CC)—The Enid Mayor and Board of Commissioners, acting as the Enid Economic Development Authority voted Tuesday night to approve a Room Occupancy Guarantee Agreement with the downtown hotel developer. The vote was approved 6-1 with Commissioner Tammy Wilson being the lone no vote. The amount the City would have to pay would be equal to the difference between the Minimum Hotel Occupancy Rate (40%) and the actual hotel occupancy rate for the applicable year, multiplied by the average daily room rate, per night, per room during the applicable 12-month period. Enid City Manager, Jerald Gilbert, said, "I will be very surprised if we ever pay on this 40 percent, but if we do, it’s a favorable calculation for the city." Gilbert was asked if the City of Enid had similar guarantee occupancy agreements with any other hotels. He said he was not aware of the City ever having incentivized another hotel. Gilbert assured the commission that the closing of the hotel deal was very close. The latest update he had received, as of Monday, was that the bank was waiting on the title work which should be arriving at any time.
In other action, Commissioners approved rate changes for some city of Enid solid waste services. Solid Waste Supervisor Scott Morris told Commissioners Tuesday some polycarts are being overloaded, or placed too close to mailboxes or parked cars or are not being placed out for collection on time. Once the resident fixes the issue, they want the city to return and pick up the trash. Through a unanimous commission vote, the city is instituting a $4 fee to return to pick up trash. With another approved changes, it will be $20 for the pickup of bulk trash, for one truck load. Each additional truck load to clean up the pile will cost $65. If the entire pile is picked up, and the resident calls for another pile later, the fee will be back to $20 for the pickup, for one truck load. Landfill rates, which have not been changed since 2012, will be going up. In 2018 and 2019, the rate will go up $5 per ton each year for residents and non-residents. After those two years, the rate will be increased by $2 per ton, each year, through 2025. The only deviation is the non-resident will see a $5 increase instead of a $2 increase in 2025, Morris said. Rates in 2025 will be $50 per ton for residents and $60 per ton for non-residents. Residents will continue to have 12 free visits to the landfill each year.
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TD)--Three local organizations have announced schedules for free Thanksgiving dinners this year. First Baptist Church will be holding it's free annual community Thanksgiving dinner 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Thursday at 401 W. Maine. The church has been providing the dinner for more than 20 years, and can be reached at (580) 234-1133.
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus will be holding their free annual meal 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Thursday in the Leven Center at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, located at 110 N. Madison. Those who come can dine in, carry out and even have a meal delivered. Those wanting a meal delivered should call the Leven Center kitchen Wednesday at (580) 234-6882.
The Salvation Army also is hosting its annual free Thanksgiving dinner at 5:00 p.m. Thursday at 518 N. Independence, in its Red Shield Diner. About 100 are estimated to attend the Salvation Army's dinner. Depending on the number of people in attendance, a second dinner might be scheduled at 5:30 p.m. The Salvation Army can be reached at (580) 237-1910.
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LP)--Downtown Enid is the place to be Friday 5:00 - 7:30 PM. It's time for the 24th Annual Enid Lights up the Plains. Activities will include live Christmas Music by The Bill Collectors with special guest artists Payton Herron and Kegan Tuohy…Santa Claus…Food Trucks…Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides by Paw Farms…Giant Elf on the Shelf…Edward Jones Tree of Lights… PAT the Snowman…OG&E Christmas Lights Parade…12 Days of Christmas display…capped off by the Park Avenue Thrift Enid Fireworks Grand Finale.
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SS)--The administrator of U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding shoppers across the country to support America's small business this Saturday. “Small Business Saturday is about supporting local businesses and creating jobs in communities all across America,” said U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Linda McMahon. “Shopping small this Saturday is the perfect opportunity for Americans to support their local community businesses and promote growth and vitality to America’s booming economy during this holiday season and throughout the coming year.” Enid has many small and locally owned businesses that offer great deals and personal service, so check them out. This year marks the eighth Small Business Saturday, an annual celebration of America’s small business community. Last year on Small Business Saturday, an estimated 112 million Americans spent a combined $15.4 billion at independent neighborhood retailers and restaurants.
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HH)--In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, the City of Enid Administration offices, Enid Public Library, and Recycle Center will be closed on Thursday and Friday. City of Enid officials announced that the Thursday trash route will not be collected on November 23; however, Thursday’s route will be picked up on Wednesday. Friday’s trash route will be picked up on Friday as usual. The landfill will be closed on Thursday and will be opened on Friday with operating hours from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The Meadowlake Golf Course will be closed Thursday and will be opened on Friday with operating hours from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Officials stated Enid Public Transportation Authority (EPTA) will not be operating on Thursday or Friday in observance of the holiday.
