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Spencer City Star

Monthly newslettetr

A BRIEF HISTORY OF SPENCER

 

 

The City of Spencer was founded on February 25th, 1903. We are over a century old. To Celebrate these facts with you, please see history below:

 

                When the Unassigned Lands opened in Oklahoma on April 22, 1889, a variety of homesteaders staked claims in an area adjoining the North Canadian River in Eastern Oklahoma County known as the Nine Mile Flat. It stretched across three townships, Springer, Hartzell, and Crutcho, and was the fertile river bottom where the River had deposited black loam for centuries. Those who homesteaded in the Nine Mile Flat represented a variety of age, experience, ethnic background, and ambition, but all were fortunate in having a claim to some of the richest agricultural land in Oklahoma County with a bountiful water source.

                Almost as soon as it became apparent that Oklahoma Station, soon to become Oklahoma City, was the key location in the newly opened territory, it was recognized that the railroad link to the northeast connecting Oklahoma Station with Sapulpa was crucial to the boomtown's counting success. The existing east-west and north-south railroad lines did not provide convenient links to the eastern markets for commercial products. The proposed route of the St Louis and San Francisco Railroad closely followed the North Canadian River through most of Oklahoma County.

                Louis P. Kramer arrived in Oklahoma Station from Indiana tow days after the opening with two boxcars of potatoes and was immediately struck by the unlimited opportunity the new territory offered. He quickly sold his potatoes, bough land and some lumber, and built the first hotel in Oklahoma Station naming it the Hotel Weaver in honor of the first paying guest, al Col. Weaver from Kansas. Mr. Kramer soon returned to Indiana where he sold his bountiful land of limitless opportunity he had seen, and returned to the territory where he quickly became a partner in the first cotton gin built in Oklahoma Station, served on the Board of Directors for one of the first banks to open in the city, and dealt in real estate. He had extensive experience with waterpower as a result of his work on the lower Mississippi River during reconstruction after the Civil War, and eventually, Mr. Kramer became the Bridge Commissioner for Oklahoma County.  This position afforded him an excellent opportunity to obtain exceptional knowledge of the area.

                Louis Kramer recognized that the locale of what was to become the town of Spencer offered all the key ingredients for a successful town site: the proposed railroad route nudged up against the North Canadian River at the base of a high eastern river bank. The river could provide power for the town as well as a cotton gin, and with a railroad station between the two facilities, the agricultural bounty of the Nine Mile Flat could be quickly shipped to ready markets. Once again, Mr. Kramer solicited those he knew in Indiana for financial and personal investment. The land was purchased and platted as a town in 1902 by the Canadian Water Power Company, and since the key participants came from Spencer County, Indiana, the town was named Spencer.

                Although the first train station, Munger, was about a half a mile to the north and east from the site Louis Kramer had selected, he used his business contacts to persuade the railroad decision makers to relocate the station and the post office to his preferred site, and on February 25, 1903 the Spencer Post Office opened for the first time.

 

 

ATTENTION UTILITY CUSTOMERS

Due inclement weather conditions during the Ice Storm the City was unable to read all water meters. Therefore billing will be based on estimated usage, and re-read for proper billing  next month.

 

SENIOR CENTER HOPES FOR MAKEOVER

 

Earl Syth of the Spencer Senior Citizens Board thought of the Senior Center when he heard that NBC Media Productions was is in search of a non-profit organization in need of renovation, and would be featured on the television show Extreme Makeover Home Edition for a Community Facility. “I think this would be an excellent opportunity for the Senior Center, and the community” said Syth “The entire cost would be covered by the television program” he added.

 

If chosen, NBC would send a television crew, carpenters, and designers to the Senior Center for the renovation project, then televise it at a later date. Their goal is to find an organization with a unique, uplifting story whose members make a difference in the community. Mr. Syth made sure that Spencer’s Senior Center was included for consideration. Over the next few weeks NBC will be reviewing the thousands of applications that poured in, and as much as they would like to help everyone, they can only choose one.  So keep your fingers crossed.

 

GRANTS, GRANTS, GRANTS!

