Wednesday, August 9, 2023 - A new program is now being offered to Sequoyah County called the "High Obesity Program" otherwise known as "HOP". An overview of the program was presented during the Sequoyah County Commissioners meeting Monday morning at the courthouse.
The project manager of the HOP program, Lacey Wallace, explained to commissioners that HOP is a cooperative agreement with the OSU Extension, which is funded through the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The program works with funded Land Grant Universities across the U.S. to reduce rates of obesity.
Wallace stated, "We work with a variety of local agencies, schools, and non-profits with the initiative of supporting healthy living. This year, we are expanding from two to seven counties in Oklahoma."
In addition, commissioners approved a resolution to lower the speed limit from 45 mph to 25 mph on 4490 Road, otherwise known as Ridge Route Road, in Sequoyah County District #2.
Sequoyah County commissioner for district #2, Beau Burlison, said, "This is an area up by the lake that has grown significantly. Houses are now pushed right up against the road, adding more traffic coming and going in and around the location, so it's necessary to reduce the speed limit for safety reasons."
Commissioners also approved a proposed county bridge replacement for district #1 on N. 4790 Road. Sequoyah County Commissioner Ray Watts stated, "It’s a recommendation by our bridge inspectors to construct a bridge to alleviate the costs associated with the site."
Additionally, there was approval of the invitation to bid on the construction proposal and contract for the 55’ steel span bridge using recycled beams.
The area is defined as a flood plain, was under water during the flooding of 2019, and sustained additional damage during the May flood of 2022.
Lindsie Dyer, KXMX Staff Writer
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