By Sen. JOSEPH SILK
Several areas in Senate District 5 are still dealing with issues caused by the recent floods. Many roads and bridges are still in need of repair, many folk still have destroyed property they are trying to fix up, and multiple businesses are trying to get caught back up from loss of business.
Since the Governor declared the majority of this district as Senate disaster areas, the county governments will be able to get aid from FEMA. The issue with that is that it takes a couple years to actually get reimbursed from FEMA, so the County
Commissioners will be borrowing money from certain state funds and then eventually pay them back. If there is anything my office can do to help anyone that is still dealing with damages from the floods I encourage you to contact me.
I have thoroughly enjoyed being back in the district full-time and attending community events and engaging with the people of Southeastern Oklahoma. One of the many things that is so great about our region rural Oklahoma in general is how close the people of the communities are and how the community pulls together to help when the time comes.
I have recently been to Sheriff’s Department fundraisers, Volunteer Fire Department fundraisers, local museum openings, community action events, and small groups that are wanting to engage in certain political situations. I strongly encourage everyone to stay active and involved in your communities and please let me know if I can ever be of assistance to your community, or attend an event.
After attending the opening of the new museum in Fort Townson, I began discussions with Dr. Blackburn who is the Director of the Oklahoma Historical Society about an idea that could be very beneficial. We want to get more people to come to southeast Oklahoma by investing and advertising the rich history of the region and try and bring much more traffic though our local communities.
A couple of last notes: I was pleased to be one of seven Oklahoma legislators who received and A++ rating by the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association. Although 2nd Amendments rights are not everything, the way our legislators vote on them shows their ideology of Government and how in tune they are with the Constitution.
Also later this month I will be releasing the dates and times of town hall meetings/public forums throughout southeast Oklahoma and would love to have you attend. I see people frequently, but I am planning these meeting so we can sit down and engage in some detailed conversation. Lastly please stay in contact with me and sign up for e-mail updates on my new website, www.josephsilk.com.
I welcome your questions and concerns, so please feel free to contact my office at the State Capitol if you would like to discuss a particular issue or problem. Our office can be reached by phone at 405.521.5614 or by email at [email protected].
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