 

 

During the month of January the City of Spencer applied for the 2007 Rural Economic Action Program (REAP) grants. Under REAP guidelines, grants can be used for a variety of projects in the areas of community economic development and transportation.  The following projects were submitted: Rear Exit Door at Police Department—Current construction of the Spencer Police Department includes one (1) main door, located in the front entryway of the building. If approved, a rear exit door would be installed to insure the health and safety for police staff, residents, and the general public. Walking Trail and Recreational Equipment at McCoy Park—Residents, staff and surrounding communities would be served by a walking trail and exercise equipment if this project is approved. Waterline Project—Installation of water service along State Highway 62 will extend the use of public utilities and increase economic viability.  Approval of this grant will aid in sales tax generated revenue, and support the expansion of other services to Spencer residents and those in surrounding communities.

Kringlen Park Walking Trail and Exercise Equipment—A combination of exercise and recreational equipment would increase the use of Kringlen Park , as well as expand current recreational programs, and incorporate cardiovascular Training . The approval of this project would benefit youth and adults in our community. 

 

Visible House Numbers, Emergencies

And City Ordinance

 

The 9-1-1 system is designed to assist citizens with police, medical, and fire emergencies. When urgent situations arise, the emergency responders goal is to avoid delays and reduce confusion or error in locating business places and residences, especially at night. Having visible numbers in place helps prevent delays in crucial emergency help, and is required. City of Spencer Code of Ordinances, Building Code and Regulations, Section 5-305 Building and Dwelling Addresses states: “ It is the duty of the record owner of every now existing dwelling, building or structure in the city to place and maintain thereon, in a place visible from the street, figures at least three (3) inches high, showing the number of the dwelling, building or structure” Failing to properly number a dwelling, building or structure is a violation of the City Ordinance, may impede emergency response times, and subject the owner of the home to a fine of $200.00. 

 

JOIN US FOR A PANCAKE BREAKFAST

 

To continue the fundraising efforts for McCoy Park, the Spencer Parks Advisory Board has scheduled a Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, February 24th, 2007 at the Spencer Road Free Will Baptist Church located 8515 N. Spencer Road.  Tickets are available at City Hall for $7.00 each or contact a member of the Parks Board.  Coffee, Pancakes with Maple Syrup, and Sausage/Bacon is on the menu.   Additionally, Shannon Welch is scheduled to do a presentation on the Tobacco Coalition’s efforts to prevent smoking among the youth. Roger’s Middle School Choir is also scheduled to perform at the event. The City is still seeking more donations in support of the breakfast. Local businesses desiring to make a donation or supply goods should contact Karen Scovill 771-3226 or at spenceradasst@sbcglobal.net.  Donors will be acknowledged in further press releases and honored at the breakfast.

 

CAN’T AFFORD COLLEGE?

YES, YOU CAN!

 

Don’t  think you can’t afford college, you can with Oklahoma Promise – OHLAP, the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program, 8th, 9th  and 10th grade students whose annual family income is $50,000 or less and who agree to meet certain academic requirements and conduct standards can EARN FREE COLLEGE TUTITION!

You can only enroll in the program during the 8th, 9th or 10th grade year. For more information, contact Shenice L. Huff at (405) 409-1876 or email at slhuff@urbanleagueok.org.

 

DON’T FORGET ABOUT SPENCER BUSINESSES

By frank Calvin, Chairman of Spencer Economic Development Commission

 

The City officials and I are proud of the development secured by Spencer these last years.  However, in order to grow into the City we want it to be... we are asking you for your help.  Please don’t forget to use Spencer business every opportunity you can.  For every dollar we send out of our City we are patching a hole in another town’s street, we are putting another police officer or fire fighter in their city and not our own.  Tax dollars are essential to the city’s growth, to maintain current programs, and the creation of new ones.  Every cent generated for our city is needed in order to attract new businesses, grow our schools, and support our local government.

 

Valentines Day is an excellent opportunity to use Spencer businesses.  Buying flowers for that special someone? We encourage you to visit our two local flower shops, Black’s Flowers at 8485 NE 23rd Street and Added Touch Flowers and Gifts at 8801 NE 23rd Street.  Have local chocolate lovers decided where they will start their search for that very special treat for that very special someone? Then we encourage you to take a stroll down Walgreens’ discriminating chocolate aisle.   Every type of chocolate and chocolate combination imaginable can be purchased right here in Spencer.  Walgreen’s is quick and easily accessible, but it also offers a wide variety of items from the fancy to the affordable.

