The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

April 20, 2014

Powermax Equipment’s Fast Fusion MobileFusion Trac 36 gets thumbs up

ENID, Okla. — Thumbs up to a product designed and built in Fairview that is in use in Australia.

A machine to weld together joints of high-density polyethylene pipe ranging in diameter from 20 to 36 inches was christened last year at Powermax Equipment in Fairview.

The product will be called the Fast Fusion MobileFusion Trac 36.

In August 2012, Powermax Equipment signed an agreement with Fast Fusion to build the first unit.

Congrats to Powermax for shipping product units to Australia.

THUMBS UP

More thumbs up to the Enid City Commission for approving contracts to construct a stop light crossing at Van Buren and the pedestrian trail, and signage and striping for the city’s proposed bike path.

Mayor Bill Shewey has described the crossing as an awfully dangerous crosswalk.

About 16,300 vehicles pass through the area on an average day, according to a 2011 traffic study.

Thanks for finding a suitable solution to make this crosswalk safer for Enid.

THUMBS UP

We’d like to give more thumbs up to the career of Roy Schneider, the retiring Garfield County Election Board secretary.

Since taking office in 2012, Schneider has overseen 18 races. That includes the most recent presidential vote.

Schneider, who announced his retirement recently, will work his final day on Aug. 1.

He also retired three years ago from his post as senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church after 15 years in the ministry.

During a time of transition, Secretary Schneider brought credibility to the office.

It will be difficult to replace such a respectable public servant.

THUMBS UP

Last, but not least, thumbs up to grant funds assisting area towns in making significant infrastructure improvements.

Mareta Woodard, grants and projects administrator for Cardinal Engineering — who writes grants for various municipalities — said the Oklahoma Department of Commerce has $12.6 million to award statewide through Community Development Block Grants.

Towns ranging from Kremlin, Ames, Garber, Nash, Waukomis, Pond Creek, Ringwood, Dover, Lamont and Wakita should benefit from present and future improvements.

“These towns are competing statewide for this funding, and it’s very competitive,” she said. “It’s an outstanding program.”

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