MARLOW – During a regular meeting of the Marlow City Council, elected officials approved a Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) agreement on behalf of the Marlow Police Department.
The “Special Law Enforcement Commission Deputation Agreement” is in response to the Supreme Court case Sharp v. Murphy. The case found that Congress did not disestablish the Muscogee (Creek) Nation reservation correctly when Oklahoma became a state, which means more than half of the state is technically under First Nations government.
The agreement between Marlow and the BIA has effectively made officers of Marlow Police members of Tribal Law Enforcement also, according to City Administrator Jason McPherson.
“It allows our officers to be deputized by the Chickasaw Nation,” he said. “It’s a complex (court) decision and this helps simplify it some for now.”
The police department also made an addendum to their Oklahoma Law Enforcement Accreditation Program by officially adding safe policing policies.
Moving on, the council also declared a “disaster emergency proclamation” in regards to the Oct. 26 ice storm. McPherson said this was mostly for the damage and debris.
“We only had four outages the entire time so electricity was not our issue,” he said. “As of today (Tuesday, Nov. 24), our crews at Second and Arapaho are moving east and they will be turning and going back west on Cherry. We have approximately $57,000 in the cost of collection of debris.”
McPherson explained having the declaration of emergency would be needed if FEMA created funding for the storm related damages in the state.
D.B Green, the city treasurer, gave the monthly report for the city’s finances. He said while it looks like they have received more income than expected in the budget, it will help make up for lower collections earlier in the year. The city is still on budget.
“For a third of the way we are looking good for the next year in tough times obviously,” Green said.
City Clerk Betty Mackey reminded the council and public that filing for open council seats in wards three and four start in December. For more information on filing or checking qualifications, visit www.cityofmarlow.com under the City Council heading.
In other news the council approved:
• an agricultural lease for the south area of Lake Taylor with Jim King.
• an agricultural lease for the northwest lagoon, cemetery ag lease and southwest lagoon, with Mike and Matt Davis.