Mapping for GPS and 911 safety services will begin Monday for Velma residents.
Spatial Data Research, Inc. will be collecting resident and business names, mailing addresses and phone numbers for the project. When information is not available to SDR from other sources, the specialist will knock on resident doors to conduct interviews.
“It will take about three days for the company to map Velma,” said Mark Suson with the E911 project. “It will be sometime between Monday and Friday.”
Mapping is paid for by county constituents through fees on landline and cell phone bills. These fees go to the county and the 911 director and county itself pays for the mapping and dispatch, said Suson.
The field vehicle will be marked with red and white 911 Mapping magnetic signs. The field data collector will have a photo badge with his or her name, the SDR logo and the phone number and address of the SDR office in Lawrence, Kan.
The data collector will need the name of the primary adult resident, mailing address and landline phone number(s), if any. If no one is home when the data collector visits, they will leave a postage-paid return card in a clear plastic bag on the door. Residents should complete these cards and return them by mail.
The intent of the project in Velma is to create an accurate, GPS-based map of the city and to identify problems. The data collected, along with the created map will be provided to the town of Velma with recommended solutions. Council members will decide if any structures require new addresses and will notify residents of their new physical/911 address if a change is required.
“The main thing is (the project) allows dispatchers to see an exact location if using a landline,” Suson said.
After Velma is completed, SDR will begin mapping and data collection in the rural area around Velma that is served by Windstream Telephone Company.
That process will be the same.
Letters containing the new 911 address will be based on its location on a named or numbered road. Most county-maintained roads have been assigned numbers based on the Oklahoma State Grid. Private and subdivision roads will use their given names.
The new 911 address is valid for deliveries and as a permanent address and will eventually be used by the USPS for mail delivery. However, residents must wait until they receive an official letter in the mail from the USPS before using the new addresses for mail delivery. These letters will likely be sent six months to one year from official 911 address notification by SDR.
Velma town residents will use their existing city addresses as their 911 addresses unless they are notified by the town their address has changed to make it easier for emergency personnel to find their home. Only residents whose addresses are changing will by notified by the city.
People residing inside the town proper, who do not know their physical address should contact the Velma Town Hall.
If your address is not posted on your home, post it. Even a temporary sign will help the SDR field crew build a more accurate 911 map.
If you have questions about the Stephens County 911 project, contact Velma Town Hall at 580-444-3393 or Mark Suson, E911, at 580-475-6762.
Mapping for GPS and 911 safety services will begin Monday for Velma residents.
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Golden Corral building remains vacant
In November 2012, Duncan’s Golden Corral closed its doors, leaving its building vacant on U.S. Highway 81.
More than a year later, the building still doesn’t have a new business. And it’s not the only building in such a condition. Buildings previously home to Hastings Entertainment and Goodies also remain vacant.
The gift of giving
Many young people have made out their list for Christmas, however, 11 Duncan Middle School students recently experienced the joy of giving rather than receiving.
Before Christmas each year, Love in Action, an organization through Eastside Church of Christ, makes aprons out of holiday themed fabric to take to nursing homes. This year, the group wasn’t able to purchase the fabric.
Jimmy’s Egg to arrive in March
Jimmy’s Egg is coming to Duncan.
In March, the breakfast and lunch restaurant will be taking over the old Legacy Bank location, just south of the Legacy Bank on U.S. Highway 81. This adds to other recent restaurant chains that have moved into Duncan in the past 12 months, including national chain Applebees Neighborhood Grill & Bar and Oklahoma chain Interurban.
Revolvers and Rhinestones to offer mounted shooting clinic
Cowboy mounted shooting is a fast-growing sport in the United States and now the Duncan community has the opportunity to learn skills from the best.
Revolvers and Rhinestones is presenting a Cowboy Mounted Shooting Clinic Dec. 20 with instructor Curt Moore. Beginning shooters, who have never shot off their horse, will be from 1-3 p.m. and intermediate shooters, who want to refine their skills, will be from 3-5 p.m. at the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center.
2014 proposed budget shows decrease in debt
The first draft of the proposed 2014 budget for the City of Duncan reflects a decline in debt and an increase in reserves.
Tuesday, members of the Duncan City Council reviewed the tentative budget, while City Manager Jim Frieda and City Financial Director Patti Clift discussed trends in the budgeting session and within various departments.
Police investigate theft at Cameron Measurements
Duncan police officers are investigating theft of steel stock and a 2006 Ford F-350 float bed pickup truck from Cameron Measurements.
Police are looking for three individuals who broke into the industrial business around 9 p.m. Sunday. The incident was reported before 8 a.m. Monday.
Two nights left to bid on Christmas Auction items
If you haven’t viewed the Christmas Auction yet this year, there are only two more nights to check out the many items up for bid.
Bids will be taken for various items from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow and live viewing can be watched on Duncan Channel 10 or at duncanauction.org. Though several items have been sold, there are still plenty to catch your eye.
Outstanding warrant issued for third man in Comanche home invasion
Six felony charges have been filed and an outstanding warrant issued for a third Walters man thought to be involved in a January home invasion in Comanche.
Andrew Glenn Travis, 26, was identified by one of the arrested men as having driven the two men Jan. 29, to and from the home invasion. Charges against Travis include conjoin robbery, burglary in the first and second degrees, two charges of conspiracy, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. His bond has been set at $50,000.
Filing period ends, elections imminent
Marlow City Council, and Bray-Doyle and Central High school board will all have elections, while a new member will join the Duncan Board of Education uncontested.
The filing period for various school board positions and two Marlow City Council ward seats began Monday morning at the Stephens County Election Board Office. The period closed at 5 p.m. Wednesday. The election for those positions will be Feb. 11, 2014.
Demetra Cox was the only person to file for Office No. 4 of the Duncan Board of Education. The position is held by Lisa Presgrove, who has been on the board longer than any of the board’s other members.
Duncan man faces charge of bringing contraband into jail
A Duncan man, arrested for driving under the influence of drugs, received further charges after arriving at the Stephens County Jail, including the felony charge of introduction of controlled dangerous substance to penal facility.
Andrew Clint McCormick, 22, was arrested Friday, after being pulled over for speeding and failing to pass various sobriety tests. Officer Jason Downs was the arresting officer in the case against McCormick.
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