 

Please don’t forget to use Spencer businesses, not just on special occasions, but year round.  The City’s Sales Tax rates provide over 2/3 of the city’s operational revenues.  If we can’t depend on Spencer residents to shop Spencer, who can we depend on? If we don’t support our tax base by feeding it whenever we can, we can surely expect to get out of our city only what is put into it.

 

To better help make our point, City Staff and Consultants have compiled information to demonstrate how the city’s sales tax has decreased over time.  We prompt you to review the information closely and recognize that the city’s sales and use taxes have decreased steadily from fiscal year 2005 to 2006.  How many programs or projects will have to be postponed in order to meet this decline? How many streets will go unpaved? How many programs will go unfunded? How many City Parks will go without the cheerful gasps of playing children because there is no equipment on which to play? Take care of Spencer, so Spencer can take care of you.

 


Months

 

Sales Tax Collected

 

Use Tax Collected

 

Total Sales & Use Tax Collected

 

Sales Tax Collected

 

Use Tax Collected

 

Total Sales & Use Tax Collected

 

FY 05-06 to FY 06-07 Increase (Decrease)

 

 

July

 

    57,090.13

 

        475.75

 

      57,565.88

 

     52,640.68

 

    2,568.35

 

      55,209.03

 

     (2,356.85)

 

-4.09%

August

 

    56,435.74

 

     4,759.87

 

      61,195.61

 

     52,586.66

 

       981.80

 

      53,568.46

 

     (7,627.15)

 

 

- 12.46%

September

 

    60,942.28

 

     1,612.79

 

      62,555.07

 

     56,215.38

 

    2,406.50

 

      58,621.88

 

     (3,933.19)

 

-6.29%

October

 

    51,938.06

 

     1,170.19

 

      53,108.25

 

     52,111.77

 

       922.43

 

      53,034.20

 

          (74.05)

 

-0.14%

November

 

    55,820.55

 

     1,063.01

 

      56,883.56

 

     52,430.57

 

    1,306.06

 

      53,736.63

 

     (3,146.93)

 

-5.53%

December

 

    54,086.99

 

     1,859.82

 

      55,946.81

 

     44,834.87

 

       447.02

 

      45,281.89

 

   (10,664.92)

 

-19.06%

January

 

    55,613.35

 

     2,602.74

 

      58,216.09

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February

 

    56,828.14

 

        890.34

 

      57,718.48

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March

 

    54,727.71

 

        968.19

 

      55,695.90

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April

 

    61,827.93

 

     1,634.20

 

      63,462.13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May

 

    64,028.24

 

     2,972.80

 

      67,001.04

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June

 

    54,783.63

 

     2,002.53

 

      56,786.16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

  684,122.75

 

   22,012.23

 

    706,134.98

 

   310,819.93

 

    8,632.16

 

    319,452.09

 

   (27,803.09)

 

-3.94%

 

 

Special Thanks to Integris Health!!

 

The City of Spencer, wishes to thank Integris Health for their generous donation of $11,092.00 for the development of McCoy Park, located behind City Hall. Upon completion, McCoy Park will provide a host of health benefits with the construction of a walking trail, exercise equipment, handicap accessible exercise products, and modular play equipment. This project will engage Seniors from the Senior Citizen Building, provide physical conditioning for the fire fighters,  and a place to walk and exercise for city employees. Community youth and homeowners from the Farris Housing addition just south of the park on Darryl Lane will also benefit from the park.

 

 

Community Calendar

February 2007

 

 


Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

 

 

 

 

1

Planning Commission

 7 PM

2

3

4

Super Bowl Party  5:00 p.m. at Spencer Freewill

5

6

7

8

9

10

Freewill Baptist Church

12

13

14

Happy Valentines Day ♥

15

City Council  &

Utility Authority

7 PM

16

17

18

19

Parks Advisory Board

7 PM

20

21

22

23

24

Parks Board Pancake Breakfast

9-11 AM

At Spencer Road

25

26

27

28

 

 

Freewill Baptist Church. Hope to see you there!