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News from Noble City Hall October, 2012

News from Noble City Hall

From City Manager Bob Wade

 

 

 CLEVELAND COUNTY WILDFIRES DECLARED NATIONAL DISASTER

 

Today the U.S. Small Business Administration officials notified the City of Noble that the Cleveland County Wildfires occurring August 3, through August 14, 2012 have been declared a National Disaster, and those residents and businesses that were damaged are now eligible to apply for low interest rate loans through SBA and grants through FEMA.   

 

FEMA contract information will be provided as soon as it is released.  A service location is planned to open in Noble very soon to handle the FEMA claims and the SBA claims.  Application deadlines are set for October 22, 2012 for Physical damage and May 22, 2013 for Economic Injury.  The contact information for SBA:

Field Operations Center—West—P.O. Box 419004 Sacramento, CA f958431-9004.  (800) 659-2955. 

 

This is very good news for the victims of the wildfires.  We will continue to pass on the information that we are provided.

 

 

STREET IMPROVEMENT PROJECT IS MOVING FORWARD

 

The 2012 Street Improvement Project that Noble voters approved this Spring is getting closer to reality.  Bids were opened for the project on September 14th and the City Council awarded the project to Markwell Paving Company pending an acceptable contract.  The city staff is negotiating on the contact this week and hopefully the council can approve something at the October 1st regular meeting.  The good news is that the competitive bids included the base project, which was a list of 20 streets and street segments.  A bid alternate proposal was included that listed an additional 8 streets.  Based on the bid from Markwell Paving, it appears that Noble will be able to pave not only the streets listed on the ballot, but several other streets that are in very poor condition. 

 

We will have to work out some of the details and will try to keep the public informed as to what streets may be under construction as we move forward.  The fall and winter weather will also have an impact on the final schedule.  A big thank you again, to the Noble residents who overwhelming supported this project.  This will be a huge piece of the puzzle in making Noble a clean city. 

 

 

SENIOR CITIZENS WORK/TRAINING OPPORTUNITY THRU ASCOG

 

Because this is an important program that is ongoing, I have repeated the notice in this edition.

 

ASCOG has announced a new program available for senior citizens who are age 55 and older, to provide job training and placement for people with limited financial resources.  The program is called SCSEP (Senior Community Service Employment Program).  The program goals are to provide meaningful part-time work experience in community services and to provide opportunities to transition into unsubsidized jobs in private industry or the public sector.

 

If you are a senior citizen looking for work and want to become a SCSEP trainee, contact Suellen McAllister, Title V Coordinator at the Association of South Central Oklahoma Governments (ASCOG) at the toll free number 1-800-658-1466 or by calling 5808-252-0595. 

 

BEAR WALK SUCCESSFUL

 

Saturday, September 22nd, the Healthy Noble Partnership hosted an event called BEAR WALK.  The event was held at Kenneth King Park and was held to encourage Noble residents to adopt a healthier lifestyle.  Approximately 400 visitors participated in the activities which included walking, bicycling, playing disc golf, moon bouncing, rock climbing, Karaoke, and an evening movie with hot dogs and popcorn. 

 

Healthy Noble Partnership is a part of the local coalition working to reduce obesity, diabetes, alcohol and tobacco use in children.