Ottawa County will hold elections Tuesday, April 3 for voters in Fairland and Miami.

MIAMI – Next Tuesday, April 3, Ottawa County voters in Miami and Fairland will have the opportunity to head to the polls for elections concerning the Miami City Council and the Fairland School District.

County voters in Precincts 7, 8, 9, and 11 will vote on the Ward 3 seat, representing southwest Miami on the Miami City Council, a three-year term.

Vying for the Ward 3 seat are incumbent Neal Johnson, a retired Tuscaloosa BF Goodrich employee and Class of '75 Miami High School graduate and Ryan Orcutt, coordinator for advising and testing and an adjunct teacher at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.

Board Secretary Verna L. Ferris said on April 3 voters in the Fairland School District will also be voting in a Special Election on a proposed school bond.

The Fairland School Board unanimously approved a resolution to put forth the ambitious school bond proposal in a special meeting Feb. 13, totaling over $3.6 million for improvements.

Board president Raymond Davis said the proposed bond addresses projects that are essential to the district for continued success and growth.

The proposal is broken into three overarching projects that would facilitate a multi-purpose classroom building addition at Fairland Elementary, district-wide technology improvements, and a new elementary gymnasium.

An information sheet distributed by the Board and posted at the Fairland Public Schools website breaks down the costs and purpose of each segment of the $3,620,000 bond as follows:

Elementary Classroom/Bathroom/Storm Shelter

Allocated costs of $2,175,000 to construct, furnish, equip and/or acquire a classroom storm shelter addition at the Early Childhood Center.

Technology

Allocated costs of $100,000 to acquire and install technology equipment to include, but not be limited to hardware and software district-wide.

Elementary Gymnasium

Allocated costs of $1,345,000 to construct, furnish, equip and/or acquire renovations at the elementary gymnasium to include, but not limited to demolition, flooring, bleachers, finishes, new entrances, canopies, paint, locker room upgrades and ADA compliance upgrades.

Voting

Early voting will be available at the Ottawa County Courthouse Annex Community Room, 123 E Central in Miami, from 8 am. to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 29 and Friday, March 30.

Polls for the Tuesday, April 3 elections will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

To verify polling locations, voter registration or to view a sample ballot, voters can utilize the Online Voter Tool on the Oklahoma State Election Board’s website, www.elections.ok.gov. Those who vote by mail can also check the status of their ballot using the Online Voter Tool.

Sample ballots are also available at the Ottawa County Election Board office.

State law requires all in-person voters to show proof of identity before receiving a ballot. Accepted are a state, federal, or tribal government-issued photo ID or the free voter identification card issued by the County Election Board.

For more information, visit www.elections.ok.gov or call the Ottawa County Election Board at 918-542-2893.

Dorothy Ballard is the managing news editor of the Miami News-Record. Email her at dballard@miaminewsrecord.com and follow her on Twitter @dm_ballard.