|A proposed expansion of the Creek Nation Reintegration program was introduced to the Henryetta city council Thursday night. The plan would more than double the size of the facility on East Corporation that deals with convicts released from prison and prepares them to re-enter society.|
|Program representatives Brent Coleman and Dustin Alphin were seeking city help in construction of a sewer line to handle the larger facility pointing out that current needs are being met through a septic system that can't be expanded.
They said the facility would encompass over 26,000 square feet and would include administration area, a shop area and dormitory room for both male and female participants.
The Creek Nation Reintegration program office and land is outlined in yellow. Officials there are requiresting to run a sewer line (blue) from the site to tie in next to Wal Mart.
|The program is designed to help people released from prison to re-enter society. It provides them with a place to stay as well as instruction in how to become a productive member of society. In the current facility, only office space is available. Participants in the program live offsite.
"We have been here since 2005 and have had a very high success rate," said Reintegration manager Tony Fish. "Most of the people have moved on to bigger and better things. This is a place to get training and classes help them get on their feet. We are building productive citizens."
Councilman Phil Siberts said he doesn't, "represent anybody who wants this facility," and questioned the legalities about the location from school facilities such as the football and baseball fields. "Is this within 2,000 feet of our school property?", he asked.
City Manager Raymond Eldridge pointed out that some of the people involved in the program stay at the Relax Inn that is also within the 2,000 foot boundary mandated by the state.
"We have had the probation officer check it out," Fish replied. "He said it was okay. Nobody has ever talked ago us about the Relax Inn."
Coleman said the project would need involve running a six-inch sewer line over 1,800 feet to tie into a line near Wal Mart. That would be built with tribal money. He said the city could get involved and make it a 24-inch line to tie in existing residences. Currently homes in that area are on private septic systems.
The Reintegration Program is located just outside the city limits and Coleman said there is no room to add a private septic system or lagoon large enough to serve the projected expansion. "If we can't get this then we will find another location. The sewer line is running the show."
Eldridge pointed out that the project would take over a year to go through the necessary environmental studies and paperwork.