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The Stillwater City Council has voted to extend the current face covering ordinance (No. 3452) through Ordinance No. 3463 to remain in effect through Feb. 28, 2021. Residents and visitors should expect to continue following the current rules and regulations for face coverings through this new expiration date.
This vote comes after the council met for a special meeting to pass the extension before the ordinance expired on Nov. 30.
The ordinance requires that everyone wears a face covering in all public spaces, including educational institutions, food services, retail and personal service establishments that provides goods or services directly to the public. Exceptions outlined in the ordinance include, but are not limited to, persons with medical, mental or developmental conditions, children under age 5 (unless required by school or day care to wear a face covering), and non-public areas or workplaces. See details and answers to common questions at Stillwater.org/covid-19.
Acceptable face coverings include R95, KN95, dust masks, procedural masks, cotton bandanas, neck gaiters, running buffs and some tightly woven scarves. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

The City has an Ordinance 3452 Hotline (405.533.8533) that businesses or residents may call to report non-compliance or if they have questions.





SITUATION UPDATE: COVID-19 (November 23rd)

    As of this advisory, there are 177,874 confirmed total positive cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma.
    There are 15 additional deaths identified including a new death in Creek County. There are 1,649 total deaths in the state. There are 2,069 new recoveries for a total of 142,381.

PAYNE           3967          17              3309        595
CREEK          2429          43              1905        457
LINCOLN       1225          26               953         226
LOGAN          1295           3              1014         264
NOBLE           446            4                292         145
PAWNEE         534           6                418          97

STILLWATER  3124         8               2679       437



Stillwater High School’s Rusty Atkins has been selected as the 2020 Oklahoma Council for Indian Education’s (OCIE) Teacher of the Year  for his “years of advocacy and dedication within the state of Oklahoma for Native American students.”

“I am humbled and honored to have been nominated as the OCIE Native Teacher of the Year,” Atkins said. “It is my pleasure to represent all native educators, and my hope and prayer is for continued growth and prosperity for all native people.”

Atkins will formally receive the award during the 41st Annual OCIE Conference which will be held virtually in December.

“Mr. Atkins is an exceptional teacher and coach,” said Stillwater High School Principal Uwe Gordon. “I've only ever seen great respect from his students and athletes. He also takes great pride in his ancestry and heritage. It is an honor to work with him.”

About OCIE: "The mission of the OCIE is to advocate within the state of Oklahoma for Native American students. OCIE will share effective educational strategies that will address the unique cultural and academic needs of our Native American students.  Our guiding principles are to promote Indian education at all levels of learning, expand cultural awareness, and collaborate with other organizations to the benefit of Oklahoma Indian students.  OCIE’s vision is to be the catalyst for the highest quality of education to inspire outstanding success of Native American students and to respect Native tribal diversity."



What would you change about the City of Stillwater’s budget? Whether you’re concerned with funding for parks, transportation, or public safety— the City wants to know. You’re invited to try out an interactive tool that allows you to submit your ideal City budget to decision-makers.

The online simulation tool is called Balancing Act and it’s available at Stillwater.org/yourmoney. It allows you to balance the last fiscal year’s budget in order to help provide feedback for the development of the next fiscal year’s budget (FY2022).

Results (but not personal information) will be collected and reviewed by city management to present to City Council as part of the budget process.

The City is also proud to be the first municipality in Oklahoma to offer Balancing Act to its residents, furthering our commitment to civic engagement and inspired management.

Taxpayer Receipt
Another available feature of this budget tool is the sales tax receipt application. This application is intended to estimate the portions of sales taxes paid by Stillwater residents that are received by the City and available for services such as police and public works. Sales taxes are split between the City, Payne County and the State of Oklahoma. The amounts estimated by this tool only reflect estimated funds collected and used by the City of Stillwater.

How to Provide Input
The City announces opportunities for public input on the City’s website under the News tab and on its social media platforms. Opportunities for input include Speak Up, Stillwater, Pop Up City Hall and the Balancing Act platform.

If citizens or organizations would like a city staff member to speak at a gathering they may complete the online Request a Speaker form.

The City budget and COVID-19
As indicated by our latest quarterly financial report, the City’s finances remain stable despite initial concerns related to the current pandemic. All core City services remain available to the public. Staff will continue to practice financial caution while monitoring the situation closely.

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