Collinsville, Oklahoma
February 19, 2009
Miscellaneous News

Sears Assist To Veterans Pending / Buschmann Is New CDI Manager /
Comprehensive Plan 2030 Approved

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Measure To Assist
Service Members Advances

Oklahoma House of Representatives
Media Division
February 18, 2009

Contact: State Rep. Earl Sears
Capitol: (405) 557-7358

Measure to assist service members advances

OKLAHOMA CITY – A measure to assist Oklahoma’s military veterans is one step closer to becoming law.

House Bill 1052 by Rep. Earl Sears (R- Bartlesville) would give the state’s veterans more flexibility when it comes to renewing their driver’s license. At the moment, veterans returning from overseas have 60 days upon arrival back in the United States to renew their licenses. But not all service members come back to the state directly and many report to their duty stations after returning. This bill would extend the renewal window to 60 days after a service member returns to the state.

“The last thing a brave and dedicated service member should have to worry about upon returning to this country is when they need to head to the tag agency,” Sears said. “I believe this bill will be beneficial to those who serve by giving them more flexibility and time to catch up on all their affairs once they have returned to Oklahoma.”

The bill now heads to the state Senate for consideration.

New Downtown Inc. Program Manager
Cheri Buschmann started her new job as Program Manager for Collinsville Downtown. Inc (the Main Street program) Tuesday Feb. 17th, 2009, and was getting a quick tour of our historic downtown by Brad Francis when this photo was taken. Buschmann is the 5th mamager for the Collinsville program which began in 2000. Deborah Berry, Renie Doherty, Nancy Phelps, and Maureen Wright preceeded her in this position. Roy Weathers was elected board president for the group this week. Volunteer work continues to ready the new CDI office at 12th & Main in the former city annex building.
Joint Meeting Of City & Planning Commissions Approves Future Planning Document For Collinsville

With two separate (but concurrent) agendas a rare combined meeting of the Collinsville City Commissioners and the Collinsville Planning Commission approved the "Collinsville Comprehensive Plan 2030" Monday Feb. 16th. The planning document which has been in the works for several years was spearheaded by Irving Frank of INCOG but driven by a citizen steering group. Public meetings and surveys provided early input into the process and the Monday meeting was also a public hearing but not well attended. The "plan" contains a wealth of infomation and planning considerations but does not list a specific sequence of actions or timelines. The document will be used as a guideline for future development in the Collinsville fenceline (~38 square miles). Copies of the document should be available at City Hall and the Collinsville Library.

In other City Commission business the commission approved going out for bids on a used large aerial bucket truck for the city electrical department which has been renting a unit for several months.

City Commission: Stan Sallee, Pam Porter, Bud York, Billie Reeder, (& Melodie Bateman who was absent Monday)
Planning Commission: Ellis Holly, Jim Price, Larry Uhl, Kathy Franklin, and Brad Francis.
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