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Lake Chickasha Costs city Thousands
The Chickasha City Council is deciding what to do about Chickasha lake. Currently Mayor Hank Ross says the lake is costing the city about 170 thousand dollars a year in operational costs. "For years we have run that lake at a deficit," Ross said.
Ross wants to reevaluate current fees and break even in the years to come. In a meeting Monday night Council members reminisced how the lake used to be in the 1970s and 80s, adding that the state of the camping grounds are not what they used to be. Chickasha resident Brenda Flanigan agrees, "It was a really nice place for kids, teens and families, but the population has just dropped, the available lots and things like that."
During the meeting council members said a main reason the lake is costing so much money to maintain is the rates charged to campers and long term RV residents. Ross says they are only paying about 25% of market value with renters typically paying about 65 dollars a month, when market value estimates them at about 400 dollars. "As a city I think it's our job to look at the cost side of the equation," Ross added. Ross said he'd like to raise rates, see less long term residents and overall see the lake run more like a state park, "I'd like to make the lake a destination lake."
Residents like Brenda Flanigan, who said she has been hearing rumors about what will happen to the lake for years, just hopes city leaders come up with a solution that works for everyone, "I hope they figure out a way to keep it, we enjoy it, everyone enjoys it."
The Council has taken no action yet, but starting next year, may increase rates at 10% intervals until the lake breaks even in costs.
Posted: Tuesday, December 11 2012, 09:59 PM CST
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Tennessee sends search and rescue team to Oklahoma
May 21, 2013 16:19 GMT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A Tennessee-based team of emergency service workers has gone to Oklahoma to help with tornado recovery.
Memphis Fire Department spokesman Wayne Cooke said that Tennessee Task Force 1 left early Tuesday from Memphis.
Cooke says the 80-member team will mostly help with search and rescue efforts after powerful and deadly tornadoes struck cities in Oklahoma on Sunday and Monday. Emergency crews are digging through the rubble of destroyed structures to find trapped people.
The team is bringing search dogs and semi-trailers loaded with equipment to help dig through collapsed structures and perform other duties. Cooke says the team consists of emergency personnel from around Tennessee.
The task force was one of several teams that deployed to areas affected by Hurricane Sandy last October.
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