September 13, 2014

No Asbestos? Horsefeathers!

Horsefeathers!” I barked, in response to John Feary's assertion that, “Asbestos was not commonly used in that era”. The topic of discussion was the old First Bank building, the City's intent to purchase the building, my concerns that there may be asbestos in the building and the cost of removal which would be excessive (“up to a quarter million dollars for a building that size”), according to a real estate professional I had consulted with. That was last year, the summer of 2013.

While I protested that the initial inspection intended to detect asbestos was inadequate, the City of Owasso ordered a second, “Limited Asbestos Survey”, delivered to the City in August, 2013. I protested the reliability of that second inspection, since it failed to focus on my two areas of primary concern, the plumbing and the air ducts for the heating and cooling system.

On August 20, 2013, on the recommendation of City Staff and following Warren Lehr's declaration that a second inspection of the First Bank building had been completed and “reflects no presence of asbestos”, the City Council voted 3-2 to approve the City's purchase of the old First Bank building.

At the City Council meeting on June 6, 2014, on Page 8 of the Claims List, the City Council approved payment to Blackshare Environmental Solutions for more TESTING at a cost of $750.00 and an additional $800 to Asbestos Handlers, Inc. for ASBESTOS REMOVAL. What did Blackshare find in their testing that the two previous inspections failed to discover?

Finally, in the September 11, 2014 issue of the Owasso Reporter, on Page 28, a discussion of the First Bank building's renovation presents the need for an additional $900,000 not included in earlier estimates. Included in this $900,000 is $251,000 to replace the duct work for the heating and cooling system, since the ducts are lined with a fiber coating that is breaking down, the dust particles being blown out of the vents. “It's a health thing, it's a safety thing”, says John Feary.

A fiber coating – breaking down and going airborne in particles – these are known characteristics of ASBESTOS, which breaks down and disintegrates as it ages – asbestos, a known carcinogen, is indeed a serious health issue.

I expressed my concerns that the air ducts and plumbing were not being adequately inspected for asbestos, since it was widely used in those areas prior to 1980. John Feary and others defended the two initial inspecting companies as “competent, qualified professionals”, yet a year after their inspections revealed no asbestos in the old First Bank building, City Hall wants another quarter million of our tax dollars to remove and replace the air ducts lined with ASBESTOS.

Respectfully submitted,

Patrick D. Ross
Former Owasso City Councilor

August 3, 2014

The Death of a Nation




Moral Decay





All are nails in the coffin of what was, for many years, the greatest nation on Earth -- our United States of America.

Our Founding Fathers tried to warn us...

In the early years of our nation, up to and including the 1950's, the outcome of elections was determined mostly by educated working men and women.  That didn't work for the more liberal Democrats, though, since they could not prevail at the polls.  Then came the "get out the vote" drive of the 1960's aimed at the lower class Americans, the poor and uneducated -- those more likely to vote for welfare benefits that would benefit themselves and empower their Democrat benefactors rather than voting more wisely for the "good of the nation".  After fifty years, we see the result of that drive to replace the educated, intelligent voter with the poor and ignorant.

Through our public education system, AKA "Socialist Indoctrination Centers" those in power have successfully increased their voter base, while expanding the numbers of those dependent on government welfare benefits, thus ensuring their re-election time and time again.

Our greatest loss in American is the loss of the Chuirch, with the resultant decay of our nation's moral fabric and fiber.  It has been said of our nation's Constitution that it " suitable only for a religious and moral people and is suitable for no other".  With the loss of our morality and religious fervor comes the inherent and inevitable loss of our ability to rightly govern ourselves, since we have allowed our foundation to crumble.

I maintain that it is not politics that will restore our nation, but God and the Bible, along with those virtues and values on which this nation was born and which made us the greatest nation on Earth.  Until we invite and welcome God back into our homes, our churches, our schools, our workplace and our marketplace, we are doomed as a nation.

We have one Hope and that is God.


December 28, 2012

A Season's Greeting for Everyone

To All My Left-wing and Liberal Friends:

Please accept with no obligation, implied or explicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the summer/winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2013, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make Canada and the United States great nations. Not to imply that these two countries are necessarily greater than any other country in the world. Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, colour, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.

To My Right-wing Friends:

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

December 17, 2012

Assault Weapon? Or Defensive?


The ONLY difference between an assault weapon and a defensive weapon is the user-- the problem, then, is not the weapon, but the person using it.

December 13, 2012

On the Legs of a Lass

As a required elective, the young co-ed chose Ornithology, thinking it would be a fun and easy class.  All went well until the final exam, when she entered the class room to find a row of small cages along one wall, a bird in each cage, with shrouds concealing all but each bird's legs.

The exam was simple-- identify each bird by genus and species by observing its legs only.

Following a period of frustration the co-ed stalked to the front of the room, threw her exam paper down on the instructor's desk, declaring, "This is stupid!  This has to be the most stupid exam I have ever been asked to take!"

