Monday, April 18, 2005

Newkirk, Oklahoma


The Board of County Commissioners of Kay County, Oklahoma, met in special session at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 18, 2005, in the Commissioners Courtroom of the Kay County Courthouse (moved to Courtroom B), Newkirk, Oklahoma.  Notice of the meeting was posted for public information on April 14, 2005, at the Courthouse front door, Commissioners Court, and basement handicapped entrance of the Kay County Courthouse in Newkirk, Oklahoma.


Chairman Wilson called the meeting to order.  Those present were as follows: Laile Wilson, Chairman; Wayne Leven, Member; Phil Ross, Assistant District Attorney; Pat Schieber, Kay County Treasurer; Everette Van Hoesen, Kay County Sheriff; Ericka McPherson, Oklahoma Farm Bureau; Orva Rothgeb, Jo Reinert, and Dirk Krammer, Kay County Concerned Citizens (KCCC); Jeff Shepherd, Shepherd Engineering Design Company; Derek Hardberger, Attorney;  Kris Maple, Edith Denton, and Gaylord Ford, Proponents for Landfill; Wayne White, Newkirk Herald Journal; Sharon Rowen, Ponca City News; Tammy Reese, County Clerk/Secretary (see sign in sheet).  Commissioner Dee Schieber was absent.


Chairman Wilson opened the floor by stating some ground rules for the meeting on the Proposed Landfill Regulations.  Wilson clearly stated the only six people able to voice their opinions would be the three committee members in favor and the three members opposed.  He also requested the meeting to be conducted in an orderly fashion.


Kris Maple, proponent for landfill, opened the floor asking the intent of this meeting and asking whose regulations would be reviewed.


Commissioner Leven stated we are here to listen to both sides and to talk about both sets of regulations.  He said, “We can’t be for it or against it – we are here to design the regulations.”  Leven also said he wanted to talk about a tipping fee and recycling to limit the trash to be disposed.


Ms. Denton said, “It is not constitutionally fair to tax us, when you don’t do it to everyone in the state.”  It is our constitutional right.  Are you going to take it away from us?   Denton also asked the questions, what laws are we breaking and what are we doing wrong?


Dirk Krammer said we need to focus on the “big picture” of putting in a landfill.  Do we want Kay County to be thought of as a “Landfill Friendly” county?  His concerns are that Kay County won’t get anything else if we become a landfill friendly county.  Let’s make sure there is truly a need before putting in this landfill, stated Krammer.  He said we need to have a vision for our county and we need to make sure our regulations protect us, not just for this landfill, but for all future landfills.


Ford insisted there is a need for a landfill.  He also stated that the people who live around the landfill evidently do not have a problem with it going in because they have not ever protested.


The KCCC presented the Commissioners with several concerns:  (1) is there a need?  (2) Two landfills already exist in Kay Co. (3) a nuisance for the citizens who live around the landfill (4) a recycling plan is needed (5) how will water quality and quantity be protected? (6) A landfill is an eye sore.  These were just a few of the concerns mentioned.


In closing, Maple said let’s use the land to best serve the needs of the people of Kay County.  Let the DEQ decide if it’s an adequate adventure.  The road litter everyone is concerned about – let’s work together.  Whose choice is it – it’s the landowner’s choice of what they want to do with their own land.






The Board of County Commissioners and Assistant District Attorney Phil Ross will review all issues from both committees and come up with some revised regulations.  The Commissioners will hold another special meeting sometime in May. 


There being no other business, motion was made by Wilson and seconded by Leven to adjourn.   Motion carried:  Wilson, aye; Leven, aye; Schieber, aye.











Approved this 25th day of April, 2005.









                                                            DEE SCHIEBER, MEMBER