the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

The report cards for this year were based upon a new system which measures four metrics for elementary and junior high schools and five for high schools. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister said the new system provides a much deeper view of school performance than the previous system, which was discontinued after the 2015-2016 academic year.

“The new system incorporates significantly more contextual information than its predecessor,” she said in a Feb. 28, 2019, press release. “The Oklahoma School Report Cards provide valid, reliable, and actionable data that schools and communities can use to improve outcomes for kids.”

 

 

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Meet The 2019 Cordell Municipal Candidates

Editor’s Note: This is the third installment of an ongoing series about the candidates seeking office in the 2019 City Of New Cordell municipal election. The information herein represents answers to a questionnaire sent to all candidates by The Cordell Beacon. The candidates’ responses are printed exactly as they were submitted by the candidates, without edits.

Bob henline

editor

Seven of the candidates for City of New Cordell city council have now responded to the Beacon’s candidate questionnaire, along with both of the city’s mayoral candidates and one of the town marshal candidates.

In the previous installment of this series, candidates provided a brief biography and discussed their thoughts on the most important issue facing Cordell and how they would address that issue. Since publication of that installment (Feb. 27, 2019), candidates Zetta Penner (Ward 2) and Jerry Beech (Mayor) have responded to the questionnaire.

 

 

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Onward To Area!

The Cordell Lady Blue Devils are on their way to the OSSAA Area Tournament.

 

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