As she stormed out of the class room the instructor called after her, "Just a minute, young lady.  Would you please tell me who you are?"

Pulling up her skirt to reveal her legs, the co-ed shot back, "Guess, mister!  Just take a guess!"    

July 4, 2012

Owasso City Council-- Leadership, or Figureheads?

Last night's City Council vote on re-zoning the property designated for Sam's Club development and other matters have set me to thinking.

First, planning and negotiations with Sam's Club have been taking place for some time-- for example, I have known of it for over a year, having learned of it confidentially right after being elected to the City Council.

The City Council has had no part in the negotiations or the decision making process-- none-- when all was said and done, the formal announcement was made that Sam's Club was planning to locate in Owasso and the City Council was asked to vote on and approve the deal, with no full knowledge of all that had transpired, including the promises and agreements made behind closed doors.

The City Council-- the City's highest level of leadership-- has been excluded from participating in one of its key functions-- decision making and policy setting for the City of Owasso.

Every pertinent Oklahoma statute, the Owasso City Charter, the Owasso Code of Ordinances-- in every instance, the City Manager is defined as subordinate to the City Council, yet when a project of such magnitude as negotiating for locating a multi-million dollar a year business in our city, the Council, our city's highest level of leadership, has been excluded from the proceedings and decision making process.

The question remains: Does the Owasso City Council function as the city's highest level of leadership, or has it been relegated to mere figurehead status?

For the people,

Patrick D. Ross
City Councilor, Ward 4

October 27, 2011

A More Personal Note

It's been a little over two weeks since the special election and my silence must seem deafening to some of you, my more regular readers of this blog.

Please let me explain.

On Thursday, October 13, my wife and I noticed our nearly 5 year old German Shepherd was not feeling well.  As we moved into and through the weekend, we watched as our dog got sicker and sicker, until by Sunday afternoon we decided it was time to take her to see a veterinarian.

Monday morning, Oct. 17 we saw a vet, had blood work and urinalysis done and it was determined that due to a high white blood cell count,high fever and other factors, our Casey had an infection.

Thursday that week, we got the diagnosis and on Friday morning we started her on antibiotics.  Her condition did not improve, but grew steadily worse, until Saturday evening we took her to an emergency animal clinic in Tulsa to be checked on again.

Following an examination, the veterinarian assured us our dog's life was not in any immediate danger, told us to continue the antibiotics and to call back if she did not improve.

Casey's condition continued to deteriorate until late Sunday evening, when, fearing for her life, we took Casey back to the emergency animal clinic in Tulsa, where they kept her for the night, administering IV fluids and antibiotics.

She was released to our care on Monday morning, October 24 with instructions to return to our own vet for follow-up care, at which time they recommended an ultrasound to check all of Casey's internal organs for any visible sign of physical problem.  We took Casey to Tulsa for the ultrasound, to a clinic specially equipped for that particular exam.

While the ultrasound went well, there were no conclusive signs of physical disorder.  Casey was given additional meds for nausea and pain, while we were instructed to continue the antibiotics.

Finally, on Tuesday afternoon, October 25, I returned Casey to the vet for a follow-up examination, where her condition did not appear to be improving.  We agreed to another exam the following day, Wednesday, at 4:15 PM, so my wife, Carole could be with us.  In the course of Tuesday's exam, it was determined that Casey had gone blind in one eye, one ear had been affected and she had suffered partial paralysis on the right side of her body. she could barely stand and walk.

Casey's condition took a turn for the worst over Tuesday night.  She could barely stand and walk, the paralysis in her face left her drooling uncontrollably and that Wednesday morning my wife and I decided we could not allow her to suffer any longer.

With tears in her voice and in her eyes, my wife said we had to bring this to an end and we couldn't wait until afternoon.

With a heavy heart, I called the veterinary clinic, told them of our Casey's condition and that we had decided it was in our dog's best interest to simply put her to sleep.  We agreed to meet with them at 8:15 AM yesterday, October 26, 2011.

Following a brief consultation, we had a few moments of quiet time with our beloved pet, then the lethal dosage of anaesthetic was administered.  Casey fell asleep almost immediately, her head resting quietly in my wife's lap, a fitting farewell to one who had given so much love in so little time.

With heavy and broken hearts, we bid farewell to our beloved Casey.

Nov '06 to Oct 26, 2011


September 13, 2011

A Touch of Humor

I got the following anecdote from an old friend in an e-mail.  It's just too good not to share.  Enjoy!

The English language has some wonderfully appropriate collective nouns for the various groups of animals.

We are all familiar with a Herd of cows, a Flock of chickens, a School offish and a Gaggle of geese.

However, less widely known is a Pride of lions, a Murder of crows (as well as their cousins the rooks and ravens), an Exaltation of doves and presumably because they look so wise, a Parliament of owls.

Now consider a group of Baboons. They are the loudest, most dangerous, most obnoxious, most viciously aggressive and least intelligent of all primates.  And what is the proper collective noun for a group of baboons?  Believe it or not ...... a CONGRESS !