City Council recognizes Civil Air Patrol Cadet

By Jessica Breger Staff Writer jbreger@civitasmedia.com

November 14, 2013

Durant City Council presented one young woman with a rare award for her accomplishments with the Civil Air Patrol during Tuesday’s meeting.

Cadet Colonel Miranda Ellinghaus was presented with the organization’s highest award, The Spaatz Award. The award is named after General Carl Spaatz.

During a 49-year time frame, 1,898 Spaatz awards have been given among the approximate 250,000 cadets in the program.

There are several components involved in earning the award including some that can only be attempted once.

Ellinghaus will also be joining the Spaatz Award Association. Along with the presentation of the award, Ellinghaus also received a citation from Governer Fallin.

Representative Dustin Roberts presented and read the citation commending the cadet on her hard work in academics and in the Civil Air Patrol.

Also discussed in the meeting were projects in the City of Durant. Council approved the purchase of two new dump trucks for the Street Department.

The two trucks currently used by the department have become outdated with one not in working order.

Upon receiving the new trucks, the two old trucks will be sold. The annexation process for three areas along the new Highway 70 Bypass was approved to begin.

The process is reported to take several months to complete. The process is necessary so that areas of the road and lights that are currently not within city limits can be maintained by the city.

The city also approved its annual holiday bonus for all permanent city employees. A $350 bonus will be given to some 220 employees.

Council recognized that this is the same bonus given every year and is within the budget.