Commerce Mayor Michael Hart read the proclamation aloud, which recognized Damiyah Smith who has broken Oklahoma, American and World Records in powerlifting
COMMERCE— The City of Commerce proclaimed Jan. 10 as “Damiyah ‘The Powerhouse Princess’ Smith Day” and awarded Damiyah a plaque for her achievements in powerlifting.
Smith’s family joined her in the proclamation reading and award presentation during the Commerce City Council meeting on Tuesday.
Mayor Michael Hart read the proclamation aloud, which recognized Smith, also known as “The Powerhouse Princess,” and how she has broken Oklahoma, American and World Records in powerlifting.
The 10-year-old currently holds the world record for the 8-9 Year Old Class: Squat, Bench, Deadlift and Clean & Jerk events. She also holds the world record in 10-11 Year Old Class: Squat, Bench, Deadlift and Clean & Jerk events.
“The Powerhouse Princess” is the youngest sponsored athlete for Rich Piana’s 5 percent Nutrition and Fitness Group.
“I would also like to present her with this award,” Hart said holding the plaque. “I’m very honored that her parents would let me present this to her. The plaque reads, ‘The Amateur Athletic Union’s (AAU) Street Sports and Recognition for outstanding athletic achievement of Damiyah Smith, I hereby name the 2016 AAU’s Street Sports Female National Athlete of the Year.’”
In police news, Commerce Police Department’s Lieutenant Ernie Shelby was recognized for his 10 years of service to the City of Commerce. Police Chief Ray Horn presented Shelby with a wooden plaque thanking him for his service.
Horn reported that the department’s ticket revenue and the number of calls had increased over the year. In 2015, the department issued 487 tickets and in 2016, they issued 570 tickets. In 2015, the department had 2,888 calls. In 2016, they received 2,963 calls.
The chief also reported that the annual Commerce Guns N’ Hoses basketball game has been scheduled for 6 p.m. on Feb. 25.
In fire news, it was reported that the department ran a total of 21 calls in Dec. In 2016, the department responded to 331 calls, which is slightly down from last year. Fire subscriptions will be mailed out at the end of the week.
In administrator reports, city administrator Tommy Long said they are currently awaiting funding from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in the amount of $50,000.
“(We’ll be working on) the ditches between B and C along Quincy St.,” Long said. “All of the paperwork is filed, and everything is in. We’re just waiting on them to say O.K., you can start writing checks and we’ll send you money.”
His crew is currently working on the drainage at the intersection of Mickey Mantle Blvd. and 3rd St.
Long also reported that the city has experienced several water leaks due to the cold weather.
“It seems like that’s what we’ve done most of the month is chase water leaks,” Long said. “When we haven’t been, we’ve been trying to figure out the water tower and the pressure situation. In a nutshell, we had multiple failures at the same time and none of them were related to each other.
“We had a pump go out in the clear well behind the water department,” he added. “The communication line that goes behind the grade school went bad, and the tower level controller that tells the pumps to kick on and off quit working. Not only were the motors and pumps not working, but we were also flying blind because we didn’t know how much water was in the water tower.”
According to Long, the water issues have been solved and everything is running well. He also mentioned that the consumer price index (CPI) for the adjustments on the water bill have changed and will be labeled on the next bill.
In election news, the council approved the resolution calling for a general election for the offices of Ward 2 and Ward 4. The Ward 2 seat is currently held by Elijah Redden, and Ward 4 is held by Jake Martin. Redden said the election filing date will be on Feb. 6-8. Election day will be on April 4.
In contract news, the board approved the 10-year street lighting contract with Empire Electric. Long said the contract covers the city in case of damage to a light pole and Empire will take care of it at its own expense.
Members also approved to have the 6th Annual Commerce Days Festival on July 6-8.
In public input and unscheduled appearances, Rick Aldridge, chief executive officer of the Oklahoma Emergency Response Team (OKERT), said they will be providing free courses for the public. OKERT is an all-volunteer nonprofit that travels the state doing disaster recovery. The courses will be from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Jan. 27 and two hands-on classes from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 28 and 29 in the basement of City Hall. Anyone is welcome to attend.
In other news, the board:
•approved to appoint Tommy Long as the representative to the Grand Gateway transportation planning organization.
•rejected bids for a 2003 Sakai Roller and a 1992 Chevy w/ utility bed.
•tabled the vote to enter into an agreement with Jim Long for grant writing services.
The City of Commerce will hold its next regular meeting at 6 p.m. on Feb. 7 in City Hall.
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