Residents can sign up for call notifications to get communication about trash schedules, water outages, and other important events by going to:Enid.org/CallNotifications.
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TT)--AAA Oklahoma is offering free rides home for anyone who has too much to drink this Thanksgiving weekend. AAA’s Tipsy Tow is a free alternative to possibly getting a DUI or, worse, putting lives in danger. It’s available in Enid from 6 p.m. Wednesday until 4 a.m. on Sunday. It will be available at no charge to AAA members and non-members alike. Family or friends of someone who has been drinking and is planning to drive can make sure their loved one gets home safely by simply calling 1-800-222-4357 (AAA-HELP). No questions will be asked. AAA will deliver up to two people and their vehicle home safely within a 15-mile radius from point of pick up.
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UW)--United Way of Enid & NW Oklahoma has created a year-end challenge to move closer toward its goal of $750,000 campaign goal. These much needed funds go to 15 non-profit agencies in our community to help serve others. These agencies care for the hopeless, homeless, helpless and hungry in our city and region. United Way Executive Director Dan Schiedel is encouraging those who have made a commitment for the 2017-2018 campaign to make an additional gift, if possible and challenge first time donors and teams to help raise $1,000 each. Consider inspiring a neighbor, a friend or a colleague or maybe start an office challenge.
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TL)--Hospice Circle of Love’s annual Tree of Life Celebration will be held next month to provide area residents the opportunity to remember loved ones who are no longer with them. The 2017 Tree of Life celebration will be held at 3:00 p.m. Dec. 10, in the Gantz Center on the Northern Oklahoma College Enid campus. The event will include Christmas music, a brief spiritual message by Hospice Circle of Love Chaplain Gary Miller, reading of the names on the Tree of Life and a cookie and punch reception. The celebration is also a time for former hospice families and their hospice caregivers to reconnect. All of Hospice Circle of Love’s patients who have died in the last year will be automatically included at no charge. Their names will be placed on tags attached to silver and gold bells and placed on a trio of Christmas trees at the event. Anyone else who would like to participate can do so for a $25 tax-deductible donation, for each name they would like to include. Duplicate ornaments with the same name are available for $10. Those attending the Tree of Life Celebration will get a chance following the event to take their loved one’s ornament home to put on their own Christmas tree or to use as a Christmas gift. The ornaments will also be available for pick-up at the Hospice Circle of Love office during working hours. Ornaments are available for purchase at the Hospice Circle of Love office, 314 S. 3rd, or by calling (580) 234-2273 for an invitation and order form. All of the money raised with this event will help off-set costs of patient care for those who don’t have a Medicare or insurance hospice benefit. Hospice Circle of Love has donated over $2.5 Million in free care since opening their doors in 1983.
DL)--The Enid driver's license headquarters will be closed now through November 26th for remodeling, according to Oklahoma Department of Public Safety. The office is located at 5725 W. Garriott. Most services will be affected, including driver's license applications and transfers, ID card applications, written tests (class D and motorcycle), driving skills test (class D and motorcycle) and driver compliance hearings. CDL skills testing will not be closed. Scheduling for CDL skills testing will be made through the DL Services Help Desk as normal at (405) 425-2196. Customers are asked to visit the Woodward, Stillwater, Ponca City or Oklahoma City sites for immediate needs during the remodeling. The office is expected to be open and fully operational with new equipment Nov. 27. No additional staff members will be added.
CS)--Christian entertainer Mark Lowry is bringing his unique blend of laughter and praise to Enid on Dec. 14 for The Baptist Foundation of Oklahoma’s annual family Christmas celebration at Central National Bank Event Center. For more than four decades, Lowry has charmed crowds as a singer, storyteller, humorist, author and songwriter. Lowry has spent more than 20 years as baritone singer for the Grammy award-winning Gaither Vocal Band. Tickets can be purchased online at cnbcenter.com/marklowry or by calling (855) TIX-ENID (849-3643). Prices range from $25 to $30, depending on seat selection. Price for groups of 10 or more is $20 to $25 per ticket. Group tickets must be purchased through Central National Bank Center group sales office at (580) 616-7381 or by emailing email@example.com.
CS)--Nashville-based group Anthem Lights will perform for this year's Christmas show at Chisholm Trail Expo Center. The show is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 at the coliseum, located at 111 W. Purdue. Expo Center manager Steve Barnes described the four member group as similar to Pentatonix. Anthem Lights departs from a few recent holiday performers in that they are mostly a pop group, though Barnes said the group performs a variety of music. Tickets for the Christmas show are on. They are $30, $40 or $50. Those who purchase $50 tickets will be seated at tables on the floor. Each table will have two bottles of wine, and heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served. Those who hold $50 tickets also will take home a commemorative wine glass, Barnes said. For more information, call the Expo Center at (580) 237-0238.